Kanyakumari Tourism
Beach

Kanyakumari Tourism

Kanyakumari Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Pincode: 629001
  • District: Kanyakumari
  • Language: Malayalam,Tamil
  • STD code: 04652
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 17 to 21°C

History of Kanyakumari

Often referred to as ‘Cape Comorin’, Kanyakumari lies at the southernmost tip of mainland India. This beautiful town of Tamil Nadu is located at the intersection of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Mannar. Being a coastal town, it is a major hub for trade and commerce. Kanyakumari had been ruled by many dynasties which include the Pandyas, Cholas and the Nayaks. The place gets its name from the goddess of Kanyakumari. From temples to beaches to monuments, there are plenty of places to see in Kanyakumari.

People and Culture of Kanyakumari

The mixed culture of Kanyakumari is reflected in its architectural style and cuisine. Hindus and Christians form the major part of the population. Tamil and Malayalam are two of the predominant languages of the region. Kathakali is the traditional dance form of the place. Some of the major festivals celebrated in the place are Chaitra Purnima, Navratri and the Holy Annual Festival of the Catholic Church.

Things To Do in Kanyakumari

From sightseeing to shopping, there are numerous things to do in Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari Beach is among the most popular places to visit in Kanyakumari. It is the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. It is known for its splendid views of the sunset and sunrise. The beach has a light house which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding. Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the chief Kanyakumari attractions. It lies 500 metres off the shore. It is built on the top of two rocks and at a height of around 17 metres above the sea level, making it one of the most enchanting places in Southern India.

Kanyakumari sightseeing is incomplete without visiting the Padmanabhapuram Palace. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful palaces of India and is a symbol of rich cultural heritage. Considered to be one of the top ten palaces in the world, it is made entirely from wood and exhibits authentic Kerala style of architecture. Gandhi Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue and Kumari Amman Temple are some of the other important Kanyakumari places to visit.

Food and Shopping in Kanyakumari

The cuisine of Kanyakumari is the traditional South Indian food. The dishes generally have a generous flavor of coconut and spices. Tourists can also savour fresh sea food during the Kanyakumari tour. Hotel Saravana, Hotel Sea View and Sangam Restaurant are some of the well known restaurants that serve authentic South Indian delicacies.

After sightseeing in Kanyakumari, one can indulge in shopping. Traditional sarees, decorative items, souvenirs and artefacts made of sea shells, bamboo and wood are some of the popular items that one can shop for. There are numerous shops within the premises of the temples and near the beach. Tamil Nadu Co-Optex Sales Emporium, Tamil Nadu Crafts, Poompuhar are some of the popular shopping centres that sell handicraft items, textiles, etc.

Accommodation in Kanyakumari

Tourists who are inquiring about how to reach Kanyakumari can choose from among various options since it is well connected by road, rail and air. Located at a distance of 67 km, Trivandrum International Airport is the closest airport to Kanyakumari. One can also rent a taxi or take a train to Kanyakumari.

From luxury to budget hotels to lodges, homestays and resorts, there are ample of accommodation options in Kanyakumari. Tourists can also look for hotels in Kanyakumari that are located in the vicinity of Kanyakumari tourist places.



Best time to visit Kanyakumari in the next six months

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Kanyakumari Traveller Reviews

WRITE A REVIEW
Read 377 destination reviews
with average rating of 5.8/7, 1
out of 8509 Kanyakumari reviews 377
Sort by:
Ashwin tidke

  • Tourist
  • Ashwin tidke
  • 4 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  145 readers

"Loved Vivekananda Memorial & VattaKottai fort" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
July 2016 visit to Kanyakumari was second one for me and first for my wife. I had no doubt in my mind that she will love the Vivekananda rock memorial and I was right. Both loved to visit it. It is beautiful & very well maintained to say the least. The ferry access to the memorial is easy, efficient and fairly disciplined. The memorial itself is spotless clean. It is surrounded by beautiful ocean waters and the memorial only adds to the beauty. Although lot of people are on the rock at any given time, it still feels very peaceful. After sunset, the memorial is beautifully lit up and me an my wife were lucky to enjoy the view from our hotel room.
Apart from the rock memorial, we visited the Gandhi memorial & the sunrise/sunset tower, which are walkable from the ferry point. Nothing much to see in the Gandhi memorial. Only a few photographs of the Mahatma with little or no information provided. The tower, which is just a concrete structure built on the shore rocks, allows a high up view of KK. It was very windy up there and was a good experience.
Could not visit the other places like Kumari Devi temple and sunset point or wax museum due to shortage of time.
Had lunch at the Ocean restaurant in Sea Shore Hotel as we had seen this in Highway on My Plate. It offers a great view of the ocean and the memorial. We were disappointed with the vegetarian food there which was mostly high on salt and less on taste. I hope the non-veg and seafood items are better.
On our way back to Madurai, we visited the Vattakottai fort which is about 7 kms from KK. The fort, built by the Travancore kings and enhanced by Dutch & British, is set right next to the Bay of Bengal and offers some amazing view. It is free for access and is very well maintained (better than the Aguada fort in Goa). There is basic historical information provided at the entrance. On the way to the fort is also a road to a beach and a temple, both of which can be seen from the fort. The beach looked extremely clean and free of any crowd.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Srivathsa subrahmaniam Muralidharan

