Kanyakumari Tourism

Kanyakumari Tourism

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Travelling to land's end to see the confluence of the Arabian sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean is a spectacle in itself.

Earlier known as Cape Comorin and renamed as Kanyakumari, it is flanked by the Bay of Bengal on the east, the Arabian sea on the west and the Indian ocean to the south. Technically located in Tamil Nadu, this is one stop anyone visiting Kerala just has to make.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: As for sightseeing, there is the great expanse of water that makes it Kanyakumari so endearing. The mandatory trip to Vivekananda\'s rock - despite being on everyone's agenda - can still be awe inspiring. So is the sight of Thiruvalluvar's statue standing tall in the ocean...almost as if rising up from it. And the sunset can be the sight your visit would be worth it all. For those who can make the extra effort, a visit to Murugan Kundram can give sensational views of both the sunset and the sunrise, besides being the point where all of Kanyakumari can be taken in.

There are quite a few shops and restaurants to catch up on while in Kanyakumari. While there is not much of a shopping to be done here, souvenirs can be picked up from almost everywhere - seashell jewellery and other curios are available at almost all price points.

Eating out, too, is easy to find at most budget points.

Activities & things to do: Not the most popular of beach destinations in the classic sense, it is all about taking in the magnificence of the great waters there at India's land's end.

There is also the sights mentioned above that makes it worthwhile to visit Kanyakumari.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If your base is Thiruvananthapuram or Nagercoil, Kanyakumari can be covered in a day. Else (or if you want to spend more time here), there are plenty of hotels in all budget ranges to spend a night or two.

Kanyakumari is well connected both by buses and trains. The nearest airport is 87 kms away at Thiruvananthapuram.
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 143 Reviews

"We liked the place a lot!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Kanyakumari is an awesome place to visit. We visited few sight seeing places and it's worth visiting. Everyone should visit to Kanyakumari temple. View is amazing. Vivekananda rock is also good; the monument over there is just great. Nice....... More
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  • Praveen
  • 6 Reviews

"Totally worth a visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a good experience. One should visit atleast once in his lifetime, such is the place and it's effect. Worth a visit! Places like Kanyakumari Beach, the sunrise, sunset, Suchindram Temple, Bhagavathi Amman Temple, Vivekananda Fort,....... More
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Sanjeebv kumar
  • Sanjeebv kumar
  • 5 Reviews

"We were not able to visit Vivekananda rock" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kanyakumari is southernmost place in India. I have visited many times since it is near my native place. The special about the beach is one can view Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal & Indian Ocean Except travelling and not able to visit Vivekananda....... More
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Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Sindhuja Suyambu
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 92 Reviews

"Experience beautiful sunset from the beach" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kanyakumari is southernmost place in India. I have visited many times since it is near to my native place. The speciality about the beach is one can view Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal & Indian Ocean meeting. Boat facilities available to....... More
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Jayasankar e s
  • Jayasankar e s
  • 4 Reviews

"We were not able to visit the Vivekanada Rock" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Except that we were not able to visit Vivekananda rock, my overall experience was very good. We can enjoy the beauty of Kanyakumari with out spending more. We need to spent at least three days to enjoy the whole place. To view Vivekananda....... More
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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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