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"Cape Comorin or The Land's End"

Kanyakumari Tourism

Bordered by the three seas - Arabian, Indian and the Bay of Bengal, Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula. A small coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari was earlier known as Cape Comorin. The town is a mountainous terrain amid three seas, with elevated patches of hills, coconut trees and lined with paddy fields. Kanyakumari is also the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach. 

The town is not only popular for its unique phenomenon but also its beaches, temples, iconic monuments that attract a huge number of tourists throughout the year. The Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Statue of the Poet Thiruvalluvar, the Padmanabhapuram Palace, the Vattakottai Fort, and the Gandhi Memorial are few of the most important sites in Kanyakumari. 

Waterfalls in Kanyakumari that you should not miss out on include the Thirparappu falls, the Courtallam Falls, and the Olakaruvi falls. Kanyakumari has an authentic South Indian cuisine, with seafood and coconuts being an integral part of almost all dishes. While Kanyakumari is not a traditional shopping destination, you can buy plenty of souvenirs and curios from the numerous stalls and boutiques dotting the beachfront, with decorative seashell trinkets being a must-buy.

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Sunset And Sunrise

One of the unique features of Kanyakumari is the beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset. It is one of the main tourist attractions. It is a breathtaking sight everyone waits for on the shores every morning. This spectacular sight is one of the many reasons why Kanyakumari is famous. On full moon evenings, one can see the moon rising and the sun setting at the same time. Although a rare sight, one should definitely try to catch the moment at least once in their life. During the sunrise and sunset, the famous Vivekananda Rock and the statue of Thiruvalluvar look even more striking. It is a sight with a beautiful blend of the natural and the man-made. The timings of the sunrise and sunset vary from season to season. However, one can confirm the timings at the hotels they are staying at.

History

According to a famous legend, Kanya Devi, an avatar of Goddess Parvati, was supposed to wed Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva himself failed to turn up for this day and the wedding did not take place. The rice grains and cereals that were supposed to be for the marriage, remained uncooked. It is said, that even today, one can find stones that look exactly like rice grains. Many people believe that they are the remains of the marriage. Kanya Devi, it is said, remained a virgin goddess. During the early 18th Century AD, Islam entered Southern India through the traders. Christianity entered the southern part in AD 52 through St. Thomas. Islam, Christianity and Jainism have significantly contributed to the literary and architectural tradition of the place. The Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks too, have contributed to the beautiful architectures that can be mostly found in the temples of Kanyakumari. During the British Raj, Kanyakumari was given the title of Cape Comorin.

About Kanyakumari and Geography

Kanyakumari also known as Kanniyakumari, earlier known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu India. The name comes from the temple, Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats. The nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, 22 km away. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination.

Kanyakumari is located at 8.08°N 77.57°E. It has an average elevation of 300 meters. Contrary to the popular belief that Kanyakumari lies at the meeting point of three bodies of water, it borders only one, the Laccadive Sea to the south-west, south, and to the south-east. It is the confluence of the Western Coastal Plains and Eastern Coastal Plains.

The Land Where Three Seas Meet

Kanyakumari offers the marvellous confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea and Indian ocean meeting together at a point. But, this is not the miracle, the miracle lies in the beauty that the water of three seas does not mix, you can clearly distinguish between the turquoise blue, deep blue and sea green waters of the three seas. To enjoy the best view you can visit the Triveni Sangam point and the famous View tower to absorb the beauty of nature in your hearts. Do not miss the sunset from these viewpoints.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kanyakumari

In Kanyakumari, much of what is prepared is done so with a generous use of spices and an essential garnish of coconut. Hence, one can sense these two flavours distinctly in almost all the food here. Other than these, do enjoy delicacies of freshly caught fishes, as well as typical South-Indian platters in one of their most authentic and lip-smacking forms. Typical South-Indian delicacies that one must try include Idli, Dosa, Chutney, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Upma, Sweet Pongal, Payassam, Kesari and more. One also finds North-Indian, Gujarati, Chinese, Rajasthani cuisines here.

