Kanyakumari, the ancient town with historical richness, has great religious significance too. Its location of being the southernmost part of India adds further charm to it. Kanyakumari tour, with its wide array of choices, is ideal for every. With an extensive range of interesting places to visit, you need not worry on what to see in Kanyakumari as well.
There are not only architectural and cultural places to see Kanyakumari, this town boasts of equally captivating scenic beauty too. Kanyakumari Beach, with its shimmering beach of multi-coloured sand is indeed a sightseeing place to visit in Kanyakumari.
Previously known as Cape Comorin Beach, This beach is widely known for its breathtaking sunset and sunrise. Full moon nights are especially alluring too. It is also the place where three seas- Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal merge with each other. The confluence is regarding to be holy and is known with the name of Triveni Sangam. The view of the surrounding areas and the ocean from the lighthouse is worth capturing
Below are the most popular places to visit in Kanyakumari.
- Kumari Amman Temple/ Bhagavathi Amman Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Kanya Kumari, the virgin goddess, this temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas. Also known as Bhagavathi Amman Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple is an ancient temple, more than around 3000 years old. Its description can be found it many ancient Hindu texts, including Hindu religious epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana and in Sangam Literature. As per the legend of this temple, Goddess Parasakthi, on the request of devas, took the form of a Goddess Kanya Kumari, to kill demon Banasura who had the boon that he cannot be killed by anyone but a virgin. Kumari Amman Temple, located on the shores of Kanyakumari, is known for its marvelous architecture as well. Another striking feature of the temple is the nose ring of Goddess Kanyakumari idol. There are many stories related to its incomparable shine as well. There are 25 otter theerthams as well on the shores around the Kanyakumari temple.
- Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Another popular place to see in Kanyakumari is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. This rock is situated 500 meters away from the mainland and can be reached via ferry that operates at regularly intervals. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built in 1970, in the honor of great Indian saint Swami Vivekananda, who has visited Kanyakumari in 1892. Swami Vivekananda had meditated on this rock for two days; this was a few days before his trip to Chicago for World Religious Conference. Also known as Vivekananda Mandapam, this rock memorial presents architectural beauty, with its structure resembling to the Sri Ramakrishna Temple of Belur. This rock is also religiously significant as it is blessed with foot imprint of Goddess Kanyakumari. Hence, along with visiting rock memorial, people here visit to seek blessings at Sripada Mandapam. The scenic beauty of this place is equally enchanting.
- Thiruvalluvar Statue
No Kanyakumari tour is complete without visiting the majestic statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar. Built by Indian sculptor Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, this 133 feet long statue of great saint, poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar, amid the vast spread of ocean presents a captivating view. This sky touching statue weighs around 7000 tonnes. It can be reached from mainland (400 meters) via ferry boats.
Thiruvalluvar Statue has been built 133 feet long so as to represent the 133 chapters of masterpiece Thirukkural. It has 38 feet long pedestal, which is symbolic of 38 chapters of virtues in Thirukkural.
- Gandhi Memorial
Built in the honor of father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi Memorial is the place where ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept after his unfortunate demise in 1948. He had earlier visited Kanyakumari in 1925 and 1937. After his demise, Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were kept in 12 different urns and transferred to different cities and towns of the country, before the immersion. One of the 12 urns was kept here in Kanyakumari for a few days for the public to pay homage, later the ashes were immersed in the ocean.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial has been built in the Orissa style of architecture with a 79 feet high portico. The 79 feet of the porch is symbolic of the 79 years of Gandhi ji. Another attractive feature of the memorial is that on 2nd October, Sun rays fall precisely on the place where his ashes were kept.
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