Kanyakumari

At the southern most tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanniyakumari Cape Comorin), an important pilgrim centre. It got it's name from the deity of the place, Goddess Kanya Kumari; the virgin. Kanniyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon day. It is at its best during Chitra Pournami(full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face at the same horizon. The beach itself is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sand. There is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view. The government museum offers a good collection of sculptural art crafts of Tamil Nadu. The memorial to Swami Vivekananda, on a rocky promontory just over 400 meters off shore.

 
The Places To Visit
Beach
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Mukkudal dam
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Pechiparai dam
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Sanguthurai beach
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Chothavilai Beach
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Thekkurichi beack
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Thengapattinam beach
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Thirparappu water falls
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Sunrise and Sunset
Temple
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Chidaraal
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Guganathaswamy temple
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Kumari amman temple
  Keralapuram
  Murugan Kundram
  Sri bhagavathi amman temple, Mandaikadu
  St. Xavier Church
  Suchindram
  Vallimalai temple
View Point
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Gandhi memorial
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Kumari hall of history
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Kamaraj memorial
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Government museum
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Jeevanandam Mani Mandapam
  Mathur hanging bridge
  Maruthuva malai
  Padmanabhapuram palace
  Peer Mohanmmed dargha
  Saikuthambi pavalar memorial
  Swami Vivekananda rock memorial
  Thiruvalluvar Statue
  Thiruvattar
  Udayagiri fort
  Vattakottai
  View tower and telescope house
  Velu Thambi dalawah memorial
  Bay watch, the sun city
  Wax Museum

Kanyakumari View

  Gandhi memorial
The place has been associated with great men like Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi in whose names memorials have been here. They are very beautiful and add to the attraction of this place. The beautiful Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956, is situated as a memorial to the Father of the Nation. An urn of Mahatma Gandhi was kept here for public to pay homage before immersion. Mahatma Gandhi visited Kanyakumari twice in 1925 and 1937. Mahatma Gandhi visited Kanyakumari in January 1937. In 1948 his ashes were immersed in the sea waters in Kanyakumari. In commemoration of this event a beautiful monument has been constructed here. Its central shape is 79 feet high representing the age of the Mahatma at the time of the sun at Mid day on 2nd October would fall on the peedam through a hole in the roof. The memorial was transferred to the administrative control of the Public (Information and Public Relations) Department from Public Works Department of Government of Tamil Nadu in the year 1978.
 
  Kumari hall of history
It is located south side of Kanyakumari Railway Station exhibits the pictures of historical wonders and also comprised rare photographs Kamarajar, Gandhiji and other freedom fighters. Visiting hours:- From 08.30 A.M to 08.30 P.M.
  Kamaraj memorial

As a tribute to K.Kamaraj, who served as the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu and who was a great freedom fighter, the Government of Tamilnadu constructed a Memorial at the place where his ashes were kept for public to pay homage before immersion in the sea. President of Indian National Congress. He was popularly known as Black Gandhi among the masses and king maker during congress regime. Many rare photographs of Kamraj and his meeting with various leaders are displayed in this Memorial.

 

  Government Museum

Established in 1991, Government Museum is situated in Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of Indian subcontinent. It has large collections of sundry objects such as old coins, whalebones, tribal objects, bronze sculptures and woodcarvings. The museum also displays a variety of specimens relating to art, archaeology, anthropology, numismatics and philately. Government museum is open from 09:30 to 17:00 hrs on all days except Fridays, Second Saturdays and national holidays.

 
  Jeevanandam Mani Mandapam
Jeevanandam was one of the fore runners of the Marxist movement of India especially in Tamilnadu. He represented in the 1957 election contesting for washermenpet in Chennai and proved to be an emiment Parliament member. A memorial was built in respect of Jeevanandam on 19-04-1998 at Nagercoil. The memorial has the statue, the life history and photograps of Jeevanandam, displayed in it.
 
  Mathur hanging bridge

The Mathur Hanging Trough is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia , having a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometre. Constructed in 1966, this bridge has become a place of tourist importance and hundreds of tourists visit this place. This is situated in Mathur, hamlet of Aruvikkarai revenue village in Thiruvattar Panchayat Union. The bridge has been constructed at Mathur across the river Parazhiyar at a cost of Rs. 12.90/- lakhs and the trough canal (Pattanamkal canal) on the bridge carries water for irrigation from one side of a hill to the other side of a hill. The trough has a height of seven feet with a width of seven feet six inches.

