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Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Special Train to Vailankani / Vellankani for 2018 feast
Feast is on 8th Sept

Two Three special trains showing up  so far
27th August Monday and 2nd Sept Sunday & 6th Sept Thurs
Train Leaving Vasco  11:20  and arrives Vailankani 13:30 next day
Ticket fare:  Rs.675 Sleeper and 1750 3AC
Availability as of 28/7/18 11am 29/7/18 5.15pm
235 SL RAC91 and RAC9 WL6 in 3AC for 27th Aug
920 805 546SL and 87 51 27 in 3AC for 2nd Sept as on 2/8/18
955 SL 871 and 73 48 in 3AC for 6th Sept as on 2/8/18
Sleeper availability as of 6.8.18 am
for 27th Aug WL111 /54 - Houseful
for 2nd Sept 443 available Houseful
for 6th Sept 802 available 600 available as on 2.9.18
Returning sector.. Velankani to Vasco
for 29th Aug  803 available,
for 3rd Sept 224 available,
for 8th Sept RAC156/143 sure confirmed seat availability
Update 2.9.18
1st and 2nd special trains left full house.
Tickets of 3rd train for 6/9/18 plenty available (not likely to go houseful)
Video: Train leaving 2.9.18

Returning trains from Velankanni likely on 29Aug 11.30pm, 3Sept 8.15pm and 8Sept 10.15pm
 Return booking  started from 8 am today 2/8/18
Returning on 8th Sept tickets almost full  in less than 12 hours on 1st day of booking RAC16 as of 22:00 2/8. RAC117 as on 4/8/18  Returning on 29th Aug, 3rd Sept plenty tickets available

Other weekly train Mondays  leaving  Vasco 9am
Wait List on 27th Aug WL428  and 3 Sept WL115

Trip to Vailankani by Bus/ A/c Coach, push back seats etc
Rs.4000 per head or Rs.5000 per head by Inova (7 Pax)
Leaving on 27th Aug and Returning 1st Sept
Leaving on 4th Sept, 5th Sept
As seen on local  newspapers and roadside banners

Last year 2017
Our Visit to Vailankani by Special train from Vasco da Gama on 6th Sept 2017
Village: Velankanni, District:  Nagapattinam, State: Tamil Nadu, India

We left on 6th Sept 2017 at 11.20am train from Vasco da Gama and arrived Vailankanni next day at 2pm.
Our hotel check-in timing was 7.30pm so we kept our bags at the reception counter  and set out for sightseeing etc.  Starting with the beach, restaurant/lunch fish curry thali followed by the Church / Shrine tour.

The  entire Vailankani tour was meant for 1.5 days but  for me it was like half day only as I was down with high fever the whole night and the next full day.  We left the hotel at 7.30pm to take return train  to Vasco  at 11.45pm from Vailankani station. Back at Vasco 2am (as against 11.45pm)

To find hotel or accommodation  there was very tough, somehow  we managed to book one triple room online  with two extra mattresses for Rs.3,600 (A/c).  There was one hotel  that was showing Rs.5000 per non- A/c room and the final figure for two rooms with taxes was showing up around Rs.13,000.  We were 6.

It was crowded there and people / pilgrims seen squatting  all over. It was like Old Goa Novena / Feast  scene where we see pilgrim sleeping in the convents and Churches etc but here it was out in the open be it in the  roads, garden or passages or corridors.

Everything there was expensive or sold at premium rates. Even Vasaichim like bananas were sold for Rs.130 per kg or Rs.60 half kg (6pcs), we saw lot of banana plantations from our train though!
Fish curry rice thali Rs.150 (pic)  but it did not come with fried fish, had to pay extra for fish.

At Church Canteen, the thali was cheaper i.e. Rs.70 + GST and that did not come with fried fish too. We paid Rs.40 a piece + GST (See menu pic)

Many devotees were offering tray full of puja items including coconuts and flowers. Yet some were offering coconut sapling inside the main Church.  Sadly, photography/videography is prohibited inside the main shrine.

Masses in all languages including Konkani mass, I missed 10’clock mass in the lower cathedral as I was sick.

Another thing we noted, despite the place being touristic (Church and beaches) the vendors/hawkers speak no  other language than Tamil. 

 During the Car Procession at night, one has be very cautious or best to avoid with kids and elderly.  A simple false alarm could trigger a catastrophic stampede like situation. There is simplly a mad rush and half of the crowd are those who already witnessed the Car procession on previous days.

On our way back, our train had no water in most of the washrooms, saw some using mineral water . Water tanks were only filled up once the train reached Mangalore junction around 5.30pm that’s after 18 hours from Velankani station departure.
Our special train, apart from special fare, there were no security personnel nor we saw TC on both sectors.  Train to Vailankani  was about 70% empty but train back to Vasco was full to the capacity.

Video: 1

Video: 2 (Night Scene, illumination)

Video 3: Car Procession

Video 4

Video 5 Walking on knees, Way of the cross etc

More pics and videos ..

Car Procession
Priests residence

Crowd / devotees / Mass

Walking on their knees,
Way of the cross, viasagr

The beach

Food, Fish curry Rice thali

Velankanni Railway Station