The ever bustling city of Kanyakumari inspires you to take up your travel plans and renders your imagination rich with a landscape of colors and sights. Its effervescent charm, cultural streets and undying aura captivates the minds of every traveler who reaches there. With a number of attractions to look forward to, this is one city that must be in your travel and explore list.
Reasons to Visit
- Kanyakumari lies on the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is geographically a cape and during British rule in India, it was known as Cape Comorin.
- Kanyakumari is home to Kumari Amman or the Kanyakumari Temple and is a Shakti Peetha temple dedicated to a manifestation of Parvati.
- Kanyakumari also houses the site of Vivekananda Rock Memorial built in 1970 where Swami Vivekananda meditated (in middle of the ocean).
- Kanyakumari is one those few places from where one can see a clear sunrise and sunset from the same spot.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Kanyakumari is the meeting point of Indian Ocean, Arabic Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The main attraction of this place is the Vivekananda Rock situated in the Sea, a 135 Ft height Statue of Thriruvalluvar and the Kanyakumari Temple.
An exciting boat journey through the Sea takes the tourists to the Memorial amidst the ocean. One can experience a good rush here. Tourists from different parts of the world in one queue, with different languages, different cultures, but still keeping the decorum of the queue.
Tips– If you have long hair, don’t forget to tie your hair or carry a scarf or you will lose half the hairs when you come back.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Overview
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Kanyakumari, constructed in the year 1956 was built in the memory Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is popularly known as the Father of the Nation. After his assassination in 1948, his ashes were immersed in Triveni Sangam (confluence of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal) in Kanyakumari. However, before the process of immersion, the urn containing his ashes was kept here for the public to pay their homage.
A unique fact about this memorial is that it is constructed in such a manner that on the day of Gandhi’s birthday (2nd October), the sun rays pass through a hole and fall exactly on the point, where his ashes were kept.
Wax Museum Overview
The Kanyakumari Wax Museum is a unmissable attraction for tourists visiting this beautiful city. Noted as India’s first wax museum, it was open to public on 24th December 2005. Built in line with London’s Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, this unique attraction displays wax statues of renowned personalities. Visitors can see beautiful statues of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan etc.
Vattakottai Fort and Beach
Vattakottai Fort, also popular as the Circular Fort, is a tourist hotspot of Kanyakumari. Located around 6 km northeast of the Kanyakumari Cape, this fort enjoys a waterfront location with greenery surrounding it on all sides.
Sprawling over an area of about 3.5 acres, this rectangular granite fort is enclosed by 25-26 feet high walls. An interesting fact associated with the fort is that there is a 4 feet wide tunnel, which connects it to the Padmanabhapuram Palace. This subway is not in use at present and remains closed.
Vivekananda Kendra and Exhibition
Pictorial exhibition on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda can be seen here.
Some other notable temples and monuments in and around:
Sunrise and Sunset Point
It was the most exciting part of my journey. Being the lazy person I am , I decided to skip sunrise and go to see sunset instead. To much dismay right before sunset, clouds engulfed the sky and I was deprived from the visual bliss. Karma..I guess !!
That didn’t stop me from clicking pics though.
From Kanyakumari, I headed to the beautiful and scenic Rameshwaram island which I will post very soon.
Have you visited Kanyakumari yet ?? If not then its time you do. Tell me in the comment section about your plans and I might help with some tips.
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