Kanyakumari Tourism
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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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Kanyakumari Traveller Reviews

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Nilabh kumar

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  • Nilabh kumar
  • 1 Review
  •  144 readers

"A must visit before you die" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This place is a must visit, if you are interested in discovering a new dimension of the world.

You should must visit the Vivekananda rock memorial, you might face the queue but I insist you should go there by 5 in the morning, so that you can get a ride on the boat by 7. It is worth waiting.

Although the price of local food is quite high, I don't know why but you should try the Vada, and dosa once. You like or not, that will be your choice.

Shopping is good there and you must bargain, A LOT.

Although nothing much to visit there, most of the time is spent sitting idle and watching the combination of the 3 great seas.

Nagercoil junction is just 20 km from there. You should book hotel in Kanyakumari, get down at Nagercoil (if you can't find direct train to Kanyakumari) and take a cab which will take around Rs. 500.
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Benjamin repic

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  • Benjamin repic
  • 7 Reviews
  •  504 readers

"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you want to see ocean, sunrise and sunset in sea, you can visit this place. You can visit Kanyakumari beach, Gandhi Mandapam and Kanyakumari Temple. You can easily visit Kanyakumari meant for sunrise and sunset and there are many unexplored places, hidden in the city, close by city Nagercoil, 18 km.
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Bharat Kshatri

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  • Bharat Kshatri
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  709 readers

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kanyakumari is really nice place to visit, vivekananda rock, wax museum was very nice. We had been to Thiruparappu fall also by bus and it was nice to go there.

Tea/coffee taste is good as it is not in Gujarat.

Sunset point is also the other attraction to enjoy.
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Piyush Gulati

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  • Piyush Gulati
  • Lives in Lucknow
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1787 readers

"A nice destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you want to see ocean, sunrise and sunset in sea you can visit this place. You can visit Kanyakumari beach, Gandhi mandapam, Kanyakumari temple, Vivekananda rock memorial. You can easily find North Indian food there, like roti, dal chawal, sabji etc. You can also find South-Indian foods like dosa, idli, sambhar vada at very nominal price.
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Ramesh S

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  • Ramesh S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Try to avoid roadside food"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kanyakumari ment for sunrise and sunset and Thiruvalluvar statue, Vivekananda Rock, there are many unexplored places hidden in the city, close by city Nagercoil 18Km, Tirunelveli 80Km, Thiruvananthapuram 60 Km, there are many heritage temple and church are there, Try to avoid roadside food.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
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  • 61 Reviews
  •  52 helpful votes
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"Ultimate Pilgrimage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Oceans never sleep and horses hardly sit, that's what my mother told me while giving lessons of working hard to attain one's goal. And this lesson came alive to me when I decided to touch high seas in a boat early morning. Wonder how tiny I am in the vast ocean guarded by strong fishermen. They assured my safety as their level of confidence was very high after saving lives in tsunami. I was recreating Swami Vivekananda on rock after three days in the ocean. The most meaningful moment of my earthly life. Beyond five senses I was touching five elements. Gasping for ultimate truth lost unto vastness of waters. Kanyakumari is sacred and well known for centuries. Vivekananda gave this tip new meaning and made this tiny town ultimate pilgrimage. Quietly I sat by the ocean. This is no more scary. Praying at temple the purest feeling of levitation is sublime. Words fail to express. Rising sun showers light without any discrimination. Loved to recite gayatri mantra along with twenty surya namaskar in a minute. Ultimate bliss!
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Jigar Dave

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  • Jigar Dave
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 14 Reviews
  •  2885 readers

"Nice attractive place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is quite a good place to visit off monsoon. Though the summer are quite sunny but the place gives a different weather feel here. All around the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal surrounding this place. The beach is airy here and quite relaxing. There are temples very near to the beach. Historic and religious indeed.
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Monil Verma

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  • Monil Verma
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  969 readers

"Nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is very nice place to visit as I did. It takes 1-2 days to visit completely. Its a pilgrim place having a big temple of virgin goddes. It has many of tourist place with sunrise and sunset point.
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Ashwin Kumar

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  • Ashwin Kumar
  • 1 Review
  •  951 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The southernmost tip of India and is surely worth a visit once in a lifetime. The Vivekananda rock is a must visit if you are someone who wants to dwell into the reminiscence of Swamy Vivekananda. You will note that there is a snaking long queue to the boat and will end up standing in it for more than an hour if you are not aware of a special VIP queue available at a nominal extra cost. The board for this is seen only when you approach the entrance if the ferry area after the 2 hour long wait. Please utilize the VIP facility.
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Shashi sahu

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  • Shashi sahu
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 Reviews
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"Excellent experience!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good experience to see all the three sea at one place. Enjoyed the stay. Sunrise & sunset gives a good feeling. Museum is very nice. Peoples are well behaved. Food was good but little costly. We must visit Kanyakumari the southern end of India. Kanyakumari temple has a unique rule. Male persons has to get off shirt, t-shirt & banyan to make darsan.
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