Updated: Jan 17, 2021
The southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is one of the best tourist places in Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari was earlier known as Cape Comorin. Bordered by the three seas - Arabian, Indian and the Bay of Bengal.It is the town of mountainous terrain amid three seas, with elevated patches of hills, coconut trees and lined with paddy fields.
Kanyakumari is also the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach . The town is not only popular for its unique phenomenon but also its beaches, temples, iconic monuments that attract a huge number of tourists throughout the year.
The Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Statue of the Poet Thiruvalluvar, the Padmanabhapuram Palace, the Vattakottai Fort, and the Gandhi Memorial are few of the most important sites in Kanyakumari. Waterfalls in Kanyakumari are also worth visiting .
Kanyakumari has an authentic South Indian cuisine, with seafood and coconuts being an integral part of almost all dishes . There is also traditional Shopping and many more beautiful places to visit .There are many beautiful places to visit in Kanyakumari .
I am mentioning 5 of the most famous and recommented to visit places .
5 must visit places in kanyakumari :
1. Kanyakumari Beach :
Located in the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari beach with its beautiful hue-changing beaches, the confluence of three water bodies: Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. Miraculously, here you can see that the water of three seas does not mix, you can distinguish between the turquoise blue, deep blue, and sea green waters of the three seas, though the colors keep changing with the season and the day's weather.The beach is not conducive to swim or surf as the water as the sea is rough and the beach is rocky.
2. Triveni Sangam :
Triveni Sangam is the confluence of Arabian sea ,Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean . Deities visiting the Kanyakumari temple also visit this Sangam and dip their feet in the water as they consider it holy. The Sangam offers a spectacular view of the sunset and also the rock memorial situated just 500m from the seashore.
3. Padmanabhapuram Palace :
The place is wellknown for its Architecture : This notable palace is located 10kms from the city centre and is a charming beauty of the 16th century. This palace is intricately built with teakwood and is a classic example of Tacusastra (ancient art of carpentry). A rich heritage of the Kingdom of Travancore, this marvellous palace has everything from Brazilian mirrors, beautifully carved columns to furniture designed with Chinese carvings. The two-storey palace is artistically interconnected through narrow paths from one unit to another and it also houses the paintings of all the Kings of Travancore. Indeed, Padmanabhapuram Palace is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kanyakumari.
4.Tsunami Monument :
The Tsunami Monument was designed by built by the architect B. Kanagaraj Cangan to commemorate all those who lost their lives on 26th December 2004 in the earthquake and tsunami that had its epicentre in the Java and Sumatra islands and affected multiple islands along with southern state of Tamil Nadu. IT is a 16-feet monument built near the shore in Kanyakumari and stands as a grim reminder of one of the biggest natural calamities. Truly one of the best places to visit in Kanyakumari.
5 .Vivekananda Rock Memorial :
Famously known as the place where Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment, this rock memorial was built in the year 1970 to commemorate this saint and is a well-known tourist place in Kanyakumari. It has a separate Dhyan Mandap (meditation hall) and the statue of Vivekananda in one of the inner chambers. The legend also has it that Goddess Kumari (Parvathi) performed austerity on this rock which is why a separate temple with the deity’s footprint is also created in rock memorial .
India is a versatile country and is filled with many of such beauties and Kanyakumar is one of them .
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