Beautiful Temples in Kanyakumari for a Sacred Getaway

Temples in Kanyakumari

Since ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the major centres of religion, art and culture. Famous for being the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beac (Read More)h, Kanyakumari is a very popular tourist destination, not just because of this unique geographical phenomenon, but also because the entire Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu is considered as a land of religious history and importance.

Here is the list of 13 Beautiful Temples in Kanyakumari for a Sacred Getaway

1. Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil

Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
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Situated in Suchindram, Thanumalay temple is also known as Sthanumalayan Kovil is the sacred shrine dedicated to Trimuthis (Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva). The beautiful temple was renovated in the 17th century, and its inscriptions date back to the 9th century.  One of the major highlights of this temple is the four musical pillars carved out of a single stone placed in the alankara mandapam area.

Timings: 4:30 AM - 12 PM, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: N Car St, Vivekananda Junction, Suchindram

2. Kumari Amman Temple

Kumari Amman Temple
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Kumari Amman Temple is one place in Kanyakumari with a lot of cultural significance in Kanyakumari. his magnificent temple is situated on the coast surmounting the beach and thousands of vacationers come here throughout the year. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.

Timings: 4:30 AM - 12 PM, 4 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Temple Road, Kanyakumari

3. Lord Subramanya Temple

Lord Subramanya Temple
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Lord Subramanya Temple is one of the most interesting temples to visit when in India. The never-ending pillars and countless towers give it a magnificent look. Many festivals are celebrated at Lord Subramanya Temple and especially during certain religious holidays, it is very hard to get in. 

4. Chitharal Jain Monuments

Chitharal Jain Monuments
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These monuments and temples are an effigy to the diversity of the culture and the religions existing in harmony in India. Sitharal Jain Monuments are one of these culturally rich monuments. Daily, the site hosts devotees and tourists who visit Sitharal Jain Monuments to honour their gods and values. 

Timings: 5 AM - 9 PM
Location: Vellamcode, Tamil Nadu. Located 48.4 km from the city via NH 66

5. Adikesava Perumal Temple

Adikesava Perumal Temple

The Adikesavaperumal Temple is situated in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. One of the 108 divya desams devoted to Vishnu, this temple is also referred to as the Srirangam of Chera Kingdom. Surrounded by rivers Kothai, Pahrali and Thamirabarani on three sides, Vishnu rests in this temple in a reclining position on this sacred land.

Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari district

6. Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, previously Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple, is a renowned temple near Colachel in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Built-in Kerala's traditional temple architectural-style, it lies near the seashore. A unique feature of this temple is its' presiding deity - an anthill with five heads, standing at a tall 15 feet. The local belief is that the anthill grows gradually. It is also referred to as 'Women's Sabarimala'.

Timings: 5:30 AM - 12 PM, 5:30 PM PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Thooppra moola, Vanniyoor Rd, near CSI Church, Kaliyakkavilai

7. Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple

Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple

Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple is an ancient temple in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Ayyappa or Alappancode Ammavan. It is the only temple in Tamil Nadu where a large number of elephants are adorned with embellishments for the annual procession on the last saturday of the solar year (December). The procession starts from the Kariyathara Temple, Anducode and ends at Alappancode, covering 7 kms.

Location: Northwest at 58 KM via SH 179

8. Bhoothalingaswamy Temple

Bhoothalingaswamy Temple

The Bhoothalingaswamy Temple in Boothapandi, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu is considered to be the legendary abode of Thadakai in the Ramayana. Built by King Pasum Pon Pandyan - son of Boothapandiyan, the sanctum sanctorum is a crude cell excavated from a large rock. The linga here is also from the same rock. The other deities in this temple are Nandi, Nataraja, Sivakami Ambal, Adithyan, Subramanian and Sandikeswarar. Sivakami Ambal, the main deity’s mother, has an exquisite shrine commemorated for her.

Timings: 4 AM – 11 AM, 4 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: North of the city, 28 KM via NH 66 and MDR927

9. Kattalai Amman Temple

Kattalai Amman Temple

Kattalai Amman Temple, previously known as Irumpudayaan Kandan Sasthan Kovil, is an old temple in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by mountains and canals, the oldest structures in this complex date back 8000 years - being the Nagaramman Temple and central lamp post. The complex maintained by the Elur Chetty community also has an Amman Temple and Shiva Maadan Temple today. 

10. Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple

Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple

Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple is a rock-cut temple in Thiruvattur, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Dating back to the seventh and eighth century AD, this cave temple is considered as a showcase of Pallava art. The hall of this temple seems to have had richly decorated frescoes which have slowly faded over the years. The earliest murals clearly denote the influence of the Kerala-style art, showing scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. This art is being revived by researchers, teachers and artists of the Sree Sankara Sanskrit College. The presiding deity of the temple is Thiru Nanthikeswarar.

Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM
Location: Thirunanthikarai, Tamil Nadu

11. Vadaku Thamaraikulam Krishna Aalayam

Vadaku Thamaraikulam Krishna Aalayam

The Vadaku Thamaraikulam Krishna Aalayam is a modern temple dedicated to Lord Krishna near Swamithoppu in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. Completed as recently as 2005, this modern temple celebrates Janmashtmi with warmth and valour. This temple has a large pond within it as Vadaku Thamaraikulam means ‘Northern Lotus Pond’ in Tamil.

Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari district

12. Shenbagavalli Amman Temple

Shenbagavalli Amman Temple

The Sree Chenbagavalli Amman Temple in the Payanam village of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Goddess Parvati in her avatar as Chenbagavalli Amman. The presiding deity is holding a trident and child in her hands. The sanctum has 17 pillars that support a mandapam, each representing an alphabet in her name. Every February- March, a local annual festival or procession is celebrated where the deity is taken through the village and the neighbouring region.

Timings: 6 AM - 11 AM, 4 PM - 8 PM

13. Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple

Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple

The Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple is situated in the Peruvilai village of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Dedicated to Ayya Vaikundar or Ayya Vazhi, a popular deity in this region, this temple commemorates the fight against oppression which was fought by him. His unwavering devotion to the identity of men as equal made him have a lot of followers. The 20th day of Masi is the day he returned to Swamithoppu, his place of residence in this district, and is celebrated with a procession to this day.

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