Kanyakumari weaves a magical spell over all those who visit this mesmerizing place blessed with nature's beauty in excess. Kanyakumari has that imposing splendor of striking sunrise and the soft sunset that simmer over the confluence of three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the India Ocean, whose every grain seems to seep inside your body, refreshing you to the core.
Kanyakumari is the southern most tip of peninsular India sprawling over
an area of 1672 sq. km, occupying 1.29% of the total extent of
Tamilnadu. With multi-colored sand on its beach, this exquisite land has
a ringlet of majestic hills along with swaying coconut trees and paddy
Vast and clear coasts with Azure Ocean lapping the shore, Kanyakumari
is dotted with patches of red cliffs and valleys along with temples and
churches that add to the resounding beauty of the place.
Kanyakumari is also known as Kanniyakumari in Tamil Language. As a
major Hindu pilgrim center, devotees visit Kanyakumari from across the
country. Delving into Kanyakumari's history, one finds the place to be
onetime Alexandria of the east. The Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and
the Nayaks who contributed greatly to the architectural marvels of the
region ruled Kanyakumari.
Apart from being a hub of art, culture, civilization, and pilgrimage
for years, Kanyakumari is equally famous for commerce and trade. The
architecture of this beautiful beach land is greatly inspired by
religions like Islam, Christianity and Jainism.
Among the major tourist attractions in Kanyakumari is Kanyakumari
temple dedicated to Parvati or Devi Kanya, who is also revered as the
protector of India's shores. Kanyakumari is also home to Gandhi Mandapam
that has oriyan architecture and built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
There is also Vivekananda Memorial, about half a kilometer away from the
mainland seated on a rock. The memorial has dhyan mandapam where you
could sit and meditate.