Have you ever been to the last tip of India? Yes, I have been, it’s Kanyakumari. It certainly feels like an achievement to arrive here.
Through my previous blogs as I have mentioned that after exploring most of the places in Madurai and Rameswaram, my next destination was Kanyakumari. Since it was not a planned trip but diving into spiritual vibes and always heard about “Kashmir se Kanyakumari” made an extra excitement to instantly plan a journey to Kanyakumari. So are you same wondering about what are the best places and some unknown facts about Kanyakumari? Don’t worry! through this blog, I will try to explain all the best ideas, details, and places to visit in Kanyakumari by my journey.
Kanyakumari is the southernmost last tip of Indian peninsula and is located at the confluence of three water bodies i.e the bay of Bengal, Indian ocean, and the Arabian sea. It was also known as CapeComorin.
Legend has it that Devi Kanyakumari (virgin goddess), an incarnation of Goddess Parvati did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva on one of rock of this land. So this town is named after Goddess Kanyakumari Amman.
Kanyakumari is the only place to see sunrise and sunset in water bodies in India. During certain periods of time, one can also see a setting red sun with rising red Moon simultaneously over the sea giving illusion of 2 suns at the same time.
Due to the spectacular view of its stunning beaches, scintillating sunrise in Kanyakumari, photographers, and travelers from all around the globe flock here. It is the reason why on a simple search for places to visit in Kanyakumari gives you a long list of the tourist places.
After my backpack from Rameswaram, I went to a travel agency to check info about bus timing, but they said few private buses were but they were in tomorrow evening and a roadways bus that was at 6:30 AM in tomorrow morning. There are very few buses from Rameswaram to Kanyakumari, so plan accordingly. Since it was a single bus in the morning, so I was little concerned about my booking as there was no online booking service at that time, in the current situation I can’t say.
Rameswaram to Kanyakumari
Got up early morning and reached Rameswaram bus stand at 5:30 AM which was around 2 Km from the hotel. I booked a ticket, then my mind got relaxed and was also super excited to enjoy the beauty of journey as the journey was from one last tip of coastal town to another last tip coastal town. Most of the journey was through the shoreline road route.A road trip is the most refreshing as first you will cross through the iconic Pamban road bridge and then will cross through most of the remote coastal areas where there is very little connectivity. If you are going through own vehicle or cab then it’s an extra advantage to visit many beautiful places which are very less recognized and will get an opportunity to see Salt farming and huge running wind Mills. I reached Kanyakumari at around 2:00 PM. Bus dropped me near to Gandhi memorial. Since it was a long 7-8 hours exhausting journey so first I took tea from a stall.
Next was my hotel search. Kanyakumari has a huge option to stay for all budgets. Infact if there are 100 of houses for local residents then there are 1000 of hotels for tourists. After walking for few steps I found a good hotel, Hotel Ferdin Home Stay near the beach. Enquired about the room rates, they told Rs. 1200 and Rs. 1000 for A/C and Non A/C rooms. I told it’s too much and was about to leave, but the receptionist got ready for Rs. 700 since it was off-season during March. Rate was so economical compared to its services as I got a sea-facing room. Put the luggage straight to the room and after refreshment started planning the best itinerary for the places to visit in Kanyakumari.
It was around 4 PM so after having some snacks, I went for some nearby sightseeing. Triveni Ghat and Gandhi Mandapam were at a walkable distance. My sightseeing started with Gandhi Mandapam.
1 ) Gandhi Mandapam- A tribute to Father of Nation
Wondering about some best blogs over places to visit in Kanyakumari? Here it is. Gandhi mandapam is one of the most respected places to visit in Kanyakumari. It will let us explore our history. After the assassination of Gandhiji, the urn containing his ashes were kept here to pay homage before immersing it into the Triveni Sangam.
The architecture is designed in Odhissa temple style. Another remarkable feature which very few know is its ceiling. It is designed in such a way that on every birth date of Gandhiji on 2nd Oct the sunray directly reflects the place where the ashes were kept. Due to its importance, it is a must-visit place in Kanyakumari. It is closely near to Triveni Sangam.
Open all days from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
No any Entry fee.
