Kanyakumari is where the country officially ends. After going past the dramatic flourish of the Western Ghats with the green fields, gorgeous backwaters, glinting rice paddies, rolling hills and slow-looping wind turbines, Kanyakumari stands in all its glory What will feel surreal is to catch a sunrise or sunset over the convergence of the three seas (Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean). The place is a traveller’s delight; especially with so much history and culture to learn through the temple of the Virgin Sea Goddess, Swami Vivekananda’s legacy and the symbolism of it literally being the ‘land’s end.’ It certainly is a great respite from the Indian hectic life mainly because it is a simple, small-scale town. Here’s what you must check out when in Kanyakumari. Also Read - School Reopening News: This State Has Decided to Resume All Classes Simultaneously | Here's When And How
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With intricately carved rosewood ceilings and polished-teak beams, this labyrinthine palace, 35 km from Kanyakumari, is considered as the finest example of traditional Keralan architecture and is touted as Asia’s largest wooden palace complex.
Kumari Amman Temple
It’s said that the kanya (virgin) goddess Kumari, single-handedly conquered the demons and secured freedom for the world. Pilgrims flock to this temple in great number from all over the world to pay their respect in an intimately spaced, beautifully decorated temple, where the crash of waves from three seas can be heard.
This is where the famous Hindu apostle Swami Vivekananda meditated on a rock from 25 – 27 December 1892, and decided to spread the philosophy beyond India’s shores. The memorial to Vivekananda reflects temple architectural styles from across India.
This one’s a peaceful ashram offering a variety of yoga retreats and fully devoted in carrying out Swami Vivekananda’s teachings. Its Vivekananda-centred ‘Arise! Awake!’ exhibition is worth a visit, and you can take a stroll to the sea while marvelling at a beautiful lotus-pool-lined memorial made in the premises.
The towering statue of the ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar is constructed on the smaller island right next to the Vivekananda Memorial. It is the work of more than 5000 sculptors, and was erected in the year 2000. It honours the poet’s 133-chapter work Thirukural and hence is made exactly 133ft (40.5m) in height.
A cream-coloured memorial designed in the form of an Odishan temple embellished by Hindu, Christian and Muslim architects, reiterated religious tolerance and is a fitting tribute to the father of the nation. Some of Mahatma’s ashes were kept aside before they were immersed in the sea; and stored here in a stone. It is said that each year, on Gandhi’s birthday, the sun’s rays fall on the stone. The tower is also popular for sunset-gazing.