On the southern tip of the Indian peninsula, where three seas meet, therein lies Kanya Kumari. Isn't this the reason enough to come here? Believe it or not where else could Goddess Parvati do penance in her 'kanya' (virgin) form to get Lord Shiva as husband !!
History of Kanyakumari says that the place has been named after the Goddess Kanyakumari Amman. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanniya did penance on one of the rocks of the land to obtain the hand of Shiva.
She vowed to remain a virgin until Shiva came to deliver her from her penance.
The clean and beautiful beaches are the prime attractions of Kanykumari.There are also other attractions on the beach like the Kumari Amman Temple. Dedicated to goddess Parvathi to mark the spot where the Goddess won Lord Shiva with her penance. The diamond nose ring of the goddess is famous for its dazzling glow. A ferry will take you to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Built in 1970,it marks the place where Swami Vivekananda meditated and evolved his philosophy. Close to the memorial is Sripada Parai where the footprints of goddess Kanyakumari are believed to be imprinted.Other tourist attractions in Kanyakumari are the Gandhi Memorial built over the spot where the urn containing the ashes of Gandhi was kept for public viewing before it was immersed in the water around in accordance to his wishes.
How to Reach Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.
The nearest airport is Thiruvanathapuram which is 80 km away. It has both the domestic and international terminals. From Thiruvanathapuram, you can take a taxi or a bus to Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari is well connected by rail services with all the major cities in India. Superfast trains connect Kanyakumari with the northern rail junctions and Intercity trains are running from almost all the southern cities.
Kanyakumari has a good road network which connects it to the major cities and towns in South India like Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Pondicherry, Thiruvanathapuram and and so on. Tourist taxis and autorickshaws are available for travel in Kanyakumari.
Shopping in Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is not really a shopping destination. However in Kanyakumari, shopping for seashell items can be fun. What better gifts and souvenirs to carry home form this popular beach destination than beautiful trinkets made from seashells!
While shopping in Kanyakumari, you will come across beautiful decorative items made of wood and bamboo. Palmleaf drawings are also unique buys from Kanyakumari.
For textiles, fabrics and handicrafts typical of the state of Tamilnadu you can check out the Tamil Nadu Co-optex Sales Emporium, Tamil Nadu crafts and Poompuhar.
Places to Visit in Kanyakumari
- Kanyakumari Temples
- Kanyakumari to Alvar Tirunagari
- Baywatch Kanyakumari
- Kanyakumari Beach
- Gandhi Memorial Kanyakumari
- Mathoor Hanging Bridge
- Mundathurai Tiger Sanctuary
- Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil
- Pechiparai Dam
- Suchindram Temple
- Thengapattinam Beach
- Thirparappu Waterfall
- Thiruvalluvar Statue
- Udayagiri Fort
- Vivekananda Memorial
Last Updated on January 14, 2014