Kanniyakumari Travel Guide

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    mangoes
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    an areal view
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    Bathers gathering at the southern tip
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Kanniyakumari Things to Do

  • 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 explored a place called Vivekananda Kendra which is private property run by...

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  • Thiruvalluvar Statue

    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 .

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  • 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.

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  • Vivekananda 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 quite moments away from the very harsh winds outside.

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  • 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 you will need all the luck in the world to be able to get on a boat.The...

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  • 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 FarmMaramalai

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Kanniyakumari Restaurants

  • 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 in, and have fried fish, chapatis, and curry. We weren't disappointed. The...

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  • 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. They don't speak English, but all you have to do is point and ask. Make...

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  • 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 we shared with another couple of people. We were given an menu, and then...

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  • Interesting Reshmi Kebab

    There isn't a great choice of places to eat in Kanyakumari. The restaurant is pleasant and clean. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere isn't too formal.We ate here a couple of times. In my continuing search of the perfect Reeshmi Kebab, I tried it here. I have to say that it is the most interesting one that I have ever had. The meat came ina...

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  • Hotel Saratha Rajans

    The restaurant in Hotel Saratha Rajans offers the typical variety of traditional Tamil food. Like the other place we ate in Kanniyakumari there was nothing particularly special about it, but the food was good and we all enjoyed our meals. I would also recommend this place if you need to eat while in Kanniyakumari.

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  • Archana Restaurant

    Located in the basement of Hotel Maadhini on East Car Street, Archana Restaurant serves typical Tamil cuisine. There was nothing particularly remarkable about it, but everyone in my group enjoyed their meal. I would recommend this place if you're in Kanniyakumari for lunch or dinner.

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Kanniyakumari Nightlife

  • 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

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  • 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 were served by the barman who then sat down to watch TV. He then started...

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  • Watching Sunset

    We were in Kanniyakumari on my birthday and decided to go watch the sunset quietly. We arrived early and found a good spot on a large rock, but we were not the only ones there...More and more locals (and indian tourists) came for the same reason. When the sun goes down a lot of Indians walked into the water. It was a beautiful birthday!Later I...

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Kanniyakumari Transportation

  • Train station

    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...

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  • Ferry to islands

    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.

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  • Cochin - Kaniyakunwari- trivendrum

    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...

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Kanniyakumari Shopping

  • 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.

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  • She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore !

    Village ladies selling a wonderful variety of sea shells. I have a big collection of sea shells at home and I added a few more bought from here.

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  • 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 tourists that pass through here every year!

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Kanniyakumari Local Customs

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 24, 2009

    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.

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Kanniyakumari Warnings and Dangers

  • 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.

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  • If you are western and female you may...

    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 be ignored. If you have not come across this before and are used to being...

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  • Crazy traffic

    The traffic in Kanniyakumari (and everywhere else for that matter) is like nothing I've ever seen. Roads that look narrow even for a single lane of traffic actually handle traffic moving in two directions. Motorcycles zip around and are often pushed to the side of the road by larger vehicles. You'll see everything from bicycles to huge trucks using...

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Kanniyakumari Tourist Traps

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    by AcornMan Written Aug 12, 2007

    The streets and walking paths near Kanniyakumari's biggest attractions are littered with shops and vendors catering to tourists. With rare exception, they all looked to be filled to the brim with junk of all kinds. Only a tiny handful of them seemed to offer anything worthwhile. The vendors close to the beach can be particularly annoying, so just ignore them or they'll never leave you alone.

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Kanniyakumari Off The Beaten Path

  • mango magic

    These beautifully cut and arranged mangoes sprinkled with chillies and salt are a temptation. Try it . get an uncut mango wash and cut it yourself sprinkle with salt and chilly powder and

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  • Maxwax

    If you traveling with kids.. dont forget to get Maxwax.. its just not far.. u can hire auto in100/-..the max wax charge 90/- ticket u can have fun. in park.. include 15-20 dummies.. of bollywood stars and most popular peoples of kerala and tamilnadu. they look real.. u are allow to make pictures with them.. this kind of maxwax only in london.. wich...

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  • Vattakotai - Circular Fort

    Vattakotai (Circular Fort) is 5 Kms on the Tirunelvelli road from Kanyakumari. This fort is made of granite during the reign of Marthanda Verma to serve as defence. It is spread across an area of 4 acres and it is rectangular in shape. The fort is enclosed by walls 25 to 26 feet high, including the parapet, 29 feet thick at the front, 18 feet at...

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Kanniyakumari Favorites

  • Main Bazaar

    The main Bazaar links the main town with the temple and is lined with rather tacky souvenir stalls plus a few average looking places to eat and some internet places.

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  • kanyakumari now

    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 atmosphere there . Now the face changes by the day. the beach is invaded...

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  • A disappointing visit

    You might think that Kanniyakumari would be a beautiful place considering how important it is as a site for pilgrims and tourists alike, but it's really quite an unattractive place. Like the other parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala that I visited, it is run down, cluttered, dirty, and littered with trash. Even the beach area, where you can stand in the...

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