Kanyakumari- Mix of beauty and heritage
Kanyakumari-the tip of India:
Kanyakumari or the Cape Comorin is the southern most tip of peninsular India. It is the confluence point of three oceans – the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
A hub of art, culture, civilization, and pilgrimage for years, it is also renowned for its exotic sunrises and sunsets over the horizon.
Kanyakumari has many tourist attractions luring innumerable tourists. Among the most important are the Kumari Amman or the Kanyakumari Temple, located on the sea shore. It is dedicated to a manifestation of Parvati, the virgin goddess. She was supposed to wed Lord Shiva. But he did not turn up at the auspicious time and the wedding never took place. Therefore the rice and cereals, which were to be used for the marriage, remained uncooked. The stones found here resemble rice and cereals. Native population believes that they are the leftovers of the legendary marriage that could not be solemnized.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial:
There are two rocks situated in the ocean at a distance of around 10 to 15 minutes of travel by motorised boat from boat. One among these is Sri Padaparai, where the footprints of the virgin goddess are said to be imprinted on the rock. It is said that Swami Vivekananda sat in deep meditation here. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built here to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 1892.
Thiruvalluvar is the immortal poet of Tamil Nadu and has given to the world the Thirukkural, which is a compendium of 1330 two liner poems. The memorial statue of Thiruvalluvar has been built on one of the rocks in the ocean. 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.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial:
The beautiful Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956, is situated as a memorial to 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. Its central shape is 79 feet high representing the age of the Mahatma at the time of the sun at Mid day on 2nd October would fall on the peedam through a hole in the roof.
6 km from the city, Vattakottai is an 18th century fort overlooking the sea. Those who would like to swim and bathe in the sea can come here, as the sea here is calm and suitable for bathing.
Tirparappu Water Falls:
The Kodayar makes its descend at Tirparappu. It’s really pleasure to take a bath here. The river bed is rocky and about 300 feet in length. The water falls from a height of nearly 50 feet and the water flows for about seven months in a year from the month of June to December.
The famous beach at Muttom is located about 16 kms from Nagercoil and 32 kms from Kanyakumari. Muttom is famous for its beautiful landscaping and high rocks dipping into the sea at the beach-side. The sun set view point at Muttom is one of the most Panoramic view points in the district. Another attraction of Muttom is the century old light-house built by the British.
Asia’s tallest bridge:
The Mathur Hanging Trough is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, having a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometre. Constructed in 1966, this bridge has become a place of tourist importance and hundreds of tourists visit this place daily.
How to reach Kanyakumari:
By Air : The nearest airport from Kanyakumari is situated at Trivandrum about 80 kms away. It is directly connected with Bangalore, Mumbai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, and Chennai by regular flights.
By Rail : Kanyakumari is well connected by rail to major parts of the country. Kanyakumari is connected to Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi, and Mumbai by broad-gauge railway network. Superfast trains connect the southern most railhead of India with northern cities like Jammu and Delhi. Tirunelvelli, situated around 80 kms away from Kanyakumari is the other nearest railway junction, that is well connected to southern cities such as Chennai.
By Road : Kanyakumari is connected by road to Trivandrum (86 km), Nagarkoil (19 km), Tirunelvelli (91 km), Tiruchendur (89 km), Tuticorin (129 km), Rameshwaram (300 km), Courtallam (130 km), Madurai (242 km), Thekkady (358 km), Kodaikanal (362 km), Palani (370 km), Ootacamund (576 km), Cochin (309 km), and Coimbatore (478 km).
Stay at Kanyakumari:
There are very good hotels available affordable rates. check this link for to know more about Hotels in Kanyakumari.
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