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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
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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Anuj Gupta

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  • Anuj Gupta
  • Lives in Jaipur
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  • 6 Reviews
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"Up the hills , Down the plains" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Today
It was a long drive, 250 kms to be covered in order to reach Kanyakumari. I started early to reach there on time. Since the day was Karthik Purnima (the day I left for kanyakumari) I saw a lot of ladies standing on the both sides of the roads, dressed in white saree and making parasad. The sight was very astonishing since the distance at which the last lady was standing was 20 kms away from the main temple.

Other than the above mentioned i saw Jatayupara (supposedly, the place where Jatayu died while fighting Ravana), Povar beach (it is okay, only visit if you time and make sure you bargain, since the amount which they ask for is much more than what that place is actually worth for, most of the places will be covered while you are in the boat only), Suchindram Temple (beware of the pandits and the shopkeepers who are inside of the temple), Padmanabham Palace and Museum. All these places were on the way.

Reached Kanyakumari by 7 pm and checked in the hotel. Stay Hotel SeaShore, luxurious hotel, spacious room, good service and mouth watering food. The best part is the sea shore is just behind the hotel, hence you get a clear view of sunrise and Sunset.

DAY 7: Got up early (5 am I guess) to see the sunrise, the sight was marvellous since it looked like the sun is coming out of the ocean. There are a lot of places in Kanyakumari. Museums, view points, temples etc. Since I was there in Kanyakumari just for a day I went to Devi Kanyakumari temple and Vivekananda Rock. These two are the must see places when in Kanyakumari.

This was the last point of my trip, from here I went back to trivendrium to catch a flight for Jaipur.

Points to be kept in mind:
1. Always get up early and reach the place as early as possible to avoid large ques and to save time.
2. When visiting temples in south beware of all the pandits and shopkeepers situated inside the temple.
3. Don't go by the brochures and the words of the person, do some research in advance. (for instance, the person at poovar showed me the photos in which the places which he spoke of looked really good, but when I actually saw them, it was not what I imagined. So don't go by words and photos)
4. Coconut chutney and coffee are must have items when in south, never pass on them.
5. Wherever possible book tickets on-line, or buy the tickets from the counter in advance.
6. When shopping, make sure you compare the quality and price before buying.
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Diksha Jain

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  • Diksha Jain
  • Lives in Chittorgarh
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"Average destination to go!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
The only two things to see here are:
1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
2. The beach

But there is long line for the tickets for boating to Vivekananda Rock Memorial. The beach is good but it is polluted. The traffic near the Kanyakumari temple is very nicely managed by the lady traffic police.
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Garvit Pandya

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  • Lives in Rajkot
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"The southernmost Sangam land" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Welcome to Kanyakumari:

If possible, please keep your stay booked before you are here. But book a room that has got a balcony from where you can see sunrise. You can be here for a relaxed, city, and heritage type of holidays. You may not enjoy this place if you are here with your friend circle (bachelors).

The main place to visit here is Vivekananda rock and for that you will have to go by an electric boat. The booking time starts at 7am but you needed to be here at around 6 am if you are intended to go there early in the morning. It's better to go in the morning because there will be rise in the temperature and you may not feel comfortable.

Visit/see each and every corner of Vivekananda rock, there is a compass drawn in the middle which will indicate you that on which side, Arabian Sea, bay of Bengal, and Indian ocean. The place is the most beautiful. There is a corner, after climbing the stairs, on the left side if you are facing the city, there will be steel grill (on the aide of thiruvalluvar statue). From that place look at the left side far on the sea shore. You will find some unusual rocks, if you will look at in the Indian map - Kanyakumari - zoom it and you will find the same ending corners of Kanyakumari or Indian map.

It's really a pleasure to have seen the end of your map in reality. Then, you can go to the Kanyakumari devi Temple near to the boating entrance gate. The city is peaceful and if you are going to Munnar or Thekkady after that, I recommend, not to purchase any spices from here. Hope, you found this review helpful.
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Govind sharan

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  • Govind sharan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good destination to go!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is very good destination. Place is so beautiful and sightseeing place is very good. We saw the local lake, temple, garden and a fort in Kanyakumari. The food items was excellent. We had gone Malls, Street Bazaar and enjoyed it. We enjoying boating also.
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Tushar Parakh

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  • Tushar Parakh
  • Lives in Pune
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"At the southern most point of mainland India" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Finally had an opportunity to travel to Kanyakumari after 2 earlier failed attempts. It was every bit worth the wait. The most awesome aspect of this place is the triveni sangam wherein the Arebain sea and the bay of Bengal meet the mighty Indian Ocean. The feeling, when you stand at the staircase that let you into the waters is unexplainable.

On our way to the Swami Vivekanand Memorial (cant recall what exactly its called), the weather got a bit rough. Had to wait for almost a couple of hours to get onto the ferry which takes you from mainland to the Memorial and back. The ferry ride was bumpy and adventurous. Once at the memorial, the place is very well maintained and a must go to place for people who have interest in history or meditation.
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Vivek Tripathi

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  • Vivek Tripathi
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"Kanyakumari, an awesome place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is like one of the best places I have ever visited. Watching the sunset and sunrise at the Indian Ocean beach is like the best view you can ever get in your life. The wind is like mind blasting. Seeing the Indian ocean Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal combining is like tricolour water. The Vivekananda Memorial is a peaceful place to visit. Also you get lot of cheap things near beach. Made of shells. Make sure you bargain :p. The first rate they tell is always too damn high. Overall you can visit this place with friends or family. Its ideal for any type of trip.
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Hari Krishnan

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"A decent destination!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The atmosphere of Kanyakumari Beach is beautiful. We had gone to Kanyakumari sometimes in December a few years ago. The place situated on the bank of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and its beautiful in a word. We headed towards the Vivekananda Rock memorial temple and the beauty of three oceans is gracefully outstanding. We were able to distinguish three different colors of sea waters. We went there by launch. We also witnessed a tall statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. Then we visited Kumari amma temple and she is the worshipped God( aaradhya devi of the town). Then we saw Ransom church and Vivekananda museum and Gandhimandapam, Guganathswami temple and the sunset point. But we could not see the sunset at the southern most point of mainland India as the sky was cloudy. Outside we saw suchindram temple and naagerkoil temple. We roamed in an auto. The city is beautiful because the people are beautiful. Flowers are very cheap here. One thing we went to 18 km far vattakottai beach and its beautiful. Mainly food is prepared in coconut oil. If you are s fond of fish, you can have sea fish at cheaper rate. Doda and uthapam is delicious. Please go and feel proud that you have visited the southern most part of India.
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Prem Anand

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"Spectacular view of Ocean!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Witnessed Spectacular view of Ocean, Thiruvalluvar and Vivekanand Memorial. During my visit to Kanyakumari I stayed in Hotel Seaview, Probably this is the only hotel from where you can have spectacular view of Vivekanand Memorial in late evening and breath taking shots of Sunrise. Suite on the top floor right side is recommended for taking beautiful shots with DSLR. Nice hotel with free breakfast and WiFi. Recommended in Kanyakumari.
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Abhishek Venkatesh

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  • Abhishek Venkatesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A must visit place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a wonderful time spent at this place. A must visit for all the people who haven't yet till now. I felt it very worth travelling a very far distance from Bangalore.
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Rakesh Gk

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"Awesome place to see the Sun Rise" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Fantastic place to visit. The sun rise and sun set is amazing. There is a marvellous journey to Rock by boat through sea. Vivekananda Rock, Statute of Thiruvallur, Kanyakumari Devi Temple, Gandhi Smrithi Mandapam, Park, Beach etc were interesting to see.
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