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Kanyakumari Railway Station   "Bharati" - PWD GUEST HOUSE
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial(காந்திமண்டபம்)    TTDC, Kanniyakumari
Kamarajar mandapam   Hotel Barvin 007
sankilithurai   Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
Jeena's land   OTTAYALVILAI (ஒட்டயல்விளை)
Bharat Sevashram Sangha (Kanyakumari)   Rakesh Sarma House
Muttapathy   Sunset View-Point
PUTHUKIRAMAM   Chinnamuttom
Pay and Park   Triveni Tourist Hotel, Kanniyakumari
Kanyakumari Bhaghavati Amman Temple   Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Matric Higher Secondary School
Poombukar Boating Point   Kanyakumari cemetry
Kerala House  

Kanyakumari pronunciation (helpinfo) is a town in Kanyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a cape at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. During British rule, it was known as Cape Comorin. The closest major cities are Nagercoil, the capital of Kanyakumari District, (22kms) and Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala (85 kms).

The temple of Goddess Kumari is rather small by South Indian standards, but comes with the usual ingredients of Pujaris (Hindu Priests), Poojas, Kumkums, and Prasads (sweet offerings made to Gods). The street to the temple is lined on both sides by Shops where one can buy little curios, essential stuffs, food items etc. All men are supposed to enter the temple with bare torsos as it deemed to be a mark of respect to the Devi. Note that this culture is followed in many temples and sacred places throughout India.

The major attraction for any tourist at Kumari is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and the Thiruvalluvar Statue.

  • Vivekananda Rock is about a hundred meters from the shore and a regular ferry service exists between the mainland jetty and the rock. The tickets is 20/- for a ride. The Rock has two Mandaps (halls); one belonging to Swami Vivekananda and the other belonging to a Holy Foot. The Holy Foot is a foot shaped carving found on the rock and is believed to be a foot print of Goddess Kumari who stood on this rock on one leg and performed the Tapasya (meditation). The Rock memorial has a tall statue of Swami Vivekananda whose photographs are not allowed to be taken from inside the hall. Below the statue was mentioned the year of death of Swamiji and the "probable" dates when Swamiji attained Samadhi on the rock. Here you can see both sunrise and sunset and is one of the main tourist attraction here. Golden Hues of the Horizon are very impressive with the Rock Memorial silhouetted.
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue is dedicated to arguably the greatest Tamil poet, philosopher and saint – Thiruvalluvar. The rock supports a huge statue of the saint carved out of many rocks that were then joined together. It was inaugurated fairly recently. The statue is about 133 feet long which corresponds to 133 chapters in the greatest epic written by the saint – Thirukkural. Tourists can climb up to the feet of the statue. The view from this point is quite breathtaking! One can enter into the base of the statue and can see the entire Thirukkural and its translation in English inscribed on the walls. It is a very entertaining and enlightening piece of work and inspires one to lead a very principled and moral life. It is a must read for anyone who visits this place and it is advisable to spend at least half an hour specially dedicated for this exercise. Such is the beauty of Kanyakumari that lot of people find themselves attracted to it. Mahatma Gandhi too could not resist its charm and there is a place here dedicated to him called Gandhi Mandapam. This is the place, as told by locals, where one could witness the 'Sangam' (confluence) of the three oceans! Gandhiji arrived here and succumbed to the beauty of the place as described in his beautiful words inscribed below his portrait in the Mandapam. After he died, his ashes were brought to this place and kept before they were discharged into the sea. The Gandhi Mantapa is engineered in such a way that, at the place where the ashes were kept, stands a small stone which is said to receive the Sun’s rays only on the 2nd of October, Gandhiji's birthdate, every year through a small hole on the roof.
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace erstwhile palatial residence of the rulers of Travancore. Made entirely of wood. It lies an hours drive away from Kanyakumari city on the border between and state. It is actually maintained by the government.
  • Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument was raised and dedicated to a freedom fighter and Former Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, President of Indian National Congress, Mr Kamarajar. He's also popularly known as Black Gandhi among the masses. Like the Gandhi Mantapa, this place is where Kamarajar's ashes were kept here for public to pay homage before immersion into the sea.
  • Baywatch is a water theme amusement park at the sunset point, and home to India's first wax museum.
  • Tsunami Monument A momument recognizing the tragic events of the 2004 tsunami which claimed the lives of many Kanyakumari denizens exists near the south shore. The monument is made of uniquely colored items such as a wave, a flame, and human hands, together.

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Triveni Sangam(முக்கடல் சந்திப்பு )
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