 
  Maruthuva malai
Maruthuva Malai, 800 ft high, is a part of the Western Ghats . Located in the forested area of Kanyakumari District, it is about 7 km from Kanyakumari and 11 km from Nagercoil. Maruthuva Malai is also known as 'Marunthu Vazhum Malai', which literally means the abode of medicinal herbs. Legend has it that Maruthuva Malai is a fragment of the Sanjeevani Mountain , a piece of which fell down here while being carried by Lord Hanuman to cure Lakshman. Besides, Shri Narayana Guru, a great social reformer, is believed to have meditated in a cave in the Maruthuva Malai. Maruthuva Malai Shiva Temple and Nayanar Swamy Ashram are the prime attractions in the vicinity. By road, Maruthuva Malai can be approached from Kanyakumari Central Bus Station. Kanyakumari Railway Station is the nearest railhead. Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport.
 
  Padmanabhapuram palace
The ancient historical town Padmanabhapuram is one of the four municipalities in the district is 55 Km. south of Trivandrum, about two km. east of Thuckalay and 35 km. from Kanyakumari on the Trivandrum-Cape Comerin road. This town is surrounded by a fort with an area of 187 acres. The ancient capital of Travancore might be constructed before AD 1601. The palace with an area of seven acres, is situated in the very centre on the Padmanabhapuram Fort, amidst hills, dales and rivers. The palace which is situated in Kanyakumari District is under the control of a Curator of the Archaeological Department of Kerala Government. The fort which was built with mud originally was dismantled and reconstructed with granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma. The height of the walls varies from 15' to 24' according to the inclination of the ground.
 
  Swami Vivekananda rock memorial
This grand memorial to the great Indian Philosopher Swami Vivekananda is on one of the twin rocks jutting out from the sea about 200 meters offshore.There is a Dhyana Mandapam where one can sit in a serene atmosphere and meditate.Ferry services are available to reach the memorial. The memorial consists of two main structures, viz (i) Vivekananda Mandapam and (ii) Shripada Mandapam.
Vivekananda Mandapam: - This 180'-11 ½ ‘ X 56' Mandapam consists of (1) Dhyana Mandapam, i.e., Meditation Hall with six adjacent rooms (2) Sabha Mandapam or the Assembly Hall including Pralima Mandapam (statue section) two rooms, a corridor and an open Prakaram round the Sabha Mandapam (30 Mukha Mandapam (Portion) and (4) the Front Entrance steps with two rooms and a corridor below the steps.
Shripada Mandapam: - This square hall consists of (1) Garbha Graham i.e., (Sanctum Sanctorum) (2) the Inner Prakaram (3) the Outer Prakaram and (4) the Outer Platform all around. Both the Mandapams are so designed that the vision of Swamiji in the statue would be seen direct towards the Shripadam.
 
  Thiruvalluvar Statue

This statue of the great Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar is built exactly of that of the statue of Liberty in America . The stone statue is 133 feet high representing the 38 chapters in the first part of the Kural (Virtue) and the 95 ft statue represents the total chapters in the second and third parts of the Kural, Wealth and Love. Thus the statue symbolizes the themes of wealth love based on virtue. The pedestal is surrounded by an artistic mandapam known as alankara mandapam. Surrounding this mandapam stand statues of ten elephants. To help the visitors to worship the holy feet of the saint 140 steps are constructed inside the mandapam. The foundation stone for the statue was laid in 1979. Five hundred sculptors were engaged for this work under the able guidance of Dr. Ganapathi Sthapathi and the work was completed in 1999. The state was inaugurated on 1st January 2000 by Dr.Mu. Karunanidhi, the then chief minister of Tamil nadu.

 
  Thiruvattar

The Adikesavar temple at Thiruvattar which is noted for its ezquisite workmanshiip in stone and wood. The Thiruvaalimaarbar temple at Thiruppathisaram, the birth place of Nammalvar are the two centres in the district among the108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites in India . The temple at Keralapuram where the image of Vinayaka changes its color half-yearly, the rock-cut-temple at Thirunandikkarai of Archaeological importance, the temple of Thirpparappu with the sparkling waterfalls, the shrine of Bagavathy at Karungal where the image of Lord Siva holding deer and axe in his hand has been enshrined in the sanctum, the shrine of Thipparamalai containing a rare image of Sri Krishna of 14 feet in height and the rare shrines of Avvaiar, the divine poetess of Tamilnadu are some of the less-known temples in the district. Like Kanyakumari the three oceans meet, the district of Kanyakumari also accommodates the different faith in its bosom. There is epigraphic evidence to show that there was a reputed Jain centre at Thiruchcharanathumalai (chithral) where a number of disciples were trained by the the nuns to preach Jain dharma among the people in different parts of the country during 9th Century A.D.

