Tourism in Kanyakumari

"The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it"

once said by the Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, a British statesman and man of letters. As the saying goes, Kanyakumari is a dream destination that has to be explored to its fullest.

Kanyakumari is basically a soulful paradise, beach lover's preferred selection and most importantly a sanctified spiritual address of Hindus. Kanyakumari district is very unique and so surprisingly impressive. Kanyakumari is illustrious for its radically distinctive geographic features on two exclusive grounds:
  • Kanyakumari marks the land's ending point of the Republic of India
  • Meeting point of three great seas, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal
Located almost 700 km away from the busy metropolis of Chennai, Kanyakumari is one of its kind destinations that attract visitors from all over the world. The district of Kanyakumari unveils a whole new world that is filled with nature and tranquility all around. Kanyakumari is long familiar for its never ending list of tourist attractions that cater to the needs and demands of the visitors in terms of tourism. Be it temples or other religious sites, beaches or nature spots, boating or other fun activities, the wide range of tourist attractions the district has to extend is simply astonishing.

Tourism in Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is regarded as one of the most tourist-friendly districts in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The district is literally situated at the south most point of South India, which itself is a singular thing to look for! Kanyakumari was once called as Cape Comorin during the British time and is now fondly called as Kumari Mona in the local language of Tamil. The name Kanyakumari is derived from the Goddess Kumari Amman dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari and the Kumari Amman Temple is located on the land along the edge of the meeting of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal.

Encircled by splendiferous hills and the flatlands bounded by spellbinding seacoasts, fenced with cocoa palms and green fields, a few sublime spots of red cliffs with waving vales and fields between the hilly terrain and the seashore, so intimately interlacing with celebrated religious sites and other illustrious edifices lies the destination, Kanyakumari!

Religious Sites in Kanyakumari

The religious sites of Kanyakumari are celebrated all over the globe for their wonderful architecture. Besides, the Tamil people are known for their devotedness towards their respective religious beliefs and religious sites. The major population of the southern state of Tamil Nadu being followers of Hinduism, the entire district of Kanyakumari is scattered with temples.

The religious sites of Kanyakumari district are not only famous for their architectural brilliance, but it is really phenomenal to acknowledge the fact that almost every religious site in the district is connected to a traditional tale. Also, a lot of religious sites of Kanyakumari are 100s of years old, constructed by significant kingdoms of South India. Some of the most important religious sites of Kanyakumari include
  • Kumari Amman Temple
  • Chitharal Jain Temple
  • Guganathaswamy Temple
  • Thanumalayan Temple, Suchindram
  • Peer Mohammed Durha
  • Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple, Thiruvattar
  • Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple
  • Shenbagavalli Amman Temple, Payanam
  • Swamithoppe Pathi
  • Bheema Nagari Amman Temple
  • Bhoothalingaswamy Temple, Bhoothappandi
  • Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil
  • Church of our Lady of Ransom
  • St. Xavier's Church

Museums and Memorials in Kanyakumari

Tourist places in Kanyakumari

Owing to the fact that the region of Kanyakumari holds a rich historical past, the district is a home of a lot of renowned monuments, commemorations, museums, memorials and other structures. The popular memorials of Kanyakumari district come as a boon for many people to get to know about the eminent personalities who lived in this great country. Some of the important museums and memorials of Kanyakumari district include
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (Gandhi Mandapam)
  • Kamaraj Memorial (Kamarajar Manimandapam)
  • Government Museum
  • Jeevanandam Manimandapam
  • Saikuthambi Pavalar Memorial
  • Velu Thambi Dalawar Memorial
  • Tsunami Monument
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Chitharal Jain Monuments
  • Padamanabhapuram Palace
  • Mathur Aqueduct

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Beaches of Kanyakumari

Beaches in Kanyakumari

The beaches are one of the most important reasons for Kanyakumari to become the most sought after tourist destination. The serene beauty of the beaches of Kanyakumari and the spectacular scenes of sunrise and sunset, blooming heck, it is simply a heaven right here on earth! Some of the most popular beaches of Kanyakumari include
  • Muttom Beach
  • Sanguthurai Beach
  • Thengapattinam Beach
  • Kanyakumari Beach
  • Shotharilai Beach
  • Thekkurichi Beach

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Dams and Waterfalls in Kanyakumari

Dams in Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari district houses of a lot of important dams wand waterfalls in South India. It is a well known fact that dams are barriers constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea. Apart from the primary purpose of retaining water and generating electricity, Dams in Kanyakumari make a good picnic spot as people throng the reservoirs during holidays. The district also is the home of a lot of lovely waterfalls which are a must visit spot for holidaymakers who visit Kanyakumari. Some of the important dams in Kanyakumari and waterfalls in Kanyakumari include
  • Pechipparai Dam
  • Tiruparappu Water Falls
  • Perunchani Dam
  • Kodayar Dam
  • Mukkadal Dam
  • Ulakkai Aruvi
  • Vattaparai Fallshttp://119.81.35.3/pancms/acontent.aspx
  • Chittar Dam
  • Poigai Dam
Other popular tourist attractions of Kanyakumari include
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue (133 feet tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar)
  • View Tower and Telescope House
  • Udayagiri Fort
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • Maruthuva Malai
  • Vattakottai (Circular Fort)
  • Bay Watch Amusement Park

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Tourist Information

Tamil Nadu Government Accommodation

Hotel Tamil Nadu, operated by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) provides visitors with a wide range of facilities which include spacious rooms with or without AC, multicuisine restaurant, conference halls, parking space, and indoor games and so on. Kanyakumari also offer a lot of private accommodation options too.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) Accommodation
Hotel Tamil Nadu
Light House Main Road, Near to Sea Shore,
Kanyakumari - 629 702
Phone Number for Enquiries and Reservations: 04652-246257 to 58

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) Office
Beach Road, Kanyakumari - 629702
Phone Number: 04652-246276

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) Chennai Office
Tourism Complex, No.2, Wallajah Road, (Near Kalaivanar Arangam)
Chennai-600 002
Phone Number: 044-25383333, 25389857, 25360294
Mobile Number: 9789055400, 9840290990
Fax: 044-25361385, 25381567

Tourism Information Centre
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Beach Road, Kanyakumari
Phone Number: 04652-246250

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) Approved Tour Operators

Triveni Tours & Travels   
South Car Street, Kanyakumari - 629 702
Phone Number: 04652-246184

Sabaree Travels
Phone Number: 04652-246157

Other Travel Helpline

Kanyakumari Railway Station   
Phone Number: 04652-246247

State Express Transport Corporation (SETC)   
Phone Number: 04652-246019

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