Vivekananda Rock Memorial


14.5/5(284 Ratings)

Vivekananda Rock Memorial Overview

Ranked 1 of 30 sightseeing in Kanyakumari

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

What travellers are saying about Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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  • Best Time: During DayBest Time: During Day
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsLength of visit: 1-2hrs
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -4:00 PM
7:00 AM -4:00 PM
7:00 AM -4:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -4:00 PM

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Peace, sanctity and sometime with yourself

Very pleasant place to spend time with family

Vivekananda rock memorial pleasant weather to spen

Superb location to make your day awesome

Awesome place to visit

Very good place to visit

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Review and Ratings


2 reviews

It was too tiring

The queue was long and crazy to enter the entrance gate to reach the Vivekananda rock. We were with old people so could not continue with the visit. It was a nightmare.

Arun mishra5.0/5

1 review

Awesome Kanyakumari

People from countries come over to Kanyakumari to watch Sun rise and Sun set at a same view point which is located quite opposite to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial as seen in the pics

Manoj agrawal5.0/5

2 reviews

Great to be at the end of a country.

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

Karshan chhuchar3.0/5

2 reviews

Peaceful Kanyakumari

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.

Jaideep Vaidya5.0/5

8 reviews

Vivekanand rock memorial

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

Maneesh Kumar5.0/5

15 reviews

This is a very good place

This is a very good place,we like to visit again,vivekanada roks kannyakumari amman temple,gandi smrakam and other places also, the boting very good I stongily recomend for my friend to visit kannyakumari

Prabhas mondal5.0/5

1 review

Peace and the breeze of the rock.

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 vissing only Kanyakumari

Rajesh Kumar5.0/5

3 reviews

Vivanand really rocks

Vivekananda rock , a must visit site for every one. u go there any time u fall in love with it .traveling by Ferry to rock , The sea , the rock and the atmosphere there was just super.


5 reviews

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Must visit - Meditation center ( Attraction Center )Buy books written by VivekanandaCleanliness maintainedTwo Sea joins togetherFoot print of Kanyakumari can be see

Alwin aldo kiyasinthu5.0/5

1 review

Vivakanada rock memorial

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.