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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Dinesh Rangasamy

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  • Dinesh Rangasamy
  • Lives in Salem
  • 17 photos
  • 6 Reviews
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"Good miring" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Kanyakumari is very popular tourist spot. Famous for sunrise, historic vivenkanda manadabam and thiruvallur statue. Located in junction of three sea. Early morning seashore filled with huge crowed to see sunrise. There are lot of spot to enjoy
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Deepak devadas

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  • Deepak devadas
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  74 readers

"A mandatory place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kanyakumari - A mandatory place to visit. The day must start with sunrise and to me you must see this once in your life time. Get the blessings from Kanyakumari devi and spend time there. Do visit Suchindram temple which is 12 km from Kanyakumari. Do visit wax museum too. Then head to Vivekananda rocks and trip must end with sunset.
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Gajendra Wagh

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  • Gajendra Wagh
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Mesmerizing Kanyakumari"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hi .. We travel to Kanyakumari in Feb 2016 .. It was amazing and un forgettable trip. Three oceans meet at there, must watch vivekanand rock memorial, Kanyakumari Temple, sundaram temple, Kovalam beach I stay at tri star hotel it's nice and a budget hotel .. Also samudra hotel is nice both are near to ferry, and Kanyakumari temple. You can buy there lots of mirror decorated with shells, various things made from shells,
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Mayank P

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  • Mayank P
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 16 Reviews
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"Southernmost tip of mainland India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kanyakumari is well connected by rail and road. It has it's own railhead nearby but Nagercoil junction is a major railway station near Kanyakumari. It's very near to Trivandrum around 90+ kms which has Air connectivity.
Kanyakumari has the main temple shrine and is famous for vivekanand Rock memorial too. Do rmembe to watch the sunrise and sunset. Sands and water display different Colours altogethor presenting a mesmerizing sight. Take a ferry for 34 Rs for a to and fro trip to vivekanand rock memorial and thiruvalluvar statue. There aṛe various eating options available as also decent accommodations nearby beach area.
If time permits do pay a visit to gandhi mandapam and lighthouse both are situated near to each other.
Peak Season is December to March.
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Ram Prasath

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  • Ram Prasath
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"Overall good place to relax oneself"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Such a awesome place to hangout with our family ... Yup, as a coastal area plenty of sea food is available and of course the weather constantly keeps one in good and energetic mood. If we talk about kannyakumari the sunrise is one of the vital natural scenario to the travellers .. If you have gone to this place never return with a ice cream in a rain ... Don't miss the fun ...
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Praveen kumar

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  • Praveen kumar
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Good place for sea lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
After visiting the local places, we would recommend visitors to go and see the Padmanabhapuram Palace and related places within Kanyakumari, unless one wants to meditate there is not much activity or places to visit. Food is also average - one has to search for sea food. But for the soothing sight of the sea waves and less crowded locations, it is excellent to relax.
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Sandeepmahapatra

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  • Sandeepmahapatra
  • 1 Review
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"Good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I like this place very much. I love the nature of Kanyakumari and this temple. We enjoy with all my friend. And we play there. After that we went for lunch and enjoy it very much. Overall I want to say that it is a good place for which they want to prepare for travelling.
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Ashwin tidke

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  • Ashwin tidke
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Loved Vivekananda Memorial & VattaKottai fort"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
July 2016 visit to Kanyakumari was second one for me and first for my wife. I had no doubt in my mind that she will love the Vivekananda rock memorial and I was right. Both loved to visit it. It is beautiful & very well maintained to say the least. The ferry access to the memorial is easy, efficient and fairly disciplined. The memorial itself is spotless clean. It is surrounded by beautiful ocean waters and the memorial only adds to the beauty. Although lot of people are on the rock at any given time, it still feels very peaceful. After sunset, the memorial is beautifully lit up and me an my wife were lucky to enjoy the view from our hotel room.
Apart from the rock memorial, we visited the Gandhi memorial & the sunrise/sunset tower, which are walkable from the ferry point. Nothing much to see in the Gandhi memorial. Only a few photographs of the Mahatma with little or no information provided. The tower, which is just a concrete structure built on the shore rocks, allows a high up view of KK. It was very windy up there and was a good experience.
Could not visit the other places like Kumari Devi temple and sunset point or wax museum due to shortage of time.
Had lunch at the Ocean restaurant in Sea Shore Hotel as we had seen this in Highway on My Plate. It offers a great view of the ocean and the memorial. We were disappointed with the vegetarian food there which was mostly high on salt and less on taste. I hope the non-veg and seafood items are better.
On our way back to Madurai, we visited the Vattakottai fort which is about 7 kms from KK. The fort, built by the Travancore kings and enhanced by Dutch & British, is set right next to the Bay of Bengal and offers some amazing view. It is free for access and is very well maintained (better than the Aguada fort in Goa). There is basic historical information provided at the entrance. On the way to the fort is also a road to a beach and a temple, both of which can be seen from the fort. The beach looked extremely clean and free of any crowd.
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Srivathsa subrahmaniam Muralidharan

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  • Srivathsa subrahmaniam Muralidharan
  • Lives in Tiruchirappalli
  • 2 Reviews
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"Excellent place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I stayed at hotel Seaview last week at Kanyakumari. The hotel was a very good one... The person's there were very courteous. Kanyakumari it is a town situated in the tip of India. The view of the sunset and sunrise from the seashore are a feast to the eyes. People having interest in photography will have a feast at the beaches. The beaches are filled with many shops. The temple is a big one.
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Vamshidhar

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  • Vamshidhar
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 10, 2016
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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