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Kanyakumari lies at the southernmost tip of mainland India. This beautiful town of Tamil Nadu is located at the intersection of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Mannar and thus given a tagline of ‘the land of three seas’. Being a coastal town, it is an important hub for trading services and commerce. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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  • With a dainty nickname of Cape Comorin,
    Kanyakumari lies at the southernmost tip of
    mainland India. This beautiful town of Tamil Nadu
    is located at the intersection of the Arabian
    Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Mannar and
    thus given a tagline of the land of three seas.
     Being a coastal town, it is an important hub for
    trading services and commerce.
  • From activities like sightseeing to shopping
    places, there are numerous things to do in
    Kanyakumari. A beautiful amalgamation of
    different cultures, religions, and ideas
    developed over centuries, the allure of this
    charming town in Tamil Nadu attracts hordes of
    tourists all the year round. Blessed with
    enormous temples, relaxing beaches, and
    historical monuments, here is a list of best
    places in Kanyakumari you must definitely visit!

  • Surrounded by mountains and bordered by vibrant
    sea shores, lined with paddy fields and coconut
    trees, and the city also boasts of elevated
    patches of hills with undulating valleys and
    plains in between the sea and the mountainous
    terrain. It is believed that this is the only
    place in India where you can watch the sunrise
    and sunset at the same beach. Kanyakumari is an
    emerging popular holiday destination, not
    pertaining to its unique geographical phenomenon,
    but also because of myriad tourist
    attractions that traffic a huge number of
    tourists to this city throughout the year. 

Top 5 Places To Visit In Kanyakumari
1. Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Dedicated to Tamil poet and accomplished
    philosopher, Thiruvalluvar, this beautiful statue
    traces itself on a small island near Kanyakumari.
    As a memoir to him, the work for this statue
    started in 1990 and continued till 1999, and
    finally got completed in the same year. The
    statue stands as tall as 133-feet and is perched
    upon a 38-foot pedestal. This pedestal represents
    the 38 chapters of virtue in Thirukkural. Thirukku
    ral, The Sacred Couplets, has three sub
    sections, which are the Books of Aram, Porul, and
    Inbam. V. Ganapati Sthapati is credited to be the
    architect of the statue, and it was unveiled on
    January 1, 2000. Full of rich culture and
    symbolism, this destination is awe-inspiring, and
    a must visit place to see in Kanyakumari.
  • With the crystal clear sea waters in the ground
    and hazel blue sky in the background, the picture
    portrayed by this destination is quite humbling.

1. Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • The premises of the statue also showcases a pious
    temple, which is a quaint spot for meditation.
    The resounding silence of this religious spot
    will make you introspect about your life.
    Furthermore, if you wish to spend a few hours
    away from the humdrum of daily life, this is your
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue is one of the largest
    statues in India, area wise and is located near
    the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal,
    and the Indian Ocean.There are ten elephant
    statues surrounding this gigantic statue
    symbolising the ten directions eight for the
    earth, one for the sky, and one for space down.

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • The magnificent Vivekananda Rock Memorial can be
    seen on a small island off Kanyakumari. It has
    the picturesque Indian Ocean in its backdrop and
    hence serves as a peaceful and serene destination
    for visitors from all across the globe. It is
    situated on one of the two adjacent rocks
    protruding out of the Lakshadweep Sea and
    constitutes of the Shripada Mandapam and the
    Vivekananda Mandapam. The ferry ride up till
    these rock islands is a thrilling journey and
    this calls upon a lot of nature lovers and
    adventure enthusiasts.
  • This statue depicts spectacular architecture and
    was built in the year 1970 and has been a
    major tourist attraction ever since. The island
    on which the statue is located is said to have
    been the site where Vivekananda attained
    enlightenment. The Shripada Mandapam has a study
    hall and a museum, where you can explore
    Vivekanandas life and work in depth. This
    Mandapam adds to the spiritual significance and
    of the memorial along with emphasising on its
    purity. It is the perfect spot to meditate and
    introspect. With its serene surroundings and
    majestic construction, the Vivekananda Memorial
    is an unforgettable experience.
  • According to historical tales and legends, it is
    believed that Goddess Kumari performed austerity
    on this rock. There is a Dhyana Mandapam
    located beside the memorial, which serves as the
    meditation hall for the visitors who want to

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • The style of architecture followed here is
    distinctive and incorporates various temple
    styles from all over India. These rocks are
    surrounded by the Laccadive Sea. 
  • Swami Vivekanand was a disciple of Sri
    Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the founder of
    Ramakrishna Mission and this construction was
    dedicated to him. Built between the year 1963 and
    1970 and adorned in red and blue granite, it is
    situated on the top of a rock island, at a height
    of about 17 metres above sea level, covering a
    total area of approximately 6 acres.  
  • Shripada Mandapam has a square floor plan and it
    includes Garbha Graham (Sanctum Sanctorum), Inner
    Prakaram, Outer Prakaram, and an Outer Platform.
    The Outer Platform surrounds the Shripada
    Mandapam. Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada
    Mandapam are designed in such a way that the
    vision of Swamijis statue in Pralima Mandapam is
    directed towards the Shripadam.

