Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu is a very important tourist spot in India. It is the southern tip of India and has visitors from all part of the world throughout the year. Season time starts in October and ends in April. Weekends and season times will be very rush.The place Kanyakumari itself has many places to visit such as Kanyakumari beach, Bhagavathi Amman Temple, Tsunami memorial, View Tower, Boating to Vivekananda Rock and Thiruvalluvar statue, Gandhi memorial hall, Kamaraj Memorial Hall, Our Lady of Ransom church, Mayapuri wonder wax and more.
Ten interesting facts about Kanyakumari, India
- It is the only place in India where we can see both sunrise and the sunset
- The Gandhiji memorial building is built in such a way that the light falls on the base of the memorial on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti
- A special day called Chitra Pournami will have the rise of the moon immediately after the sun sets
- The east gate of the Kanyakumari remain closed and it will be opened only during the festival season. It is believed that the nose ring of the Kanyakumari Devi can be visible too far from the sea, which caused several accidents after confused being the lighthouse.
- Kanyakumari is the southern tip of India where the three seas Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea meets.
- Although the Kanyakumari temple is in Tamil Nadu the poojas are held in Kerala style.
- The sand of Kanyakumari beach has different colors. It is believed that the remains of the unheld marriage between Lord Shiva and Kanyakumari Devi become several sand colors.
- The 133 feet Thiruvalluvar statue represents 133 chapters of Thirukkural written by Thiruvalluvar
- It is the only beach in Kanyakumari district that is directly accessible via the national highway.
- Kanyakumari doesn’t have even a single cinema theater. If you want to watch a movie you need to visit the nearby town Nagercoil which is 20 kilometers away from Kanyakumari.
The above mentioned are the ten interesting facts about Kanyakumari.
Things to do in Kanyakumari
Here are the places to visit and things to do in Kanyakumari
Gandhi memorial is situated just near the beach. It is the place where Gandhiji’s ashes were kept for public view before dissolving into the sea. Wearing of chappals is restricted inside Gandhi memorial.
Kamarajar mani mandapam
Kamaraj was the great leader and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He was also the former president of Indian National Congress and had been regarded as the Kingmaker. The Kamarajar Mani mantapa was built just near the Gandhi memorial hall. Like Gandhi Memorial, It was the place where Kamaraj’s ashes were kept for public view before dissolving into the sea.
Bhagavathi Amman temple
Bhagavathi Amman temple is situated very close to the beach. The deity is a young lady sculpture. The deity also has the name Kanyakumari meaning the sannyasin girl. The place Kanyakumari is named after Goddess Kanyakumari. The deity is facing the east and the entrance is from the north gate. Bhagavathi Amman has other names such as Devi Kanyakumari, Kumari Amman, Devi Kumari and more.
A Tsunami memorial and park was built in memory of the victims who lost their lives in the tsunami which happened on 26 December 2004. It is now closed for the public visit and you can view it from the gap of the gate.
Kanyakumari is the most famous beach in the Kanyakumari district. Things to do in Kanyakumari beach includes horse rides and boating to Thiruvalluvar statue and Vivekananda rock. Bathing at Kanyakumari beach is a holy act. Sunrise and the sunsets are the main things to watch. Sunrise will be visible near Vivekananda rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Sunset will be visible behind the view tower. Here is a short video of Kanyakumari beach
Thiruvalluvar is a great poet from Tamil Nadu. His poem has 133 chapters and 1330 songs. The statue is 133 feet height the bottom mandapam has 48 feet tall and the upper part has 98 feet tall. The wall around the bottom mandapam has all the 1330 songs written by the poet and its meaning.
It is believed that Swami Vivekananda has undergone a meditation on the same rock and hence the rock is named as Vivekananda rock. The rock has a prayer hall where anyone can undergo a meditation. It also has special meditation hall for Muslims.
Ferry Boat service is operated to the Thiruvalluvar statue and the Vivekananda rock from the boarding point which will be a nice experience for the visitors. The boarding point is 200 meters from the temple
View tower building is situated at the west end of the Kanyakumari beach. There is a telescope in the building which can be used to see the panoramic view of Kanyakumari. You should not look at the sun with the telescope.
Wax museum in Kanyakumari has wax statues of different leaders. It is one of the interesting places to visit in Kanyakumari. You can also take photos with the leaders and celebrities of the World, India and Tamil Nadu. You will not be allowed to touch the statue. The wax museum has sculptures of famous personalities like Gandhiji, Abdul Kalam, Rabindranath Tagore and more.
Baywatch is an amusement park in Kanyakumari that have several rides. It has an entry fee of 500 Rs for Adults and 450 Rs for children. The timing of the park from Mon to Friday is 10 AM to 6.00 PM and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the timing is from 10 AM to 6.30 PM. The most popular ride includes bumping cars, flying elephants, family train, multiple splash, tea cups and kids pool. Baywatch amusement park is 2 km away from Kanyakumari beach.
How to reach Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu, India
By road: Head to Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu and you can get direct buses to Kanyakumari from Nagercoil. Nagercoil is just 20 km away from Kanyakumari. Madurai and Tirunelveli also have direct buses but it will not be frequent.
By train: Nearest railway station: Kanyakumari railway station
By air: Nearest Airport Trivandrum International Airport