Travel to Kanyakumari

A pilgrimage place of immense importance, Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin, is located at the southernmost point of peninsular India. One of the most popular tourist spots in India, Kanyakumari is the very tip of the Indian peninsula and the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Places of attraction at Kanyakumari are Tiruvalluvar statue, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Temple and Padmanabhapuram Swami Temple which lies on the way to Kanyakumari from Thiruvananthapuram.

Places of interest in Kanyakumari

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Located on a rocky island in the ocean, the towering statue of renowned ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar is a major attraction of Kanyakumari. Thiruvalluvar was the author of Thirukkural (sacred couplets), a beautiful collection of moral aphorisms in Tamil verse. Often called the Bible of Tamil Land, Thirukkural was written in the 4th-5th centuries AD.

Vivekananda Memorial

Located on another rocky island, the Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built in 1970. The memorial has been built to commemorate Narendranath Dutt, better known as Swami Vivekananda who sat in long and deep meditation during his visit to Kanyakumari in 1892. The edifice is a blend of all the different architectural styles of India.

Kanyakumari Temple

Dedicated to Kanyakumari, a virgin goddess, Kumari Amman Temple is a top attraction of Kanyakumari. The presiding deity of the temple is Devi Kanya, one of the incarnations of goddess Parvati. The sparkle of the diamond nose ring of the deity can be sheen from a distance.

Side trips around Kanyakumari


19 km from Kanyakumari is located Nagercoil which is famous for the Nagaraja Temple. Nagercoil is the administrative headquarters of the Kanyakumari district.


Located en route to Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, Padmanabhapuram is home to a fantastic palace. Padmanabhapuram was the seat of government of Travancore until 1790.


13 km from Kanyakumari, Suchindram is known for its Sri Thanumalayan Temple dedicated to dedicated to the Trinity — Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. The beautifully architecture temple features several musical pillars. The temple contains a huge idol of The Nandi (Shiva's sacred bull).


6 km northeast of Kanyakumari, Vattakottai is home to a granite fort built by Marthanda Varma (1729 - 58), the ruler of erstwhile Travancore State. Spread on an area of three-and-a-half acres, the fort is enclosed by 25-foot high walls.


87 km from Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, is home to the rich Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and some interesting places of attraction. The city is the convenient base for visiting the nearby seaside sights of Varkala and Kovalam

How to reach Kanyakumari

Air: The nearest airport is Trivandrum which is connected by flights from major cities in India and abroad.

Rail: Kanyakumari is connected to all the important railway stations in India.

Road: Kanyakumari is connected by road to all places in South India. Some of the cities and places in South India connected with Kanyakumari are Trivandrum (87km), Tirunelveli (85 km), Tuticorin (138 km), Rameswaram (314 km) and Madurai (235 km).

Where to Stay in Kanyakumari

There are budget accommodation options available in Kanyakumari. Tri Sea Hotel, Vedanta Wake Up, Gopinivas Grand, Hotel melody park, Hotel Ganesh Lodge, Hotel Chithra and Hotel Rehoboth are well-known hotels in Kanyakumari.

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