Kanyakumari Tourism

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.

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Akanksha bhuvan Bhushan

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  • Akanksha bhuvan Bhushan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  5269 readers

"Once a lifetime trip!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The trip was excellent and we enjoyed a lot. We visited Vivekanand Rock memorial, Thiruvallur Roack, Kanyakumari Temple, Kanyakumari Beach.
One can drink a lot Coconut water as the temperature is hot & humid. Its a worth visiting place. One can buy sea shell work from the local market. Do carry your umbrella and sun screen lotion.
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S n shetty

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  • S n shetty
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"Visit to Tip of India"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was pleasant and we enjoyed it. Food is good both veg and non veg. Good sea shells are available but one should bargain for the best price. Vivekananda Rock is fantastic. It's worth visiting that place. So also Vivekananda Ashram. Sunrise and Sunset view is very pleasant and very satisfying to our heart. Many places one can walk and see them.
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Noufal Km

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  • Noufal Km
  • Lives in Tirur
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Good to see the art of construction in the sea"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2017
Vivekananda rock and Thiruvallur rock in Kanyakumari is the end of south India. Anybody want to see the miracle should visit here to see the art of construction in the sea. The entrance and boating are very cheap and best. All should visit minimum once in life.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Mesmerising view of sea"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 7, 2017
As we all know most south part of Indian subcontinent.
Beautiful beach.
Vivekananda memorial and sunset.
That's all I want to say about that place.
But most I loved was sunset at this place sun sinking in sky that's great view, one should appreciate that and visit at least once.
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Niti ranjan das

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  • Niti ranjan das
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"Nice place, but not for the beach lovers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2017
The place turned out to be smaller than I expected. Listening to the name "Kashmir to Kanyakumari" from childhood, my idea of the place was that it would be some city or mini-city. However, it turned out to be a small town. This was actually good, because it made sure the roads are not congested, the places are nearby. Few facilities need to be maintained better. The ferry service to Vivekananda Rock takes considerable time. There was a temple on left hand side of NH44 when entering the town, it was really nice, the views were spectacular, and not crowded at all.
Weather was fantastic. Cool breezes everywhere.
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Suryanaray C

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  • Suryanaray C
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 5 Reviews
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"Kanyakumari a Must Vist Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2017
This is one of the places in South India where Nature and God (Kanyakumari Temple) race to ecasty beauty with a perfect place for your family vacation. Also must visit places Padmabapuram palace, Padmanabswamy Temple, Poovar Back waters and many more to go.
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Tapan kumar mitra

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  • Tapan kumar mitra
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"Wonderful place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2017
I have got a great experience by visiting Kanyakumari for 2nd time. I have an strong will for visiting place as it is the place of devotion of Swami Vivekananda. The experience was more beautiful due to my stay in Sea View hotel. It has the best location in Kanyakumari for enjoying this place.
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Bineesh balakrishnan

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  • Bineesh balakrishnan
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"A mind blowing sunset ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2016
I heard about Kanyakumari, from an old woman, who told me that the sunset at the beach was a heavenly experience. I thought she was exaggerating, but I was wrong. I went to the beach around 5:30pm & studied the sunset for an hour. The beach with it's crashing & frothing waves is a treat for the eyes. I almost forgot that I was planning to study the sunset. So first the sky gets an orange Hue, which is then replaced by a bluish red Hue. The view is bodacious, to say the least. By around 6:10pm the sky is splashed with orange, red & yellow, making one suffuse with awe ...
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Karthik chidambaranathan

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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2016
Kanyakumari is the southern-most tip of India, and as many of us know it is point where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea converge. There are five important place in Kanyakumari. The centres of attraction include the Vikekananda Rock Memorial and the 133 ft tall Thiruvalluvar Statue, both are constructed over a rock formation on the sea. You get a ferry service to reach these places. Apart from these two places, you also have the famous Kanyakumari (virgin goddess) temple on the beach. The goddess here adorns a nose stud made of diamond, and the reflection of which is powerful enough to draw the attention of ships. Hence, the main door of this temple (which faces the Indian Ocean) is kept closed and people are allowed inside the temple through an alternate entrance. There is an old church on the shores of Kanyakumari.
There is Gandhi Mandapam, which is again situated on the beach. This was constructed in memory of the father of this nation. His ashes were kept in this hall and the ceiling of this hall bears a small hole through which the sunlight passes through and falls on the exact place where his ashes were kept. This spectacle can be witnessed every year on the 30th of January (his death anniversary).
You have triveni sangamam on Kanyakumari beach. This refers to the place where the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Sea converge. And, when you are in Kanyakumari, you cannot miss the Sun Rise and Sun Set.
Apart from these attractions, a wax museum has been set up recently in Kanyakumari. This is situated close to the railway station. You will need one full day to visit all these places. There are good number of restaurants and lodges close to the beach. However, most of these places wont accept cards, and hence it is advisable to carry the required cash.
If you can spare another day, you can visit a few other places that are close to Kanyakumari, which includes: Suseendram Temple, Thirparappu Water Falls, Padmanabapuram Palace, and Kovalam Beach.
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Saawan vidhyadharan

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  • Saawan vidhyadharan
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"Nice place for site seeing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2016
If you are for a budget trip it is the best place to go ... You will get nice accommodations at lower price at holidayiq. The room is very good. Nice ambience. Super service. I will surely recommend for my friends. The hotel rates are compared from various sites and hiq gives a lower price ...
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