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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 inKanyakumari.
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 inKanyakumari. 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.