Kanyakumari, or Cape Comorin, is a land nestled between the Western Ghats and the Lakshadweep Sea, at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari has always been a land of great art and beauty, and it still thrives as a rich cultural destination. The architecture observed in the town’s temples is nothing short of captivating. Kanyakumari is most famous for its picturesque sunrise and sunset as it is surrounded by water on most sides. Trivandrum Airport in the state of Kerala, is the closest airport at a distance of 103 km from Kanyakumari.
Major Attractions :
● Vivekananda Rock Memorial- Enjoy a ferry ride to an iconic tourist destinations of Kanyakumari. At a distance of 100 metres from the shore, the famous rock memorial comprises of two complexes namely, Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam.
● Kanyakumari Temple- Witness a colorful and grand Car Festival organised by this temple in the month of May and June or take part in the auspicious Navratri* celebrations during September and October.
● Thiruvalluvar Statue- This statue has been constructed at a height of 133 feet to honor Tiruvalluvar; one of the greatest Tamil poets and philosophers. If you manage to climb up to the feet of this statue, prepare to enjoy a breathtaking view of the coastline.
● Our Lady Of Ransom Church- This 100 year old architectural marvel is one of the most beautiful churches in India. During the second week of December, you can be a part of the 10 day carnival celebrated by people from various walks of life, in this church.
When To Visit :
Although Kanyakumari experiences fairly pleasant weather, with a steady temperature of 35 degrees, the ideal time to visit would be between September and March as you can indulge in water sport activities, as well as be part of the cultural and religious festivities. If you love the monsoon season, then visit during June to September to enjoy lush green landscapes and cool temperatures.
Indian Terms Explained :
Navratri*: This festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. Goddess Durga is worshipped across the country in this 9 day long festival.