Perched at the southern-most tip of the mainland India territory, Kanyakumari is a unique tourist destination of the country. This important city lays at the junction of the three seas, namely, the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. This place gets its name from the Hindu Goddess Kanyakumari (also worshipped as Kumari Amman / Devi Kanya) whose temple is situated at the seashore of the town. According to popular beliefs, Kanyakumari was an incarnation of Lord Shiva’s wife ‘Parvati’ and therefore, it is a famous pilgrim place for devotees who come here to take a bath in the sacred waters. Due to its distinctive geographical location, Kanyakumari is renowned for its exceptional sunrises and sunset views (especially on full moon day). You can see a natural charisma on the Chitra Pournami (which occurs on full moon day – in April), when the sun and the moon at the same horizon (right face to face). Apart from these iconic things, you can always enjoy your holidays in Kanyakumari on the serene beaches and relaxing waters of three seas.
How to Reach Kanyakumari? – This beautiful destination can be reached via all three modes of transports, Air, Rail and Road. The closest airport (around 87 km away) to Kanyakumari is ‘Trivandrum International Airport’ (in Kerala). From airport, it takes only two hours by train or bus or taxi. However, people who like to travel by rail can de-board at the ‘Nagarcoil Junction’ or ‘Kanyakumari Junction’. In addition, for local transport, buses are available from the three bus terminus specially, Anna Bus Stand, Central & Express Bus Stand and Christopher Bus Stand. Besides these options, you can take many of other travelling options like, taxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws etc.
Popular tourist attractions of Kanyakumari are:
Kanyakumari Temple (Also known as Kumari Amman Temple)
Dedicated to Hindu Goddess ‘Devi Kanyakumari’, this temple is a wonderful temple in Kanyakumari. As per local stories, it is said that the deity- Devi Kanyakumari is the protector of India’s shores’. A major feature of this magnificent temple is the striking and shining diamond on the deity’s nose ring, which is believed to be shine out to the sea. The captivating temple overlooks the beach and is visited by over thousands of devotees. But, it should be noted that the entry to this temple is restricted to Hindus only.
Post Kanyakumari temple, the next scenic and beautiful attraction present in the town is Vivekananda Memorial. This memorial is located at a distance of around 500 meters away from mainland. It is one of the most alluring places to visit in the town. Vivekananda memorial is constructed on one of two rocks separated between a distances of about 70 meters. It was built in the year 1970. In addition to its architectural beauty, it is believed that the great philosopher Swami Vivekananda had meditated on the rock in quest of enlightenment, which makes it a famous attraction for his followers.
Apart from these, Our Lady of Ransom Church, Mathur Hanging Trough / Bridge, Sitharal Jain Monuments, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kanyakumari Beach, Thiruparrapu Falls and Olakaruvi Falls are some of the other famous attractions of Kanyakumari.