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Karaikal Ammaiyar is a small shrine, which is dedicated to Karaikal Ammaiyar, the only woman out of the sixty three Nayanmars. Constructed by Malaiperumal Pillai in 1929, this temple is known for the huge idol of this lady saint. Popularly known as Goddess Punithavati, this woman and the episodes of her supernatural powers are renowned among natives of the region.Tourists and pilgrims frequently throng this temple during the annual celebration of Mangani festival that is celebrated during the month of June and July. Special poojas and ceremonies are conducted on the day of full moon that falls in Aani, a Tamil month. Curd rice and mangoes are the prime offerings made to the deity as well as to tourists.
Holy Angles Church was built by the French in 1739. This is one of the architectural beauty of French culture. Our lady of Angel’s Church standing impressively on the Church street. On 15th August every year that Catholic chruch celebrates the “Thetheravu Mata” festival when the status of the blessed Virgin is taken out in procession. The festival commences with the flag hoisting ceremony on the 6th August. On the 10th day, the statue of the Blessed Virgin, mounted on a beautifully decorated car, is taken out in procession along the main streets surrounding the church.
The Karaikal sandy beach is one of the best natural beaches in the South India. If you want to get an outstanding view over the bay then Karaikal beach in Pondicherry is the ideal place for you. The beach has been given easy accessibility by widening the two kilometers road along the Arasalar river and by illumination of the road with sodium vapour lamps. The sunrise from this beach looks absolutely stunning and striking. In addition to natural sandy beach, a boat jetty in the Arasalar, children’s park, immovable sitting chairs along the roads, tennis court, beach restaurant, vehicles parking, are also more attracting a heavy crowd of all kind of local peoples.
Mastan Syed Dawood Dargah is famous for a tomb that houses the relics of Syed Dawood, the Muslim saint born at Bukkara, the capital of Turkistan. Constructed in memory of the descendant of the prophet, the dargah celebrates the Kandoori festival to pay homage to him. The saint arrived in India for taking spiritual guidance from Halareth Syed Ahamed Kalkhel Diwan Oliulla of Trichirapalli. Staying in the region during his entire lifetime, the saint died in February 1829 at the age of around 120 years. The dargah is adorned with flowers and other decorative materials during the annual Kandoori festival, which is marked by processions, music, dance and display of fireworks.