Kanyakumari is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is also known as Cape Comorin. The name of Kanyakumari comes from Devi Kanya Kumari temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range. It is surrounded by Majestic Hills and the plains bordered by colorful sea-shores, fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields.
Kanyakumari has been one of the major centers of arts, culture, and religion since the ancient times. The city’s beaches are also the only beaches in the world where you can experience both sunrise and the sunset.
Tourist Attractions Places in Kanyakumari:
- Kanyakumari Temple: It is also known as the Kumari Amman Temple. It is dedicated to the goddess Devi kumari Amman. It is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology. The temple is one of the major Hindu temples across India. It consists almost all the ancient Hindu scriptures.
- Vivekananda Rock Memorial: It is built in 1970. It is one of the finest pieces of human endeavor at architecture in Southern India. As its name implies, it is essentially a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 24th, 25th and 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. It is one of the iconic monuments in Kanyakumari. The rock located 100 meters from the sea-shore. The memorial consists of two main structures – Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam.
- Thiruvalluvar Statue: The statue is 133 feet tall and it is dedicated to Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar, who was considered to be one of the greatest Tamil Poets in India. He is globally renowned for his work Thirukkural, which is a collection of 1330 Tamil couplets.
- Suchindrum: It is one of the renowned temple towns is located 11 kilometers from the city of Kanyakumari. The temples here are built in the distinctive Dravidian style and are adorned with massive gopurams which are a common characteristic of all the Dravidian temples.
- Mahatma Gandhi Memorial:It is completed in 1956 and it has been associated with the famous personality like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda. Mahatma Gandhi was kept here for public to pay homage before immersion. Its central shape is 79 feet high representing the age of the Mahatma Gandhi.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace: The palace located in the foothills of the Velli Hills, the palace is spread across 4 kilometers. This palace is built of granite. It was the residence of the Travancore Rulers and was constructed around 1601 AD. The complex contains several important buildings like the King’s council Chamber, Thai Kottaram or the Mother’s palace and the Natakasala or the house of performances etc.
- Mathoor Hanging Bridge: The Bridge is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, having a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometer. It is constructed in 1966. This Bridge has become an importance place of tourist and hundreds of tourists visit this place.
- Kanyakumari Beaches: Kanyakumari is famous for many other attractive places itself though special for the beach. Kanyakumari beach is bound by rocks .The beach here is the southern boundary of India and special because of the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. A panoramic view of sunrise and sunset make this place a memorable one in our lifetime.
How to Reach There:
By Air: The nearest airport to Kanyakumari is the Trivandrum International Airport. Apart from being well connected with the major cities in India, the airport is also well linked with some gulf countries.
By Train: Kanyakumari has its own railhead and trains from major cities of India stop at this junction.
By Bus: Tamil Nadu and Kanyakumari Road Transport Corporation offer the regular fleet of buses to almost all the major cities of South India.
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