Tamil Nadu: Kanyakumari


Kanyakumari is situated at the southern tip of India. It has always been a prime attraction for the spirited travelers. Some of the nearby destinations of Kanyakumari have also kept the holiday lovers busy over the years. 

Tirunelveli: Located at an elevation 100 meters, on the River banks of Tamraparni, Tirunelveli is an epitome of impressive education system. The effects of the cultures of the Christian missionaries are quite prominent on the education system of Tirunelvelly. It was the capital of Pandava dynasty for a short period of time and was the prime spot for the protestant missionaries. A number of churches of Tirunelvelly depict the culture and mores of the city. The architectural grandeur and style of the twin temples, Shiva and Parvati, are the chief enticements of the city. The mandapam of the twin temple stands on 1000 pillars. 3 Gopurams, musical pillar and teppakulam of the temple deserve a visit. The best time to visit this intriguing and striking destination is during June- July. Car festival during this time entices many from faraway places as well.

Interested and ardent tourists can also visit the adjoining city, Palayamkottai. St. Johns church is the imperative allurement of the city.

Nellai Lodge, Hotel Blue Star, Hotel Aryaas, Hotel Shakuntala, Hotel Tamilnadu and Hotel Vijoy are the notable places where tourists can stay in Tirunelveli. Tourists can stay at Municipal Traveler’s Bungalow in Palayamkottai, located at the opposite side of the Tamraparni River. Refer to our hotel bookiing links below.

Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve: The tiger reserve, located at an altitude of 40 to 1800 meters, on the fascinating Paschimghat hill range, is covering 223 square km of Kalakkad and 567 square km of Mundanthurai sanctuaries. Situated at the astonishing border land of the state of Kerala, has 28 tigers in its territory. Besides tigers, Neelgidi Langur, Lion tailed Mac Hock, Slander Lobes, Bonnet Mac Hock, Elephants, Shambar, Leopards, Gaur and various species of deer are the natural denizens in the prolonged green reserve forest.
The tiger reserve forest also has numerous rare and atypical vegetation.
The calm and quiet manor, secluded from the vociferous city life, is getting congested day by day. Even though the place deserves a visit for its exquisiteness but it is still away from the public focus.
The locality of this tiny town is spreading around the holy temple, on the lingering sea beach. Various shops and homes are built around the sacred temple compound as well. The temperature of the petite town varies from 22.4 to 38.8 degree Celsius in summers and 21.6 to 33.8 degree Celsius in winters. The amount of rain fall is 102 cm.

Tourists can buy a folding mattress from this place.

The nearest railway station of this tiger reserve forest is Ambasamudram, located at a distance of 1 km towards the northern side of the town. Kalakkadu- Mundanthurai, about 47 km away from Papnasham, can be accessed by Bus. Papnasham is well connected to Kanyakumari by road as well.

Few noteworthy hotels of Kalakkadu- Mundanthurai are Forest Rest House- Sengaltheri & Mundanthurai and PWD Rest House- Ambasamudram.

Congregation ground of three oceans: Kanyakumari has a special place in the hearts of Indian travelers. The stunning geographical location of the captivating Kanyakumari has the power to rejuvenate the inner soul. The environment around will enhance the spirit of each and everyone. Gaze at the absorbing meeting point of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Its unique.

Three different seas can be identified by dissimilar colors. Watching the water of the ocean hitting the rocky Paschimghat hills is altogether a charming and enticing experience. Kanyakumari showcases 7 different colored sands in its beach.

The holy temple of Kanyakumari, located right beside the sea beach, is pulling crowd for many years. However, innumerable visitors will be disheartened because there is no such beach where they can enjoy a bath. Watch the beguiling sunrise and sunset sitting on the sands of the beach.

Vivekananda temple: Two adjoining rocks used to float near to the beach of Kanyakumari long back in 1892. The saint, Swami Vivekananda, visited Kanyakumari in quest of knowledge. The huge rock, situated at a height of 55 feet from the sea level, was the holy place where Swami Vivekananda resided and successfully meditated during 25th-27th December, 1892. Since then it is known as Vivekananda rock.

The temple which commemorates the great Swami Vivekananda depicts a blend of Cholas, Pandavas, Pallavas and arya architectural panache. The 8 feet tall bronze idol of Swami Vivekananda, built by Sonabhandekar, showcases interesting fine arts. The meditation hall, situated at the lower elevation of the Vivekananda temple, will occupy the mind and soul of the spiritual throng.

Interested tourists can watch the footprints of the deity, Kanyakumari. Cholas architectures are prominent on the Sripada Mandapam temple. Another divine temple of Devi Kumari, built by Parashuram, was there on the same rock previously.

The Vivekananda temple is situated at a distance of 500 meters from the sea beach. Nevertheless the attractiveness of the Vivekananda temple has been diminished a lot due to the existence of the newly created temple of the Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar which is located at an altitude of 133 feet.

Kanyakumari Amman temple: Also known as Kanyakumari Bhagavathiamman Amman Temple The marvelous and primeval temple of Devi Kumari, was built in 7th- 8th century and is located adjacent to the beach. A number of mythological tales are attached with this ancient temple. The beautiful idol of the deity is formed with granite stone and is residing on the lotus throne. The deity is well adorned with expensive and stylish ornaments. The deity is worshiped at various times of the day. Every time she is worshiped, she looks different with different kinds of ornamentation. When a day starts, the deity takes the form of an unmarried girl where as at the end of the day she takes the form of a newly married woman. It is said that the impressive brightness of one of the diamond ornaments is visible even from the middle of the sea. The base of the sanctified temple is placed on 4 pillars. If you hit any of these pillars then you will be able to listen to the seven musical tunes of numerous musical instruments. Men have to open their shirts if they want to get into the temple. The holy well and Dhvaja Stambha temple are prime interests of the place.

