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Kanyakumari

Tip of the Indian sub-continent

KanyakumariKumari Amman TempleNagaraja TemplePadmanabhapuramSuchindramSubramanya Temple in TiruchendurAlvar TirunagariKumarakovilNagaraja Temple at NagercoilTirunelveliVivekananda MemorialGandhi Memorial
  • General Information

    Other Name: Cape Comorin, District: Kanyakumari, State: Tamil Nadu, India
    Area: 11.6 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English
    Long Distance Code: +91-4652
    Importance: Famous for the Vivekanand Rock.
    Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • Description

    Situated at the confluence of the three waters, of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, this southern most tip of the Indian peninsula is a fantastic experience. The tranquility, the beauty of the tri - coloured waters and the multi coloured sand on its beach with the enchanting sight of Sunrise and Sunset is what Kanyakumari is all about. <br />The place has derived its name from residing deity of the place, by the same name. The temple, which stands on the shore is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Goddess Parvati as a Kanya. The legend goes that Parvati as a small girl did a severe penace to attain Lord Shiva. When she was unsuccessfull she vowed never to marry and remain a Kanya (virgin) all her life. Hence the name of Kanyakumari. Today the place is famous for the Vivekananda rock in the middle of the sea. It is said that great preacher and social reformer of his time, Swami Vivekanand meditated on this very Rock. <br />But all these apart, the fascination for Kanyakumari lies in it's natural splendours that it has to offer. The three oceans becoming into one, the wonderful sand and the enchanting spectacle of Sunset and Moonrise at the same time on a full moon day.
  • Location

    Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of two seas the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, to form the Indian Ocean.
Kumari Amman TemplePicturesquely 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. The temple is situated on the beach and there are long queues to enter this temple. 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.
Nagaraja templeAbout 20 km from Kanyakumari is this Nagaraja temple, dedicated to Nagaraja. But the images of Shiva and other Gods are also kept. The entrance to the temple resembles Chinese architecture of Buddha Viharas and the temple contains images of Mahavir and Paraswanatha, the Jain Tirthankaras. Named after the temple dedicated to Nagaraja - the King of Snakes - Nagercoil, is the headquarters of Kanyakumari district. The Nagaraja temple here is unique in many aspects. The Nagaraja is installed on the ground where it was originally found and the sands are scooped out and given as Prasadam to the devotees. There are frequent buses from Nagercoil to other parts of the state and to Thiruvananthapuram in neighbouring Kerala.
PadmanabhapuramLocated about 45 km from Kanyakumari is the Padmanabhapuram palace spread over a sprawling area of 6 acres. On display in this palace are many antiquities, including the armory of the royal family of Travancore. Capital of Travancore until 1798 A.D. It is an ancient seat of Travancore rulers. In the Ramaswamy temple adjoining the palace, scenes from the Ramayana have been carved in 45 panels.
Suchindram13 km from the city, this temple town is famous for its musical pillars and huge Hanuman statue. The Thanumalayan temple is dedicated to the Lords Siva, Vishnu and Brahma and is a repository of art treasures. This temple, at suchindram, is noted for its 'musical' columns and its impressive 3 m tall statue of Hanuman, the monkey god. Musical pillars and huge Hanuman Statue are the proof of the artistic skill of the time. Two chief attractions are the gigantic Hanuman and Vainayaki (Female Vinayaka) relief carving. Thanumalayan temple is dedicated to a deity who is the representation of the combined forces of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. The temple has a beautiful gopuram and inscriptions of the 9th century are found in this temple. Lord Siva started from this place to wed Kanyakumari Amman, but returned when he heard the cockcrow.
Sankaranainarkoil has three shrines dedicated to Lord Sankaralinga, to Goddess Gomathi Amman and, between these two, to Lord Sankaranarayana, a combination of Shiva and Vishnu. The temple was built in the eleventh century and was expanded later. The Gopura is of nine storeys and is 38m high. The temple is famous for the miracles the Goddess performs in curing illness.
Subramanya Temple in TiruchendurThe temple of Lord Subramanya in Tiruchendur, also in the same district, is one of the "Arupadai Veedus", or specially sanctified residences, of the Lord. The sea situates it. Traditionally, it commemorates the Lord's victory over Surapadma, a demon. The Gopura, of nine storeys, is 42m high and was constructed in the 17th century. It was renovated in 1983.
Alvar TirunagariOne of the celebrated Vaishnavaite temples in the district of Kannyakumari is in Alvar Tirunagari, one of the nine sung of by Namalvar. The saint attained enlightenment under a tree, which still stands in the temple. The Lord is Adinatha. The temple has a Nadaswaram musical instrument made of stone. It is played during the temple festival.
KumarakovilKumarakovil is at the foot of the Velimalai hills in Kalkulam Taluk (also spelt as Taluka), about 34-km from Kannyakumari. The Lord Muruga Temple is built on the hillock about 200 feet height in a lush green field of Paddy, Plantain and Coconut trees. The temple is noted for architectural beauty. The side of the Lord also enshrines goddess Valli, the spouse of Lord Subramanya in the temple. In the right side of the temple there is one big lake, suitable for boating.
Nagaraja Temple at Nagercoil19-km from Kannyakumari is Nagercoil, which contains the celebrated Nagaraja temple. The sanctum is a simple thatched shed, with mud walls. It enshrines the King of Serpents. Tradition states that a King of Kalakkad was cured of leprosy when he performed penance in the temple. He then rebuilt it in the Kerala style. He might have been Bhuthalavira Sri Vira Udaya Marthandavarma, who ruled Venad, with Kalakkad as his capital, from 1516 to 1535. It is believed that snakebite is not fatal within a kilometer of the temple. The fane has some Jain sculptures.
TirunelveliThe temple of Swami Nelliappar and Sri Kanthimathi Ambal in Tirunelveli (83-km from Kanyakumari) dates back at least to the seventh century. Sambandar has sung it, and Ninrasir Neumaran, the Pandya, is said to have commissioned the making of musical pillars in a Mandapa in this temple. Originally, there were two temples side by side, dedicated to Lord Nelliappar and Goddess Kanthimathi. A Mandapa, the “chain” Mandapa, built in 1647, linked them. The oldest inscription belongs to the middle of the tenth century.
Vivekananda MemorialOn the seaside is built a large, beautiful memorial dedicated to the Indian philosopher, Swami Vivekananda, who is said to have meditated here before setting out as one of India's most important religious crusaders. There is a Dhyana Mandapam for one to sit in a serene atmosphere and meditate. This memorial is on two rocky islands projecting from the sea about 400 m offshore. The Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda came here in 1892. The memorial has been built on the Vivekananda Rock where the great philosopher - guide Swami Vivekananda went into meditation that transformed him into one of the most charismatic spiritual leaders of this century. The mandapam, standing here in his memory, was built in 1970 reflecting architectural styles from all over India. Kanyakumari is famous for Vivekananda's rock, a huge stone rising out of the sea. It now houses the statue of Vivekananda with his memorial. Not surprisingly, Kanyakumari is a popular destination for Vivekananda's followers, so there are many Bengalis here, and some Bengali hotels and restaurants too. The Memorial is opened from 7 am to 5 pm and is closed on Tuesday.
Gandhi MemorialBuilt in memory of Gandhiji, the memorial is a good example of modern architecture. Every year on Gandhiji's birthday 2nd October, the sun's rays fall at the exact spot where the urn was displayed before immersion. It resembles an Orissan temple. Built in memory of Gandhiji, the memorial is good example of modern architecture. Here, the last remains of Gandhiji are kept for public viewing. Next to the Kumari Amman Temple, this striking memorial stored the Mahatma's ashes until they were immersed in the sea. It's open daily from 7 am to 12.30 pm and 3 to 7 pm.
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Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Bengaluru - Puttaparthi
Day 4 : Puttaparthi
Day 5 : Puttaparthi - Tirupati
Day 6 : Tirupati - Chennai
Day 7 : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram
Day 8 : Mamallapuram -Thiru Annamalai - Mamallapuram
Day 9 : Mamallapuram - Chennai - Madurai
Day 10 : Madurai - Kanyakumari
Day 11 : Kanyakumari
Day 12 : Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram
Day 13 : Thiruvananthapuram-Delhi

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