There are no words that can completely describe the beauty of
Kanyakumari and it remains one of the most popular tourist
destinations of south India. Located in the southernmost point of the
Indian mainland, it is a magnificent place of natural beauty where you
can see the deep blue waters of the ocean meeting the horizon. This
southern most town of Tamil Nadu is an important attraction for the
tourists. Before you set out on a tour, you should have enough
information about Kanyakumari that would help you explore the town
The nearest airport is
at Thiruvananthapuram, 90 km from Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari is well
connected by train services to all the major cities of India.
Kanyakumari is connected
by road to and from all the major cities of South India.
Kumari Amman Temple
Kumari Amman Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati as Devi Kanya (the
Virgin Goddess) is an important shrine here.
Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi
Goddess Bhagavathi Temple in Kanyakumari is picturesquely located at
the confluence of the three oceans - the Indian Ocean, the Bay of
Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Originally built by Pandyas, it was
expanded later by Nayaks. The image of the Goddess in the sanctum
looks serene and beneficent. The eastern gate of the temple facing the
Bay of Bengal is opened only five times a year.
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial
The memorial was erected to commemorate the evening of December 25,
1892, when Swami Vivekananda visited Kanyakumari as a pilgrim and swam
to the rock in the sea and spent the whole night there in deep
meditation. Only after that, he resolved to serve his Motherland and
spread the message of Vedanta.
It enshrines the spot where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma
Gandhi was kept for public view before immersing its contents in the
three seas. Built like an Oriyan temple, the uniqueness in its
construction lies in the fact that on October 2nd, Gandhiji's
birthday, the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept.
One of the celebrated Vaishnav temples of Kannyakumari, Alvar
Tirunagari temple is one of the nine sung of by the saint Namalvar. It
is said that the saint attained enlightenment under a tree enshrined
here. It is dedicated to Lord Adinatha and the musical instrument used
in the temple festival here called Nadaswaram is made of stone.
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