Well-known as the home of virgin Goddess Kanya Kumari, the city attracts pilgrims from around the globe. The other attractions of the town include a rock memorial built as a tribute to Swami Vivekananda and the Thiruvalluvar statue built to honor the great poet and philosopher. Enroute Kanyakumari, there are plenty of attractions including the Padmanabhapuram Palace, Daivamsahayam Pillai chappal, Kuttalam waterfalls, Triveni Sangam, etc. The cuisines of Kanyakumari are authentic South Indian dishes and seafood is a major specialty that delights tourists.
Kanyakumari is one of the best holiday destinations that have different sightseeing opportunities in one single place. It has everything to make travelers filled with enthusiasm and joy. The attractions of Kanyakumari are naturally beautiful, historically important and culturally significant. Kanyakumari visit is a dream for every type of person; irrespective of age and interests!
Let us delve into some of the top attractions in and around Kanyakumari.
Top attractions in Kanyakumari
Thiruvalluvar Statue dedicated to the most acclaimed and renowned Tamil Poet and Philosopher Thiruvalluvar is an architectural beauty. The statue is over 133ft with a pedestal height of 38ft. The pedestal is called Atharapeedamand the statue is the beautifully decorated 38ft mandapa called Alankara Mandapam. This mandapam is surrounded by 10 elephant statues. It is a beauty beyond words. A popular Kanyakumari attraction, the statue displays the verses and teaching of Saint Thiruvalluvar. This sky kissing statue on the backdrop of the ocean creates a spiritual aura that soothes the weeping hearts. A visit to Thiruvalluvar Statue is an amazing opportunity to take a sneak-peak into ancient times. A visit to this amazing architectural splendor makes your Kanyakumari Trip memorable.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Vivekananda Rock Memorial has placed on the top of Kanyakumari’s best destinations. The memorial is known for its historical significance and beauty. A prominent Kanyakumari attraction, the memorial is 500 meters away from the seaside. Ferry services are frequent and an enjoyable cruise takes visitors to the memorial. This architectural structure has two mandapams namely Vivekananda Mandapam and Sripada Mandapa. The view of the Vivekananda statue is clear from Sripadam. The main attraction of the mandapam is the meditation hall with Dhyana Mandapam. The rock memorial gives a perfect view of the sea and the pleasant ambiance tempts people to spend more time here.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is an architectural wonder. This masterpiece lies at Thuckalay, a place between Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. The palace is renowned as a wooden palace and is looked after with utmost care. The palace is beautified with mural painting, fabulous floral carvings and the interiors are picture-perfect. The mystical beauty of the palace is the hidden treasures like the mahogany musical bow, windows that are colored mica, royal chairs from the East and the famous ‘Thaikkottaram’ otherwise known as the Queen Mother’s palace which has beautifully painted ceilings. The Durbar Hall secret underground passages, the King's medicinal bed, mural paintings, pictures of Lord Krishna, a temple of Goddess Saraswati, open-air swimming baths, are other attractions of the palace.
Location : Chakala, Thuckalay. About 16 km from Nagercoil (Tamilnadu). Timings : 9 AM to 4.30 PM (All days except Mondays). Entry Fee : Rs.10 per person for Adults. Rs.2 per person for Children
Kanyakumari Devi Temple
Kanyakumari Devi Temple, home for Goddess Devi Kanya Kumari is regarded as one of the blessed temples in the world. It is believed that the temple was built 3000 years back and is famed as one of 51 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Shakthi. As per mythology, the corpse of Goddess Sati was spread across the Indian subcontinent and the places where it fell are now holy places of worship. It is also believed that Kanyakumari and its surroundings were created by Parasurama, the personification of Lord Vishnu. Kumari Amman Temple is also said to be one of the hundred and eight "Durga Alayas" – Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. An unavoidable Kanyakumari attraction, the temple is known for its ancient architectural style and spiritual vibe, a must-visit place in your Kanyakumari tour. The temple is mentioned in mythologies like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Yajurveda. It also has a place in Manimekalai and Purananooru, the Sangam age works.
The temple town, Kanyakumari is famous for its pristine beaches. Earlier known as the Cape Comorin Beach, this tranquil beach is situated at the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. A pilgrim site with sacred temples and an amazing seashore makes Kanyakumari special. An eye-soothing sight of the beach is the rocky shoreline of the beach that turns into reddish during sunrise and sunset. The view of the rising sun is a mesmerizing sight and the lighthouse situated along the seashore is an attraction where visitors can enter for a complete view of the beach and its surroundings. Kanyakumari beach is also famous for the multicolored sand which cannot be visible at any other part of India.
