Day visit ? Q&A
Day visit ?
Posted by Nilanjana | Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:31 pm
What are the places we can visit in Kanyakumari in a day visit? I only came up with the Rock memorial, Museum. Can we finish our tour in a day? What else can we visit over there? And where else can we head to after that?
Re: Day visit ?
Posted by Sumit | Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:46 pm
Well, Kanyakumari is mostly famous for the 'cape' location. You won't find a place is many places, wherefrom, you can see 2 sea/ocean from one point. The Vivekananda Rock (100 meters from the shore) is another item of tourist attraction. The Padmanabhapuram Palace (palace of earstwhile Travancore rulers) is about an hours drive. Kanyakumari also has a water theme amusement park 'Baywatch'. All said and done, is you want to, you can cover all these places comfortably in a day. Personally, I would suggest an overnight stay as one needs to 'walk around' a place to have a 'feel' of it rather than mere hop.
For subsequent journey, you can choose Kodaikanal (324 km), Ooty (520 km), Kovalam (74 km), Cochin (309 km), Kumarakom (248 km).
Re: Day visit ?
Posted by amirtha sekar | Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:02 pm
Kanyakumari is a town of Tamil Nadu, located at the southern most tip of India. The town was known as Cape Comorin during the British rule and has an area of 25.89 Sq. Kms. Kanyakumari is the meeting point of three oceans the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The place having its importance as a pilgrimage centre, is also famous for its spectacular views of sunrise, sunset and moonrise over the sea. The magnificent hills, calm valleys and the plains bordered by colourful sea-shores, provide a pleasant touch to the surroundings .Kanyakumari spot the place, where the Indian Philosopher Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off the sea coast. Apart from the waters and beaches the town is dotted with many Temples and Churches. The people of the town celebrate many festivals throughout the year, the most popular Vaisakha festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Vaikasi. During the festival an idol of goddess is taken out in procession. The Kalabham festival in the tamil month Aadi is also important, in which the idol is covered with sandal paste. On the 13th day the image is covered with flowers brought in from nearby villages in addition huge crowd throng the temple. During the Navratri an idol of the deity is placed for worship at the Navratri mandapam, the processions mark the celebration on all the ninenights. The destruction of Baanasuran held on Vinaya Dasami, the final day of the festival, in which an idol of the deity is taken out in procession ona horse. The car festival, the float festival and the Aaraatu (in which the eastern door the shrine is opened) are other festivals of the town.
» Kanyakumari Temple - The temple dedicated to Kanyakumari or Shakti (Mother Goddess) is located on the seashore. The ancient temple has been mentioned in the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Sangam works Manimekalai and Puranaanooru. It is believed that the image of Kanyakumari was installed and worshipped by Parasurama. The black stone idol of Kanyakumari in the sanctum, is of particular importance. The idol has aglittering nose ring that is visible from a long . To the east of the shrine there is a door which is opened only five times a year.
» Vivekananda Rock Memorial -The memorial was built in 1970, with a blend of architectural styles of India. The memorial located on the seaside, is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda who came here in 1892. The memorial mark the place where Swami Vivekananda meditated, before setting out as a Philosopher. This memorial lies on two rocky islands projecting from the sea about 400 metre off shore. Inside the memorial a statue of Swami Vivekananda has been installed.
» Gandhi Memorial - The memorial was constructed atthe spot, where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept forpublic viewing, before immersion in the waters.
» Government Museum - The museum has a collection of items like old coins, whalebones, tribal objects, bronze sculptures, and woodcarvings etc.
» Suchindram Temple - The temple is situated at a distance of 13 Kms from Kanyakumari. The temple is dedicated to a deity formed by the combination of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Presever) and Shiva (the Destroyer). The temple has artistically carved tower called asgopuram, musical pillars and artistic works from different period.
» Subramanya Temple - The temple 34 Kms from Kanyakumari, is located at Kumarakovil. Situated in the midst of lush green hillock, the temple is noted for its architectural splendor. You can enjoy boating in the lake near the temple.
» Mondaikaddu Bhagvathy Amman Temple -The small temple of 7th century is located at a distance of 41 Kms. from Kanyakumari. The temple is an important pilgrimage site for the people of near by areas. The main attraction of the temple is the 12ft. high Amman, in the form of a five-headed anthill that still grows.
» Thengapattinam Beach - Located at a distance of 54 Kms from Kanyakumari, the clean and uncrowded beach is perfect for swimming. A 1200 year old mosque stands near the beach.
» Padmanabhapuram - Padmanabhapuram is situated ata distance of 45 Kms from Kanyakumari. An old fort stands here, which encloses the palace of the Travancore Kings. The Rama swamy temple inside the fort has carved panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana.
» Udayagiri Fort - The fort lies at a distance of 34 Kms from Kanyakumai. Built in the 18th century by King Marathanda the fort has the tomb of his faithful general, a Dutchman De Lennoy.
Re: Day visit ?
Posted by Dipankar | Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:03 pm
Try here Nilanjana for sightseeing at Kanyakumari
http://www.holidayiq.com/Kanyakumari-Si ... g-401.html
But don't forget to miss Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kumari Amman Temple and Wax Museum ......
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