Kanyakumari is situated at a distance of 95 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Also known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is well connected to Thiruvananthapuram by road and train.
However, the best way to reach Kanyakumari from Thiruvananthapuram is by road, a journey of about 2 hours by car. The places covered between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari are Thiruvananthapuram - 12 km -> Kovalam - 56 km -> Villukuri - 27 km -> Kanyakumari.
On the way, there are several ATMs, hospitals, rest stops and dhabas. Restaurants such as Oasis Restaurant, bakeries such as City Bakery are present on the route. Restrooms are clean and tidy at most of the places. Petrol pumps of Reliance and Indian British Petroleum (IBP), among others, are also available at regular intervals on the way.
Transport options from Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari
Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari By Car: Hire a cab or rent a car to drive down to Kanyakumari, which takes about 2 hours. This mode is perfect for group travel, with senior citizens and kids. Approximate cost of cab per kilometre ranges from INR 10 to 14, depending upon the type of car hired.
The drive is easy as its just 90 km from my home. Half the route is boring with small roads and traffic. But as we enter Tamil Nadu, the scene changes. The mountains and small ponds and paddy fields on the road sides are a treat for the eyes to watch and it compensates for the early traffic and congested road till then. Normally it takes just around 2 hours with first 1 hour of boring drive and 1 hour of breath taking sceneries.
We had a good well maintained SUV for the entire trip. It was arranged by Mr. Santhi Lal of Prasanthy holidays. The road in Kerala was good but the moment your cross over to Tamil Nadu the conditions are really bad.
Enroute do visit Poovar Island, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thuckalay, Suchindaram Temple. In Suchindaram, men should be bare waist-up and women should be traditionally dressed to enter the temple premises. Devotees are not allowed to carry anything inside the temple except wallets.
It was an awesome and different trip with my family in my own car to Kanyakumari. The traditional food on both the ways were really good. We visited lot of temples and nearby tourist locations on the way. Padmanabhapuram palace is worth visiting which is on the way to Kanyakumari.
I started the trip in a different route than the usual one. Something away from the busy NH but when compared to the traffic and the scenic beauty we got it was good. I started from Trivandrum then went to Peyad Kattakada Road from Kattakada took a deviation to Kattakada Kaliyal Road and the road was superb. With extravaganza of natural scenic beauty on the way you can see the Chittar Dam Reservoir. The scenic beauty was incomparable and there is a good resort near that Anantya Resorts. I didnít expect such a good resort on this road away from the city. Then we reached Kulasekharam from Kulasekharam to Thakkaley Road and on the way we got down at Pathmanabhapuram Palace. After that we headed on to Kanyakumari and we had a nice day there.
The bus journey was overall good. These are the government buses of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The conductor helped us with the local language and unlike other government buses, these buses were perfectly on time. This was the feature I liked most about them. Regarding comfort, these are average buses with good comfortable seating but not luxurious.
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