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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Krishna Kumar
  • Krishna Kumar
  • 4 Reviews

"Good destination for a break" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days 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" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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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Chrysann Pereira
  • Chrysann Pereira
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 42 photos
  • 16 Reviews

"Full on Fun" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The places out here are worth seeing as each one has its own story to say. You will find something new to see at every place you visit. The kanyakumari beach, mathur hanging bridge, the water falls, Vattakottai fort are a must visit places to visit. There are a variety of clothing, jewellery, etc which you can buy near the beach itself. there is a very big market at the beach plus on the way to the beach. a lot of kanyakumari silk clothing is available out there. there are many restaurants near the beach and one can enjoy the food out there as there variety of food. Visiting the place kept me busy the whole day as we used to leave the hotel after breakfast to visit the places of interest and directly come back in the evening and spend time at the kanyakumari beach as it is a must visit and one cant resist it. This place atleast needs a week to take a proper tour.
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Pratik Jena
  • Pratik Jena
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 3 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"Superb place to spend time with family" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It was a very nice trip, free from tension freaking place. One can enjoy the view of ocean from TTDC hotel. Vivekananda memorial was a very enjoyable nice, peace and calm place. Do watch the sunrise and sunset from specific points. Really nice weather.
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Shivam Pandit
  • Shivam Pandit
  • 8 Reviews

"Good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited there almost 3 times and the vivekananda rock is the greatest attraction there. Also the 3 seas meet there which gives a perfect and scenic view of their meeting with 3 different colors in the ocean. There is also beautiful market with both Chinese and traditional products readily available. There is also Gandhi mandapam and kanyakumari temple close to the sea. Hotels also don't cost more.
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Manisurat Thangakuma
  • Manisurat Thangakuma
  • Lives in Aruppukkottai
  • 6 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Must-visit place for all Indians"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kanyakumari is the south most tip of India. Three seas namely arabian sea, bay of bengal and indian ocean merges here. We can see the beauty of the sun while sunrise and sunset. The sea would look like a golden melt during sun rise. Tiruvalluvar statue and vivekananda rock are the must visit places in Kanyakumari.
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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Punalur
  • 148 photos
  • 124 Reviews

"A worth while tour"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The kanyakumari tour with family was really a pleasant & enjoyable experience. The famous kanyakumari devi temple all the important tourist spots were covered. The entry to Thiruvalluvar mandapam was closed due to the bad condition of the sea. The visiting vivekananda rock was a pleasant experience. Sufficient shoppings were done from the beach - all sea items through bargaining. The sunrise & sunset was visible from the viewpoint in the beach. A well planned aquarium is functioning in the beach. The view of sea from the rock is really attractive.
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Anurag Sharma
  • Anurag Sharma
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews

"Overall, a good destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
You dont ever get bored in Kanyakumari and you don't need 5-10 days for visiting all the places you just need 2 days to visit there are many hotels which offer you multiple cuisines and very interesting food choices. But as we are vegetarians we could not enjoy the food much because maximum percentage is no-veg but food wise it is ok. The must see thing is sunrise and sunset which will refresh you.
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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"A beautiful place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
You can find many buses and trains to nagercoil which is 12 kms from kanyakumari. The sightseeing and tourist destinations in kanyakumari are of walkable distances or you can go there by bus. The hotels ranges from rs 300 to more expensive. You can reach any destination in a day. And also you can enjoy various cuisines on reasonable rates. To see the thiruvalluvar statue you have to wake up early and stand in a line to get their by boat (rs 50). It is also famous for the two shakti peeths. Happy journey.
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Prateek Srivastava
  • Prateek Srivastava
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 4 Reviews

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When you reach Kanyakumari you are at the end point of Indian mainland. You can view sunrise and sunset both in this place. Vivekananda rock memorial is a must see. It is the best place in Kanyakumari. Food is average. Climate is humid and it is basically summers all throughout. You can also see the SANGAM of three water bodies i.e. arabian sea, indian ocean and bay of bengal.
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