- 1.1 1. Visit the Vivekananda Memorial in Kanyakumari
- 1.2 2. Visit the Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari
- 1.3 3. Visit Kanyakumari Beach
- 1.4 4. Visit Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kanyakumari
- 1.5 5. Visit Courtallam Waterfalls in Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is a small coastal town, at the southernmost tip of mainland India, in the state of Tamilnadu. The only place in India where one can witness the convergence of three seas- the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The popularity of Kanyakumari brought eminent people like Swami Vivekanand and Mahatma Gandhi to spend time and meditate near the shoreline. From beautiful temples, historical monuments, waterfalls, and pristine beaches, there are many places to visit in Kanyakumari. Do watch a glimpse of Kanyakumari at https://youtu.be/pf0o1t6H2WE
1. Visit the Vivekananda Memorial in Kanyakumari
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a well-known tourist monument in Kanyakumari, India. This is the only place in India where the most famous and beloved saint Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment. As soon as you enter this small island the serenity and charm of the Indian Ocean will fascinate you.
At, Shripada Mandapam (museum and study hall) you can enjoy reading books related to Vivekanand’s life and work. It is the best place where one can sit and awaken their divine experience in the Dhyan Mandapam (Meditation hall). The spirituality of the place makes it one of the best places to visit in Kanyakumari.
How to reach the Vivekanand Rock Memorial:
Ferry service is available to reach this place.
Ferry Ticket Cost:
Rs.50 per head for a normal ticket and RS. 200 per head for a VIP ticket.
Ferry Ride Timings:
8 AM to 4 PM on all days.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial Entry Fees:
The entry fee is Rs. 10 per head. A still camera at Rs. 10, while a video camera at Rs. 50.
Best time to visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial:
The best time to visit is from October to March. Visit this place in October to watch Cape Festival.
2. Visit the Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari
The Thiruvalluvar Statue is next to the Vivekananda Memorial. It is a statue of a renowned poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. The 133 feet Thiruvalluvar statue height symbolizes 133 chapters of the Tamil literature Thirukkal, while the 38 feet Pedestal height represents the 38 chapters of virtue in Thirukkal. Inside the Mandapa, there are 140 steps to help the visitors to reach the holy feet of Thiruvalluvar. The view of three Oceans from the top makes it one of the best sightseeing places to visit in Kanyakumari.
Ferry service: The Thiruvalluvar statue is sometimes closed because of low tide or maintenance work. However, the ferry service stopped on its way to the Vivekananda Memorial. It is available every half an hour from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
3. Visit Kanyakumari Beach
Many tourists gather to watch the magnificent sight of sunrise and sunset at Kanyakumari Beach. The sun rises beyond the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, making this place an ideal location for photography. One can sit on the rocks and experimenting with waves and multicolored- sand.
Best time to visit Kanyakumari
Chaitra Purnima (full moon day in April) when the sunset and moonrise are at the same time.
4. Visit Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kanyakumari
A 16th – century ancient wooden palace is among the topmost places to visit in Kanyakumari. Right from the Wooden Greeting cards to medicinal beds, Belgian Mirrors, the black granite floor of the palace shows the rich heritage of the kingdom of Travancore Dynasty. It is well-maintained by the Government of Kerela. Watch the rich heritage and intrinsic carvings of Padmanabhapuram Palace at https://youtu.be/viMN4neBGzc
How to reach Padmanabhapuram Palace
The nearest Railway station is Nagercoil (TamilNadu) which is about 16 km from Kanyakumari. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport.
Padmanabhapuram Palace Timings:
Visitors can visit the Palace six days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the Palace is closed on Monday.
5. Visit Courtallam Waterfalls in Kanyakumari
Courtallam Waterfalls gained popularity after the shooting of the most famous film Roja. This magnificent waterfall has medicinal properties to cure disabilities and therefore called the Spa of South India.
Best time to visit
The falls draw an enormous crowd from the month of July to September.
Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM every day.
Entry fee: Rs.50/- per person
Distance from Kanyakumari
120 km from Kanyakumari to Tiruneveli, Tenkasi.