Being the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, Kanyakumari is highly picturesque city of Tamil Nadu. It is the souther most tip of India and was once called 'The Granay of Travancore'. People from across the globe throng in here to see? Sunrise and Sunset which are awe-inspiring. It is a known pilgrimage of Hindus. It is surrounded by beautiful hills and serves peace in plenty. The most interesting thing about the city is its beautiful sunset and moonrise which can be seen simultaneously on a full moon day. It is the only place in India offering such a great opportunity. In the past, Kanyakumari was ruled by the rulers such as the Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas and Nayaks who played an important role in erecting architectural marvels in the city. The establishments in Kanyakumari exemplify great harmony between different styles of architecture.
Kanyakumari derived its name from the goddess Kanyakumari Amman. According to the legend goddess Parvati did a penance at Kanyakumari.
It is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It was constructed in such a manner that the Sun rays fall on the exact spot where Gandhaji's ashes were once kept for public display. This event takes place every year on his birthday. Its visiting timings are from 7 a.m. To 12:30 p.m. And 3 p.m. To 7 p.m.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
It is a beautiful spot where Swami Vivekananda meditated and attained enlightenment. He devoted his life in serving his nation by spreading the message of Vedanta. This memorial was built in his honour. The site is very peaceful and offers a sense of being at peace with nature.
Kanyakumari Amman Temple
The temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakshi, one of the forms of goddess Parvati. Sage Adi Sankaracharya had enshrined Sri Chakra in the sanctum of the temple. The temple has beautiful mandaps, pillars and an impressive Vimanam. The famous festivals celebrated in the temple are Silver Chariot festival, Navaratri, Aadi and Aippasi Pooram.
Offering mesmerizing sights, Kanyakumari beach boasts of multi-coloured sand. The beach lures thousands of tourists every year. Artificial embankments on the beach beautifies it. Just walk up to the Light house on the shore and you will be rewarded with picture-perfect views of the surroundings.
The famous shopping articles at Kanyakumari are the handicrafts made from sea shells and palm leaf. Other attractions are the wooden objects.
The most propitious time to travel to Kanyakumari is from March to October.
The famous hotels in Kanyakumari are the Cape Residency Hotel and Star Hotel Singaar International. They offer great facilities and services.
How To Reach
Air: The nearest airport is at Trivandrum. It connects Kanyakumari with Bangalore, Mumbai, Cochin and Delhi.
Rail: Kanyakumari is well connected with all the major cities of India by Rail.
Road: Reguler bus service is available from Kanyakumari to Trivandrum, Nagarkoil, Tirunelvelli and Madurai.