Kanyakumari is a city located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and is also the southernmost part of the Peninsular subcontinent of India. The city is also referred to as “the Land’s End”, and is a popular destination for tourists due to its natural wonders and beauty, as well as its historical and spiritual significance.
Here are the most popular attractions and things to see and do in the city of Kanyakumari:
- Confluence of three Oceans – Being at the southern tip of the peninsular subcontinent of India, Kanyakumari offers a scintillating view of the confluence zone/point of the three oceans surrounding it, namely – the Arabian sea, the Indian oceans and the Bay of Bengal.
- Gandhi Mandapam – a memorial built in the honor of Mahatma Gandhi the father of the nation (India).
- Kanyakumari Temple – A 3000-year-old Temple.
- Sunset View Point - Watch sunrise and moonset or moonrise and sunset together – Kanyakumari is a place where sunset and moonrise (and sunrise and moonset) can be witnessed simultaneously.
- Vivekananda rock – A memorial built on a huge rock on the sea in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda, who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. It’s the most popular tourist spot in Kanyakumari.
- Mathur Aqueduct.
- Thirparappu Falls.
- Olakaruvi Falls.
- Kanyakumari View Tower – for a beautiful aerial view of the picturesque city.
- The Statue of Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar.
- Rock Memorial of Swami Vivekananda.
- The Vattakottai fort.
- Kanyakumari wildlife sanctuary.
- Padmanabhapuram Palace.
- Chitharal Jain Monuments.
- Kumari Amman Temple
- Lord Subramanya Temple
- Thanumalayan Temple
- Thirunanthikarai Cave Temple
- Nagaraja Temple
- Tiruchendur Temple
- Adikesava Perumal Temple
- The All-Saints Church
- Imperial Church
- St. Xavier’s Cathedral
Kanyakumari, of course, has many incredible beaches too. The most popular of these include:
- Muttom Beach
- Sanguthurai Beach
- Sothavilai Beach
- Kanyakumari Beach
- Thengapattinam Beach
- Hidden Twin Beach
No trip to a city is complete without exploring its food scene. And Kanyakumari also has its share of local delicacies. Some popular foods to try in Kanyakumari are:
- Pazha Sarbath – A mixed fruit juice that is available in most stalls and restaurants in Kanyakumari.
- Pazha Bajji – A sweet, ripe banana fritter; usually enjoyed as a snack with a cup of tea (Chai).
- Kotthu Parotta – Teared up flatbread (parotta) mixed with egg, vegetables or meat and Salna (a spicy sauce) and sauteed on a pan with oil.
- Maravazhi Kizhangu Meen curry – Tapioca and Fish curry (Tapoica is a major part of Kanyakumari’s cuisine).
Some of the best restaurants in the city to eat at are:
- The Curry
- The Sea-View restaurant
- Arya Bhavan
- Sangam restaurant
- The Ocean restaurant
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs, the best things to buy from Kanyakumari are bamboo and wood handicrafts, palm leaf drawings (and paintings that are done and framed on real preserved palm leaves) and products made of sea shells (like accessories, home décor, etc.). Some spots in Kanyakumari that can be explored and which sell these things are:
- The Tamil Nadu Co-optex Sales Emporium
- Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium
- Stalls at the beaches
HOTELS & RESORTS
Some of the best places for a comfortable stay in Kanyakumari (ranging from affordable to luxury) are:
- Sparsa Resort
- Hotel Ocean Heritage
- Tri Sea Hotel
- Hotel Sun Park
- Hotel Jebasakthy
- Annai Resorts & Spa
- Hotel Samudra
- Hotel Viswa Grand