Places of interest around Velankanni
Calimere Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary :
Kodikkarai also known as the Cape Polimere is located in the Nagapattinam District in the State of Tamil Nadu. The place is famous for its mangrove forest and it also the point where the River Kaveri meets the Ocean. It is located on the Coromandel Coast and is a good place to visit. The mangrove forest is located in a place called Muthupet which is located nearby. The Vedaranyam Forests which can be seen nearby are among the few remaining evergreen forests that are present in the area.
The cape was also famous for the lighthouse that was built by the Chola Kings. However this was destroyed during the Tsunami of 2004. Cape Calimere is also famous for the wildlife sanctuary which is made up of three different forest habitats such as the evergreen forest, wetlands and the mangrove forests. The forests are home to a wide variety of birds such as Flamingoes and Sandpipers. Some endangered species of animals such as the Indian Blackbuck can also be seen in these forests. The forests are also home to a large crustacean population. There are many different and interesting places that a traveler can visit in the surrounding areas and they are accessible by road.