Kanyakumari Tourism
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Kanyakumari Tourism

Kanyakumari Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Pincode: 629001
  • District: Kanyakumari
  • Language: Malayalam,Tamil
  • STD code: 04652
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 17 to 21°C
Kanyakumari is a town located in Tamil Nadu. At times it is also called ‘Cape Comorin’. It lies at the southern-most tip of the Indian Peninsula, which is also the geographical end of the Indian mainland. Tamil and Malayalam are the predominant languages spoken here.

The town lies at the point where the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Mannar and the Indian Ocean merge with each other. Towards its north and the east lies the Tirunelveli District, while the state of Kerala is located towards its west and northwest. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is at a distance of about 85 km from Kanyakumari.

History of Kanyakumari

For the past several centuries, Kanyakumari has been one of the major hubs in the region not only for art and religion, but also for trade and commerce. It was under the rule of several dynasties including the Cholas, Pandyas, Cheras and Nayaks. The art and culture of these dynasties is evident through the architecture of temples in the region.

Later on, Kanyakumari came under the rule of the Venad dynasty and at that time, its capital was located at Padmanabhapuram. From the year 1729 to 1758, the king of Venad, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, established Travancore and the area, which currently falls under the Kanyakumari district, was known as South Travancore.

After the Paravar kings, Kanyakumari was ruled by the kings of Travancore, under the complete authority of the British, till India’s independence in 1947. After independence, Travancore became a part of the independent Indian Union in 1947 and the rule of the Travancore monarchs came to an end.

People & Culture of Kanyakumari

The Chaitra Purnima Festival, Navratri, and the Holy Annual Festival of the Catholic Church are some of the major festivals celebrated in Kanyakumari. Kathakali or the story-dance is the most popular traditional dance form in this region.

Things to do in Kanyakumari

 
The popular religious places in the region include Lord Subramanya Temple, Tiruchendur Temple, Gandhi Mandapam, Kumari Amman Temple, Swamithoppe Suchindram, St Xavier’s Church, Nagaraja Temple and Thirunandhikarai Cave Temple. Some of the popular beaches near Kanyakumari are Thengapattinam Beach, Sanguthurai Beach and Sothavilai Beach.

To aid travellers and pilgrims there are several Kanyakumari packages which cater to the southernmost destination of India or combine other places in South India along with it.
 

Food & Shopping in Kanyakumari 

Food in Kanyakumari is limited to traditional South Indian fare, which is similar to what is available in other towns and cities across South India. Idlis, dosas, rice and stew is served on a banana leaf in most of the restaurants. For shopping, tourists can explore small shops near the beach where locals sell jewellery, sea shells, conches and star fish shells.
 

Travelling to Kanyakumari   

Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is the nearest airport to Kanyakumari, which is connected to major cities in India and international destinations like Sri Lanka, Singapore and Maldives. Travellers can disembark at Thiruvananthapuram and catch a bus, train or taxi and reach Kanyakumari in two hours. 

Kanyakumari is also connected by rail with cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkatta and even Jammu. Although long distance buses are available between Chennai, Bangalore and Kanyakumari, it is advisable to reach Thiruvananthapuram and board a bus from its main bus station.

Travelling within Kanyakumari

The best way to explore Kanyakumari is by local transport which includes local buses and auto rickshaws. Private taxis can also be hired. There is nothing much to do at this beach destination other than soaking your feet in the sea or heading to Chitra Pournami to watch the moonrise and sunset simultaneously.

Accommodation options in Kanyakumari

Hotel options in Kanyakumari range from luxury accommodations to budget hotels, dormitories, Devaswam lodges private lodges and home stays. Most luxury hotels of Kanyakumari can be found on the beach road towards the sunset view point, providing views of the sunset and sun rise. The dormitories and private lodges are located within the town whereas Devaswam lodges are located nearby the pilgrimage spots.


