The southernmost point of the Indian mainland, Kanyakumari is situated near the Western Ghats at the tip of Indian peninsula. A paradise for scenic beauty lovers, it is widely known for the fringed coconut trees and paddy fields, undulated valleys and colorful sea-shores interwoven with exceptionally beautiful temples and churches.
Here’re the five best travel spots that you should never miss while visiting this enchanting place:
1. Kanyakumari Temple
- Also known as Bhagvaty Amman Temple, this temple has immense religious significance amongst the Hindus.
- According to the Hindu mythology, this temple is listed amongst the 108 Shakti Peethas.
- Situated at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and Indian ocean, the temple houses the idol of Goddess Kanyakumari. If legends are to go by, the glitter of the nose-ring of the Goddess is so powerful that the sailors in the sea often mistook it for a lighthouse which makes it an interesting sight to behold.
2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
- A place for a history buff, photo fanatics, experience seekers and nature lovers, Vivekananda Rock Memorial is situated on a rock island which can be reached via ferry. It houses the statue of great preacher Swami Vivekananda.
- The place is divided into two main structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. While the Vivekananda Mandapam has the statue of Swami Vivekananda, Shripada Mandapam has a study hall and a museum.
- Located about 7 km from the city, Sunchindrum is a worth-visit destination for history buffs and spiritual experience seekers.
- There are several temples here which are built in the distinctive Dravidian style. The most famous amongst them is Thanumalayan temple.
- Also known as Suchindram Anjaneyar temple, Thanumalayan temple has seven storeyed white Gopuram, a distinctive feature of Dravidian architecture.
- It houses three deities, which include Sthanu-Shiva, Maal- Vishnu, and Ayan- Brahma.
4. Padmanabhapuram Palace
- The old fortress which was once the home of Travancore rulers was built around 1600 AD
- The fort houses several buildings including King’s Council Chamber, Thai Kottaram or the Mother’s palace and the Natakasala or the house of performances.
- A museum located inside the fort putting to display various weapons like swords and daggers, paintings, Chinese jars and a plethora of wooden furniture is worth-a-visit for history lovers.
5. Thirparappu Falls
- Located about 55 kms off Kanyakumari, the cascading waters of thirparappu waterfall forms a pool at the base.
- It is equally enjoyable for both kids and adults who like to get drenched under the waterfall.
- You can also enjoy a boat ride to explore the scenic beauty of the place.
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