Carved out of
, Nagapattinam is a unique district with all its historical and cultural significance. It has an area of 2,715 sq km. Nagapattinam District is bordered by
in the north, Thanjavur and
s in the west, Palk Strait in the south and the Bay of Bengal
in the east. It lies on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and has a large coastline of 141 km. Nagapattinam District has a dry humid climate. Paddy and sugarcane are the chief crops.
Nagappattinam is mentioned as 'Padarithitha' in ancient Buddhist literature. Kodikkarai,
Nagore, Sikkal, Thirukandiyur and Velankanni are the major tourist places.