Kanniyakumari Travel Guide
Bathers gathering at the southern tip
Things to Do
Things to Do
A 133 feet tall statue of Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar was made by sculptor Ganapati Sthapati in 2000 on a rock in the sea adjacent to the Vivekananda rock Memorial . It is one of the biggest statues in Asia .
Lighthouse at Kanniyakumari
The magnificient lighthouse stands tall on the beach in Kanniyakumari.It's red and white stripes combination makes it visible even from a very great distance.I took this picture from the ferry on the way back from the Vivekananda rock Memorial.
A view of the memorial from the outside.Vivekananda is one of India's most important philosophers.When young he swam out to the rocks off Kanyakumari and spent three days on it contemplating.A wonderful meditation hall is also part of the memorial where you can spend a few...
Ferry Ride to Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Please do take this ferry ride to the memorial even if it takes you about an hour standing in the queue for your ferry.You may also jump the queue by buying a special ticket costing five times more - of INR 150 ( roughly three USD's ).The ferry operates only in calm seas and...
After Arriving in KanyaKumari
Dear friends, I would like to share you a few best tips after arrival in kanya kumari,The first thing pops up in the mind is accommodation as you know that there lots of hotels in kanyakumari they charge a lot and you would not get a good service, so what we did was we...
Things around Nagercoil
Kanyakumari and Nagercoil being twin cities, I have listed other things you can do around Kanyakumari in my Nagercoil page. You can visit Vattakottai or the Circular FortSt. Mary's Orthodox Church also known as Thiruvithancode ArapallyPadmanabapuram PalaceMuppandal Wind...
Visit Indira Gandhi Point
Indira Gandhi Point is considered the southern tip of India. Also, the paths leading to the point are lined with small shops selling products made out of shells, and a number of other trinkets. Even if you aren't buying those, it is quite interesting have a look around....
This is an ideal thing to do either in the morning before it gets too hot, or in late afternoon just after the heat subsides a bit. Be prepared to be sun-burnt a bit. There is this rocky ledge that lies between the watch tower and Indira Gandhi Point. Sort of on the beach...
Hotel Hari: Hot, Fried Fish
Again, like Hotel Dev, don't get taken in by the 'hotel' bit. It is a small, local restaurant. There are a number of such restaurants along that road, all in the same line as Hotel Hari. I think what captured my attention was the way the fried fish looked. We decided to drop...
Hotel Dev: Your evening snack in a chai shop
Don't be taken in by the 'hotel' bit. In Tamil Nadu we tend to use 'hotel' instead of 'restaurant'. Anyways, this isn't even a restaurant, but a shack just opposite Gandhi Mandapam. But, oh my, their bajjis and vadais were amazing and out of the world. Very friendly people....
Sangam Restaurant: Walk Right Past Sangam Restaurant
First of all, this place was really crowded. Secondly, there was no one asking us if we wanted to eat there, or advising us to wait for a table to clear. And then things only got worse. After waiting a while, and asking the people in charge, we managed to get a table which...
Hotel Sea View: They have a love of Boney M
This is an unusually large bar and not too dark. Women are not frowned upon for coming here. They do love Boney M, which is played most of the time. The staff are friendly here. We both felt welcome.
No dress code
Hotel Maadhini: Okay, but staff a little rude
To be honest you don't come to Kanyakumari for the nightlife. However you may want a cold beer. Not many western women come to Kanyakumari, but you don't get frowned upon for going in the bar.The atmosphere is okay, but we went in there when it was shut without realising. We...
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...
Ajantha Antiques: Curio shop at Kannyakumari
A tiny shop in town selling interesting artifacts and some antiques too.You will enjoy browsing the shelves.Tiny paintings , wooden carvings , brass handicrafts are some of the things you will find here.
Sea shells for sale: Locals making money
Around the outside of the Kumari Amman Temple, on the beach side, you'll find a few stalls selling some nice looking sea shells. The smallest only cost a few rupees but the larger ones cost a couple of hundred. The town's people know how to make some money from the 2 million...
A dip at the tip
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Kanyakumari has great spiritual significance for Hindus and is dedicated to the goddess Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Parvati. This means that pilgrims from all over the country descend here to visit the temple and bathe in the sacred waters which you can witness along the beach in front of the temple.
Written Sep 24, 2009
Internet available, but very very slow
You do have to look around for the internet cafes (well a few computers at the back of a butchers/fish shop is more like it). The internet connection is very slow. If it is not important I would wait until you are somewhere else.
If you are western and female you may be ignored
I found that Tamil Nadu the hardest state in India that I have traveled through. I would queue up to buy soft drinks and be ignored. My boyfriend would be asked what I wanted to eat and then have my order repeated back to him. If someone was speaking to my boyfriend, I would...
Kanya Kumari used to be so beautiful years back. A beautiful sea shore with mufti coloured sand. confluence of three oceans, a sea with different co lours blue, deep blue and aquamarine. a peaceful temple which faces the ocean a rough boat ride to Vivekananda rock and serene...
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