Manapad (Tamil: மணப்பாடு) is a coastal village in far south India, 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Tuticorin and 18 km (11 mi) south of Tiruchendur. St. Francis Xavier came to Manapad in 1542, when he began missionary activity on the Fishery coast. He lived in a grotto cavern on the seaward face of a cliff and held mass at a chapel of the Captain's Cross, built from a ship's mast after a storm in 1540. Holy Cross Church, built close to the sea in 1581, has a relic fragment believed to be from the True Cross of Jerusalem.
Famous film director Mani Ratnams new movie Kadal has been shot mainly in Manapad, which was tremendously influenced by St Francis Xavier’s visits in the 16th century.