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#1 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 1.5 km from Kanyakumari Bus Station & 1.5 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station, Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a memorial located on a small island off Kanyakumari. It is one of the picturesque Kanyakumari places to visit.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built in 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda on one of the two adjacent rocks projecting out of the Lakshadweep Sea. This is the site where Vivekananda attained enlightenment. Below the statue was mentioned the year of death of Swamiji and the 'probable' dates when Swamiji attained Samadhi on the rock. Vivekananda's Rock also holds religious significance to the locals. It is believed that Goddess Devi Kumari blessed the rock while performing austerity.
The memorial consists of two main structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. The Shripada Mandapam has a study hall and a museum, where you can explore Vivekananda's .....
#2 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 1.5 kms from Kanyakumari Bus Station & 1.5 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station (situated on Vivekananda Rock), Thiruvalluvar Statue is dedicated to the greatest Tamil poet, philosopher and saint - Thiruvalluvar.
The pedestal of the statue is of 38 feet height and the statue over it is 95 feet tall with a grand total of 133 feet for the entire sculpture. The 3 tier pedestal known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa with 38 feet height. To help the tourists to worship the holy feet of Thiruvalluvar 140 steps are constructed inside the Mandapa.
The view from this point is quite breathtaking! It is a very entertaining and enlightening piece of work and inspires one to lead a very principled and moral life.
Visting Hours are 8 AM To 4 PM. The ticket fare is 20/- for boat transfer.
Vivekananda Memorial is also located on the adjacent island.
#3 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 1 km from Kanyakumari Bus Station & 1 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station, the Kumari Amman Temple is an ancient temple situated in Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Tamilnadu, and among the top places to visit in Kanyakumari.
The temple is dedicated to Devi Kanya Kumari, an adolescent girl child form of Goddess Parvati. The diety is also known as Shree Baala Bhadra or Shree Baala. Kanyakumari Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethams. It is believed that the right shoulder and (back) spine area of Sati's corpse fell here creating the presence of kundalini Sakthi in the region. Sage Parashurama is said to have performed the consecration of the temple. This is one of the prime places to visit as part of Kanyakumari tour packages.
#4 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 12 km from Kanyakumari, Suchindram is a holy place located on the bank of the river Pazhayar in Tamilnadu. Situated on Trivandrum - Kanyakumari road, it is one of the famous places to visit during your Kanyakumari trip.
Suchindram is known for the Thanumalayan Temple dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan. The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism, as the name Stanumalaya denotes Trimurtis; 'Stanu' means Siva; 'Mal' means Vishnu; and the 'Ayan' means Brahma. It is one of the popular places to visit near Kanyakumari.
Suchindrum means the place where Indra attained 'Suchi' i.e., purification. The Sthalapurana has it that Indra suffered a curse from sage Gowthama and offered worship to Lord Shiva at this place. Relieving Indra of his curse, Lord Shiva granted him of his wish that .....
#5 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 35 Kms from Kanyakumari, 53 Kms from Trivandrum & 700 Kms from Chennai (situated on Trivandrum - Kanyakumari road), Padmanabhapuram is an ancient historical town surrounded by a fort with an area of 187 acres. The ancient capital of Travancore might be constructed before AD 1601. The palace with an area of seven acres, is situated in the very centre on the Padmanabhapuram Fort, amidst hills, dales and rivers.
The fort which was built with mud originally was dismantled and reconstructed with granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma. The height of the walls varies from 15 ft to 24 ft according to the inclination of the ground.
Entry Fee Rs 25 for Adult & Rs 10 for Children. Closed on Mondays.
Fees for Foreigners : Adult Rs 200 & Children Rs 50
Video and Camera Fee are Rs 1500 & Rs 25 Respectively
Separate fee for Car parking
#6 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 1 km from Kanyakumari Bus Station & 1 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station (situated at the entrance of Beach Road), The Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956 is built in the memory of the Father of the Nation.
