Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Kanyakumari is located in Indian Peninsula’s Southern-most tip and is in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is the meeting point of three seas namely Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. It is written as Kanniyakumari in official files in India while in British it is referred as “Cape Comorin’. Widely spoken language of the region is Tamil and Malyalam.
For several decades the region has been a favorite hot spot for tourists from all over the world. It is not only art and culture of the region but it is world famous for trade and commerce also.
For several years, it was ruled by different dynasties which include Cholas, Cheras, Nayaks and others. The influence of their art and culture can be seen in architecture of temples.
Some of the prominent festivals that are celebrated in Kanyakumari include the Holy Annual, the Chaitra Poornima and Navraatri. Traditional dance form of the region is Kathakali and story-dance.
All the tourists who come here definitely watch the beautiful seen of Sunrise and Sunset in Kanyakumari. Both scenes can be enjoyed during the months of November, December and January while during other months only sunrise can be watched.
The nature has bestowed the region with lots of beauty and scenic surroundings.
Kanyakumari has a cool climate which makes the region separate from other parts of Tamil Nadu state. It enjoys the rainy season of Kerala as well as Tamil Nadu.
The place is famous among tourists for its majestic hills, beaches and immaculate rivers and meandering streams.
Why Visit Kanyakumari?
There is more than one reason that makes Kanyakumari also known as Alexandria of the East as one of the favored tourist destination. Other than incomparable Sunrise and Sunset scene in the region, other reasons that make this place popular tourist place include:
Sightseeing in Kanyakumari is mostly about visit temples and memorials. One can visit Kanyakumari Temple, Gandhi Memorial, Swami Vivekananda Memorial and the Government Museum.
Indulge in Activities
Other than temples and museums, tourists can indulge in fun activities at the amusement park there. It is more entertaining with kids.
Those who love artistic things will simply fell in love with a number of handicrafts such as trinkets, art done on seashell, drawings on palm leaf and much more. One needs to careful as shopkeepers try to sell palm off beads as genuine coral. The prices of all things sold here are negotiable so test your bargaining skills.
Treat Your Taste Buds
Restaurants in Kanyakumari offer variety of cuisine and one can easily find several food places serving quality food.
Several other travel-worthy places attached to Kanyakumari. Most of the tourists to Kanyakumari visit these places also. These include Nagercoil, Suchindran, Kumarakovil, Thengapattinam Beach, Padmanabhapuram, Pechipparai Dam, Udayagiri Fort and Vattakottai.
Celebrate Kanyakumari Festivals
Chitra Poornima is one of the prominent festivals of the region and is celebrated with full joy in April. Yet another important festival the Holy Annual is celebrated by the RC Church in the last week of December.
Kanyakumari is a beautiful place and has been receiving praises for its beauty and culture from tourists for several years now. Top most places of interest for tourists in the region include:
Memorials constructed in the memory of great people like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda are beautiful and attract tourists. The central shape of Mahatma Gandhi memorial is 79 feet.
While Vivekananda memorial was built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee during 24 to 26 December 1892 with the purpose of meditation.
The memorial is built on a rock and looks like a human fort and comprises different structures.
Time to visit Mahatma Gandhi memorial is from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Time to Visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial: 7 Am to 4 PM.
This statue is built in the memory of immortal poet Thiruvalluar. Statue’s podium is 38 feet in height while the statue over it is 95 feet and making it 133 feet high in total.
This sculptor was built in the leadership of Dr. V.Ganapathy Sthapathi and total 1283 stones are used in it.
Time to Visit: Thiruvalluvar Statue: 8 Am to 4 PM
This monument was built as a tribute to Late Sri Kamarajar who was a freedom fighter and also had remained Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He was popular among people as Black Gandhi.
Time to Visit: 7 Am to 7 PM
Sunrise and Sunset Scenes
No tourist misses to see the beauty that surround the region at the time of Sunrise and Sunset. Though Sunrise can be seen around the year, Sunset can be seen from View Tower around the year except June, July and August.
Other than these, several other famous tourist places are Suchindrun Village, Kanyakumari Bagavathiaman Temple, Udayagiri Fort, Mathoor Hanging Bridge, St. Xavier Church, Padmanabhapuram palace, Pachiparai Dam, Peer Mohammad Durha, Tirparappu Water Falls and Baywatch.