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...more
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...more
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 -...more
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...more
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.more
enjoying each and every spoon of delicious food.
Favorite Dish: prawns, lobster, crab, tapioca fish curry, ceylon chicken etc....
There are auto rickshaws, but i found it difficult to bargain with them. Hence, i preferred taking the bus around. The easiest way would be to head to Vadachery or Nagercoil bus stands. There are a number of buses going from there to different places. You could ask any local which bus to get into.more
There are a number of trains running to Nagercoil Junction from various parts of the country. Most trains coming here would come through Madurai Junction. This would be the easiest way to get there.Alternately, one can take trains to Trivandrum. Trivandrum is a couple of hours from Nagercoil. Kanyakumari is another train station close by.more
Maramalai is a hill very close to Nagercoil. A lot of forest, wildlife, and even private estates. The roads are narrow, and rough. One needs to be a good driver with a 4x drive to get there and back.
It makes for a wonderful nature trip. If you are in luck you will spot wildlife too. Bisons, elephants, certain types of monkey, some large variety of squirrels, and birds. Having a pair of binoculars would be helpful.
Also, you will be able to drive past a reservoir. You will come across rivulets, gorges, waterfalls, streams, etc. Ah well, the drive is very scenic.
You may have to contact the tourism board or private tour operators to get there. The best way to get there would be if you knew some locals living there.