An urn of Mahatma Gandhi was kept here for public to pay homage before immersion. Mahatma Gandhi visited Kanyakumari twice in 1925 and 1937. In 1948 his ashes were immersed in the sea waters in Kanyakumari. In commemoration of this event a beautiful monument has been constructed here. It's central shape is 79 feet high representing the age of the Mahatma at that time. The sun at Mid day on 2nd October would fall on the peedam through a hole in the roof.
Visting Hours 7 AM To 7 PM, entrance is Free.
#7 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 20 kms from Kannyakumari (situated in Nagarcoil town, on Trivandrum - Kanyakumari road), The Nagaraja Temple is a simple thatched shed, with mud walls.
It enshrines the King of Serpents. Tradition states that a King of Kalakkad was cured of leprosy when he performed penance in the temple. He then rebuilt it in the Kerala style. He might have been Bhuthalavira Sri Vira Udaya Marthandavarma, who ruled Venad, with Kalakkad as the capital. It is believed that snakebite is not fatal within a kilometer of the temple.
Temple timings: 5.30 AM - 10 AM & 5 PM - 7 PM
#8 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 13 km from Pechiparai Dam, 50 km from Kanyakumari, & 51 km from Trivandrum, Thirparappu Falls is an artificial waterfall situated at Thirparappu near Kanyakumari. It is one of the Kanyakumari tourist places.
The Kodayar River makes its descend at Thiruparappu and forms this wonderful waterfall. The river bed is rocky and about 300 feet in length. Descending from a height of about 50 feet, the spectacular falls mystifies the environment with its gushing waters. It is essentially a mix of multiple streams of water flowing from the top to form a majestic water pool at the bottom.
A swimming pool has been constructed for children over here and is a safe place for swimming. There are paddle boats available on rent for boating in the vicinity of the Falls. Mahadeva Temple dedicated to Siva enclosed by strong fortification is very close to the waterfalls and it's one of the important .....
#9 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 56 Kms from Kanyakumari (about 8 kms from Trivandrum-Kanyakumari highway), Pechiparai Dam was built during the days of the Maharaja Sri Moolam Thirunal across the river Kodayar.
The construction of the dam was designed on the pattern of the Periyar dam in the Madurai district. The length of the dam is 425.1 mts. It has a catchment area of 204.8 sq.km. There is a camp shed provided at the dam side for the visitors. The weather is very pleasant and hence attracts a large number of tourists.
The reservoir, with beautiful forest around with the backdrop of Western Ghats offers stunning views.
Beach | Pilgrimage
#10 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 59 km from Tirunelveli, 35 km from Tuticorin and 92 km from Kanyakumari, Thiruchendur is a small coastal town in the Toothukudi district of Tamil Nadu and is a popular pilgrimage destination situated in the Gulf of Mannar.
Thiruchendur Murugan Kovil is the prime attraction of the town. This temple is considered to be one of the six Padai Veedu (Battle Camps) of Lord Murugan, the others being Thiruparamkundram, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani and Pazhamudhircholai. This temple is known as the second Padai Veedu of Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga won the battle with the demon Surapadma and worshipped Lord Shiva at this sacred place. It is believed that the temple existed since the Vedic period, as it is mentioned in many ancient scripts.
The main entrance to the temple faces south although the sanctum faces east. The 133 feet Rajagopura, built close to the shores of Bay of Bengal, is an outstanding example of Dravidian .....
#11 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 1 km from Kanyakumari Bus Station & 1.5 kms from Kanyakumari Railway Station (situated on the Beach Road), The Government Museum offers a good collection of sculptured artifacts and crafts of South Indian Temples and is one of the Must See places in Kanyakumari.
Visiting hours: 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Holiday on all fridays and second Saturday)
Entry Fee: Adults Rs 5, Children Rs 3 and Foreigner Rs.100.
