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KanyaKumari is a town in KanyaKumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The name comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region, in Tamil it is pronounced as 'Kan-niya-kumari'. It is the southern most tip of peninsular India, and is surrounded on three sides by the Laccadive Sea.]Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range. Nearest city is Thiruvanathapuram(85km) and airport is Trivandrum International Airport, Trivandrum , Kerala. and the nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters ofKanyakumari District, 22 km away. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination.
Popular Places in Kanyakumari :
1. Thirparappu Falls:TThirparappu(Thriparappu) is famous for its waterfalls and is located in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India. This famous falls is in the Kodayar (Kothai River). The Kodayar makes its descend atThirparappu and the water fall at this place is about 13 km from Pechiparai dam.Thirparappu waterfalls is 300 ft (91 m) feet long and consists of a rocky riverbed. It is located 55 km away from Kanyakumari and 34 km away from Nagercoil. The water falls from a height of nearly 50 ft (15 m). The waterfall has flows with great force for around seven months in the whole year.
2. Mathur Thotipalam:Mathoor Aqueduct or Mathoor Hanging Trough, is an aqueduct in southern India, in the Vilavancode taluk of Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu state. Built over the Pahrali River (also called Parazhiyar), it takes its name from Mathoor, a hamlet near the aqueduct, which is about 3 kilometres from Thiruvattar town .
3. Padmanabhapuram Palace: Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom ofTravancore. It is around 20km from Nagercoil, and 60km from Thiruvananthapuramcity. The palace is complex inside with an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which forms a part of the Western Ghats.
4. Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman Temple: There is a Bhagavathi (goddess) temple which is for the women like the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple of Kerala is for men. It is known as the Ladies Sabarimala temple. This temple is in a place known as Mandaikadu (also pronounced as Mondaikadu) in the sea coast. The shore is covered with coconut trees. It is near to the Colachel Port on the North East side. It is temple of 7th century, a temple of 14 centuries (1400 years) old. As the name suggests the temple is dedicated to Bhagavathi Amman.Temple Timings : 4.30 AM to 12.30 PM - 4.00PM to 8.15 PM
5. Thanumalayan Temple: The Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is an importantHindu temple located in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism, as the name Stanumalaya denotes Trimurtis; "Stanu" means Siva; "Mal" means Vishnu; and the "Ayan" means Brahma.
6. Udayagiri Fort: This was the most important military barracks of the Travancorerulers, when Padmanabhapuram was their capital. The fort was rebuilt during the reign of Marthanda Varma, between 1741-44 under the supervision of Eustachius De Lannoy, a Flemish naval commander of the Dutch East India Company, who later served as the Chief of the Travancore Army.
7. Sunset view point & Beach:
The Sunset Point of Kanyakumari is a must visit place for every traveler. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea- makes the sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon ( chitra pournami) evenings one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time. The sand of Kanyakumari Beach is famous for its softness and various hues. There is a light house at Kanyakumari Beach.
8. Vivekanandha Rock Memorial: The memorial consists of two main structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. For most of the visitors it can be 'sightseeing' and good ocean breeze. The boats are used to take the visitors to the Memorial. One can visit the memorial rock for meditation. The memorial by itself is very cleanly maintained. The sea being visible all around is mesmerizing.
9. Thiruvalluvar Statue: The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet (40.6 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar, and the author of the Thirukkural, a Tamil couplet. Regular boat service is available during the day time. At night the statue is illuminated by flood lights.
10. Sandalwood Forest in Marayoor:
Marayoor is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. The 93 km Marayur reserve forest is believed to have about sixty thousand naturally grown sandalwood trees