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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Himanshu seka

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Good destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
The right time is the winter season to visit because of the southern equatorial heat. The temples are awesome and the cuisine is exquisite. The vivekananda statue and the rock. I have finally seen what I saw on tv.

The street bazaars and the southern culture was clearly seen. The sunset at beach was awesome. Each and every place on the map tourist map should be seen. Nothing should be missed it is like beaches and church and the boating the sunset and the temples. They all are marvellous.
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Mohan

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"Superb place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Perfect destination for after a long distance travel. I drove from Banaglore to Kanyakumari. It is a pleasure experience to drive on such a wonderful road. I enjoy my driving and the view of lots and lots of wind mills on the way to Kanyakumari. Must visit place in India.
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Ranjoy dutta

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"Wonderful place of South India" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is the place where confluence of three seas can be seen, Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. World's biggest peninsula comes to an end at this place. Good place to see sunrise and sunset.

Must visit : Vivekananda Rock, Vivekananda exhibition, Gandhi memorial, Aqua fish Exhibition, Wax museum and of course the Kanyakumari beach. Do take a battery car ride to beach, it's a good ride with family.

Shopping : Local shopping is very good here, quality as per price is completely reasonable, buy some south Indian sarees, sea shells, spices, etc.

Food : Please ensure you taste south Indian food because south Indian food is excellent here and very fresh. North Indian food are not up to the mark.
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Shyam sundar

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Very attractive place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kanyakumari is a must visit place. One must visit Vivekananda rock and statute in once life time. Its pleasure to see sunrise and sunset at Kanyakumari. It is very attractive place where children, parents and newly married couple can enjoy very well. It is a place of tourist attraction. It is very good experience to visit this place.
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Blgn Blgn

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"Must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice place to visit in Kanyakumari includes kanyakumari beaches, thiruvalluvar statue, vivekananda rock memorial. Mathur hanging trough, beaches of thengapattinam, muttom, kanyakumari, Padmanabhapuram palace, forts, thirparappu falls, ukakkuravi. All these places specified here is excellent one to go and have a visit. Good transport facilities available, good climate, good pace overall. Must visit place.
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Bala Iyer

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"A must visit Place to be in the Bucket List of every traveller"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A Trip to south is seldom complete without stepping into Kanyakumari. Situated at the southernmost end of Tamilnadu, the place is easily accessible from Kerala via bus. Regular Trains from all parts of India also chug into Kanyakumari. A Place where Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian see meet, also called as the 'Triveni Sangam'. This place continues to enchant all types of visitors right from a child to a senior citizen.

The must visit place includes Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Mandapam, Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Those having a spiritual bent of mind can visit the temples situated in Suchindram, Palace at Padmanabhapuram.

Lots of Accommodation options are available. Right from TTDC Resorts to Swanky Hotels. For those on a tight leash Vivekananda Ashram is a good option.

Hygienic Food is available throughout, as is customary in all tourist places.
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Swateek Jena

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"Relaxing where the seas meet!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A small town at the end of the beautiful country's landscape, where literally the lands end. It just isn't the geographical position but a few other reasons why tourists flock Kanyakumari.

A few major attractions that everyone know from Google and people visiting, we focused on the lesser known ones and had a great time.

We were put up at the Vivekananda Ashram, and had good food at small roadside eateries.

One lazy afternoon spent on the nearby Sothavilai beach, a late evening chat sitting on the bench by the sea shore and waking up the next morning to look at the sunrise.

Overall relaxing and blissful weekend, I would never forget.
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Asmita Pradhan

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"A place with good attraction"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Reaching here isn't a problem. The connectivity is pretty good, either take a train or a bus as per your convenience. There are cheap hotels around if you look for it. I stayed in a place where they charged 400 bucks per night and everything is nearby. The bus station is a little far so try staying near the beach.

Main attractions
- Sunrise Point
- Triveni
- Sunset Point
- Vivekananda Shrine

For the sunset, it's not necessary to go till the point. There's a huge lighthouse alike structure on the way on your left, you can view it from there as well.

MUST TRY- Street foods on the beach.

Notice the colors of the seas and the ocean when you're at the top of the Vivekananda Shrine. You'll be amazed how calm as well as strong the seas can be.

Tip - Go early for the best spot for both Sunrise and the Sunset Point. You get maps for cheap rates if you're one of those Map freaks.

Happy Travelling you freaks :)
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Nabarun Sen gupta

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"A good destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kanyakumari is a nice place to visit. It has all what one would require. Good view of the sea and mandir. One can go with family and also as couples. All kinds of hotels are available from simple to that of very costly ones. One can spend at least two days at this place.
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Ninad Mg

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"A worth place to visit in tamilnadu"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited the place just two weeks ago and probably April and may are the best months to visit the place. The place is at the southernmost end of India and mainly famous for swami Vivekananda rock statue. The statue is really good and one can feel the sacredness there. Food, hotel and travel facilities are available with no difficulties. The weather will be really hot there during these days so I suggest AC rooms for comfortable stay. There are many beaches nearby where you can play but there is no place for playing near the rock memorial as the rocks cover the edge along of the ocean. The place is also famous for watching the sunrise and sunset. The sunrise will be really awesome and special if the sky is clean.
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