2) Relax on Triveni Sangam
The holy confluence of 3 oceans i.e. Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and Arabian sea. A dip here is considered to be holy according to Hindu mythology. One can see Sunrise and sunset from here. The stunning view of Rising sun and setting sun with colored sand and huge cliffs with Vivekanand Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue in backdrop make it a superb picture-perfect moment for everyone. The nature lover and photographer from all across the world flock here to capture its stunning picturesque. Due to its amazing picturesque, it is the popular place to visit in Kanyakumari. The crystal clear water of the Arabian sea attracts anyone to dive into it.
Sitting on a cliff little inside the sea and seeing the bustling of wave with setting sun crossed 2 hours couldn’t guess. It was totally a mind relaxing and mind refreshing moment for me. I was amazed after seeing a confluence of 3 oceans.
You will find many seashell items selling stall and local food stall at this beach. It is a rocky beach.
Here I am explaining about places according to my itinerary.
3) Bhagavathy Amman Temple- A temple dedicated to Devi Kanyakumari
Legend has it that, this temple is more than 3000 years old. Dedicated to goddess Parvati who appeared in form of virgin Kanya Devi. The city is named after this. Considered as one of 108 shaktipeethas. The temple is near to Kanyakumari beach.
Unless you are a Hindu, you will not be permitted inside the temple even for sightseeing.
Due to its religious and historical importance ,it is a must visit place in Kanyakumari.
4:30AM to 12 PM and 4:00 PM to 8PM.
4) Lady Of Ransome Church
We didn’t want to miss a single monument in Kanyakumari. So passing through the local colonies we walk down to this beautiful church. A 15th-century architecture with stunning white Gothic-style structure. The church is closely associated with the beach. The beauty of this church is heightened during night when the lights turned on. During day you can see amazing view of Vivekanand rock from top of church. So if you are searching for the best places to visit in Kanyakumari, don’t miss out this place.
The entire tiredness of 7-8 hours journey got exhausted after relaxation at these amazing places. I didn’t wanted to sleep but to keep the memories for amazing view of Sunrise, I went to hotel at around 11 PM.
My 2nd day in Kanyakumari started at 5 AM with a refreshing morning with high tide sound. Directly went to Sunrise point. Sunrise in Kanyakumari is something you can not afford to miss. I was excited to witness the most magical morning of my life. Apparently, there is a specific spot in Kanyakumari that boasts the best view of sunrise, and incidentally, I had not to locate it hard as it was close to my hotel. There was a calmness in that chaos. Felt the morning and captured some amazing picturesque.
Sightseeing in an auto
After completing my breakfast, I booked an auto for Rs.700 for some sightseeing which were a little farther. Since Vivekanand rock and Thiruvalluvar statue was near to my hotel. So I planned my best itinerary for places to visit that were farther and keep these both at last as the timing was till 5 PM. So if you are planning the same for the best itinerary to visit places in Kanyakumari, plan accordingly.
5) Vivekanand Rock Memorial
Since I visited Vivekanand Memorial last on 2nd day but due to its remarkable importance here I am listing earlier. It is one of the best places to visit in Kanyakumari.
This memorial is constructed on a huge cliff inside the sea which is about 500 meters from the mainland. And is the same rock where Swami Vivekanand meditated for entire 3 days before going to Chicago to participate in World religious conference.
Here you can feel the power of meditation which might Vivekanand felt.
Another building adjacent to memorial is Sripada Mandapam, where one can sit and meditate for some time in a serene atmosphere. Due to its spiritual importance and natural establishment, it is a must-visit place in Kanyakumari.
One can reach here by the ferry services.
Open on all days from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Rs. 50 including ferry
6) Padmanabhapuram Palace- Admire the vibrant architectural marvel
My 2nd-day itinerary started with a visit to this architectural marvel. This 16th century Palace is adorned with exquisite wooden carving and designs. The simplicity of palace truly makes it a charming destination.
Due to its rich and diverse cultural heritage of country definitely makes it one of must-visit places in Kanyakumari.
This is a property maintained under Kerala Government in Tamilnadu.
From 9:30 AM TO 4:30 PM ( Closed on Monday)
Entry Fee :
Rs. 35 for adult
Rs. 10 for children (5-12 years)
7) Sai Baba Temple- Pay a homage
If you are planning either a Solo or family trip to Kanyakumari, don’t miss out this place. Listed among the Best Places to Visit in Kanyakumari. A charming marvelous white architecture appeals to eyes. If you are a devotee of Sai Baba then you must definitely visit this place. One who is looking for peace then this place is ideal for them.
There is a meditation hall here so people usually meditate here.
