Kanyakumari
 
At the Southern most tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Buy of Bengal meet, lies Kanyakumari,Kanyakumari derives its name from the ancient Kumari Amman temple, where Goddess Parvati is said to have undergone penance in her kanya (virgin) form to marry Lord Shiva. You can actually make out seven different colours of sand here. Legend has it that these are the colours of the rice thrown at the wedding. Kanyakumari or Cape Comorin is one of the best places where people can visit and get relaxed. The interesting part in Kannyakumari is the Sunrise and the Sunset. Many tourists visit Kanyakumari and wait to see this view.
 
 
Kumari Amman Temple
Picturesquely situated overlooking the shore this temple is dedicated to Parvathi as Devi Kanya- the Virgin Goddess- who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Siva. The bright diamond nose ring of the Goddess is world famous. Picturesquely situated overlooking the shore, this temple and the nearby ghat attract pilgrims from all over India to worship and to bathe. Only Hindus are allowed in this temple.
 
       
 
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial
On a little rocky island just off the coast is the memorial to that great Indian philosopher - Swami Vivekananda.
 
       
 
Thiruvalluvar Statue
The statue of Thiruvalluvar the renowned author of Thirukkural is placed on a rock adjoining the Vivekananda memorial.The statue was opened up in the year 2000 on the eve of New Year.  
       
 
Gandhi Memorial
The Gandhi Memorial at Kanyakumari is located at the place where his ashes were kept before immersion. It is so designed that on 2nd October, his birthday, the sun's rays fall directly on the spot.
 
       
 
Kamarajar Manimandapam
Another monument Kamarajar Manimandapam was raised and dedicated to Late. Sri. Kamarajar, The freedom fighter, Former Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, President of Indian National Congress. This monument was constructed where his ashes were kept here for public to pay homage before immersion into the sea.

 
       
 
Museum
There is a museum set up by the government in the beach road for the display of wood carvings, sculptures, coins and the items used by the tribes.The temple built by the Raja Raja Chola is the Guganathaswamy Temple which is about 1000 years old.
 
       
 
Sthanumalayan Temple
The Sthanumalayan temple at Suchindram which is located about 13kms from Kanyakumari is dedicated to the three main Gods, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Brahma. On the island one can also see the Shri Pada Parai - the footprints of the virgin goddess.i.e. the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. It has richly carved gopuram (tower), musical pillars and works of art from various periods.
 
       
 
Kumarakovil
The Lord Subramanya temple at Kumarakovil (34km) is situated in the midst of lush greenery on a hillock. It is noted for its architecture and the lake near it is big enough to boat in.
 
 
City Getaways:
The District Headquarter Nagercoil, is named after a temple here that is dedicated to the Lord of Snakes or Nagaraja. St. Xavier’s Church at Nagercoil dates back to the 15th century. It holds a 10-day festival every year from the 24th of November. Close to Nagercoil are the Olakkay Aruvi waterfalls, which make a good spot for a picnic.

Mondaikaddu Bhagavathy Amman Temple:

The Mondaikaddu Bhagavathy Amman Temple (41 km) is a small 7th century BC temple that attracts a regular flow of pilgrims from around the area. The Amman in the shape of a five-headed anthill is 12ft. high and still growing.

Guganathaswamy Temple:
The temple built by the Raja Raja Chola is the Guganathaswamy Temple which is about 1000 years old.

Thengapattinam Beach:
Thengapattinam Beach (54 km.) is an ancient maritime town that used to service trade with the Middle East. There is a 1200 year old mosque, the beach is clean and uncrowded, and the water perfect for swimming.

Padmanabhapuram:
Padmanabhapuram (45 km.) has an old fort, which encloses the palace of the Travancore kings, and the Ramaswamy temple that carved panels of scenes from the Ramayan.

Pechipparai:

Pechipparai Dam (56 km) offers a waterside spot for picnics and boating facilities.

Udayagiri Fort :

Udayagiri Fort (34 km) was built in the 18th century by King Marathanda and contains the tomb of his trusted general, a Dutchman General De Lennoy.

The Mathur Hanging Trough:
The Mathur Hanging Trough is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, constructed in 1966 has a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometer. The District Administration has recently put up a staircase from top to the bottom of the bridge and also built a children's park and bathing platforms over here.

Muttom Beach:
The famous beach at Muttom is located about 16 kms from Nagercoil and 32 kms from Kanyakumari. Muttom is famous for its beautiful landscaping and high rocks dipping into the sea at the beach-side. The sun set view point at Muttom is one of the most Panoramic view points in the district. Another attraction of Muttom is the century old light-house built by the British.
 
 
 
     
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