 
  Udayagiri fort
This fort is located at a distance of 14kms. from Nagercoil. This was the vital military station of the Travancore rulers, when Padmanabapuram was capital of Travancore. It was stated to have been originally built in the year 1600 AD, and then Marthanda varma rebuilt it. It is stated that a brass gun of 16 feet long bored found inside the fort could not be moved even a few years by1200 persons with the help of 19 elephants.
East India company's troops were stationed there till the middle of the 19th century. The fort enclosed with an area of about 90 acres and contains an isolated hill, which afford a panaromic view of the surrounding area. The tombs of Dalhousie, his wife and his son can be seen, inside a partly ruined chapel inside of the fort.
 
  Vattakottai
This place is 6 km north-east of Kanyakumari. There is a granite fort located in this place. This along with the other line of ramparts are terminals to the south Travancore. It was built by King Marthanda. This was built in defense, to protect, Nanjil Nadu. The fort is located in a three and half acres land area. The fort walls are of 25 feet high. There is a parapet which is 29 feet thick in the front side and 18 feet at the corners and 6 feet at the rears. This was very strongly built through the orders of De Lennoy, during the reign of King Marthanda.
 
  View tower and telescope house

 

The vast area of the landscape, the seashore, the Vivekananda Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue can be seen clearly from the telescope in this view tones. In the mornings from 5 am to 7 pm in the evening the visitors can have a view on the telescope. The entry ticket is rupees 2 for children and rupees 3 for adults.

 
  Velu Thambi dalawah memorial

 

This memorial is located 30 km away from Kanyakumari. This place is of historical importance. The great revolutionary Velu Thamby Dalawah, who was the general (Diwan) of Travancore was born here. He rose and fought against the British supremacy in India . His home located in Thalakulam village was ransacked by the Britishers. He used his weapons and other belongings to fight against the Britishers kept in this place.

 
  Tiger valley

 

Tiger valley The valley is situated between waterfall and Attakatti after 27 th hairpin band.view the scenic beauties of the evergreen forests,the sorrounding Upper Aliyar reservoir,the situated in udumalpettai area valparai road.

 
  Bay watch, the sun city
The water theme amusement park at sunset point offers a unique way to experience the exotic grandeur of Kanyakumari in its integrals. Baywatch comes up with a wholesome family entertainment saga of rapturous experience, which leaves you at a point of nonstop excitement in a thrilling and bewitching water world. Great fun styles equaling international standards keep you on the ecstatic brink of frenzy. Fun loaded rides like Bumping Car, Sky Cab, Crazy Chairs, Hot Tea Cups, Giant Wheel, Columbus, Wave pool, Milky Way, Multiple Splash, Kids Pool are some of our attractions. The location being a prominent place of national integration, by all means, Baywatch has become the abode of leisure, happiness laughter, family gatherings, etc. In other words a home away from home….
 
  Wax Museum
This wax museum is the first of the Indian Wax museums. This wax museum is near the Baywatch Theme park . This was opened for visitors to see from 24th December 2005 . This was built in the same style of Madame Tussand in London . This is built to attract tourists from all over the world. The entry fee to the park is rupees 200 but an entrance fee of 20 would do to visit the museum alone.

Kanyakumari Beach

  Mukkudal Dam
Fresh water supply to Nagercoil is from the Mukkadal Reservoir, about 8 km from the town, in the interior - itself a very scenic place, with a small bushy island in the middle of the dam. The dam is surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats .
 
  Pechiparai dam
About 43 km. from Nagercoil this dam has been constructed. This dam in Kalkulam Taluk, was built during the days of the Maharaja Sri Moolam Thirunal across the river Kodayar. The construction of the dam was designed on the pattern of the Periyar dam in the Madurai district. The length of the dam is 425.1 mts. It has a catchment area of 204.8 sq.km. There is a camp shed provided at the dam side for the visitors. The weather is very pleasant and hence attracts a large number of tourists. The reservoir is surrounded by dense forests which are famous for their valuable trees and rich would life such as tiger, elephants, deer etc.A hill tribe, small in number known as ‘Kanikars' dwell in the dense forests around the lake
 
  Sanguthurai beach
Sanguthurai is a beautiful beach resort and is very convenient for the local population of Nagercoil. It is only about 10 kms from the city. Unfortunately no infrastructure facilities were available in this beach. The district administration has now sanctioned a project for putting up of a children's park, seating facility, open huts (Kudils) with Terracotta roofs and lighting facility at the beach at a cost of Rs.6.00 lakhs. The entire work has been completed. It is also proposed to put up a few shops for Women Self Help Groups at the site, which can provide eatables to the on coming tourists at the beach side.
 
  Chothavilai Beach
This beach is about 10 Kms from Kanyakumari, is one of the best natural beaches of the district. The beach has shallow water and High sand dunes on the back ground. The District Administration has through its own funds and through the funds of MPLAD scheme, put up rest shelters, kudils and a view tower over here for the benefit of tourists. The tourists can reach the beach through the newly laid coastal road which is a very beautiful drive along the sea-coast.
 