Please note: Even though it is a famous tourist spot, one cannot find many restaurants that serve western cuisines.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Kanyakumari by evening, check-in at the hotel and relax.
Day 2:Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Vattakottai fort, an 18-century marvel which offers the scenery of sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other. Visit Triveni Sangam: The southern most tip of India, which offers the beautiful confluence of three seas- Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. You can also visit the View Tower to enjoy the panoramic view of this site. Later, take a ferry to Thiruvalluvar statue, which is located on a small island 400 m away from the shore. Later, visit Vivekananda Memorial in the evening to enjoy the marvellous landscape of sun setting in the sea. Back to hotel. Dinner and rest at the hotel.
Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the hotel for the local sightseeing around the city. Visit St. Xavier's church. Visit Thanumalyan temple in Suchindram, where trinity is worshipped. Visit Our lady of Ransom Church, one of the famous church in Kanyakumari. Spend the evening at the beaches of Kanyakumari. Back to hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Check-out from the hotel. You can also visit the famous waterfalls that are located on the outskirts of Kanyakumari- Thiruparrapu falls, Olakavuri waterfalls, Mankayam waterfalls, Pazhaya waterfalls, are some of the famous waterfalls around Kanyakumari.

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What are the places near Kanyakumari?

The top places near to Kanyakumari are Kovalam which is 70 km from Kanyakumari, Poovar which is located 57 km from Kanyakumari, Trivandrum which is located 64 km from Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli which is located 73 km from Kanyakumari, Munnar which is located 228 km from Kanyakumari

What is the best way to reach Kanyakumari?

Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest international airport, with direct flights from the Middle East, Singapore, Maldives and Sri Lanka. From there it takes about three hours by train or bus or taxi to reach Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari also houses one of the end points of the largest train route in India, Kanyakumari to Jammu.Buses are frequently available from Thiruvananthapuram,the closest major transport hub. Long distance buses are available from Chennai (Madras), Coimbatore, Madurai, Bangalore etc.
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What is famous about Kanyakumari?

Kanyakumari is famous for its sunsets and sunrise. Being the Southern most tip of India, it is filled with a number of beaches. An important pilgrimage spot for both Christians and Hindus.

What is the best time to visit Kanyakumari?

The months from October until February are considered the best time to visit Kanyakumari, as the weather remains calm and pleasant. Although this coastal region is a bit humid, this is the best time to try out some adventurous water sports, going on sightseeing and outings, undertaking beach activities and savouring the spectacular sunset views. With the beginning of winters in November, Kanyakumari also hosts many festivals during this month, for instance the Cape Festival.
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What are the things to do in Kanyakumari?

The top things to do in Kanyakumari are Thirparappu Falls, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kumari Amman Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace. You can see all the places to visit in Kanyakumari here

What is the local food in Kanyakumari?

In Kanyakumari, much of what is prepared is done so with a generous use of spices and an essential garnish of coconut. Hence, one can sense these two flavours distinctly in almost all the food here. Other than these, do enjoy delicacies of freshly caught fishes, as well as typical South-Indian platters in one of their most authentic and lip-smacking forms. Typical South-Indian delicacies that one must try include Idli, Dosa, Chutney, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Upma, Sweet Pongal, Payassam, Kesari and more. One also finds North-Indian, Gujarati, Chinese, Rajasthani cuisines here.

Please note: Even though it is a famous tourist spot, one cannot find many restaurants that serve western cuisines.
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How much does a package cost for Kanyakumari?

The packages for Kanyakumari start at INR 6768 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

Who should visit Kanyakumari?

Kanyakumari is considered an ideal destination to spend your vacations with your family. It is also a great pilgrimage spot owing to a number of temples and ashrams located in the city. Apart from this, Kanyakumari is also a delight for nature and beach lovers as the sunset and sunrise offer one of the best landscapes of nature.

What is not so good about Kanyakumari?

Crowded and dirty in peak seasons. Can be quite hot and humid during summers.

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cva THALA VERIYAN 8 months ago
Great place to visit in tamilnadu.....also one of the safest place for women and girls..u can enjoy great climate in summer here...welcome to kanyakumari ...try to visit one of busiest city Nagercoil which is the capital of kanyakumari
Rajeswari m.Y 2 years ago
Kanyakumari is one of the favorite tourist destinations in India. It has many fascinating attractions for its tourists that depict the glorious past and the cultural beauty of Kanyakumari. You can get more details in "link hidden"
Surbhi Parashar 2 years ago
You can find temples, churches, religious pillars and statues everywhere to keep you fascinated. The mixed culture of the place is reflected in the art, architecture and even in the local cuisine. If you are a history buff, you can undertake an excursion to the Kumari Amman Temple or to the Vattakottai Fort that stands erect even today. And if you wish to chill out at a seashore, Sanguthurai Beach, Sothavilai Beach amongst plenty others on the coastline are exotic and the perfect place to spend the evening. The wax museum is a different yet equally alluring hotspot for vacationers and is worth a visit.
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