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.
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
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 be ignored.
If you have not come across this before and are used to being a person in your own right, it is hard and can get you down. Just try and be patient and remember that if you are traveling it will not always be like this.
- Historical Travel
- Women's Travel
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 the roads. The auto-rickshaws, which are a huge presence in the cities and villages, are even seen on major highways. And the only traffic "rule" I ever witnessed being observed was honking before passing another vehicle.
When you add it all up, it's a terribly dangerous environment for pedestrians, especially considering that decent sidewalks are rare. Most of the time pedestrians just share the roads with vehicles. I'm really quite amazed we never saw anyone get hit, though we did see a couple motorcycle accidents during our two-week visit. So be careful, and definitely don't drive unless you simply cannot avoid it.
Entry Tickets and Parking Tickets
The entry ticket to Kanyakumari is 15 Rs. If you are staying in a hotel as we did, each time you enter the town, you will be stopped and asked to pay the entry ticket. Keep the ticket with you. It is valid for a day, so if you have it with you then you do not have to pay again.
The same is true with the parking tickets at the beach. Do not throw it away if you intend to return the same day.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Fake cloke / clock Rooms
If you are planning to go to Kanniyakumari / Kanyakumari in India for a one day visit from morning to evening only, then please note that:-
(1) Though Indian Railway claims that it is providing the facility of cloke / clock room at the railway station of Kanyakumari for depositing your luggage but there is no cloke / clock room facility actually to safely deposit your laggage there. God knows, why the local authorities abandoned the facility of as such.
(2) There you find many private cloke / clock rooms running in and around the kanyakumari especially near the places of tourist interest viz. near ferry point, near Kanniyakumari Temple, etc. Beware all these private cloke / clock rooms are fake and do not have any registration etc. for keeping the luggage etc. into there shops. All these are running in small shops or STD/PCO booth etc. After depositing your luggage and valuables at these centres( so that you can travel locally freely), when you come back to take back your deposited luggage/ valuables, you would found that the local shopkeeper has absconded (no more in his shop) and shop is closed for two days (perhaps). Then only you would come to know about this fraud. Even the local police is not found very helpful to the tourist. Though, Police persons pretended to be helpful but actually they will not help you at all. Even if you manage by any way (by staying for one or two days in the city) to find/explore the local shopkeeper, you will find that valuables are missing from your luggage. SO BEWARE!!