Poondi Madha Church/ Basilica is a Christian Pilgrim Centre in a small village Poondi, situated in between the two rivers namely Cauvery (Kavery) and Colleroon (Kollidam) of Thanjavur District, in Tamilnadu, India. On 03.08.1999, the shrine was declared as Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II. Many pilgrims coming to Velankanni Church also visit this place. The famous tourist and Hindu pilgrim centre Thanjavur is very close to this place.
Sufficient rooms are available in the church compound for the pilgrims who want to stay at night. Also a well maintained restaurant run by the Church is also available nearby.
Frequent bus services are available from Thanjavur to the nearest town Thirukattupalli which is about 3kms away from Poondi. From there frequent buses are available to Poondi. Direct buses are also available from Thanjavur / Velankanni to Poondi Madha but is very limited. Nearest rail head is Budalur. Please also remember that there is also a nearby place called Poondi. So while inquiring, specifically mention poondi madha.
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