Vattakottai, the 18th-century coastal fort is constructed during the ruling of Travancore Kingdom. Presently, a protected site under the administration of the Indian archaeological department of the fort is known for its mystical charm. From the fort, you will get the view of western ghats and the fort walls that overlooks the ocean is where you can go for a stroll. The gentle breeze and the lovely ambiance of the fort are hypnotizing and magical. The walls of the fort have a wonderful architecture that includes watch towers, weapon rooms, and many other attractions to go around and explore. The fort once had a 4ft wide secret path to Padmanabhapuram palace and at present, the path remains closed. The pond in the middle of the fort and the parade ground are two amazing locations to sit and enjoy the fort and its surroundings.
Location : 7km away from Kanyakumari. It can reach by bus or taxi. Timings : 9AM to 5PM
Our Lady of Ransom Church
The Lady of Ransom Church is one of the prominent attractions among Kanyakumari destinations. The church is known for its unique construction style and artistic excellence. The three towers that stand tall is the main attraction of the church. The church has a history of over 100 years and is a fine example of Gothic style construction. The church has a serene ambiance that attracts solitude seekers. Everything about the church is attractive for sightseers. It is an ideal place to sit and meditate, enjoying artistic beauty as well.
Thirparappu waterfalls are the most renowned waterfalls in Kanyakumari that originated from Kodai River. This waterfall is a perfect location for nature lovers who wish to be immersed in the charm of nature. The surroundings of the waterfalls are covered by mist and throughout the year the place remains cool and calm. The waterfalls from a height of 50 feet and forms a pool where you can spend your entire day without being bored.
Thirparappu weir is another attraction that is near the waterfalls. The weir is built to supply water to the paddy fields. Above the falls is a rocky bed that stores the water. The temple with Shiva as the deity is another attraction of the place and this is enclosed by strong fortification.
Thanumalayan or Suchindram Temple
Thanumalayan temple, otherwise known as Suchindram Temple is one of the most important religious sites among Kanyakumari destinations. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. The temple is surrounded by 30 shrines and is distinguished for its architectural beauty. The temple is religiously prominent for any kind of followers; be it Shaivite or Vaishnavite. It is believed that the temple belongs to the 17th century but has inscriptions that belong to the 9th century. The architectural beauty of the temple is celebrated by arts around the world. Visitors feel inspired and relaxed because the temple and its surroundings are known for peace and calmness.
View Tower is one of the best places in Kanyakumari. The tower offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. The tower is located near the beach and has a telescope that provides the views of Kanyakumari which includes attractions like the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue and other prominent places. Tourists get into the tower mainly during sunrise and sunset as the view from here is breathtaking. The caressing of the gentle breeze and the view of the vast sea relaxes and refreshes the soul and mind. The best time to visit the tower is during the morning and evening time when it is not very sunny. Kanyakumari sightseeing will be incomplete without a visit to the View Tower.
Best Time To Visit Kanyakumari
- October to March: The best time to visit Kanyakumari is from October to March. However, depending upon the climatic conditions, the best time is October. During this time, the Cape festival is celebrated and also perfect for water sports. From November to February the winter starts and humidity will not be present making the visit tiredless.
- March to May: During the summer months, the place is pleasant in general. Though the climate can be warm, it will not rise above 35 degrees Celsius. Water sports like swimming and surfing can be enjoyed thoroughly during these months. Also, cool breezes always keep the weather cool and comfortable for tourists.
- June to September: These months are considered as often season. If you love rain, visiting the town is ideal, however not recommended considering safety and other security reasons.
How To Reach Kanyakumari
- By Air: From Trivandrum International Airport you can hire a taxi or bus to Kanyakumari. The cab will cost around Rs.1000- Rs.1500/. There are domestic and international flights connecting to Trivandrum airport.
- By Bus: Government and Private buses are commuted regularly to all major South Indian cities. Depending upon your convenience you can choose from regular, deluxe or ac buses.
- By Train: Kanyakumari has a central railway station and the express trains connect with all major cities of India including Mumbai and Bangalore.
- Road/Self Drive: A good network of well-maintained roads and highways are a major attraction of Kanyakumari. If you love driving, you can hire a car from nearby towns and drive to Kanyakumari.