Situated at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a seaside town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Formerly known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is lined with paddy fields, coconut trees, undaunted patches of hills along with undulating valleys.

From ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the most significant destinations of religion, architecture, and culture. 

Best Time to Visit Kanyakumari

Acclaimed for being a significant destination in India where you can watch the sunrise and the sunset at a similar shoreline, Kanyakumari, India is a renowned travel destination due to its wonderful topography, as well due to its unblemished shorelines.

The months between October and March is the best time to visit Kanyakumari. This is the time apt for sightseeing and exploring things around. 

History of Kanyakumari

The history of Kanyakumari can be traced back to several centuries. For instance, Ptolemy’s works describe Kanyakumari as a travel getaway that had good trade relations with Alexandria. 

Kanyakumari as a city has been governed by several rulers over the years. For example, the Cheras, the Pandiyas along with the Venad Chieftains of Travancore had some role or the other in shaping the overall history of Kanyakumari. 

Till 1956, Kanyakumari was under the then-Maharaja of Travancore. Later on, in history, this city was acceded to the union of India and also became a part of the state of Tamil Nadu. 

The Hindu Legend. According to our Hindu mythology, Kanya Kumari was none other than an avatar of Goddess Parvati who was to marry Lord Shiva. It is believed that on the day of his marriage, Lord Shiva failed to show up. As a result, the food items like rice and other grains remained completely uncooked and wasted. Many believe that the stones on the shore of Kanyakumari are these unused food items. And since then, Kanya Devi was considered as the virgin Goddess who is supposed to shower her blessings on the tourists visiting this adorable place.

Major Attractions in and Around Kanyakumari

1. Thirparappu Falls

If you want to enjoy a quick water bath then this is the kind of place which you must absolutely visit. What this tourist getaway has to offer you is nothing but sheer joy and pangs of dripping happiness. Also for the adventure seekers, this place is no less than a paradise.

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is quite an amazing place to explore especially for the people who are spiritually inclined. As the name suggests this place was constructed in the honour of the great sage, Swami Vivekananda. It is situated in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari. Standing on only a single rock this place is about 500 metres away from India’s southern-most tip.

3. Kumari Amman Temple

The Kumari Amman Temple is one of the most amazing places which should be on your travel list. The spiritual significance of this place attracts a lot of devotees.

4. Lord Subramanya Temple

The Lord Subramanya Temple brims with great spiritual charm. For people who are spiritually inclined and are on a path of sadhana, this place is filled with so many opportunities in terms of learning and exploring. Moreover, the never-ending pillars which you get to see in this place give you a reason for contemplation.

5. Courtallam Falls

This one is simply an amazing place which you should definitely visit. Especially the children will be liking this place owing to the gushing liveliness which this place carries.

How to Reach Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is a unique place to visit, perhaps due to its geographical location. It is situated at a distance of about 2,842, 1,655, 2,375, 665 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can reach Kanyakumari via public means of transportation.

By Air

The nearest airport is Trivandrum Airport (TRV) located at a distance of about 100 km. This is an international airport that is known to serve Thiruvanthapuram and other regions of Kerala majorly. It was established in 1932 and is considered to be the fifth international airport of India. Overall, it has good connectivity with other Indian cities with direct and connecting flights. Once off the airport, you can take some means of public transportation to reach your destination.

Here is a list of Indian cities from where flights are available to Kanyakumari

By Train

Kanyakumari has its own railway station i.e. Cape Comorin Railway Station (CAPE). It is mainly known for serving Kanyakumari along with its nearby regions. It is an integral part of the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Division situated in the Southern Railway Zone and is also considered to be the southernmost railway station in India. From the station, you will need to avail some local means of transportation to reach your destination.

By Road

Kanyakumari is also connected by accessible roads and highways. You can enjoy the thrilling ride of going on a road trip to Kanyakumari from nearby regions and cities. For travelling, you can book interstate or private buses to Kanyakumari. Otherwise, you can also take your own vehicle to reach Kanyakumari. 

  • From Trivandrum - 91 km via NH66
  • From Kollam - 166 km via NH66 or SH179
  • From Kochi - 297 km via Main Central Road or NH66

Frequently Asked Questions about Kanyakumari

Q. Where is Kanyakumari located?
A. Kanyakumari is a coastal town located in the southernmost part of the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Q. What are the popular tourist destinations in Kanyakumari?
A. Some popular tourist destinations in Kanyakumari include the Kanyakumari Temple, the Gandhi Memorial, and Vivekananda Rock Memorial. 

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