the southernmost tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the
Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanyakumari,
an important pilgrimage site.The Kumari Amman temple, here,
is dedicated to Parvati as Devi - Kanya - the virgin goddess
who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva.Two rocks
reach out of the ocean, south-east of the Kumari Amman temple.
One of these is Sri Padaparai, where the footprints of the
virgin goddess are to be seen. On this rock, Swami Vivekananda
is said to have sat in deep meditation; and here stands the
Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970.
What to See
Vattakottai: (Circular Fort)
The 18th century fort overlooking the sea, located 6 km from
Kanyakumari. Here, the sea is calm and suitable for bathing.
Suchindram: (13km) The Thanumalayan
temple, here, is a repository of art treasures, belonging
to many kingdoms. The presiding deity in the form of a Linga,
denotes Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Inscriptions, said to be
of the 9th century AD, can be found in this temple. The temple
is also famous for a huge statue of Hanuman and its musical
Udayagiri Fort: (34 km) Built
by King Marthanda Varma (1729-1758AD), this fort also has
a foundry for casting guns. The king's trusted European general
De Lennoy's tomb is located within this fort.
Nagaraja Temple, Nagarkoil: (20 km) is a fascinating
temple with Nagaraja as the main deity. There are also shrines
dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
Padmanabhapuram Palace: (45 km)
is the magnificent wooden palace of the Travancore maharajas.
Tiruchendur: , site of a beautiful temple dedicated
to Lord Subramanya.
Courtallam Falls: (137 km) are
perched at a height of of 167 m. The water is believed to
contain medicinal properties.
Chitra Pournima Festival - in the first week of May, Navaratri
- in the last week of October, and the Holy Annual festival
of RC Church in the fourth week of December.
How to get there
Connected by road to Madras (703 km), Madurai (242 km), and
other major towns in South India. Kanyakumari is on the Thiruvananthapuram
- Kanyakumari section of the southern railway. Nearest airport
is Thiruvananthapuram (93 km).