Kanniyakumari 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 Kanniyakumari. Such a geographically blessed destination is rare and these features make Kanniyakumari one of the most visited places in India annually.
The place gets its name from the Hindu goddess Devi Kanniyakumari, 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 Kanniyakumari 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 Kanniyakumari.
What Kanniyakumari offers to a passionate traveller are many spectacular joys. Of course being a coastal region Kanniyakumari has great beaches that are perfect to spend vacations at. Then there are spectacular monuments that remind you about the rich cultural heritage that Kanniyakumari has to offer. Then comes various temples, churches, waterfalls – all adding up to the stunning experiences that make Kanniyakumari a must-explore destination. Kanniyakumari 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.
Buses ply from major cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Coimbatore, Puducherry and Chennai to Kanyakumari Bus Stand, Puthugramam.
Vadasery Bus Stand, Nagercoil, about 21 km away.
The nearest International airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is 76 km from Kanyakumari.
Madurai International Airport, about 240 km away.
Kanyakumari Railway Station.
Nagercoil Junction Railway Station, 17 km away.
The perfect time to experience Kanyakumari is from November to March as the weather would be cool and pleasant. Summers can be really hot as the destination has a tropical climate.
An enduring symbol of a dynasty that once ruled over the region and a splendid tourism hotspot now visited by tourists from all over the world – Vattakottai Fort is not just a remnant of an empire, but also a source of great fascination.
Take a stroll through these sands. Watch the waves hit the shore in perfect harmony. Listen to the soothing sounds of Nature. Be rejoiced. Be recharged. Be lost for words as you experience the Sothavilai Beach – in one of the finest shores in Tamil Nadu.
Here’s an engineering wonder amid lush greenery, that offers visitors breathtaking scenes of the stunning surroundings. Rivers, hills and the thrills of being one with Nature – Mathoor Hanging Bridge is a delightful place to visit and explore.
On the shores of the sea nestles a living memorial for India’s greatest son. The setting is calm and peaceful – just like the messages of the great man himself. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Kanniyakumari, showcases the life and teachings of the Mahatma.
The waves around remind the words of his poems; high and low tides full of varied emotions, so profound and elegant. The Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanniyakumari is not just a splendid work of art, it is a masterpiece for generations.
Amid the soothing sea breeze and dancing waves is a rock, so enigmatic and elegant. It’s a tribute to India’s greatest monk who took this land’s spiritual brilliance to the world. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is as timeless as the sage himself.
Here is where natural wonders and man-made masterpieces converge to provide a mind-blowing view. It’s beautiful, inviting and majestic, all at the same time. The Kanniyakumari Beach located in the Southern tip of India is for sure one for ages.Read More
Adorning the splendid coastline is a resplendent beach filled with golden sands and glittering experiences. Be lost for words and moods, as you relax on the beach, embraced by the warm hug of the cool sea breeze. Sanguthurai Beach is indeed a wonder coast.
The southernmost tip of India is a charming town blessed with beautiful temples, historical monuments and serene beaches. Kanniyakumari has been and remains a preferred destination for tourists. Part 5 of an Outlook special on tourism in Tamil Nadu.7 months ago