Kanyakumari a small coastal town on the southern most tip of mainland India, in the state of TamilNadu. Town derives it name from ancient legend which say Goddess Kumari Amman (Kumari meaning Virgin) , incarnation of Goddess Parvati who prayed here to Lord Shiva to accept her as his wife.
How to reach:
By Air:- Thiruvananthpuram or Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport located in neighbouring state of Kerala. From Thiruvananthpuram it takes about 3 hours to reach here by bus, train or taxi.
By Rail:- Very well connected and serviced by rail to all major cities in India like Chennai, Trivandrum , Kochi, Bangalore, Bombay, New Delhi, Kolkata, Coimbatore etc.
What to see:
Most of the attractions are in close proximity of each other and can be traversed on foot or by Auto Rickhaws
- Kanyakumari Temple–Kanyakumari Temple is also referred to as Bhagvaty Amman Temple and is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology.The Devi stands as a charming young girl in her penance with a rosary in her right hand, and a sparkling nose jewel that sheds lustrous radiance.
- TriSamudra Milan (Triveni Sangam)- Confluence of Arabian sea, Bay of bengal and Indian Ocean.
- Vivekanand Memorial– Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located 100 meters from the shore and is one of the major tourist attractions in Kanyakumari, was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekanand who is said to have attended enlightenment on the rock. The small rock island can be reached by a ferry and consists of two main structures. Ticket for the ferry is Rs 34 and it operated from 8 AM to 4 PM. The Vivekananda Mandapam (host a bronze statue of Swami Vivekanand) and the Shripada Mandapam (A small projection in shape of human foot is seen here and as per the legend this is the feet of goddess KanyaKumari who performed penance here to marry Lord Shiva) are the two main complexes of the memorial and is frequented by thousands of tourists.
- Thiruvalluvar Statue-The massive 133 feet tall statue is of the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar, who was considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets in India. This can be reached by the ferry from Vivekanand Memorial.The pedestal of the statue is artistically designed and is decorated with 10 elephants that signify the various directions.
- Sunset & Sunrise view Points– Not to be missed are the mesmerizing views of Sunrise over Bay of Bengal from Sunrise view point located near to Kanyakumari Temple. Sunrise can be seen throughout the year.
Sunset point is little far away from the rest of the places can be easily reached by AutoRickshaws. Sunset is usually not visible in monsoon months from June to September due to cloudy sky.