Opening Hours :
6:30 AM to 12:30 PM , 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
8) Thanumalayan Temple- Sthanumalayan Kovil ( Suchindram Temple)
A 9th-century temple Situated in Suchindram in Kanyakumari. It is the only temple where Trimurtis ( Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) are enshrined at the same place as a single deity. One of the finest architecture with intricate designs on its Gopuram and mandapam makes its one of the must-visit place in Kanyakumari.
The 22 ft, Hanuman Statue with its exquisite carving and musical pillars makes it a powerful aura. These musical pillars carved out of a single stone and emit different sounds when struck through your fingers. Many cultural festivals are organized here. You will get prasadam inside the temple.
Just right to temple there is a huge pond with pillared mandapa designed in Dravidian style. If you are visiting this temple you have to strictly follow its dress code. Men must not have any clothes on the upper part of the body. Due to its spiritual and religious aura, it is listed among top places to visit in Kanyakumari.
9) Vattakottai Fort- A mystical view of Western Ghat
A fort made up of granite blocks and is spreded over 3.5 acres in a very scenic spot. The site is now a protected site under the archaeological department of India. When I reached this fort and from the top of fort when saw a vast spread of ocean on one side while mystical Western Ghat on another side with relaxing tide sound made me crazy to this place.
So if you are planning a trip to Kanyakumari, don’t miss this place to visit. It will be worth remembering.
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
10) Wax Museum- Mayapuri
This museum is one of its kind museum in the country having almost all famous figures of the country as well as world. The wax statues are well maintained and look realistic. So make this place in your bucket list for places to visit in Kanyakumari.
8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Entry fee :
Rs. 50 (Adults)
Rs. 40 (Children)
11) Thiruvalluvar Statue- An imposing Statue of Tamil Literary legend
Due to high tide ferry services from Vivekanand rock to Thiruvalluvar statue was stopped that day. Actually, same ferry services go from Vivekanand rock to Statue.
I had compunction for not visit to this marvelous architecture that day. But What Could I do? I visited here on the 3rd day.
So if you are looking for some finest places to visit in Kanyakumari, you must definitely visit this place. Due to its importance, I must blog it earlier but according to my itinerary, I am listing it here.
It is adjacent to the Vivekanand Rock memorial and is constructed on a huge cliff. Statue is dedicated to famous Tamil philosopher and poet Thiruvalluvar. The statue is 133 feet tall and stands firmly tall inside the sea which looks amazing. Giant Black stone architected literary masterpiece is a perfect destination for amazing picturesque.
Due to its cultural significance ,it is among the best palces to visit in Kanyakumari
8 AM to 4PM on all days.
Same single ticket covers both Vivekanand rock and Statue
12) Anusuya Datta Dham, Anjugramam
You will have heard very little about this place. Because if you study about Kanyakumari, you will get very few blogs over here. But according to my experience, I would recommend to a must-visit place in Kanyakumari due to its serene location and calm, pristine, and crowd less beach. This Dham is dedicated to Lord Dattatreya. Temple is in spherical shape having an Ashram in a very remote location with Palm trees all around the Dham puts additional attraction to Anjugramam.
Where to stay
Kanyakumari has a huge range to stay for all budgets. You can stay at Hotel Ferdin Homestay, Hotel ocean Heritage, Hotel RR Inn, Hotel Sun Park at an economical rate with the best facility. You can also check more hotels on Tripadvisor.
What to eat
In morning snacks you can try South Indian Food like Dosa, Idli, Vada, Uttapam.
But you can get mostly restaurants providing North Indian Thali and infact every part of country.
I usually taste Chai wherever I go.
I tried fresh fry fish from beach stall every evening.
How to reach
There is no airport in Kanyakumari. Nearest airport is Trivandrum which is around 90 Km from here. You can easily get a bus and taxi outside the airport.
It is the most convenient way to reach here. You can get trains from many important cities. Nagercoil Junction is another nearest railway station from where you can also get trains to many cities.
Kanyakumari is well connected to NH7 and NH47, so it is accessible to other parts of country. You can get many internal and interstate transportation facility.
Think we reach in just Rs.40 by ferry service to that place, believed that Swami Vivekanand swam across the sea to that rock for deep meditation and enlightenment.
Swami Vivekanand quoted for youth “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success”.
This all was according to my itinirery. I tried to deliver every information about the city. Hope you enjoyed my journey through my blog!
Keeping memories alive and an attachment to this place, bid goodbye to Kanyakumari wishing to return back at a given opportunity.
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