Kanyakumari Tour

Kanyakumari Tour

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Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India

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Kanyakumari, is a town of Tamil Nadu, located at the southern most tip of India. The town was known as Cape Comorinduring the British rule and has an area of 25.89 Sq. Kms. Kanyakumari is the meeting point of three oceans the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

The place having its importance as a pilgrimage centre, isalso famous for its spectacular views of sunrise, sunset and moonrise over the sea. The magnificent hills, calm valleys and the plains bordered by colourful sea-shores, provide a pleasant touch to the surroundings. Kanyakumari spot the place, where the Indian Philosopher Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off the sea coast.

Apart from the waters and beaches the town is dotted with many Temples and Churches. The people of the town celebrate many festivals throughout the year, the most popular Vaisakha festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Vaikasi .During the festival an idol of goddess is taken out in procession. The Kalabham festival in the tamil month Aadi is also important, in which the idol is covered with sandal paste.

On the 13th day the image is covered with flowers brought in from nearby villages in addition huge crowd throng the temple. During the Navratri an idol of the deity is placed for worship at the Navratri mandapam, the processions mark the celebration on all the ninenights. The destruction of Baanasuran held on Vinaya Dasami, the final day of the festival, in which an idol of the deity is taken out in procession ona horse.

The car festival, the float festival and the Aaraatu (in which the eastern door the shrine is opened) are other festivals of the town.

Major Tourist Attractions in Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial, Government Museum, etc.
Kanyakumari Temple, Kanyakumari
The temple dedicated to Kanyakumari or Shakti (Mother Goddess) is located on the seashore. The ancient temple has been mentioned in the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Sangam works Manimekalai and Puranaanooru.

It is believed that the image of Kanyakumari was installed and worshipped by Parasurama. The black stone idol of Kanyakumari in the sanctum, is of particular importance. The idol has aglittering nose ring that is visible from a long distance. To the east of the shrine there is a door which is opened only five times a year.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari
The memorial was built in 1970, with a blend of architectural styles of India. The memorial located on the seaside, is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda who came here in 1892. The memorial mark the place where Swami Vivekananda meditated, before setting out as a Philosopher.

This memorial lies on two rocky islands projecting from the sea about 400 metre off shore. Inside the memorial a statue of Swami Vivekananda has been installed.
Gandhi Memorial, Kanyakumari
The memorial was constructed atthe spot, where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept forpublic viewing, before immersion in the waters.
Government Museum, Kanyakumari
The museum has a collection of items like old coins, whalebones, tribal objects, bronze sculptures, and woodcarvings etc.
Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari
The temple is situated at a distance of 13 Kms from Kanyakumari. The temple is dedicated to a deity formed by the combination of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Presever) and Shiva (the Destroyer).

The temple has artistically carved tower called asgopuram, musical pillars and artistic works from different period.
Famous Excursions from Kanyakumari
Subramanya Temple
The temple 34 Kms from Kanyakumari, is located at Kumarakovil. Situated in the midst of lush green hillock, the temple is noted for its architectural splendor. You can enjoy boating in the lake near the temple.

Mondaikaddu Bhagvathy Amman Temple
The small temple of 7th century is located at a distance of 41 Kms. from Kanyakumari. The temple is an important pilgrimage site for the people of near by areas. The main attraction of the temple is the 12ft. high Amman, in the form of a five-headed anthill that still grows.

Padmanabhapuram is situated ata distance of 45 Kms from Kanyakumari. An old fort stands here, which encloses the palace of the Travancore Kings. The Rama swamy temple inside the fort has carved panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana.

Thengapattinam Beach
Located at a distance of 54 Kms from Kanyakumari, the clean and uncrowded beach is perfect for swimming. A 1200 year old mosque stands near the beach.

Udayagiri Fort
The fort lies at a distance of 34 Kms from Kanyakumai. Built in the 18th century by King Marathanda the fort has the tomb of his faithful general, a Dutchman De Lennoy.
Accommodation in Kanyakumari
The famous tourist destination has many hotels and guest houses, which offers fabulous beach views. Two famous hotels in the town are Hotel Singaar International (3 Star hotel) and Hotel Cape Residency.
Best Time to Visit in Kanyakumari
The climate of the town is tropical and temperatures remains more or less similar through the year. The monsoons season arrives in the early June.October to March is the best time to visit the temple town. But whenever you visit the town you must include a full moon night in your stay.
How to reach Kanyakumari?
By Air - The closest airport is in the capital of the neighbouring state of Kerala, in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).Trivandrum (80 kms) airport is directly connected with Bangalore, Bombay,Cochin, Delhi, Goa and Chennai etc.

By Rail - Kanyakumari is connected with rail link tothe major cities like Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata and other towns of the country.

By Road - Kanyakumari is connected by road and regular bus services links the town with Chennai, Pondicherry, Bangalore,Trichy, Madurai, Rameswaram, Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Tiruchendur, TiruvelveliandTrivandrum etc. The distance of major towns from Kanyakumari are Trivandrum (87 Kms), Madurai (242 Kms), Nagercoil (19 Kms), Tiruchendur (89Kms), Tirunelveli (91 Kms), Courtallam (130 Kms), Tuticorin (129 Kms),Rameshwaram (300 Kms), Cochin (309 Kms) Thekkady 358 (Kms), Kodaikanal (362kms), Palani (370 Kms), Ootacamund (576 Kms) and Coimbatore (478 Kms).
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