Visit Paniya Matha Church
Also famous as the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Snow, Paniya Matha Church is undoubtedly the most famed tourist landmark of Tuticorin.
Also famous as the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Snow, Paniya Matha Church is undoubtedly the most famed tourist landmark of Tuticorin. The popularity of the church amongst tourists owes to the belief that it was visited by the great St. Francis in the year 1542. The statue of Our Lady of Snow placed in the church is also supported by rich history. The custom of drinking water that washes from the shrine of Our Lady is believed to be associated with miracles like healing and better life.
The church enjoys a setting on top of a cliff and is built on the architectural lines of Portuguese rulers during the year 1711. The annual festival of the church, known as Paniya Matha Church festival is the biggest festival here. Celebrated with great pomp and show, the festival draws hundreds of devotees, locals and tourists from within and outside the city as well as the entire state.
Some quick facts about the church that are good to know for visitors are as follows:
- The church is located within the city and therefore can be accessed by all means of transportation,
- The church remains open every day from morning to evening, and
- It is located on Beach Road, Tuticorin.
PREFFERED BYGod Lovers, Spiritual Seekers
TIME SPENT1 hour
ENTRY FEENo entry fee
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Best SeasonOctober to March