Kanyakumari is located in the Sothern most end of Tamil Nadu. It lies in the land end of India or the point where the three seas meet. The other name of Kanyakumari is Cape Comorin. It is an enchanting place and of the popular tourist spots in the state and indeed, in the country.
We can see the sunrise and sunset here. It looks fascinating because it is in the tip of Indian peninsula and the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian ocean. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
Kanya kumari has got the name by the Goddess Kanyakumari Amman. It is a legend that Goddess Parvathi in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanniya and came here. She did a penance on one of the rocks of this land’s end to obtain the hand of lord Shiva. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
The history of this temple is very romantic. It is dedicated to the virgin Goddess kanniyakumari. She is also called as Parvathi who stands to guard over the country. The temple is built at the spot where the Goddess is believed to have waited for her consort. Lord Shiva came here and claimed her hand in marriage.
The sage Parasurrama is said to have installed the diety. The shifting sands at the shores of kannyakumari were multihued. As a result, the colored rice was sprinkled by approving Gods over the couple at their wedding.
It is an enchanting story that, the diamond nose stud worn by the Goddess. It is believed to have led many a ship to be ship wrecked on the treacherous rocks near the shore. It was too bright to threat the reflection of the light. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
The light from the nose stud was very unsuspecting to the ships. So the door on the side facing the sea had to be closed for ensuring the safety of the ocean liners.
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Swami Vivekananda was a great spiritual leader who belongs to the 19th century AD. He stunned the world in the parliament meeting in Chicago. Swamiji preached the religion of mind and the power of meditation.
Swami Vivekananda came down to Kanyakumari on December 24 during the year of 1892. He swam across the shark infested sea and reached the rock. He sat in meditation on 26 and 27. And then he became a powerful spiritual leader. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
This grand memorial to Swami Vivekananda is constructed on one of the twin rocks jutting out from the sea. It is about 200 meters from the sea shore. We can see a Dhyana Mandapam there. This Mandapam provides us an apt setting we can sit in a serene atmosphere and meditate. People from all over the world are visiting here.
Sri Paada Mandapam is another shrine. It is constructed over the foot print of the Goddess, who is believed to done a penance here. Ferry services are available to reach this memorial during the time of 8.00Am-4.00Pm. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
Mahatma Gandhi visited Kanyakumari in 1925 and 1937.This memorial to Gandhiji is raised at this spot in 1948.His ashes were kept for public dharsan and they have to pay their respects before immersing at the confluence of 3 seas. A beautiful monuments has been constructed after the commemoration of this event. The architecture of this memorial is such that the sun rays falls on this spot through a narrow orifice, where the ashes were kept. This incident will take place on October 2nd only once a year [ie] Gandhiji’s Birthday. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
Thiruvalluvar statue is an embodiment essence of Tamil classic; ‘Thirukkural’. In order to perpetuate the memory of Thiruvalluvar, the Tamil Nadu government has installed a statue of thiruvalluvar in kanya kumari at the confluence of three seas.
This statue is constructed on one of the twin rocks in mid-sea. This 133 feet tall statue represents the 133 chapters of the Thirukkural. Thiruvalluvar statue is fully made up of granite stones, weighing about 7,000 tonnes. This statue comprises 3,681 pieces of granite boulders. This weighs about 3-8 tonnes. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
Suchindram temple is about 13Km from Kanyakumari. This temple is considered as one of the store houses of the richest specimens of art and sculptures in stone. The temple is venerated by both Saivaites and Vaishnavaites. It enshrines on a single Linngam, which is known as sthanumalaya.The trinity are installed in the form of a Linga which is having 16 moons[ie]Chandrakala. They are located one over the other under the canopy of the serpent Naga. The gopuram of this temple is about 134 feet high. There is a hollow trunk of a tree which was estimated to be over 2,500 years old. The trunk has been plated to preserve it from decay. In that hollow tree there are 3 lingams. They are Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara [ie] the trinity of the Indian scriptures. We can see the image of Anasuya who turned them into babies is as its centre. A small artistic shrine has been made in front of it. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
The 18 foot-tall Hanuman and the musical pillars in the corridor are very interesting and worth to visit.
Nagaraja Temple at Nagercoil
Nagerkovil is about 20km from kanyakumari. There is a temple at Nagerkovil, which is dedicated to the serpent deity Nagaraja. The sanctum is a simple thatched shed, with mud walls. The prasadam distributed in this temple is in wet sand. It is scooped out from the ground where the image of the deity enshrines the king of serpents. The Naga flower found in the temple garden is a symbolic representation of Nagaraja.
Our tradition states that the king of Kalakkad was cured of his leprosy. Then he rebuilt the temple in Kerala style. Bhuthalavira Sri Vira udaya Marthanda varma ruled Venad with Kalakkad as his capital during the period of 1516-1535AD. It is believed that snake bite is not a fatal within a kilometer of the temple. The fane has some Jain sculptures also. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
This palace is about 32Km from Kanyakumari. Padmanabapuram was an ancient capital of Travancore state during the period of 1798AD. There is a palace, inside this we can see an old fort and a pagoda shaped palace with 17th and 18th century arts and architecture. This fort spreads over an area of 6 acres. It is known for its famous antiques. This includes an armory of the royal family. The murals and the wood works in this palace is very intricate top visit and worth to see.
Apart from them, there are so many temples inside this fort. They are Sri Ramaswami temple, Sri subramanya temple and Sri Saraswathi temple. The scenes from Ramayana were carved out in wood in the Ramaswami temple. They are very fantastic. << Kanyakumari More Information >>
Thirparappu Water falls
This falls is about 70Km from Thirunelveli. The word Thirparappu means a pavilion of beauty and sacredness. The panaromic view of the shrine with green hills and the perennial river kodayur running in front of the shrine is really wonderful and attractive. The sparkling water falls is a rich feast for our eyes. A bath in these waterfalls gives most refreshment to our soul and body.
Vattakottai is about 6Km from Kanyakumari. This is a circular fort which gives overlooking to the sea. It was built by the Dutch in the 18th century. The sea here is very calm and ideal for bath.
How to reach
Trivandrum airport is the nearest one. It is about 87Km from here.
Kanyakumari has a well connected rail junction.
It has a well connected road to all the towns in our state.
A glace of distances
Chennai is about 703 Km.
Madurai is about 245Km from here.
Rameswaram is about 409 Km.
Thiruchendur is about 80Km from here.