The Sankara Rameshwarar Temple is located close to the old bus stop of the city. Legends say that Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati stopped near the Vancha Pushkarani tank while they were travelling to Thiruchendur.
While they rested here the Lord explained to Goddess Parvati the great secrets of Pranava Manthra. This gave the place its name Thirumanthira Nagar which later came to be known as Thoothukudi. The temple has been built at the spot where the Gods rested.
Our Lady Of Snows Church is also known as the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Snow. The place is said to have been graced by the visit of Saint Francis in 1542. Later a church was constructed on the cliff in 1711 by the Portuguese and it was opened in 1713.
The church was constructed in dedication to Mother Mary. The church houses a statue of Our Lady which was bought to Thoothukudi by the ship “Santalena” in 1555. In the year 1982, the shrine was raised to the statue of Basilica. This place is thronged by pilgrims every year during the annual celebration on 5th August.
The Hare Island is around 9 km from the old bus stop of Thoothukudi city, and it lies by the port. The island has two light houses and numerous sea shells on the shores. Peacocks can also be spotted in the island.
The island is a popular picnic spot today for both locals and tourists. Tourists throng to the island especially during the Pongal holidays. During this time of the year special buses also ply from the city to the island to cater to the needs of the tourists.
The Harbour Beach is located close to the Harbour Guest House. There is also a park near it where people can stroll in the evenings amidst the refreshing sea breeze. The park is a popular tourist spot today.
Ettayapuram is located about 54 km from Thoothukudi and is home to several tourists sites. One of the most popular sites is Seenthalakarai which is a pilgrim centre. The site is dedicated to goddess Vetkaliamman, and the statue of the goddess is 42 ft tall.
Ettayapuram is also home to Bharathiar manimandapam in which the Tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathiyar was born. He was a revolutionary poet and nationalist. The home in which he was born has been converted into a Memorial. Ettayapuram Palace was home to the Pandayas at Madurai. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in Thoothukudi.
Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the city with the house of the Bishop. The foundation of the church was laid in 1849 by Father Cori at Father Caros’ wish and the work was carried forward by Father Piccinelli and later Brother Lamoth who completed the work in 1864.
The church was renovated several times. The tabernacle of the church is placed as a pearl inside a shell to depict that Jesus is the pearl of the land.
Panchalankurichi is an attraction with historical significance. Located at a distance of 34 km from Thoothukudi, the place is the birthplace of Veerapandiya Kattabomman, a 17th century freedom fighter who fought against the British. The Kattabomman Memorial Fort dedicated to him was also built here by the Government in 1947 which is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Roche Park is located at a distance of about 4 km from the city of Thoothukudi. The park is on the way to the port and is by the shore. Roche Park has become a popular picnic spot because of its scenic beauty and calmness of the sea shore. The place receives a large number of visitors during festivals and holidays.
The Kulasekarapattinam Mutharamman Temple is located on the road towards Kanyakumari which is 76 km away and Thiruchendur which is 14 km away. The temple is about 150 years old, and the most popular festival is Dasserah which is celebrated for 10 days.
During this time of the year thousands of devotees throng to the temple. During the festival various folk dancers from different parts of Tamil Nadu come to perform in the temple.
The Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute was established to promote research on marine and coastal ecosystems. It was done with the hope that it would improve the socio-economic conditions and livelihood of the people living on the coasts of India.
The Institute works on conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystem, restoration of the reefs and creating artificial reefs. The courses in this Institute are recognised by the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University.
The Shenbagavalli Poovanathar Temple is located at Kovilpatti on an elevated place Kovilmedu. The temple is dedicated to the deities Poovana Nathar Swamy and Shenbagavalli Amman. The temple also houses the famous idol of Goddess Shenbagavalli which is 7 ft tall.
The Ambal Adipooram festival and Chithrai Theertham festival are the most important festivals of the temple, and it attracts a large number of devotees. The male deity of the temple is Arulmigu Poovana Nathar Swamy. The deity was worshipped by Saint Agastiar while travelling to Pothigai Hills.
Mayura Thottam is a peacock farm located at a distance of 22 km from Thoothukudi. The farm is spread across a large area of 55 acres and is home to numerous peacocks. These birds are found during the months of October and November. The sight of the peacocks dancing in the farms is a picturesque sight. There are also several coconut and guava trees in the garden.
The Vallanadu Deer Sanctuary lies in the road between Thirunelveli-Thoothukudi about 35 km from Thoothukudi. It is a hilly area measuring 64 acres. The area has been fenced by the Forest Department to protect the deer. Deer can be seen grazing on the hills.
The Manapad Beach and Church are located 18 km from Thiruchendur and 70 km away from Kanyakumari. The church is known by the name of Holy Cross Church and was built in the year 1581. The church is located on the seashore and is associated with St. Francis Xavier. It is said that fragments of the True Cross that are placed in the church were bought from Jerusalem.