Although Kanyakumari enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, October to February is the best time to visit this city. During this season, the weather is pleasant. The rainy season between June and August should be avoided as beaches might not be accessible.
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Akarb sydee
  • Akarb sydee
  • 4 Reviews

"Sightseeing are very close to one another, can have a good visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Early morning went to see sunrise behind Kanyakumari Temple. Saw beautiful sunrise after that visited Temples. Then had breakfast and then went to stand in queue for ferry to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial. After rock memorial back at 12. 00, visited Gandhi Memorial. After Gandhi Memorial had lunch. After lunch went to see the lighthouse and the beach away from Kanyakumari. Evening saw sunset and enjoy shopping in the market.
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Sudhir
  • Sudhir
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 4 Reviews

"An excellent trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Many of us think that the sunrise is the only valuable thing here, which is wrong. Kanyakumari is more than what we know. There are a lot of places that have good historical value. It was such a excellent trip to Kanyakumari. The Vivekananda Rock memorial and the meditation hall, and Thiruvalluar Statue.
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Chandan Parasar
  • Chandan Parasar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome Trip to Kanyakumari" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was such a excellent trip to Kanyakumari. The Vivekananda Rock memorial and the meditation hall, Vivekananda Book Stall and Thiruvalluar Statue, all were excellent to visit and still there in memory. The boat which was taken us to the spot was very nice and had a memorable boating (actually very short) experience. The Kumari amman temple was also nice. Overall the place is to visit again and again.
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Supraja Suresh
  • Supraja Suresh
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Peaceful and hassle-free trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Many of us think that the sunrise is the only valuable thing here, which is wrong. Kanyakumari is more than what we know. There are a lot of places that have good historical value. Even the temples, museums, Gandhi memorial, wax museum, Vivekananda Rock and so on. Not just this, there are many places within a few miles of Kanyakumari that hold good significance. A good place to visit for Pilgrims.

Advice to travellers: Always carry an umbrella (it might rain any time). Do not forget to taste Pazhampori. Camera is a must. You would want to capture the best moments in your life. Watch out for peacocks, there are many.
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Muralee Krishna
  • Muralee Krishna
  • 1 Review

"Good place but very hot climate" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a nice trip to Kanyakumari. Ordinary place. The Vivekananda Rock memorial was awesome but it was too hot there. We stayed at the hotel near the Triveni. The Meditation Centre was awesome, other wise every thing is pretty ordinary. It is a good place for those who didn't see a sea beach. The price and beverages are a bit on higher side. It doesn't have a tourist friendly atmosphere there.
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Muthu kumar
  • Muthu kumar
  • Lives in Adyar
  • 3 Reviews

"Fun filled trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall, a great short trip. Completely satisfied. Drive, Stay, Walk in evening, drive at shore, Vivekanandar Rock, Museum, Evening Sunrise, Great time at children's park and Fun talking with family in beach. Good Hotel stay with a fun filled trip. Enjoyed lot. Would love to visit again.
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John Felix
  • John Felix
  • Lives in Pune
  • 11 Reviews

"Wonderful place to visit where three seas meet" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This is the place where you can see 3 seas (Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian ocean) joined together and a lot of attraction such as Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekanandar Mandapam, Temple, Church and finally beach. The local food you can try there is sea food. It was so fresh and you will get it in cheap price. You can also get lot of things for the memories but you have to bargain with the shopper to get it for low cost.
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Jagadeesh Parimi
  • Jagadeesh Parimi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Good experience at an amazing place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall experience of our Kanyakumari trip was good. We had a nice stay at Tri Sea hotel. Hotel is nice and it's walk-able distance to temple. We had a great view of Sunrise. We had a pleasant darshan at Kanya Kumari temple. We visited Vivekananda rock and the view from here is amazing.

Any one can visit this place. The must see are sunrise and Vivekananda Memorial. Apart from these, it's one's individual choice whether to see other attractions or not. All varieties of food are available here. North Indian, south Indian food is available in Kanya Kumari.
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Krishna Kumar
  • Krishna Kumar
  • 4 Reviews

"Good destination for a break"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a good destination for a break from the strenuous city life. Go around driving and seeing the places that come in through your way. There are very good restaurants both vegetarian and non vegetarian with South-Indian specialities and varieties of tastes for the guys with good taste buds. Keep on taking breaks and do not forget the great coconut water vendors along the highway, they are great.
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Mahanthesh
  • Mahanthesh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Kanyakumari is good but stay was bad"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kanyakumari is a fantastic destination but the stay arrangements must improve a lot!! And sunrise sight cleanliness must be maintained!! Overall the place is fabulous!!! Local transportation through buses and taxi is very bad and cabs are too expensive.
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