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.
A wonderful experience, a different route to Kanyakumari. We planned our travel the full day so that we can cover all these areas and reach Kanyakumari by the time of sunset. I started from Trivandrum by 7 Am and reach Chitharal (Jain temple). This is a temple situated at hilly place north to Marthandam (7 KM from Mathandam). It will take almost 1 to 1. 5 hours to complete the visit. Make sure that enough drinking water and snaks with you since it is a remote place and only few shops are available and you may not get anything to your taste. Thereafter proceed to Padmanabhapuram palace. One of the beautiful palace to visit and must spend some time there to see around. You can reach udayagiri fort directly from palace without entering into NH 47. Proceed to Maruthwamala (Marunthuvazh Malai), That too a hilly place, higher and difficult place compared to Chitharal, but worth spending some time climbing up. There after you can plan vattakkottai fort. It is advised to reach Vattakkottai bu 4 ~4. 30 Pm. Another charming place. Make sure you reach Kanyakumari before sunset.
Note: You can visit Mathoot Thottippalam, Chittar-2, Tripparappu and Keeripparai (Make sure Keeripparai opened before you attempt for and not suitable for family but a stunning destination ever I have visited - be aware of dangers in waterfalls, advised to visit with a local person who knows the place). But it needs two days for a comfort travel.
Map for your reference (Use familiar navigation if possible).
While going from Kovlam to Kanyakumari must take a detour of 5 -6 hours and go to Poovar Island beaches and enjoy, if you have not gone there while staying in Kovlam. The route is scenic and little bit traffic at places. While entering Kanyakumari you may have to face huge traffic.
Food and water of course coconut easily available. Can take a break enroute at Poovar Island. Or else before entering Nagercoil district in which Kanyakumari is situated.
Overall, nice journey.
If don't enjoy road travel, train is the best option as on time performance of train is praiseworthy and journey is cheap and hassle free. Only luggage should not be bulky.
I drove myself from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari. Took four hours to reach the destination. From Nagerkovil one hour time. Roads are widen and great to drive. Though its first time drive to Kanyakumari didn't had any hurdles on driving. Sign board and Google Maps plays big role :-)
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.
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