  Thekkurichi beack
This place, Thekkurichi is a very small village. This is located in the West Coastal area. The seashores are calm and sereve in this beach. There are umpteen number of casnarina trees near the shore which provide shades and it is a joyous atmosphere.
 
  Thengapattinam beach
This place is located on the west coast, near painkulam village which comes under the revenue of Vilavancode. The beach here is a beautiful site because there are huge coconut groves near this beach. It is said that it was a major trade centre during the ancient days, specifically Arabra. The non-salty water from the Thamiraparani river enters into the sea through this beach. One can enjoy the boat ride on the back waters of the river. It is 35 kms far from Nagercoil and 54 km from Kanniyakumari Bus transport is frequent to this place.
 
  Thirparappu water falls
The English term for this Thiruparappu is a pavilion of beauty and holiness. This place is fascinating to watch. There is a shrine, wherein the green hills are located at the back drop of the shrine, and the Kodayur perennial river running in front of the shrine. There is a waterfall near the shrine which is really wonderful. This is 70 km far from Kanyakumari.
 
  Sunrise and Sunset
Sunrise can be seen in Kanniyakumari through out the year at Bay of Bengal . Sunset can be seen from View Tower through out the year except the months of June, July and August

Kanyakumari Temple

  Chidaraal
Chidaraal is a place in Kanyakumari district, which is 45 kms away from the capital city. There is a Jain Temple in this place which is exactly on the hill rock. The temple has the sculptures in it that are of the Jain Thirtankaras. The temple in chidaraal and the sculptures found in the temple are preserved by the Archaeological survey of India . They have maintained this in good condition.
 
  Guganathaswamy Temple
Built by Raja Raja Chola, Guganathaswamy Temple is a 1000-year-old shrine in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The shrine is in close proximity to Kanyakumari Railway Station.
 
  Kumari Amman Temple
This temple is located near the sea shore and it is a beautiful scene for visitors who visit this site. Mythology says that Goddess Devi performed prayers to get Lord Shiva's hand for marriage. When she did not get in hand to marry Lord Shiva, she promised ever to be a virgin which means Kanya in Tamil. The idol of the goddess in this temple has a nose ring studded with diamond which is visible even from the sea.
 
  Keralapuram
There is a temple of Lord Vinayaka in this place called Keralapuram. This place is located near Thukalay. The idol of the Lord Vinayaka confuses the pilgrims. The uniqueness about it is that it changes its colour. It is found to be black for the first six months and then changes its colour to white for the next six months.
 
  Murugan Kundram
3 Km from Kaniyakumari. It is a place where calm abides and peace reigns, all under August aegis of Sun and the Moon. A fine day to visit this place is on ‘Chithra Pournami' a full moon day in the month of April.
 
  Sri bhagavathi amman temple, Mandaikadu
KanyaKumari located in the southern most point of the Indian peninsula, is a small but very famous city. It draws its fame because of its rich history, culture and most importantly because of the many legends associated with the KanyaKumari temple, after which it is named. KanyaKumari is named after Goddess KanyaKumari.The KanyaKumari temple, is located at the very point where the three water bodies ( Bay of Bengal , Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea ) meet. What is interesting to note is the colorful sand that surrounds the temple premises and the beaches. According to legend, Goddess KanyaKumari was set to marry Lord Shiva, but he failed to show up on the wedding day. As a result, all the food cooked for the wedding remained unused and in course of time, turned into stone. The local people consider the different colored grains on the sand here to be the grains of the wedding.
 
  St. Xavier Church
A prove and dedicated priest visited the coastal areas of Tamilnadu from Goa . He stayed at Kottar on his visit. Kottar was an established trade centre during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. He was a catholic priest. He worshipped. Mary in a small temple in this place. He was called valoya Pandaram by the people. He turned away the padagas who tried to conquer the venad. The King appreciated the priest and offered him a land to build a catholic church. It was renovated and now it is a huge cathedral.
 
  Suchindram
Suchindram is a pilgrim town in the Kanyakumari district. There is a Thanumalayan temple in the place. This temple is a treasure of arts. The artistic skills of the architects, sculptors and craftsmen are found through their creation of the musical pillars and also the gorgeous 18 feet statue of Hanuman, The deputy of King Rama. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Trinity Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. The Hanuman Statue and Vinayaki (The female carving of Vinaya) are found exuberantly.
 
  Vallimalai temple

 

This temple in Vallimalai is constructed on a rock cut hill which is 300 steps atop from the plains. The temple as a whole is located inside a cave. The cave temple is found to be built in 3 successive levels. The elevation increases level after level. The shrines of Vinayakar and Kasi Viswanathar are found in this temple. The construction in this temple is attributed to the Pallava and Nayak rulers.

 

 

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