The southernmost district in mainland India, Kanniyakumari is the richest district in Tamil Nadu in terms of per capita income and tops the state in Human Development Index (HDI), literacy and education. It has a varied topography with the sea on three sides and mountains of the Western Ghats bordering the northern side. Kanniyakumari is the only district in Tamil Nadu which is facing the Arabian Sea. It is geographically a Cape, and it was known earlier as Cape Comorin.
There are several centuries-old historic and religious sites in the district. Endowed with great natural beauty both along the coasts and mountainous interior the district has a rich variety of flora and fauna. The district is home to many practitioners of various branches of ancient India’s health tradition, including Siddha, Ayurveda and Varma Kalai.
Triveni Sangham is at Kanniyakumari. The Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet here to give spectacular sunrise, sunset and moonrise. And it was here Swami Vivekananda found nirvana.
Thirparappu Waterfalls, Manimedai, Mathur Aqueduct, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Udayagiri Fort, Vattakkottai, Vivekananda Rock and Chitharal Jain Rock Cut Temple are some of the popular tourist attractions in the district.
Buses ply from major cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Coimbatore, Puducherry and Chennai to Kanniyakumari Bus Stand, Puthugramam.
Vadasery Bus Stand, Nagercoil, about 21 km away.
The nearest International airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is 76 km from Kanniyakumari.
Madurai International Airport, about 240 km away.
Kanniyakumari Railway Station.
Nagercoil Junction Railway Station, 17 km away.
The perfect time to experience Kanniyakumari 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.
Dreaming of a delightful vacation by a splendid seaside where you can watch sunrise and sunset in all its glory? Or simply walk around the place, mesmerised by the enchanting beauty and historic virtues it treats you with? Welcome to Kanniyakumari .Read More
It's a view that will fill your heart with euphoric contentment; the sight of a meandering jungle stream descending from a height and creating sparkles of silver on dark rocks. Thiruparappu Waterfalls in Kanniyakumari is indeed a sight to behold.
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.
A mansion that tells many stories from the past – of kings, empires and royalty; flaunting its affluent beauty that boasts of the traditional Kerala architectural genre. Padmanabhapuram Palace will take you back in time and mesmerise any visitor with its quaint charm.
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.
Atop a poetic hillock, amid the serene lushness of greenery, nestles a temple that is so enigmatic and enticing. It’s where Nature says its prayers silently, and we bow down before its eternal majesty. Chitharal Jain Rock Cut Temple is a living wonder.
Thengapattinam in Kanyakumari district is a less-explored, serene sandy beach fringed by coconut groves and palms. The vast, windswept beach is an ideal place to spend a relaxed and idyllic day and is perfect for just strolling through its endless shores.
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.
A sun-kissed beach that is located near to a glowing historic location; a venue to unwind and relax from the buzzes of city life. Welcome to Vattakottai Beach, one of the finest and most captivating beaches in Kanyakumari.
What a marvel it is – a living tribute to the glorious Dravidian architectural style; a holy place of worship, yet a whole new experience of beauty. Thanumalayan Temple in Suchindram stands out for its amazing architectural elegance and divinity.
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.4 months ago