Kanyakumari takes its name from the Kumari Amman or the Kanyakumari Temple, situated at the shore on the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. According to the local lore, Kanya Devi, an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Shiva, but he failed to show up to the wedding. The rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked. Today tourists can buy tiny stones which look like rice, in remembrance of the marriage that was never solemnized. The princess Kanya Devi is a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists.
India is turned as the favorite destination for a tourist these days. The reason behind is popularity of tourist destinations as many big web sites are created with countless information on numerous spots. Kanyakumari is the place having religious background and some astonishing natural spots for vacations. Southern India is unique with ample of religious and historical places covered with the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari is the place where three different seas are getting united.
This beach city is named on goddess Amman Kanyakumari, which is the reason that people have religious faith in this place. The exuberant view such as sunrise and sunset is special thing to watch in Kanyakumari. The big beaches allow an unlimited tourist to enjoy the waves of sea and beautiful beaches. The sands at such beaches are unique with multicolor. With enormous tourist reaching this spot every year makes it a different Indian tourist place, particularly for such people love nature. Kanyakumari is also famous because it is the end location of India where the India ends their land limit.
History of Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari was once also called as Alexandria of the East and was one of the great centers for learning, art, and culture. It was also an important place for trade and commerce that flourished during the ancient time. Formerly Kanyakumari was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks and you can clearly see those influences in the architectural splendor of the temples here. About Kanyakumari one thing is quite apparent that it was the most favored seat of the rulers owing to its unmatched natural beauty and rich culture and heritage.
Kanyakumari was for some period, under the rule of the kings of Travancore. You can also see the Christian influence in the town as Christianity was advocated by St. Thomas in 52 A.D. Similarly, Jainism and Islam have also left their imprints on this place and have considerably contributed to the architectural wealth and literary heritage of the region. There are many places to visit in Kanyakumari which bear testimony to the ancient culture and civilization of this place.
According to the Ancient History of Kanyakumari, there is a lot of contribution of Islam, Jainism and Christianity in Kanyakumari's architecture and literary field. It is also said that earlier, this place was under the rule of Cholas, Pandyas, Cheras and Nayaks, who were the most influential rulers of the Southern India. The fine style of architecture, which now-a-days allures most of the international travelers, is their contribution.
Kanyakumari Tourist Attractions
Though generally, only the town of Kanyakumari is mainly publicized in tourist brochures, Kanyakumari district has many more tourist attractions, from centuries-old historic and religious sites to scenic spots. It is a paradise for both the nature-lover and landscape-photographer. The district is also rich in flora and fauna. A unique feature of Kanyakumari district is that it has all kinds of natural eco-systems. Thus, one can see beaches, mountain valleys, evergreen forests in the deep interior, rubber and clove plantations on the highlands, etc.
Kanyakumari Tourist Places to Visit
- Kumari Amman Temple
- Vivekananda Rock Memorial
- Gandhi Mandapam
- Thiruvalluvar Statue
- Kanyakumari Beach
- Government Museum
- Padmanabhapuram Palace
- Vattakottai Fort
- Our Lady of Ransom Church
- Suchindram Temple
Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari
Vivekananda Memorial Rock is a place in Kanyakumari, India about 500 meters away from mainland (at the southernmost tip) of India which attracts large number of tourists. This memorial stands on one of two rocks separated by about 70 meters. It was built in 1970. It is a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee in hon our of the visit of the great social reformer Swami Vivekananda to Shripada Parai during the month of December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. He swam to this rock from the main land for meditation. In fact the enlightment which he attained on the rock lit up his path and transformed the simple monk into a great reformer, and one of the greatest philosophers that the world has known.
From very ancient times, the rock has been regarded as sacred place. The mythical tradition states that, it has been known as "Sripada Parai" meaning the rock, that has been blessed by the touch of "the sacred feet" of the Devi Kumari. On the rock, is a projection similar in form to a human foot and a little brownish in complexion, which has traditionally, been venerated as a symbol of Shripadam. According to legend, it was on this rock that Devi kumari did Austerity.
Kanyakumari beach At the southern most tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanyakumari, an important pilgrim center. Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on full moon days. The beach itself is a beautiful sight with multi-colored sand. There is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view. The Government museum offers a good collection of sculptural art crafts of Tamil Nadu.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial was built in the year 1952. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial has been built on the spot where the urn containing the ashes of the Father of our Nation was kept for public viewing. Later the ashes was immersed in the sea. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial resembles Oriyan temple. The memorial was constructed in a way on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday(October 2nd), the first rays of the sun fall on the spot where his ashes were kept through a hole in the roof.
How to Reach Kanyakumari?
Kanyakumari by Train : Kanyakumari is the junction which means the big rail network is available to reach this place. Trivandrum Central is another big station allied to almost every part of India.
Kanyakumari by Air : closest airbase to Kanyakumari is Trivandrum which is properly connected with International Airport. It is just 87 km away from the city Kanyakumari. Trivandrum is also linked with major cities through domestic airlines.
Kanyakumari by Bus : Countless private and government bus services are accessible from Kanyakumari to various other big cities of India. TNSTC (Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation) buses are available to reach Kanyakumari with no worries.
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