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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Sandipan Bhattacharya
  • Sandipan Bhattacharya
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"A pilgrimage with a difference" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Today
Contrary to the picture of a dirty city when we talk about a pilgrimage, Kanyakumari is very clean. It has a very good road and rail connection. Named after the famous Devi, this town is also home to a good number of churches with special architecture. There are a good number of hotels to suit every pocket and food joints offering varieties of cuisine from all over India.

The beach is mostly rocky and certainly not the best place for swimming. There are many houses in memory of our great leaders. The Vivekananda memorial rock is certainly one of the best attractions, but in tourist seasons and long weekends, the endless waiting for the boat takes away the pleasure of visit.

Watching the sunrise and sunset is literally a feast for the eyes.

I have not seen any other deity in our country whose face is as beautiful and innocent as Goddess Kanyakumari. The mind fills with peace and tranquility after having a " Darshan"

The half day package tours from Kanyakumari to nearby places are worth taking. The Sanmugam temple, Fort and Sai temple are not to be missed.
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Barun Jha
  • Barun Jha
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 1 Review

"Perfect place with beauty of sea" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent sea shore. Visit Vivekanand Rock Memorial, Sunrise point, Sunset point. Huge collection of sea made articles. The best time for visit is April to November. Sunrise point gives excellent view of sun rising from the heart of sea. Gandhi memorial is another centre of attraction. It has lot of information about father of nation. You will find lots of sea made food with special sea fish which make it a memorable visit.
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Ashit utpal datta
  • Ashit utpal datta
  • 4 Reviews

"Great experience of travel and heritage" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the journey to Kanyakumari, our Stay there for 4 days and also visiting popular spots in day and night. The sea beach was excellent with a tender view of the rocks, vivekananda rock memorial, Tiruvallur statue, church, Ghandhi mantap and much more to enjoy.

Also visited Vivekananda center, wax museum, fish exhibition, sunset point etc.
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Jeffry Vivek
  • Jeffry Vivek
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A must see place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Best place to see all three seas in a single place, you can also discover the tip from Marunthuvazh Malai which was a excellent view. You can also witness sunrise and sunset in a single place which you cant get it on another places in India. A must see place.
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Akarb sydee
  • Akarb sydee
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"Sightseeing are very close to one another, can have a good visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Early morning went to see sunrise behind Kanyakumari Temple. Saw beautiful sunrise after that visited Temples. Then had breakfast and then went to stand in queue for ferry to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial. After rock memorial back at 12. 00, visited Gandhi Memorial. After Gandhi Memorial had lunch. After lunch went to see the lighthouse and the beach away from Kanyakumari. Evening saw sunset and enjoy shopping in the market.
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Sudhir
  • Sudhir
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 4 Reviews

"An excellent trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Many of us think that the sunrise is the only valuable thing here, which is wrong. Kanyakumari is more than what we know. There are a lot of places that have good historical value. It was such a excellent trip to Kanyakumari. The Vivekananda Rock memorial and the meditation hall, and Thiruvalluar Statue.
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Chandan Parasar
  • Chandan Parasar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome Trip to Kanyakumari"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was such a excellent trip to Kanyakumari. The Vivekananda Rock memorial and the meditation hall, Vivekananda Book Stall and Thiruvalluar Statue, all were excellent to visit and still there in memory. The boat which was taken us to the spot was very nice and had a memorable boating (actually very short) experience. The Kumari amman temple was also nice. Overall the place is to visit again and again.
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Supraja Suresh
  • Supraja Suresh
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Peaceful and hassle-free trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Many of us think that the sunrise is the only valuable thing here, which is wrong. Kanyakumari is more than what we know. There are a lot of places that have good historical value. Even the temples, museums, Gandhi memorial, wax museum, Vivekananda Rock and so on. Not just this, there are many places within a few miles of Kanyakumari that hold good significance. A good place to visit for Pilgrims.

Advice to travellers: Always carry an umbrella (it might rain any time). Do not forget to taste Pazhampori. Camera is a must. You would want to capture the best moments in your life. Watch out for peacocks, there are many.
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Muralee Krishna
  • Muralee Krishna
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"Good place but very hot climate"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a nice trip to Kanyakumari. Ordinary place. The Vivekananda Rock memorial was awesome but it was too hot there. We stayed at the hotel near the Triveni. The Meditation Centre was awesome, other wise every thing is pretty ordinary. It is a good place for those who didn't see a sea beach. The price and beverages are a bit on higher side. It doesn't have a tourist friendly atmosphere there.
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Muthu kumar
  • Muthu kumar
  • Lives in Adyar
  • 3 Reviews

"Fun filled trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall, a great short trip. Completely satisfied. Drive, Stay, Walk in evening, drive at shore, Vivekanandar Rock, Museum, Evening Sunrise, Great time at children's park and Fun talking with family in beach. Good Hotel stay with a fun filled trip. Enjoyed lot. Would love to visit again.
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