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Tuticorin, also known as Thoothukudi, is the headquarter of Thoothukudi District. Being a port city, it is famous for its shipping activities, production of salt and pearl fishing. It is also famed for its temples, mosques and churches that form a major part of Tuticorin sightseeing. The famous pilgrimage spots in Tuticorin are Navathirupathi, Nava Kailasam, Vanathirupathi, Thiruchendur, Kulasekaranpattinam and Manapad. Apart from these religious places, tourists can offer prayers at Vettrivelamman Temple, which is situated in an ancient port city, Korkai. The Panimaya Matha Church and Pari Pauvlin Church are the other two popular shrines that attract devotees from all sects.
Besides pilgrimage sites, Tuticorin tourist places include the Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary. Apart from black bucks, monkeys, cats, mongoose, peacocks, herons and storks are also found here. The sanctuary is also famed for its different varieties of flora, such as Dichrostachys Cinerea, Dalbergia Multiflora, Acacia Planifrons, Albizia Amara and Acacia Latronum.
While in Tuticorin, tourists can also visit Ayyanar Sunai, a serene destination to enjoy picnicking. Another place to visit is the Kayalpattinam Beach that lures visitors with its pristine and clean water. It is a good place to spend time walking on the wet sand and soaking up fabulous views. Walks can also be enjoyed at Roche Park, Harbour Beach Park, Teppakulam Park and Nehruji Park. Apart from strolling and sightseeing, tourists can relish the taste of delicious local dishes during their Tuticorin tour. Some delicacies popular in the region are Puttu Karupatti, Vazhapazha Innipu Dodol and Paaghu.