Kanyakumari is a special destination in many different ways. It is the southernmost tip of the mainland of India. Three major water bodies – the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean – converge right here in Kanyakumari. Such a geographically blessed destination is rare and these features make Kanyakumari one of the most visited places in India annually.
The place gets its name from the Hindu goddess Devi Kanyakumari, who is considered to be the sister of Lord Krishna. When the Dutch East India Company conquered Portuguese Ceylon from the Portuguese East Indies, the name Kanyakumari was shortened to Comorin. Eventually during the British regime in India, the destination began to be called Cape Comorin. Later, the Government of India renamed it as Kanyakumari.
What Kanyakumari offers to a passionate traveller are many spectacular joys. Of course being a coastal region Kanyakumari has great beaches that are perfect to spend vacations at. Then there are spectacular monuments that remind you about the rich cultural heritage that Kanyakumari has to offer. Then comes various temples, churches, waterfalls – all adding up to the stunning experiences that make Kanyakumari a must-explore destination. Kanyakumari is the only spot in India from where you can watch the spectacle of the sunset and the moonrise happening simultaneously on Full Moon days. It’s even grander during the day of ‘Chithra Pournami’ when the Sun and the Moon will appear facing each other in the same horizon.
Two popular attractions of the region are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Statue of Thiruvalluvar located side by side in the sea.