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Published: 22/11/2012

Kanyakumari or Cape Camorin, as it was known in the West, lies on the Southern most tip of the Indian mainland. A town in Tamilnadu, Kanya Kumari takes its name after the virgin Goddess of the place, Kanyakumari Amman. Legends have it that the Goddess Parvati in the form of a virgin did penance at this place so that she could be reunited with Lord Shiva. This place, therefore, has a deep religious significance for the Hindus.

Kanyakumari offers a whole range of tourist attractions like religious places, historical edifices, natural beaches, forests, mountain valleys, rubber and clove plantations. There is also an amusement park for the children. Located at the confluence of three seas, the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, a unique feature of the sea shore is the multicolored sand on the beaches. Sunrises and sunsets are marvelous images too good for words! On full moon nights one can see the sunset and moonrise simultaneously.

Being close to the sea, Kanyakumari enjoys a pleasant climate through out the year. However, the best time to visit this place is between October to March.

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History

For centuries, Kanyakumari, has a track record of being not only the religious and cultural hub, but also a busy centre for trade and commerce. Recorded history date back to the first century AD when the Roman scholar, Ptolemy, had referred to Kanyakumari as a centre for pearl fishery. Kanyakumari continued to maintain its fame and glory under every dynasty that ruled the place. The Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas and Nayaks left their imprints in the wonderful architecture that can be found in the numerous temples dotting the place. Kanyakumari remained under the king of Travancore until India’s independence.

Top 5 Things to See in Kanyakumari


1. Kumari Amman Temple- The landmark of Kanyakumari is the 3000 year old Kumari Amman temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Parvati.

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial- Built in 1970, the memorial is the spot where Swami Vivekananda sat in deep meditation before attaining enlightenment.

3. Thiruvalluvar Statue dedicate to the Tamil Saint, philosopher and poet Thiruvalluvar.

4. Kanyakumari Beaches- A rare combination of rock shores, rough sea and colourful
sand, a combination worth seeing at Kanyakumari beaches.

5. Our Lady of Ransom Church- Dedicated to the virgin Mother Mary, the 100 year old church is famous for the carnival held in December.

Getting there and around


By Air- The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthpuram of the neighbouring state Kerala. Both domestic and international flights operate from here. It takes around 3 hours to reach Kanyakumari from the airport. One can go by train, bus or taxi from the airport.

By Train- Kanyakumari is well connected to all major cities in the country by a large network of railway. The Kanyakumari Junction Railway Station is situated near the bus stand is the Trivandrum Central in Thiruvananthpuram.

By Road- Kerala and Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation operate regular bus service connecting Kanyakumari to many cities in Kerala and Tamilnandu. For local transport buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are available.

Shopping in Kanyakumari


For shopping, one can have a limited option of shops and products. As is generally found, the beach side shopping complex along the shore across the road sell knick knacks and souvenirs made of seashells and coconut shells. A few shops near the temple sell pooja items and photographs of Gods and Goddesses.
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