  • Tourist
  • Srivathsa subrahmaniam Muralidharan
  • Lives in Tiruchirappalli
  • 2 Reviews
  •  166 readers

"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I stayed at hotel Seaview last week at Kanyakumari. The hotel was a very good one... The person's there were very courteous. Kanyakumari it is a town situated in the tip of India. The view of the sunset and sunrise from the seashore are a feast to the eyes. People having interest in photography will have a feast at the beaches. The beaches are filled with many shops. The temple is a big one.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Vamshidhar

  • Tourist
  • Vamshidhar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 2 Reviews
  •  500 readers

"Must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kanya Kumari is notable for pilgrimage and tourism. I visited this place in month of may. As it was summer it was very suffocating. Nice time to visit is in winter. If you visit Kanyakumari don't miss to watch sunrise and sunset. Places to visit here are vivekananda rock memorial, Devi Kanya Kumari temple and Triambakaham. Vivekananda rock memorial is very peaceful place. To enjoy nature. Planning my trip to this place on sunday was a bad idea because it was too crowded. Takes more time to get their due to heavy rush.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Sundararaman Balavenkataraman

  • Tourist
  • Sundararaman Balavenkataraman
  • Lives in Neyveli
  • 2 Reviews
  •  624 readers

"Good place for entertainment and religious"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very good place for entertainment and religious. Most of sightseeing place are more or less walkable distance from main temple of Shri Kanyakumari Devi temple. Security facilities are very well kept, religious visitors are also, try to see the small temple name Sugavaneswarar Temple in main road near Hotel Bharani. It is very small but powerful spiritual place.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Sai Patnaik

  • Tourist
  • Sai Patnaik
  • Lives in Berhampur
  • 6 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1351 readers

"The southernmost point of mainland India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kanyakumari the southernmost point of mainland India. Its a great getaway for people who love sea, sand and great weather. One can get great view of sunrise and sunset from the various beaches and the other great thing about the place is it has dedicated sunrise and sunset points near the beach where one can get great views of the sun going down or rising up. Another great place to visit is the vivekananda rock and the king Thiruvalluvar statue.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 1 vote

Nilabh kumar

  • Tourist
  • Nilabh kumar
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  833 readers

"A must visit before you die"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is a must visit, if you are interested in discovering a new dimension of the world.

You should must visit the Vivekananda rock memorial, you might face the queue but I insist you should go there by 5 in the morning, so that you can get a ride on the boat by 7. It is worth waiting.

Although the price of local food is quite high, I don't know why but you should try the Vada, and dosa once. You like or not, that will be your choice.

Shopping is good there and you must bargain, A LOT.

Although nothing much to visit there, most of the time is spent sitting idle and watching the combination of the 3 great seas.

Nagercoil junction is just 20 km from there. You should book hotel in Kanyakumari, get down at Nagercoil (if you can't find direct train to Kanyakumari) and take a cab which will take around Rs. 500.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 1 vote

Benjamin repic

  • Tourist
  • Benjamin repic
  • 9 Reviews
  •  3143 readers

"Excellent place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you want to see ocean, sunrise and sunset in sea, you can visit this place. You can visit Kanyakumari beach, Gandhi Mandapam and Kanyakumari Temple. You can easily visit Kanyakumari meant for sunrise and sunset and there are many unexplored places, hidden in the city, close by city Nagercoil, 18 km.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Bharat Kshatri

  • Tourist
  • Bharat Kshatri
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1423 readers

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kanyakumari is really nice place to visit, vivekananda rock, wax museum was very nice. We had been to Thiruparappu fall also by bus and it was nice to go there.

Tea/coffee taste is good as it is not in Gujarat.

Sunset point is also the other attraction to enjoy.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Piyush Gulati

  • Scout
  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 4 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3914 readers

"A nice destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2016
If you want to see ocean, sunrise and sunset in sea you can visit this place. You can visit Kanyakumari beach, Gandhi mandapam, Kanyakumari temple, Vivekananda rock memorial. You can easily find North Indian food there, like roti, dal chawal, sabji etc. You can also find South-Indian foods like dosa, idli, sambhar vada at very nominal price.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Ramesh S

  • Tourist
  • Ramesh S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1395 readers

"Try to avoid roadside food"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2016
Kanyakumari ment for sunrise and sunset and Thiruvalluvar statue, Vivekananda Rock, there are many unexplored places hidden in the city, close by city Nagercoil 18Km, Tirunelveli 80Km, Thiruvananthapuram 60 Km, there are many heritage temple and church are there, Try to avoid roadside food.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Mr. Nandana prasad Vinay gupta Bharath sahni Mr., Nandana prasad, Vinay gupta and 13630 other people have been to Kanyakumari.
View their ratings...

Kanyakumari Sightseeing


Kanyakumari Blogs


Best time to visit Kanyakumari with family

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Kanyakumari Packages

Click to send the package enquiries

Backwaters
Amazing Kerala with Kanyakumar 10775 Per Person 7 days & 6 nights VIEW DETAILS
Backwaters
Kovalam to Cochin 10775 Per Person 7 days & 6 nights VIEW DETAILS
Backwaters
Mesmerizing Kerala 8D 11754 Per Person 8 days & 7 nights VIEW DETAILS
Backwaters
Mesmerizing Cochin to Kanyakum 10897 Per Person 8 days & 7 nights VIEW DETAILS


Kanyakumari Information