Situated at the tip of Indian Peninsula, Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of India. A major centre of arts, culture and religion since the ancient times, the city’s beaches are the only beaches in the world where you can experience both sunrise and sunset. Also, various temples in this beautiful city of Tamil Nadu attract thousands of pilgrims every year.
Among the huge number of temples here, Kanyakumari Temple, also referred to as Bhagvaty Amman Temple is one of the major Hindu temples across India and is mentioned in almost all ancient Hindu scriptures. The temple’s architecture is unique and makes it worthwhile to spend time exploring it.
Another iconic monument here is Vivekananda Rock Memorial, located 100 meters from the shore. The small rock island can be reached by a ferry and consists of two main structures: the Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam.
Suchindrum is yet another temple town, located 11 kilometres from the city of Kanyakumari. The temples here are built in typical Dravidian style and are adorned with massive gopurams which is a common characteristic of all Dravidian temples. The highest gopuram is 134 feet high, and the temple sports various exquisite rock cut pillars and gateways.
The old granite fortress of Padmanabhapuram Palace used to be the residence of the Travancore Rulers and was constructed around 1601 AD. The fort complex contains several important buildings like the King’s Council Chamber, Thai Kottaram or the Mother’s Palace and the House of Performances. The fort also has a small museum that contains various artefacts and weapons from back in the day such as swords, daggers, paintings, Chinese jars and a plethora of wooden furniture.
Last but not the least, Thiruvalluvar Statue, a massive 133 feet tall statue of Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar (one of the greatest Tamil poets in India) is worth a visit too. The pedestal of the statue is artistically designed and decorated with 10 elephants that signify various directions.