- The ‘lands end’ of India is one of the most popular tourist spots of the country.
- It nestles elegantly on the very tip of the Indian peninsula, at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
- Town is at its best during the Chaitra Poornima (full moon days in April), when the Sun and Moon are face to face at the same horizon.
- Other full moon days are also special, when one can view the sun-set and moon rise almost simultaneously.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Trivandrum International Airport, Trivandrum (TRV), 87 kms away from Kanniyakumari city. Madurai Airport, Madurai (IXM), 173 kms away from Kanniyakumari city.
- Rail: Kanniyakumari Railway Station, Kanniyakumari, 2 kms away from Kanniyakumari city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
Vivekananda Rock Memorial Thiruvalluvar Statue Gandhi Memorial Kamaraj Memorial
Kumariamman Temple Guganathaswamy Temple Suchindram
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
ATTRACTIONS OF KANNIYAKUMARI
- Kumariamman Temple:
- Legendary shrine is dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanniyakumari or Parvati.
- According to a mythological legend, the shrine marks the spot where the goddess prayed for Lord Shiva to come and claim her hand in marriage.
- Vivekananda Rock Memorial:
- Memorial built in 1970 on a rock in the sea, marks the spot where Swami Vivekananda, the great philosopher – guide, meditated at the end of 1892, before his departure to Chicago (USA), for participating in the World Religious Conference in 1893.
- It affords a fine view of the land’s end.
- Ferry services ply from the shore to the rock memorial at regular intervals.
- Thiruvalluvar Statue:
- 133 feet high statue of Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar is set on a rock amidst sea near Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
- Gandhi Memorial:
- It marks the spot where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept in an urn for public viewing.
- Memorial is built in such a way that every year on 2nd October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the sun rays fall directly on spot where the urn of Mahatama’s ashes were displayed.
- Kamaraj Memorial:
- Memorial on the sea shore commemorates Thiru K. Kamarajar, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
- Govt. Museum:
- It has a rich collection of bronzes, coins, tribal objects, wood carvings and zoological and botanical specimens.
- It also exhibits a “Temple Car” from Samythoppu and wales Bones from Manavalakurichy.
- Guganathaswamy Temple:
- Temple is said to have been built by Raja Chola, about 1000 years ago.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND KANNIYAKUMARI
- 13 kms away from Kanniyakumari city.
- Famous Thanumalayan temple here is dedicated to Trimurthy – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
- It is also noted for the magnificent gopuram, musical pillars and an 18 feet statue of Lord Hanuman.
- Rich collection of art treasures from different periods is noteworthy.
- Capital of erstwhile Travancore state is set amidst lush hills and paddy fields lies 45 kms away from Kanniyakumari and 65 kms south – east of Thiruvananthapuram.
- Impressive fort here has a Palace, Ramaswamy temple and beautiful buildings.
- Padamanabhapuram Palace is a masterpiece of Kerala’s unique wooden architecture.
- Oldest parts of the palace dates back to 1550.
- It houses important art relics, while the temple is adorned with exquisitely carved panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana.