Kanyakumari is situated in the southernmost tip of peninsular India and it is surrounded by the Lakshadweep Sea on three sides. This town is a popular tourist destination that has many amazing places of interest. You can take a leisurely trip to this place with your family and loved ones. Here are 6 famous tourist spots in Kanyakumari.
1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
This popular memorial stands on two rocks about 500 meters east of the southernmost tip of India. It was built to honour Swami Vivekananda. He is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. There are also legends which say that Goddess Kumari performed austerity on this rock. A separate meditation hall is attached to the memorial where visitors can meditate and achieve spiritual rejuvenation. It is open all days of the week and timings are 08.00 AM to 04.00 PM.
2. Kumari Amman Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Devi Kanyakumari, this temple is situated overlooking the sea and a peaceful aura is maintained all over. Many pilgrims visit this temple to bathe in the holy waters and get the divine blessings of the virgin Goddess. The temple is open from 04.30 AM to 11.45 AM and 05.30 PM to 08.45 PM.
3. Kanyakumari Beach
A trip to Kanyakumari is never complete without visiting the beach. It is an aesthetic multi-coloured beach, with hues of blue and green overlapping in the sea. There are many rocks on the seashore which makes it dangerous. However, it can cater to adventure loves who wish to take a thrilling walk to the sea. This beach is also famous for its beautiful view of sunrise and sunset.
4. Thiruvalluvar Statue
This is a 95 feet (29 meters) tall statue, built in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, the author of the famous Thirukkural. This statue is located on the top of a small island, which is the meeting point of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. The total height of the statue and pedestal is 133 feet, which denotes the 133 chapters of Thirukkural. Timings of this place are 08.00 AM to 04.00 PM.
5. Padmanabhapuram Palace
Situated at a distance of 20 km from Nagercoil, this palace is located in Padmanabhapuram, the capital city of Travancore Kingdom. This palace has magnificent Kerala architecture and it displays the rich cultural heritage of India. There are several structures and rooms built within the palace complex. Timings to visit are 09.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 04.30 PM. Except Monday, it is open on other days.
- Gandhi Mandapam
This is an aesthetically built monument in Kanyakumari. It was built as a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi. The structure stands upon the urn containing Gandhi’s ashes. It is built in such a way that on October 2nd the first rays of sun fall on Gandhi’s ashes. This is another important monument which reflects India’s rich cultural heritage. Timings to visit this place are 07.00 AM to 07.00 PM and it is open on all days.