The magical vistas of sunrise and sunset from the balcony of the temple will fascinate tourists. If you are interested to watch the sight of the sunrise then you have to visit the temple during the month of April. The sunrise and sunset both look mesmerizing from the 1st floor of the Ghandhi temple as well. 

Gandhi Mandapam: This place has the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. A temple, built in 1956, located at the north-west side of the Kanyakumari temple, commemorates the great man, Mahatma Gandhi. The architecture of the temple is such that on every 2nd October the sun light directly gets reflected on the face of the Gandhi Idol at 12 pm.

The Government museum is located right in front of the Gandhi memorial.

The exhibition compound to remember Swami Vivekandanda depicts an impressive example of majestic architectures.
Light House: Even though the authority of the Light House doesn’t permit tourists to take snaps but the top most position of the Light House offers a pleasing bird’s eye view of the adjoining sites.

The Shiva temple, situated adjacent to the railway station, showcases the architectures of Cholas dynasty. Sitaram Onkarnath Ashram, Roman Catholic church of 16th century, Swimming pool, Biswanath temple (1 and ½ km from the Light House), Patal Ganges and Marutalai are the other nearby sought after destinations.

Located at a distance of 6 km from the Light House, the circular Dutch fort in Vattakottai, built in 18th century, is a floating edifice which will surely amuse interested crowd. The tranquility of the neighboring beach is a magical destination for the holiday makers who love to enjoy a cool bath and picnic.

Suchindram: Thanumalayan temple, built during 7th- 8th century, is surrounded by a wonderful pond and depicts the Dravidian architectural excellence and flair. The Shiva lingam of the temple, built in 9th century, is a classic example of striking and primeval Pandavas architectures. The deity, Vishnu, accompanies the deity Shiva in the temple. Later on, during the Nayak and Tribankur dynasties, the temple was reconstructed and revamped many times. The seven storied Gopuram of the temple is worth watching. Be there after sunset to watch the divinity when the deity is worshipped. It pulls innumerable spiritual people from faraway places. The temple is popularly known as Shiva- Indram in the hinterland as well. 7 musical pillars were carved out of a single stone. This impressiveness of the temple recalls the ancient Dravidian architectural panache and style. Hit the musical pillars to listen to the marvelous musical tunes. The balcony of the temple looks stunning as well. The Hanuman idol of 18 feet height fascinates temple lovers. Karthika and Ganesha are the other holy deities who are residing in the temple. Nabagraha idol is engraved on the ceiling at the entrance of the temple. The dancing room, standing on 1035 pillars, is another astonishing sight of the temple. The tales of the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata are embossed at the crest of the temple. The doorway of the temple is open for the people of every creed and religion.

Idols of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar attract numerous visitors.

Suchindram is well connected to Nagercoil by road. Suchindram railways station can be accessed by train from Kanyamkumari as well. Ardent tourists should hire jeep for the trip of Suchindram and Nagercoil.
Nagercoil: Nagercoil is located at a distance of 6 km from Kanyakumari. The snake is worshipped in the renowned and sanctified snake temple of Nagercoil. The main entrance of the temple depicts China pagoda architectural elegance. The main deity of the temple is residing on a throne which is made up of silver and is encircled by five snake idols. The color of the prime idol of the temple is changed in every 6 months.
The deities, Shiva and Vishnu, are the other existing divine powers of the temple. Apart from these idols, a number of other interesting and holy idols are dotted around the temple premise. The idols of Tirthanks Mahavir and Parsanath swami are there on the temple compound as well.

Tourists can avail a bus to Nagercoil from Kanyakumari, Bangalore or any other prime South India cities.
Nature lovers should enjoy one hour ride to Thiruparappu to watch the boisterous waterfall and adjoining hallowed Shiva temple. The prominent South Indian artistic touches on the temple will gratis you from the concern and worries.
Take a trip to another place which is situated at a distance of 13 km from the temple and you will hit the place where the water of the Kodhayar Dam is coming down fiercely from an elevation of 50 feet. The water hits the rocks and breaks the silence of the magical valley.

Thiruparappu temple can be accessed by a mesmerizing tact through the Rubber grove. The prime deity of the temple is Shiva. According to the ritual men have to take their upper garments off to get into the sacred temple.
Udaigiri fort, about 14 km from the Thiruparappu temple, is another nearby place of interest. Kanyakuma is 34 km away from the fort which covers 6 acres of area.

Padmanavpuram, the capital of the state Tribankur, can be reached from Udaigiri fort by road as well.
Bhaskar Lodge, Sri Swaminath Lodge, Hotel Rajam, Hotel Singer, Hotel Blue Star and many more hotels are there in Nagercoil for the tourists. Refer to our hotel booking links below for online booking.

How to reach: Kanyakumari is a railway station which is well connected to many south Indian railways stations like Chennai, Tirubhanantpouram, Bangalore and Nagercoil. Kanyakumari can be accessed by train from Kolkata, Mumbai and other cities of India as well.

Where to stay: Triveni Tourists Home, Hotel Singaar International, Hotel Ranji Tourist, Hotel Green Palace, Hotel Sebaa Palace, Hotel Ramshath, Vivekash Tourist Home and Jamalia Lodge. Refer to our hotel booking links below for photos, rates, facilities and online bookingBack to Tamil Nadu