#12 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 2 km from Kanyakumari Bus Station & 2 km from Kanyakumari Railway Station, Kamarajar Manimandapam was raised and dedicated to Late. Sri. Kamarajar, The freedom fighter, Former Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, President of Indian National Congress. He was popularly known as Black Gandhi among the masses and king maker during congress regime. This monument was constructed where his ashes were kept here for public to pay homage before immersion into the sea.
Visting Hours -7 AM To 7 PM. Entrance is Free.
#13 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 6 kms north-east of Kanyakumari (on NH7), Vattakottai (Circular Fort) is a granite fort built by Marthanda Varma to serve as defence for Nanjil Nadu. This town is also having a nice beach.
It is rectangular in shape and covers an area of about three and a half acres. The fort is enclosed by walls 25 to 26 feet high, including the parapet, 29 feet thick at the front, 18 feet at the corners and 6 feet at the rear. The small river by the side of the fort, and the green vegetation all around add to the scenery of the fort and has now become a holiday resort and picnic centre.
It is said that there is a subway or tunnel about four feet width, supposed to connect the Padmanabhapuram palace. Now the tunnel has been closed.
Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM. Entry fee - Adults Rs 15 & Child Rs 10.
#14 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 10 Kms from Kanyakumari, Chothavilai Beach is one of the best natural beaches of the district. The beach has shallow water and High sand dunes on the back ground. The District Administration has through its own funds and through the funds of MPLAD scheme, put up rest shelters, kudils and a view tower over here for the benefit of tourists. The tourists can reach the beach through the newly laid coastal road which is a very beautiful drive along the sea-coast.
#15 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 14 km from Nagercoil town, & 34 km from Kanyakumari, the Udayagiri Fort is an ancient fort situated at Thuckalay town in the Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Tamilnadu, and among the most prominent tourist places in Kanyakumari.
Originally a mud-fort, the Udayagiri Fort was used as a military barrack by Travancore rulers during the 17th century. In the initial days, the fort served as a prison for people who protested against Tipu Sultan - the ruler of Mysore. Later, it was rebuilt using massive blocks of granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma of Travancore in the 18th century. The renovation of the fort was done under the supervision of De Lannoy, chief of the Dutch East India Company. It was once known as Dillanai Kottai, meaning De Lannoy's Fort, in the chief's honour. Until the middle of .....
#16 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 52 km from Kanyakumari and 70 km from Tirunelveli, Sri Swayambulinga Swamy Temple is situated at Uvari, a beautiful coastal village in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular pilgrimage places near Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli.
Sri Swayambulinga Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity is Swayambunathar because he exists on his own. The Goddess in this temple is Brahma Sakthi. There are four springs near the sea shore, all with fine drinking water. The Kadamba tree is considered sacred here.
According to legend, there was a milk vendor who went a certain route every day. And on that route there was a root of the Kadamba tree that was obstructing his path. So one day he decided to cut the root and when he did that, he was taken aback to find blood flowing out of the root. He heard a voice from the sky saying that God was there and that a temple was to be built there. The milk vendor built a temple there with palm leaves and .....
#17 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 2.5 km from Uvari Swayambulinga Swamy Temple, 52 km from Kanyakumari and 70 km from Tirunelveli, Kappal Matha Church, also known as Selva Matha Church, is located on the shores of Bay of Bengal at Uvari Village in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu.
The church is dedicated to Mother Mary. It was constructed in the year 1974, when the original church was damaged due to sea erosion. It is built in the shape of an aero plane placed over a ship. The church is facing the blue sea and the moving waves of the sea near gives an impression that this is sailing on the sea. Due to its architecture, this church is called Kappal Matha Church, Kappal means ship in Tamil.
This church remained under the control of pastors of the Goa Mission for many years. Various festivals were celebrated at this church during the reign of pastors of the Goa Mission. It is said that there was a practice among the virgins going to the nunnery to spend the night there. On one such occasion, .....
