Situated near Kanyakumari, this fort provides amazing views of the sea, of Kanyakumari and the windmill farm.
A defense fort constructed in the 18th century, it has been recently restored. It is a good spot to visit for an hour or so. There is no entry fee. Although, the guy at the entrance who gets signatures in a register from the visitors might offer to play guide or arrange a guide. You don't really require a guide. The history of the fort is displayed right at the entrance.
Palace of the Travancore kings, it was built in the 17th century and modified through the 18th century. One can walk through the place starting at the courtyard and finishing near the small temple within the palace.
One gets a fair idea of the architecture styles of Kerala. They used a lot of hard wood. The flooring is impressive too. It has retained its shine even after all these decades. Also, it is very cool to walk on. Both the flooring and architecture has been done in a way that the place remains cool in the hot and humid climate prevalent there.
There is a hall containing various paintings of the Travancore kings and what they did. It is quite interesting to look at. There are people stationed in the various parts of the palace whom you can ask to explain what that portion of the palace is all about.
One can take a bus from Nagercoil bus stand or Vadacherry bus stand. Any bus that goes to Kaliakkavilai goes through Thackalay. It costs about Rs. 6 - 7.
Once in Thackalay, you can take an auto to the palace or walk it. It is about 3 km from the bus stop.
Indians - Rs. 25; Foreign Nationals - Rs. 200
Camera - Rs. 25; Video Camera - Rs. 75
You can't wear your slippers shoes inside the palace. There's a place right next to the ticket counter where you can leave it for a fee of Rs. 3.
It is open from 9 am to 5 pm on all days except Mondays.
The Nagaraja temple from which Nagercoil derives its name, is a famous old Jain temple. It is a temple of the serpent king (Naga raja). Although, originally a Jain temple, it is now an important temple for the local Hindus and is also a tourist attraction. It attracts devottees from all part of the state. The idols of Lord Shiva and Vishnu are also found here. The temple shows the influence of chinese and Jain architecture.
The Clock Tower in Nagercoil is situated in the heart of the town. It is more than a hundred years old. The clock in the tower, was presented to the Maharajah of Travancore by the European missionary, Rev. Duthie during his visit to Nagercoil in the later part of the 19th century.
Muppandal Wind Farm is the largest of its kind in Asia. There are thousands of electricity-producing windmills and is quite a sight to behold. If you are travelling by train you will be able to see it even before you enter Nagercoil.
An ancient church that is believed to be established by St. Thomas, is a small but an interesting place, for it has incorporated in its design elements from South Indian temple architecture. The newer additions to the old existing structure has elements of Kerala decor and wood-work.
It is also commonly known as Thiruvithancode arapally (ara - half; pally -church/place of worship). It is believed that St. Thomas established seven and half churches in the Kerala region, and this happens to be the half church.
This church is currently maintained by the Orthodox Syrian Church.
Nagercoil, a town in Kanyakumari District, is about 20 km from Kanyakumari town. Kanyakumari lies in the southern most tip of India and has a beach which opens up into ocean on three sides. You can read more about Kanyakumari and things to do there in my Kanyakumari page.
There are a number of buses going there from either Nagercoil Bus Stand or from Vadacherry Bus Stand.