or the Cape Comorin, the southern most tip
of peninsular India is sprawled over an
area of 1672 sq. km, occupying 1.29% of
the total extent of Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari
is also known as Kanniyakumari in Tamil
Language. It is the confluence point of
three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian
Sea and the Indian Ocean. Apart from this,
it is also a vital Hindu pilgrim center,
renowned for its exotic sunrises and sunsets
over the horizon. One of the unique features
of Kanyakumari is the multicolored sand
found on its beach.
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is encircled by majestic hills along with
swaying coconut trees and paddy fields.
There are also a few elevated patches of
red cliffs and some free flowing valleys
presenting an eye-pleasing scene. One can
also see plains between the mountainous
terrain and the sea - coast, with Temples
and Churches standing proudly. Truly, a
beautiful way to mark the end of the land
of marvelous India.
History of Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari or the Cape Comorin
was once known as the Alexandria of the
east. A hub of art, culture, civilization,
and pilgrimage for years, it is famous for
commerce and trade. The architecture of
this beautiful beach land is greatly inspired
by religions like Islam, Christianity and
Jainism. Kanyakumari was ruled by the Cholas,
the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks,
all great rulers of south India. The credit
for the architectural beauty of the temples
found in Kanyakumari goes to these rulers.
Kanyakumari was given the name Cape Comorin
by the British as it was easier for them
According to a legend Kanya Devi, an avatar
of Goddess Parvati, was supposed to wed
Lord Shiva. But he did not turn up at the
auspicious time and the wedding never took
place. Therefore the rice and cereals, which
were to be used for the marriage remained
uncooked. The stones found here resemble
rice and cereals and today one can buy these
stones. Native population believes that
they are the leftovers of the legendary
marriage that could not be solemnized. and
the princess Kanya Devi, became a virgin
goddess blessing pilgrims and tourists alike.
Attractions At Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari has many tourist attractions
luring innumerable tourists, well promoted
by tourism department of Tamil Nadu. Among
the most important are the Kumari Amman
or the Kanyakumari Temple, located on the
sea shore. It is dedicated to a manifestation
of Parvati, the virgin goddess who did penance
to obtain Lord Shiva's hand in marriage.
There are two rocks reaching out of the
ocean, situated southeast of the Kumari
Amman temple. One among these is Sri Padaparai,
where the footprints of the virgin goddess
are said to be imprinted on the rock. It
is said that Swami Vivekananda sat in deep
meditation and here one can also find the
famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial built in
1970. There is also a dhyana mandapam here,
a perfect place to meditate. Another important
attraction here is the Gandhi Memorial,
built on the spot where the vase consisting
the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public
viewing before submersion.
The Kumari Amman Temple also known
as Kanyakumari Temple is located on the
shores and is dedicated to a Goddess the
incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the virgin
goddess who did penance to obtain Lord Shiva
as her husband. The main attraction for
tourists from around the world is the scintillating
view of the temple and the adjoining ghats,
which are sitting pretty on the shoreline.
The diamond nose-ring on the statue of the
deity adds an enchanting glow to the already
shining statue. Famous for its sparkling
gleam, it is said to be visible even from
the mid of sea.
This is the place where the urn containing
the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept before
a portion of which was immersed in the three
seas. The exemplary temple is located near
to the Kumari Amman Temple and is one of
the most picturesque spots in Kanyakumari.
The temple is build in such a way that on
October 2nd, the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi,
the rays of sun fall exactly on the spot
where the urn containing the ashes is kept.
So if possible choose this day to visit
this splendid monument and witness the magical
moment right in front of your eyes.
Vivekananda Memorial Rock
Situated some 500m away from the mainland
Vivekananda Memorial Rock attracts a large
number of tourists and was built in the
year 1970 in memory the great Swami Vivekananda.
It is built on the same spot where Swami
Vivekananda spent some of his time meditating.
Keeping this in mind, the temple also has
a meditation hall. So if you want to get
rid of all the worldly tensions, take some
time out and sit in the hall meditating
all your problems away. From ancient times,
even before the temple was built, the rock
was considered a sacred place and was known
as 'Sripada Parai' meaning that the rock
is blessed by the touch of feet of 'Devi
Kumari'. Feel the spirituality of the place
by sighting the divine footprints of the
Goddess, which is visible on the rock.
Excursions are always exciting
and the excursion destinations from Kanyakumari
are all the more fun. Some of the major
tourism destinations nearby are Vattakottai
(literally, circular fort), an 18th-century
fort dominating the sea is located about
six kms from Kanyakumari. The Udayagiri
Fort situated around 34 kms, is built by
King Marthanda Varma in 1729-1758 AD.
Another destination, situated around 13
kms from Kanyakumari is Suchindram. The
Thanumalayan temple here is a depository
of art that treasures belonging of those
kingdoms, who once ruled this place. The
Nagaraja Temple at Nagarkoil situated about
20 kms is a splendid temple with Nagaraja
as the worshiped deity. The Padmanabhapuram
Palace is located around 45 kms from Kanyakumari.
It is a large mansion of the Travancore
Kings and is famous for its engrossing natural
Tiruchendur located around 85 kms away from
Kanyakumari is the venue of a beautiful
temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya. This
shore temple on the Bay of Bengal is one
of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. The
Courtallam Fall situated almost 137 kms
and located at a height of 167 m, is believed
to contain therapeutic water.
Some of the important festivals
celebrated here are the Chaitra Purnima
Festival celebrated in the first week of
May, Navratri celebrated in the last week
of October and the Holy Annual Festival
of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated
in the fourth week of December. These are
the notable festivals celebrated in Kanyakumari.
You can plan your tour to Kanyakumari in
any season of the year. Being a coastal
region, harboring at the confluence of the
three oceans, Kanyakumari has a placid weather
with little fluctuation to its weather temperaments.
However the ideal time to visit is between
October and March.
With the tropic climate, Kanyakumari has
April to June the hottest with temperature
reaching out to maximum 350C. November to
February is the coolest period with temperature
hovering around 210C. Northeast Monsoon
brings gentle sweep of rains between October
Reaching Thrissur is not
difficult at all as there are many ways
for traveling to Trichur. Trichur is a very
important city of Kerala and is well connected
to the state and the rest of the country.
So read on further about getting to Trichur
and learn about how to reach Trichur.
- Air: The nearest airport
from Kanyakumari is situated at Trivandrum
about 80 kms away. It is directly connected
with Bangalore, Mumbai, Cochin, Delhi,
Goa, and Chennai by regular flights.
- Rail: Kanyakumari is
well connected by rail to major parts
of the country. Kanyakumari is connected
to Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, and Mumbai
by broad-gauge railway network. Superfast
trains connect the southern most railhead
of India with northern cities like Jammu
and Delhi. Tirunelvelli, situated around
80 kms away from Kanyakumari is the other
nearest railway junction and can be reached
by road via Nagarkoil (19 km).
- Road: Kanyakumari
is connected by road to Trivandrum (86
km), Nagarkoil (19 km), Tirunelvelli (91
km), Tiruchendur (89 km), Tuticorin (129
km), Rameshwaram (300 km), Courtallam
(130 km), Madurai (242 km), Thekkady (358
km), Kodaikanal (362 km), Palani (370
km), Ootacamund (576 km), Cochin (309
km), and Coimbatore (478 km).
- Local Transportation :
For local transportation there are tourist
vehicles and intercity trains, running
from almost all the southern cities.