Kanyakumari really is the end of the line as far as India's rail network goes. The station is quite near all the action in the town and is where you can find the Himsagar Express, the longest running train in India, which links Kanyakumari with Jammu and Kashmir - a distance of some 3,715km which takes 3 days! I took a train from here to Madurai (No.2634) which left at 17:15 and arrived at 21:50.
We have reservation ten days before and had waiting list of165 wich clear in ten days.. .. from Ernakulam to Kanikyakunwari.. the train arrive at 4.15 and dept 4.25. This train arrive at kaniyakunwari.. 12 .15 pm. cost 157/- 2nd class sleeper.... as u arrive the taxies are available outside.. they just ask 40/- till they find hotels for u ... even we also got dept from hotel to railway station at 4.45 and they charge same 40/-
two trains from kaniykunwari go to trivendrum.. at 5.15 and 10.15. u really dont need reservation.. just get to railyway station.. train begain from there so mostly empty. as we took 5.15 train we arrived at 8 pm to trivendrum..
In city trivendrum... i think its not big.. short distance auto charge just 20/-...we even paid long distance trip to Kids fun park.. where bollywood star dummies. as they are in london and we paid just 100/- to auto ..
Kanyakumari is 87 Km from Trivandrum. You can either catch a train or a bus from trivandrum. It would take you 2-3 hours to reach Kanyakumari. We travelled by car as we also wanted to visit other places in Trivandrum and Kanyakumari districts. It is advisable to visit Padmanabhapuram Palace and Suchindram Temple on the way. Both these places are just a few Kms from the highway and can be covered easily by car. There are buses at regular intervals from the trivandrum bus stand.
On the way to Kanyakumari is Nagarcoil. Kanyakumari is just about 20 Kms from the Nagarcoil town. The drive from Nagarcoil to Kanyakumari is fabulous. You can see the western ghats and the green farms on either sides.
Overall it is a nice 2.5 hr drive...
Kanyakumari is well connected by train. Trains from Bangalore, Bombay and even New Delhi and Jammu terminate at this southernmost point of the subcontinent. In fact the longest train journey across the length of India is from Jammu to Kanyakumari and takes three and a half days.
The trainstation is located only 1km north of the temple.
Ferries leave from the jetty just off the Main Bazaar every 30 minutes are so. They first take you to the Vivekananda Memorial and then to the Thiruvalluvar Statue and cost Rs20.