Kanyakumari, also called as Cape Comorin, is located at the southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, where the land of Indiaends and meets three oceans, namely Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Vast and clear coasts with the Ocean lapping the shore, Cape Comorin is dotted with patches of red cliffs and valleys along with temples and churches that add to the mesmerizing beauty of the place. This exquisite land has a ringlet of majestic hills along with swaying coconut trees and paddy fields.
What to see in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
The Beachis one of the major attractions of this enchanting place. The breathtaking sight with multi-colored sand lapped by the outreaching ocean waves attract many visitors to this beach. Kanyakumari beach is at its best during Chitra Pournami(the full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face on the same horizon, a rare sight not to be missed. Other full moon days are also special and you can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously.
Kumariamman Temple is dedicated to the virgin goddess Kumariamman, another form of Goddess Parvati as Devi Kanya. According to mythology, this virgin goddess Parvathi guards over the country, and the temple is built on the spot where she waited for her consort Lord Shiva to come and claim her hand in marriage. The temple is open for the devotees and tourists from 04:30am to 11:30am and again from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and only Hindus are permitted inside.
Vivekananda Memorial, built in 1970, is a blend of various architectural styles of India. The charismatic and philosopher of India Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated and transformed himself sitting on the rock here. The rock has the statue of Vivekananda and is a memorial to him. Take a virtual tour of Vivekanandar Rock Memorial
Sripada Parai rock is close to the Vivekananda Rock that has been blessed by the touch of the feet of the goddess. Both these rocks are fine places to have a view of the land's end of India.
The Sangam is the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. There is a kind of lagoon here formed by a series of rocks, which is also being used a bathing ghat by people. It is a good place to enjoy the warm and soothing waves breaking onto your body and get rejuvenated under the bright sun and blue sky.
The Thiruvalluvar Statue. The magnificent 133-foot statue of Thiruvalluvar, the author of Thirukkural which is regarded as a renowned work, eulogised as a directory of the code of conduct and ethics to humanity, is placed in the middle of the sea. The work of Thiruvalluvar has been translated into more than 60 languages worldwide.
The Gandhi Mandapam has been constructed at the spot where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept in an urn for public view before a portion of it was immersed into the confluence of the three seas, in 1948. Every year on Gandhiji's birthday2nd October, the sun's rays fall at the exact spot where the urn was displayed before immersion.
Visiting hours: 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
The Government Museum, situated near the Tourist Office, on the Beach Road, contains bronzes, coins, tribal objects, woodcarvings and zoological and botanical specimens. Visting hours: 9.30 a.m to 5.00 p.m.
Guganathaswamy Temple is a 1000-year-old temple said to have been built by Raja Raja Chola.
The Kids Park is located at a distance of 1 km from Kanniyakumari near the new bus stand on Kovalam Road.
Baywatch, a water theme amusement park, is located 2 kms on the Kanniyakumari-Kovalam Road. It is very near to Sunset Point.
Vattakottai or the Circular Fort This granite fort, 6 kms north-east of Kanniyakumari on National Highway 7, is a fine picnic spot.
Sothavilai Beach is 12 kms from Nagercoil and 12 kms from Kanniyakumari through West Coast Road.
The Sthanumalayan temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma, is 13 kms away at Suchindram.
St. Xavier’s Church, Kottar (Nagercoil) (16 kms), built in 15th century A.D.
Muttom Beach is 16 kms from Nagercoil and 32 kms from Kanniyakumari. The seashore looks majestic and rugged because of the huge beautiful rocks jutting out into the sea. The waves touch the rocks and create a mystic atmosphere.
Peer Mohamed Dargah, Thuckalay (35 kms) This dargah is named after Peer Mohamed Oliyullah, the great philosopher Mohamed Appa, who wrote many books on philosophy.
Udayagiri Fort, built by King Marthanda Varma in the 18th century,is 34 kms away. The grave of the Dutch General De Lennoy, one of the most trusted generals of the king, lies within the fort.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is situated 45 kms from Kanyakumari.
By Air: The nearest airport from Kanyakumari is situated at Trivandrum about 80 kms away.
By Rail: Kanyakumari is well connected by rail to major parts of the country.
By Road: Extensive road network connects Kanyakumari to other parts of the country.