Kanyakumari is a town in the Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is also known as 'the Land's End. There is a history behind the name 'Kanyakumari' the name was derived from the goddess Kanyakumari who was the sister of Krishna there is a reason it is said that she removes rigidity from the mind and girls pray for their marriage.
In the Hindu legend, it is said that Kanya Devi was one of the avatars of Parvati who wants to marry Shiva but he did not show up so all the rice was converted into stones all the food remained uncooked and unused. So, Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blessed pilgrims and tourists who flock to the town.
As we all know that Hanuman Ji has taken the hill of jailbait in his hand that chunk of earth is called Marunthuvazh Malai where medicines are there a lot, which is located near Kottayam about 7 km from Kanyakumari town on the Kanyakumari-Nagercoil highway. Agatha was the sage who was known as the expert in medicines. It is the reason so many medicinal herbs are found on the hill near Kanyakumari. There is an ashram in the middle of the hill, which tourists visit, both to visit the ashram and also to take a glimpse of the sea near Kanyakumari a few kilometres away.
1. VIVEKANAD ROCK MEMORIAL
It is an easy guess to know from where it is related. It was built in the honour of Swami Vivek Anand in 1970. There is a hall which is mainly known for the meditation a name is also give wit is known as Dhyana Mandap and the Shripad Mandapam.
There is a history behind this monument once Swami Vivekananda, swam across the seashore in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, although there was a shark there, to reach the rock perched mid-sea. He meditated for three days and nights on the rock until he is said to have attained enlightenment there. The design of the mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India.
2. Thiruvalluvar Statue
It is the 25th tallest statue in India. It is a 41-metre-tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Valluvar author of Tirukkural. The right hand has three fingers that are pointing skywards which signifies the three cantos of the Kural text namely, Aram, portal and in bam combined. The stonework was divided among the three workers in that time all the three workers contributed stones in a large amount one of them did 5000, 2000 and more this statue is very famous and is very big with the pedestal height it becomes bigger.
It was done with a handful full statues made by labours' efforts and no machines were used. It is too strong that once it was hit by a tsunami on 2 Dec 2004 but it remained unaffected. This is far beyond any event recorded in regional history because the bedrock in the region is ancient and without known local faults.
3. Sunset viewpoint
Being in crowded places people love to find a peaceful place around them same in Kanyakumari sunset viewpoint is a place where everyone wants to sit. Being living in a crowded place people love to find a silent place around them and sit in such same place is there in Kanyakumari which is known as the sunset point view in Kanyakumari. Being such a crowded place and so busy sunset point is a very beautiful place where you can relief. People want relief from their busy schedules this place will give you that relief.
4. Padmanabhapuram palace
It is a very ancient palace in India. It is maintained by the government of state Kerala. It is situated in the Kanyakumari district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This palace was made under the rule of Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Venda between 1592 and 1609. After his rule this palace was built in his rule it was taken care of after that no construction was done after that when king Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma ruled Travancore from 1729 to 1758 and reconstructed it around 1750.
It was made in the name of Lord Vishnu because it was ruled in the name of Padmanabhan. This place is constructed in many other parts which are interesting to explore like Southern Palace, Uppirikka Malika, and Central Mansion. This palace is located near Thuckalay, Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu state but is administered by the government of Kerela. There is a 300-year-old clock tower which works till now not easy to maintain but the government of there has made it work. The hall and whole palace are full of ancient things like weapons, daggers, paintings and many more to explore there.
5. Bhagavathy Amman Temple
As we all have heard about the saktipeethes when sati Ji pieces were dropped on different places the temples were made in those places one of them is known as the Amman temple. So, this Devi is fully virgin for which she is being worshipped. This temple is said to be 3000 years old. This temple is mentioned in our many history scripts from Ramayana, Mahabharat, Yajurveda and also in the Sangam age works Manimekalai and Puranaanora. It is one of the 51 shaktipeethes temples. Kumari Amman Temple is also said to be one of the hundred and eight "Durga Alayas" Temple dedicated to the goddess Durga.
6. Thanumalayan Temple
Thanumalayan Temple is also known as the Sthanumalayan temple. This name has its meanings trimurtis stanu means Siva, Mal means Vishnu, Ayan means Brahma. It is one of the shiv temples which is in Tamil Nadu but when it got merged with Kanyakumari from Travancore. The place got its name from such drum from the Sthala Purana. Hindu mythological legend has it that the king of devas, Indra got relieved of the curse of that place of the main Linga temple.
A couple was living in that Janarya Atri and his wife Anusaya. Once Vishnu, Brahma and shive came into brahmins' faces so anusaya started her hospitality but they denied they said they will accept it when she will serve them nude so with her power of chastity she turned them into three kids and served them her breast milk. Ati returned to the hermitage at the behest of Parvathi, Saraswati and Lakshmi to restore their husbands to original forms. Anusaya gets obliged and immediately turned them into their original form and the couple gets blessed.
7. Mathur Aqueduct
Mathur Aqueduct is situated in Kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is built over the Pahrali river and takes its name from Mathoor a hamlet near the aqueduct which is about 3km from Thiruvattar and about 60 km from Kanyakumari. It was constructed in 1966. This is a very beautiful duct in between the greenery whole duct is covered by green plants which makes it look more beautiful. The aqueduct is built across the Parali river. A small river that originates in the Mahendra Giri, Tamil Nadu hills of the Western Ghats. This aqueduct is needed because of the undulating land terrain of the area, which is also adjacent to the hills of the Western ghats.
8. Vattakottai Palace
Vattakottai is a palace situated in the district Kanyakumari of Tamil Nadu. The fort is made up of Granite blocks and is situated near the seaside. This palace is under the governance of the archaeological department. The major renovation of the fort was undertaken recently by the department and the site is now a popular tourist spot. Vattakottai palace is constructed in the 18th century by Punchal/Sakkara valiyaveetil Marthandan Chempakarman Pillai for the kings of Travancore. This place is made up of circle form. It is situated in the coastal area and a lot of greenery is there to visit. In Kanyakumari, this palace is very interesting. You will find many restaurants near the fort-like Saravana hotel, Samudra plaza, Jeyem and many more to explore.
9. Our lady of ransom
This church is situated in Kanyakumari which is one of the districts of Tamil Nadu. It is so much old that it is evidence that Catholics were living here. In 1542 when St. Francis Xavier came to cape comer in, he found “our lady of delights grotto” at Kanyakumari. Then it became a centre for mission activities of the Jesuits from tooth or to Ramanathapuram. A small thatched church was upgraded to a big church of Roman architecture and was constructed in 1700 AD. This church is beautifully organised and nicely maintained by the people there. You will find a nice place to sit and eat.
10. Kanyakumari Tirupati temple
This temple has different beliefs because it was closed for 12 years. A strong belief in the legend about the actual existence of Swamy is found in the region. The incident was that there was a king of the unknown name who killed 12 people for a crime which they committed and hanged them at the gates of the temple because of such thing the temple was closed for 12 years.
How to Visit by Air- Thiruvanthapuram International airport is the nearest airport which distances about 90 km. this airport is connected to all major places and includes some of the international places too. Vehicles are easily available here.
How to Visit Kanyakumari by Train- Kanyakumari junction is 4km away from the bus stand which takes you directly to Kanyakumari.
How to Visit Kanyakumari by Road- Roadway can take time but this is also a way to reach. Kanyakumari is connected with cities like Chennai, Nageroli, Bengaluru and others. From the bus stand many rickshaw autos are there to reach Kanyakumari.