A place with religious importance, Kanyakumari is located not just in serene location, but the fresh air that it offers is incomparable. Vested in the southernmost tip of India, this city shares an outstandingly mesmerizing beauty. This city is a home to many tourists from all over the globe. One does not have to bother about lodging here as this city has good and ample number of hotels for a large number of tourists. Places like Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvallur Statue, Thanumalayam Temple, Vattakottai Fort, Baywatch and Padmanabhapuram Palace are some interesting sites for the tourists. Once you come to this place, you would not like to get your eyes off the pristine beach where the sea waves touch your feet.
Places To SeeVivekanandapuram
Maintained by the Ramakrishna Mission, it is one of the rare peaceful areas in Kanyakumari. Spread across an area of 100 acres, Vivekanandapuram is the headquarters of the Vivekananda Kendra. It has a well-stocked library within the premises. Tip
: If you wish to see the sunset or sunrise, it is recommended that you see it from the beach at Vivekanandapuram. The temple of Goddess Kumari
Though the temple is small, it is still worth a visit. It comes with all the usual features normally associated with a Hindu temple such as pujaris, kumkums and prasad. As a mark of respect to the presiding Devi, all men are supposed to enter the temple with bare torsos. Tip
: Be careful of the touts in the crowd at the temple. Vivekananda Rock
Located about a hundred meters from the shore, the Vivekananda Rock is a landmark attraction in Kanyakumari. A regular ferry service takes you from the mainland jetty to the Rock. The monument consists of two Mandaps (halls) - one dedicated to Swami Vivekananda and the other to a Holy Foot. The Holy Foot is a foot shaped carving of a footprint of Goddess Kumari who stood on this rock on one leg and performed penance. The Rock Memorial has a tall statue of Swami Vivekananda. However, visitors are not allowed to take photographs inside the hall. The Rock is a great place to view the sunrise and sunset. Tip
: There is always a long queue of people waiting to get to the rock. You can bypass the crowds by paying Rs 150 – the fee will allow you to board the ferry directly without waiting. Otherwise, the ticket is Rs 30 for a ride. Thiruvalluvar Statue
The statue is dedicated to the Tamil poet, philosopher, and saint Thiruvalluvar. The huge statue of the saint is carved out of many rocks that were then joined together. The 133 feet length corresponds to 133 chapters in the greatest epic written by the saint Thirukkural. From the feet of the statue you can take in the breath taking views of the surroundings. It is believed that even Mahatma Gandhi could not resist the charm of this area – in fact there is also a place dedicated to him, called Gandhi Mandapam. Our Lady of Ransom Church
The church is located on the shoreline of the Bay of Bengal. It is about 100-years-old and is dedicated to Mother Mary. Considered as one of the most beautiful churches in India, it looks simply stunning against the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky. The architecture reflects a strong Portuguese and Gothic influence. The main highlight of the church is the central tower which is 153 feet high and is crowned with a cross of pure gold. Tip
: You can plan your trip in December to enjoy the 10-day carnival festival which is held during the second week of the month. The fishing hamlets of other nearby places and people of other religions come together to celebrate the festival.
Things To DoSee the sunrise/sunset
You can enjoy some of the best sunrise/sunset views from a few kilometers to the West of Kanyakumari's point and the big Thiruvalluvar Statue. There is a nice stone boat shed, a big Virgin Mary statue, and some rocks that add to the mystic experience. Depending on the weather, at certain times of the year, you can view the setting sun and rising moon at the same time in the twilight. Meditation
Given the mystic environs near the Vivekananda Statue, many people come here to experience spiritual bliss. Vivekananda Rock memorial has a special meditation room which is absolutely quiet. Tip
: You will be required to wash your feet before entering the temple. Bathing is not allowed because of the powerful ocean waves though you will see some people flouting the norms. Shopping
Though Kanyakumari is not a place for shopaholics, you can purchase beautiful souvenirs for your loved ones. You can shop for lovely seashell trinkets, handicraft stuff made by the residents, and beautiful products are made of cane, bamboo and wood. Dining
Sea food is very famous here and you can enhance your taste buds with very spicy food. Coconut is the main ingredient in almost every cuisine. Most of the restaurants in the city serve a range of South Indian dishes including vada, idli, dosa and uttapam. Some of the restaurants here also offer Chinese, Rajasthani and Gujarati food .