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Kanyakumari

Southern tip of India

Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of India which unites the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean & the Arabian Sea. The confluence of the seas is termed as "Triveni Sangamam". Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises & sunsets & beaches with color sands. On a fullmoon day, one can witnesss the Sun & the Moon simultaneously on the two extremes(Arabian Sea & Bay of Bengal). Other attractions of this town are Kumari Amman temple, Vivekananda Rock, Light House and Gandhi Mandapam.

Kumari Amman Temple

The Goddess here is Devi Kumari or Kanyakumari, a virgin. The Goddess has got a extremely brightful diamond in her nose-stead. It is believed that in olden days, the light from this diamond acts as a lighthouse for boats & ships sailing in the seas. Legends say that the Goddess Devi Kumari appeared here to annihilate the demon Panasuran. Legends connect this temple & the Goddess with the Suchindram temple which is 13 kms from Kanyakumari.

Vivekananda Rock

This is just 400 metres away from the shores of Kanyakumari and we can reach this rock with the help of the ferry service available there. This is the place where Swami Vivekananda mediated and this turned to be an important event in his life. One can have a wonderful experience here where the three seas mingle and the architecture of this memorial is appreciable. There is a Meditation Hall here. A Book Store containing the teachings & works of Swami Vivekananda is also available.

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Near Vivekananda Rock is the Thiruvalluvar Memorial. A statue of Thiruvallur of height 133ft is here and this memorial was constructed to honour the great poet Thiruvalluvar whose work "Thirukurral" has got world fame. This memorial can be reached through ferry services.

Gandhi Mandapam

Gandhi Mandapam is near the Kumari Amman Temple where the ash of Mahatma Gandhi is preserved. The Mandapam is designed in such a manner that on every October 2nd, the rays of the sun fall on the spot where the ash is kept.

Suchindram Temple
This place is 13 kms from Kanyakumari  and the temple here is noted for its 18ft Hanuman Statue, musical pillars, architecture and so on. In this temple, we can see the three deities Shiva, Vishnu & Brahma which is said to be rare. The Suchindram temple has got a beautiful gopuram and a large teppakulam.
Padmanabar Palace
It is an artistic palace built using teakwood & granite. In the palace there are 108 rooms showing the marvelous patterns and amazing structure of the splendid architecture of Kerala. A Dining Hall which can accommodate 2000 people is an attraction. Padmanabhar Palace is on the way from Kanyakumari to Trivandrum.