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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Vamshidhar

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  • Vamshidhar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 2 Reviews
  •  214 readers

"Must visit place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kanya Kumari is notable for pilgrimage and tourism. I visited this place in month of may. As it was summer it was very suffocating. Nice time to visit is in winter. If you visit Kanyakumari don't miss to watch sunrise and sunset. Places to visit here are vivekananda rock memorial, Devi Kanya Kumari temple and Triambakaham. Vivekananda rock memorial is very peaceful place. To enjoy nature. Planning my trip to this place on sunday was a bad idea because it was too crowded. Takes more time to get their due to heavy rush.
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Sundararaman Balavenkataraman

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  • Sundararaman Balavenkataraman
  • Lives in Neyveli
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place for entertainment and religious" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very good place for entertainment and religious. Most of sightseeing place are more or less walkable distance from main temple of Shri Kanyakumari Devi temple. Security facilities are very well kept, religious visitors are also, try to see the small temple name Sugavaneswarar Temple in main road near Hotel Bharani. It is very small but powerful spiritual place.
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Sai Patnaik

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  • Sai Patnaik
  • Lives in Berhampur
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"The southernmost point of mainland India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kanyakumari the southernmost point of mainland India. Its a great getaway for people who love sea, sand and great weather. One can get great view of sunrise and sunset from the various beaches and the other great thing about the place is it has dedicated sunrise and sunset points near the beach where one can get great views of the sun going down or rising up. Another great place to visit is the vivekananda rock and the king Thiruvalluvar statue.
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Nilabh kumar

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  • Nilabh kumar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  551 readers

"A must visit before you die"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • 11 Reviews
  •  1966 readers

"Excellent place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • 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 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
  •  1140 readers

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3101 readers

"A nice destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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 3 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
  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Ultimate Pilgrimage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 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
  • 16 Reviews
  •  3825 readers

"Nice attractive place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 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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