#18 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 7 km from Marthandam and 45 km from Kanyakumari, Sri Adikesava Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple located in Thiruvattaru. It is one of the 108 divya desams of Sri Vaishnavas and also one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Kanyakumari.
The temple is dedicated to Sri Adikesava Perumal, meaning 'Foremost Friend'. According to the legend, Lord Adikesava defeated the demon Kesi. The demon's wife prayed to the River Ganges and River Thamirabarani and created destruction. They came in spate to wash off the Lord. Mother Earth simply raised the ground level where Perumal was reclining. Both Rivers went round the Lord, prayed to Him and continued to flow round as two garlands. Thus, the formation of the rivers made in a circle came to be known as Thiruvattaru.
The temple was built in Dravidian style architecture with wooden pillars, doors and roofs. The presiding deity here is in reclining posture along with Goddess Maragathavalli Nachiar. Though there are similarities .....
#19 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 7 km from Tenkasi, 62 km from Tirunelveli & 160 km from Madurai, Courtallam, or Kutralam Falls is a stunning waterfall situated near Tirunelveli. It is one of the prominent waterfalls in Tamilnadu, and among the must include places in Tenkasi holiday packages. Courtallam is famed as the 'Spa of South'.
There are nine waterfalls at Courtallam where the River Chittar cascades over 92 meters at varying volumes. The Main falls or Peraruvi is the most popular and the biggest among the nine falls, at a distance of about 300 meters from Courtallam Bus Stand. Falling from a height of 60 m, it is located right inside Courtallam town. The flow of water is interrupted by the Pongumakadal rock and comes down gently making it a safe place to bathe. The waters of Courtallam are believed to have medicinal qualities as it flows through forests of herbs. The Kutralanathar Temple, .....
Distance (From Kanyakumari): 135 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kanyakumari - Including Travel): 6 Hours
#20 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
At a distance of 40 km from Kanyakumari, 21 km from Nagercoil, 74 km from Trivandrum, 85 km from Tirunelveli & 691 km from Chennai, Olakkay Aruvi or Ulakkai Aruvi Waterfalls is a wonderful waterfall located near Azhagiapandipuram in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. Located within the limits of Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary, Ulakkai Aruvi is one of the best waterfalls in Kanyakumari and also one of the popular places to visit near Tirunelveli.
Also known as Rod Falls, Ulakkai Aruvi Falls is a mesmerizing waterfall formed over Pazhayar River. Ulakkai meaning Pestle and Aruvi meaning Falls in Tamil. This falls looks like a Pestle from long distance, hence the name Ulakkai Aruvi. Even as the surrounding water sources and forests dry up in the sweltering summers, the water still keeps flowing from this natural waterfall. Many tourists come here for bathing and to enjoy the nature.
There are two falls, the lower falls and the higher falls. Both are falling from a height of about .....
October to March is the best time to visit Kanyakumari while the peak season is from November to February. December is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. This is also the best time for exploring the beaches, temple visits and great natural beauty in these months.
Kanyakumari usually requires full day to visit the most important attractions. Several tourists usually prefer visiting Kanyakumari along with Madurai & Rameshwaram which requires an additional one day for each place. There are several wonderful places near Kanyakumari like Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Trivandrum, Kovalam that can be visited with additional day for each place.
Budget of Kanyakumari trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Kanyakumari tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 8750 per person for a 3D/2N trip and from INR 11350 per person for 4D/3N vacation.
Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Kanyakumari like Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kumariamman Temple, Suchindram, Padmanabhapuram and Gandhi Memorial. Madurai which is around 240 km from Kanyakumari and can be visited along with Kanyakumari.
Though not exactly known to be a shopper's paradise, the religious destination of Kanyakumari offers quite a few enchanting shopping options to tourists. It is an excellent shopping destination for buying various seashell items including trinkets and souvenirs along with decorative pieces made from bamboo, cane and wood. Tourists may also like to buy beautiful palm leaf paintings from the local shops.
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