Places to Visit in Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari, the southernmost district of Tamil Nadu is a notable tourist destination that draws visitors from all over the world, throughout the year for its never ending list of tourist attractions. From amazing beaches to amusement parks, age old temples to historic monuments, and what not! The region is an ideal terminus for a splendid holiday.

Some of the most popular places to visit in Kanyakumari district include Ayyan Thiruvalluvar Statue - An important landmark of Kanyakumari district and even for the state of Tamil Nadu, Mathur Hanging Trough also known as Mathur Thotti Palam, Baywatch Amusement Park, Unique religious site of Pancha Pathi and so on. Let's find out more about the most popular places to visit in Kanyakumari along with many other useful information for visitors.

Thiruvalluvar Statue

The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a whopping 40.6 m (133 feet tall) magnificent rock sculpture of the divine Tamil poet and philosopher Ayyan Tiruvalluvar, writer of the Thirukkural (most distinguished Tamil Sangam literature comprising of 1,330 thirukurals).

Kanyakumari Thiruvalluvar Statue

The architectural marvel of Thiruvlluvar Statue was uncovered during the year 2000 (1st January 2000) and is situated on a minuscule island close to the town of Kanyakumari, where the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea come together. The Thiruvalluvar Statue has a stairway inside it, from where the picturesque panorama of the ocean and the mainland can be relished. Frequent ferry services are operated to reach the majestic statue.

Quick Facts:

Height: 40.6 m (133 feet tall)
Statue Opening: 1st January 2000
Material: Stone and concrete
Name of the Designer/Sthapati: Dr. Vaidyanatha Ganapati Sthapati
Statue Location: 400 meters from the coastline of mainland
Unveiled by: Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi
Approximate Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Statue Timings: 09:00 am to 04:00 pm (All days of the week)

Nearby Places of Interest:
Muttom Beach: 1.3 km
Keeriparai Reserve Forest: 1.3 km
Government Museum: 1.3 km
Vivekananda Rock Memorial: 1.9 km

Nearby Places to Stay:
Sparsa Resorts: 1.8 km
Gopi Nivas Hotel: 1.3 km
Sea View Hotel: 1.3 km
Melody Park: 1.2 km

Nearest Railway Station to Gandhi Memorial: Nagercoil Junction Railway Station (NCJ)
Nearest Airport to Gandhi Memorial: Trivandrum International Airport

Mathur Aqueduct

Mathur Aqueduct, popularly called as Mathur Thotti Palam or Mathur Hanging Trough, is an aqueduct (Bridges for conveying water are called as aqueducts), located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in Kanyakumari district. Mathur Aqueduct is regarded as an important landmark of the district as the hanging bridge is proudly looked at as one among the architectural wonders of Tamil Nadu!

Kanyakumari Mathur Bridge

Constructed over the Pahrali River/Parazhiyar (originates in the Mahendragiri hills and flows through Kanyakumari district), it acquires its name from Mathur, a village located close to the hanging bridge, which is at a distance of about 3,000 meters from Thiruvattar town, Kanyakumari. The hanging trough is regarded as the one of the highest and longest hanging bridges in South Asia. Standing in the middle part of the bridge, visitors can witness the breathtaking scene of greeneries all around, with mesmerizing Western Ghats in the backdrop, and the sedately flowing Pahrali River below!

Quick Facts:

Height of Trough: 7 ft
Length of Flume: 1,240 ft
Width: 7.5 ft
Velocity: 5.1 ft/s
Number of Span Pillars: 28
Bed Level, Trough at start: 91 in
Bed Level, Trough at End: 90 in
Maximum Height above Ground Level: 115 ft
Tourist Information: Stairway available from ground level to bridge, Children's park, Bathing platforms are also available

Pancha Pathi

Pancha pathi, which simply means five homes of God in the local language are the five significant spiritual sites of Ayyavazhi (a dharmic belief system that developed in South India). Pancha Pathi spiritual sites are regarded as the principal centers of Ayyavazhi.

Kanyakumari Pancha Pathi

The five most important pathis of Ayyavazhi located in the district of Kanyakumari are Swamithope pathi also known as Thoppu Pathi, Thamaraikulam Pathi, Ambalappathi, Muttappathi and Pooppathi. All the five spiritual sites are situated within a 15 km circle of Kumari Mavattam. Swamithoppe is the spiritual central office of Ayyavazhi. Swamithoppe was also the place of birth of Sage Vyasa who wrote the Mahabharata - one among the two major Sanskrit epics of India.

Quick Facts:

Panividai Timings - Swamithope Pathi: 03:00 am, 11:00 am, 05:00 pm
Importnt Festivals:
Swamithope Pathi: Nittham Thirunal, Ayya Vaikunda Avataram, Kodiyettru thirunaal, Thiru Eadu Vasippu, Vahana bhavani, Car festival, etc

Baywatch Amusement Park

Baywatch Amusement Park in Kanyakumari is a popular water theme funfair that houses a full reach of water rides, children rides, dry rides and highly thrilling rides! The water theme park is exceptional that it gives utmost importance to the safety of the visitors and the park matches the entertainment and safety standards of other well known water theme parks in the country. The theme park has become an instant hit among the local population and Kanyakumari visitors as the park offer enough options and alternatives for visitors to spend a fun filled time with their friends and family.

Kanyakumari Baywatch

It is significant to mention that the Baywatch Amusement Park also houses a Wax Museum, an exclusive and one of a kind museum that is sure to offer a never before experience to the visitors! The awe-inspiring wax statues exhibited in the Baywatch wax museum will get the visitors feel like standing inside Madame Tussauds, London. All in all, the water theme park in Kanyakumari is an ideal spot for an endearing vacation.

Quick Facts:

Popular Dry Rides:
Swing chair, Bumping cars, Family train, Mystery world, Tea cups

Popular Water Rides:
Wavepool, Aqua shuttle, Rain ramba, Side winder

Popular High Thrill Ride:
Friz bee

Facilities:
Ample parking space, Changing rooms, Restrooms, Eating joint, Lockers, Travel desk

Location:
Baywatch Amusement Park
P.B. No. 99, Kanyakumari, Pincode - 629702
Phone Number:  +91-4652-246565/246565/246375
For Booking Tickets in Bulk: +91-9048000222

Park Timings:
Theme park: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Wax Museum: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm

Entry Fee:
For Theme Park:
For Adult: Rs. 300
For children: Rs. 250

For Wax Museum:
For Adult: Rs. 50
For children: Rs. 40

Note: Children above 4 feet and 5 inches are considered as adults at ticket counters

Also Read:
Beaches in Kanyakumari | Dams and Waterfalls in Kanyakumari | Museums and Memorials in Kanyakumari | Weekend Getaways from Kanyakumari | Forts in Kanyakumari

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