Kanyakumari, The Southernmost Tip Of India
Kanyakumari, is the southernmost tip of India where the three seas the Arabian sea, The Indian Ocean and The Bay of Bengal merge. The name is after the Goddess Kanyakumari whose temple is located on its shore. Initially it was known as Cape Comorin a town which is a town. Kanyakumari is a district of Tamil Nadu state in India. Its neighbouring cities are Nagarcoil, the business headquarters, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) capital of kerala is a well known tourist destination.
Kanyakumari Tourist Attractions
Kanyakumari’s main activity is tourism and shell-craft is an art majority of the people learn. The landscape being uneven hilly area is used for commercial buildings and hotels with sea view. The lower lying is the town where the locals live This place is known for temple and the ancient Kanyakumari temple dedicated to goddess Parvathi attracts tourists from all over the world is located on its seashore.
It is believed that Godess Parvathi did penance to marry Lord Siva thus the name Kanyakumari( vigin goddess). The idol of sanctum sanctorum is of black granite stone. It is said that the light that emanates from the diamond nose ring is visible far from the sea and has mislead sailors. The door facing the east is opened only five times in a year and also on auspicious days during navarathri, month of karthikai, thai and Adi..The merging of the sea is considered very sacred. Important festivals are Vaishakha festival, car festival, kalabha (sandal) festival and the well known Navarathri.
Other interesting places include the place where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were kept for public view is the Gandhi Memorial. The Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar stone statue stands 133 feet tall.
Vivekanada Rock Memorial Kanyakumari
Vivekanada rock Memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland of Vavathurai. This monuement was built in 1970 is considered very sacred. The footprints seen on the rocks is believed to be the sacred feet of Devi Knyakumari known as “shripadam” There are many section in the Memorial, the main being Shripada Mandapam and Vivekanada Mandapam where a staue of Swami Vivekananda is placed.
It is said that Swami Vivekananda meditated on this rocks. The spectacular view of the merging of the three seas is so outstanding. There is also the Vivekananda Ashram in Kanyakumari.
To experience the unique view of sunset and sunrise there is no other place than the shores Kanyakumari The spectacular view of sunset and sunrise is not to be missed. So plan a stay at Kanyakumai to see this amazing sight and capture some pictures.
Some other must see Kanyakumari tourist attractions are; Sri Padmanabhaswami temple, Trivandrum zoo, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Kanakapuram palace,Naipur Museum and of course the local beach.
Best Time to Visit Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari generally has a reasonably good climate throughout the year, 17 to 30 degrees.However the pleasant time to visit is from October to February; March to May a bit more warm,good for sun bath, June to Septemeber is monsoon those who love rain would enjoy
- Kanyakumari is easily accessesable by train from all major cities in India..
- The nearest airport, Thiruvananthapuram International airport just 90 km away and Nagercoil is only 70 km away.