Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)
Formerly called Cape Comorin during the British rule, Kanyakumari is a major city and the most popular tourist destination of South India. The name ‘Kanyakumari’ is derived from the ‘Devi Kanya Kumari Temple’ present in this region. The word ‘Kanya’ means ‘virgin’ and ‘Kumari’ means ‘girl’. So, ‘Kanyakumari’ means ‘virgin teenaged girl’. Since the Sangam period, Kanyakumari is known as a popular town for tourists. It is famous for its scenic beauty and the amazing architectural designs. Its rich heritage culture, religion, art and the ancient temples will enchant your mind and soul. If you want to have the intriguing experience of both the Sunrise and the Sunset at the same seashore, Kanyakumari is the best place for you to visit. It is also a perfect holiday destination for yoga and meditation lovers.
Location: Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, Southernmost tip of India
Climate: In summer season, the weather is mild warm. Cool winds are blowing in winter season.
Light cotton clothes are best to wear in summers. If you go to Kanyakumari in winters, you will be comfortable with a little warm clothes.
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest is Trivandrum International Airport, and Tuticorin Airport is the nearest Domestic Airport
By Train: Nearest railway station is Nagercoil Jn Train Station
By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available regularly
Best time to visit: Summers from March-June
Places of Interest
Location: 7 kms from Kanyakumari city centre
Timings: Open all days from 4.30 a.m.- 12.00 p.m., 4.30 p.m.- 8.00 p.m.
Best month to visit: October to March
The Kanyakumari temple is a colorful 3,000 years old sanctuary, which is located at seashore on the confluence of Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. Popularly known as ‘Bhagavathy Devi’ or ‘Shree Bala Bhadra’ or ‘Shree Bala’, Shree Bhagavathy is in the form of an adolescent girl in the Temple. The Devi is also worshipped by the devotees as ‘Shree Bhadrakali’. It is said that the Temple was consecrated by Sage Parshurama. It is believed that the Devi removes the rigidity of the mind of its devotees.
Vivekanand Rock Memorial
Location: About half km from Kanyakumari
Timings: Open all days from 8.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m.
How to reach: Can be reached easily by ferry boats
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a large rock, where Swami Vivekananda did meditation for two days in 1892, before going to Chicago for the World Religious Conference. The religious importance of this rock is that it is believed that this rock is blessed, as it has the imprint of the heavenly feet of Goddess Devi Kumari. People also refer it as 'Sri Pada Parai'. So, the two places that you will like to see on the Rock Memorial are- Vivekanand Mandapam and Sripada Manadapam.
The memorial is considered to be a holy place as well as an architectural wonder. It is designed with resplendent India Architectural Style and the entry gate is embellished with exquisite designs similar as of, Ajanta and Ellora Cave sanctuaries.
Location: About 32 kms from Kanyakumari
Timings: Open all days of the week except Monday from 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m.- 4.30 p.m.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a sixteemth century place, situated at the bank of Valli River and the foothills of Veli Hills. Earlier known as Kalkulam Palace was built in 1601 AD, by the ruler of Travancore, Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. Later, King Marthanda Varma, who regarded himself as the servant of Lord Padmanabha, completed the construction of the palace and changed its name to Padmanabhapuram Palace.
The complete architecture of the Palace is unique as it is made by wood completely. The palace is a perfect example of outstanding techniques and exotic wooden art work. You can see beautiful sculptures, rosewood cravings and amazing antique interiors inside the Palace.
Location: 6 kms to the North-East of Kanyakumari
Timings: Open all days of the week from 8 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Vattakottai Fort is a Coastal Fort, which was constructed in the eighteenth century by Captain Eustachius, an ex Dutch Naval officer and later the Commander of the Travacore army. It was built during the kingdom of Marthanda Varma. People also call it ‘The Circular Fort’. The most unique feature of the Fort is that it is mainly built by granite stones and its walls are 29 feet wide and 25 feet high. The location of the Fort is enchanting, as one side of the fort is encircled by Bay of Bengal and another side with the Arabian Sea. The view of the sea from the top of the fort is mind blowing.
Location: 3 kms from Kanyakumari
Best month to visit: October to March
Kanyakumari beach is the place where the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal are in confluence with each other, which is mesmerizing. The multi-colored sand at the beach of Kanyakumari is an angelic scene. The Sunrise and the Sunset at the beach especially at the time of Chaitrapurnima (full moon days in April) is splendid and very popular among the visitors. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the sea from the lighthouse, situated at the beach.