Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. With an area of 1672 sq.km. Kanyakumari occupies 1.29% of the total extent of Tamil Nadu. The district name is spelled as ‘ Kanniyakumari ‘ in official records which are in tune with the spoken name of the district in Tamil language. The District is bound by Tirunelveli District on the North and the east. The South Eastern boundary is the Gulf of Mannar . On the South and the South West, the boundaries are the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea . On the West and North West it is bound by Kerala.

The small temple dedicated to Kanyakumari , or the youthful form of the primeval energy Shakti (Mother Goddess) is located on the seashore, in the town known by the same name. Kanyakumari was referred to by the British as Cape Commorin. Kanyakumari represents the site where the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off of the coast. A memorial built in his honor is accessible via ferry. There is also a recently built memorial to Tiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural – a treatise on the Indian way of life.

The Kumari Amman or the Kanyakumari Temple, located on the shore, is a Shakti Peetha dedicated to a manifestation of Parvati, the virgin goddess who did penance to obtain Lord Shiva’s hand in marriage. The temple and the adjoining ghat, situated overlooking the shore, attract tourists from all over the world. The sparkling diamond nose-ring of the deity is said to be visible even from the sea.

On two rocky islets just off the shore, southeast of the Kumari Amman temple, are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970, and the 133 feet (41 m) tall statue of Tamil saint–poet Thiruvalluvar, one of the biggest statues in Asia, completed in 2000 by sculptor V. Ganapati Sthapati. One of the rocks, called Sri Padhaparai, is said to bear the footprints of the virgin goddess. Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated on this rock for three days. Also on this rock, there is a Dhyana mandapam, an area for meditation. Ferry services are available to reach the memorial.
The Gandhi Memorial has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma’s ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was designed in such a way that on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept.

General Information

Country              : India
State                   : Tamil Nadu
Area                    : 1684 sq km
Population          : 1909960 (aprox)
Best time to visit: Mid-November to February
Languages          : Tamil, Malayalam and English

Places to Visit:

Kanyakumari Temple
One of the major attractions in the town dedicated to the goddess Parvati or Sati. It is believed that the temple is one of the 51 Hindu Sakti Pitha.

Vivekananda Memorial
Was constructed during 1970 on the top of a rock island near the meet place of three oceans. The small island is about 491 km away from sea beach.

Suchindram Temple
Located about 12 km away from Kanyakumari which dedicated to Hindu Lord Siva, Vishnu and Brahma.

Padmanabhapuram Palace
One of the most popular attractions in the state Tamil Nadu. It is Located about 14 km away from Nagercoil Town.

St. Francis Xavier’s church
Located at Kottar in Nagercoil town. You will also find here some Temples which are dedicated to Hindu Gods.

Chitharal
A small village of the district famous for ancient Jain Monuments and culture. It is located about 8 km away from Marthandam and 54 km from Kanyakumari Town.

Thirunandikkara temple
The famous architecture of Pallava Dynasty located about 21 km away from Kanyakumari Town. It is rock-cut cave temple created after seventh century.

Olakaruvi waterfalls
A lovely spot for adventure which is about 21 km away from Nagercoil. It is a rocky-forested area; best option is to go with a group.

Keeriparai
A small forestry hill including some beautiful waterfalls. It is famous for wild elephants located about 31 km away from Nagercoil Town.

Muttom village
A popular tourists spots of Kanyakumari District. It is surrounded by hilly regions including a lovely church located in the center of the village.

Sanguthurai Beach
Is about 9 km away from Nagercoil town. It is a beautiful palm-fringed and sandy beach which was smashed by.