3. Padmanabhapuram Palace
3. Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace is believed to have been
    built in the 16-century and houses many unique
    antiques and artefacts. Reflecting the rich and
    diverse cultural heritage of the country, it is a
    must visit place to see in Kanyakumari. This was
    the capital city of the erstwhile Travancore
    Empire and has been a bonafide symbol of strength
    to the regions history.   What is worth noting
    about this palace is the fact that
    Padmanabhapuram Palace is made entirely from wood
    and no other material. Decked up with exceptional
    wooden carvings and designs, the simplicity of
    the palace is what makes it a truly charming
  • The Padmanabhapuram Palace is segregated into a
    number of divisions, each of which has a
    significance of its own. A number of unique
    articles such as old Chinese jars, a variety of
    weapons, stone sculptures, furniture, large
    mirrors, paintings, brass lamps, wood, a wooden
    cot, and a polished stone cot are housed in the
    Padmanabhapuram Palace for safekeeping. Kerala
    Government is responsible for maintaining this
    enchanting palace and Padmanabhapuram Palace
    draws hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. It
    is often touted as one of the best 10 palaces in
    the world.

3. Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • You might have heard about this being the abode
    of the Travancore rulers, as it was the Venad
    ruler, Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who gave
    Thucklay this palace dipped in Kerala style of
    architecture around 1601 AD. Later around 1750
    not only did Padmanabhapuram Palace get a
    facelift but also its name which was given by
    King Marthanda Varma who ruled the kingdom by the
    name Padmanabha dasa, slave of Lord Padmanabha
    and devoted the whole kingdom to the family deity
    Sree Padmanabha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
    The floral carvings, black granite floor,
    pictures of Krishna, murals from 17-century and
    18-century, mahogany musical bow, windows of
    coloured mica are some of the fascinating items
    on display here. Also, take a sneak peek of the
    medicinal bed present in the Kings room, secret
    underground passages, and the brass made hanging
    lanterns which are lit till date.
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace holds the honorary mention
    of being among the top ten palaces in the world.
    The Rajas of Travancore ruled the city of
    Travancore from this fort till 1790. Later the
    capital was changed from Padmanabhapuram to

3. Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace has a vast spread of over
    a sprawling 6 acres and is situated at the foot
    of Veli Hills of Western Ghats. This palace was
    constructed by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara
    Perumal in the 17-century. This palace is mostly
    a wooden structure that exhibits the traditional
    architectural style that Kerala boasts.  The
    walls of the palace have wooden planks, which
    have carvings of Anantasayana, which depicts Lord
    Vishnu in a reclined pose on the serpent lord,
    Ananta. The floor of the palace is made of burnt
    coconut shells, laterite, lime, and sand.
  • The interiors of the Prayer Hall are designed
    with 50 murals that depict Lord Vishnu with his
    consorts and Lord Krishna and his gopikas.
    Several paintings depicting important episodes
    from the life of Marthanda Verma can be seen on
    the walls of the corridor leading to the guest

4. Kanyakumari Beach
4. Kanyakumari Beach
  • Situated at the confluence of the three oceans
    namely, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and the
    Arabian Sea this picturesque beach features
    amongst the most prominent places to see in
    Kanyakumari. The differently coloured sand,
    stunning sunrise and sunset views at this beach
    and the lighthouse make for some superb picture
    perfect moments. Having a rocky surface, it is
    unsuitable for swimming, however, you can splash
    in the waves for some fun family time. The beach
    is appropriate for revelling in the beautiful
    views around.
  • There is a lighthouse at the beach, which will
    fetch you some of the most fantastic views of the
    vast expanses of salty water stretching till the
    horizon. There is also ample opportunity for
    shopping various handicrafts made of rustic
    seaside materials and other things as well.
    Vaisakha, Kalabham, and Navaratri are some of the
    festivals and fairs that are celebrated here on a
    significant scale.

5. Thanumalayan Temple
5. Thanumalayan Temple
  • inviting a calm and spiritually rejuvenating
    experience for all the Hindu worshippers is the
    Thanumalayan Temple. It is placed roughly 13
    kilometres away from the city of Kanyakumari.
    What usually calls in the travellers to this
    famous temple of Kanyakumari is its phenomenal
    architecture, finely carved sculptures, and
    seven-storey white Gopuram, which are truly
    magnetic and a sight to behold.
  • Moreover, the temple that stands now in
    Suchindram was built in the 17-century and sees
    worshippers bowing down to praise Lord Vishnu,
    Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma who are also a part
    of the temples name where Stanu refers to Lord
    Shiva Mal to Lord Vishnu and the Ayan means
    Lord Brahma. This unique temple is the only
    temple in the world where the holy trinity of
    Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are enshrined at the
    same place as a single deity (called
    Sthanumalayan). One can also see a towering
    22-feet Hanuman statue that is one of the highest
    in the country. Beautiful gopurams, exquisite
    carvings, musical pillars, and a powerful
    spiritual aura are some of the vital features to
    be observed here. 

5. Thanumalayan Temple
  • The 18-feet high musical pillars carved out of
    single granite stone is a massive attraction.
    There is a strict dress code for men and women
    and one needs to be wary of the so-called guides
    and pandas who are on the lookout to extract
    money from tourists.
  • Now that you have a fair idea about some of the
    best places to swing by in Kanyakumari, you can
    plan your trip accordingly. Apart from these
    destinations, Kanyakumari is a vibrant city that
    has many corners and spots that are waiting to be
    discovered. From friendly locals, fascinating
    tourist places, and opportunities to shop for
    handicrafts the city has it all. Plan your trip
    right away and experience tranquillity in its
    best form.

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