Kanyakumari

Last visited - April 2013

 

As the southern most point of mainland India, and with the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, Kanyakumari takes a special place in travelers' minds. Having visited this place in my childhood days a few times, I vaguely remembered certain things during my latest visit. With improved roads and other facilities, the recent visit has definitely left me wanting to come again.

Windmills welcome you on arrival by road.


Beautiful beaches all around, with differing characteristics is sure to be a fulfilling experience. The nearby attractions, local food, fishing villages, monuments all add a charm to this location.

Despite the summer heat, the evenings cool off.
Mine was a road trip from Bangalore, which is a very comfortable and scenic highway ride.

Crossing Salem, Karur, Dindugul etc. there is a variety of food and accommodation options. So, the trip can be done with a break in journey if interested.
Trivandrum is the nearest airport to Kanyakumari.
  • Vivekananda Rock
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  • Sunrise (multiple viewing locations)
  • Sunset point
  • Sanguthurai Beach - More of a fishing village
  • Sothavilai Beach - Simply superb
  • Muttom Beach - Movie 'Kadalora Kavithaigal' was shot here
  • Mathur Palam/hanging bridge/Aqueduct
  • Thengapattinam Beach - Lovely
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • Windmills Up Close
Being a beach destination one might expect water sports. But there was none as of my last visit. The beaches are rocky and rough, which could be one of the reasons we don't see much activity other than fishing and relaxing.

Meditation on Vivekananda rock is another activity for those interested.


Shopping is a good activity around the temple area. But please note these are cheap but fake brands. It is okay to grab some tshirts with your favourite sport stars for throwaway prices. Definitely not for the brand conscious 🙂
There are a few different hotel options as you may find in hotel booking sites. Sparsa resort rocks in location and service.

If you are craving some local food, heading to Nagercoil would be a good option. Recommended by my friends from around there, we did eat in Nagercoil a few times. Hotel Prabhu is a huge crowd favourite. Please note it is a non-veg (serves meat) restaurant, but vegetarians who don't mind eating in a non-veg setup can find yummy parottas, appams and other local favourites.

Know before you go:

  • Most attractions have no signboards, but locals are willing to help with directions.
  • Thengapattinam beach was hardest to find and get to, but simply amazing.
  • Sunsets could be a non event on cloud covered days.
  • The boat ride to Vivekananda rock has a VIP ticket option where you pay a higher amount to get you to the boat sooner via a shorter line.

 

This is one place where I went camera crazy. Checkout the Kanyakumari Gallery for a visual treat of the special area!

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