Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 4.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 4.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 4.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 4.00 PM

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built between 1963 and 1970 in red and blue granite. It is situated on the top of a rock island, at a height of about 17 meters above sea level, covering an area of about 6 acres.  

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is about 490 meters offshore nearby the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. In 1970, Swami Vireshwarananda, the president of Ramakrishna Mission, consecrated Vivekananda Rock Memorial and it was opened to the public by V.V. Giri, the then President of India.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial consists of two main structures – Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam. Shripada Mandapam is situated on Shripada Parai, an ancient sacred spot believed to be blessed by Goddess Kanyakumari.

It is believed that Swami Vivekananda swam across the sea to Shripada Parai for deep meditation and enlightenment. As per legends, it was on Shripada Parai that Goddess Kanyakumari did meditation. The footprint on Shripada Parai is believed to be that of Goddess Kanyakumari.

Vivekananda Mandapam of Vivekananda Rock Memorial has a rectangular floor plan and it has four parts – Dhyana Mandapam (Meditation Hall), Sabha Mandapam (Assembly Hall), Mukha Mandapam (Front Portion) and the Front Entrance.

Dhyana Mandapam has six rooms adjacent to it. Sabha Mandapam encloses Pralima Mandapam, two rooms and a corridor and it has an open Prakaram around it. In the Pralima Mandapam there is a statue of Swami Vivekananda.

Shripada Mandapam has a square floor plan and it includes Garbha Graham (Sanctum Sanctorum), Inner Prakaram, Outer Prakaram and an Outer Platform. The Outer Platform surrounds the Shripada Mandapam.

Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam are designed in such a way that the vision of Swamiji’s statue in Pralima Mandapam is directed towards the Shripadam. The different architectural styles of India have been incorporated in the construction of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Ferry services connect the mainland to the rocky island. The ferry fees to reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial are INR20 for adults and INR10 for students

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  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Siddharth Ajmera

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  • Siddharth Ajmera
  • Lives in Ujjain
  • 243 photos
  • 54 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  31116 readers
  • Posted 3 months ago
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  • 210

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  •  20 helpful votes
  • Posted Jun 10, 2017
Overall Rating
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Bharath reddy Chinthireddy

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  • Bharath reddy Chinthireddy
  • Lives in Karimnagar
  •  19 helpful votes
  • Posted Jun 10, 2017
Overall Rating
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  • 352

Narsing rao

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  • 7 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  43 readers
  • Posted Jul 19, 2017
Overall Rating
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Moix Husain

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  • Moix Husain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 21 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  684 readers
  • Posted 3 days ago
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  • 220

Sumitjot  Singh

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  • Sumitjot Singh
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  89 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
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Arun mishra

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  • Arun mishra
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  58 readers

"Awesome Kanyakumari"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
People from countries come over to Kanyakumari to watch Sunrise and Sunset at a same view point which is located quite opposite to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial as seen in the pics.
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Manoj agrawal

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  • Manoj agrawal
  • 2 Reviews
  •  121 readers

"Great to be at the end of a country."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Really loved the place as it is situated at the southern most part of India. Well managed by the government of Tamilnadu. Would love to visit this place again early next year for a better sunrise/sunset views
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Karshan chhuchar

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  • Karshan chhuchar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  165 readers

"Peaceful Kanyakumari"

  • 4.2/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2017
Peaceful, great for meditation, on a small rock from the sea shore. Boats take you to this rock, the wind, atmosphere and surrounding surround you with peace and tranquility.
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Jaideep Vaidya

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  • Jaideep Vaidya
  • 8 Reviews
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"Vivekanand rock memorial"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2017
We went to the rock memorial by ferry. Since it was Diwali vacation there was a huge queue for the regular ticket and so we opted to buy a special ticket at Rs. 169 each (four times the normal price) and as such got an early entry into the ferry and so the memorial
It was a knowledgeable experience for all of us though a bit crowded
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Maneesh Kumar

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  • Maneesh Kumar
  • Lives in Kollam
  • 11 photos
  • 15 Reviews
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"This is a very good place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2017
This is a very good place, we like to visit again, vivekanada roks kannyakumari Amman temple, gandi smrakam and other places also, the biting very good I stingily recommend for my friend to visit kannyakumari
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Prabhas mondal

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  • Prabhas mondal
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"Peace and the breeze of the rock."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
My experience is very good there. People are also very good. Being very hot there use sun glasses, umbrella, etc.
I think one should not take a package tour if they are visaing only Kanyakumari
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Rajesh  Kumar

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  • Rajesh Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  171 readers

"Vivanand really rocks"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2017
Vivekananda rock, a must visit site for every one.
You go there any time you fall in love with it.
Travelling by Ferry to rock, The sea, the rock and the atmosphere there was just super.
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Harish

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  232 readers

"Vivekananda Rock Memorial"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2017
Must visit - Meditation center (Attraction Center). Buy books written by Vivekananda. Cleanliness maintained. Two Sea joins together. Foot print of Kanyakumari can be see.
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Alwin aldo kiyasinthu

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  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  280 readers

"Vivakanada rock memorial"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2017
The photo has been taken in different time like, Sun rise and sun set. The sun was raised in between vivakanada rock memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue. Another one lighting good at after sun set.
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Udayraj Joshi

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  • Udayraj Joshi
  • Lives in Thane
  • 3 Reviews
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"Amazing"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2017
What a place, peace and priceless view.

The view of Indian Ocean waves and hitting the rocks is really a class!!

Understand why Vivekanand ji choose to his place for meditation. The only noise of your soul and the ocean. Outstanding experience never before. Not sure why we Indians are dying to go abroad and feel happy and proud. We are missing our one strength. Places to promote.

Guys be Indian and recognise our own places much better than all where we go abroad and spend. Government too requested to promote and help us Indians know all such classic places to visit.
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