Kanyakumari Travel Guide
Kanyakumari:- The Sacred Confluence
Stand on a rock, the restless waves of Bay of Bengal will caress your feet. Turn west and you will be soothed by the gentle sound of the Arabian Sea. Turn south and the vast waters of Indian Ocean surge towards you. If this isn’t enough, then weather Gods permitting you will have the privilege of witnessing the most spectacular sunrise and sunset of your life. Welcome to Kanyakumari the “Alexandria of the east," where ancient temples, pristine beaches, cascading waterfalls, vast Wildlife reserves not to mention the Historical landmarks rub shoulders with each other for attention.
Kanyakmari, on the southern most tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean converge is the meeting point of ancient heritage and modern scientific traditions. The vast expanse of water lets you feel the microcosm within your limited self getting merged with the macrocosmic universe. The multicoloured sands of the beach contain Thorium that generates atomic energy. It’s a symbolical representation of the manifestation of the divine powers of the Sakthi. From time immemorial Kanyakumari has fascinated great people. It is believed that Adi Sankara composed his immortal “Soundaryalahari” inspired by the Devi Kumari Temple here. It was here that Swami Vivekananda found the mission of his life – the great ideal for the “Regeneration of India”. It was here that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi got exalted after a visit in 1937.
This expansive Kanyakumari Travel Guide is an effort to make your visit to this holy land truly unforgettable. Use the vast reservoir of this City Guide to discover Kanyakumari in all its richness, splendour and diversity. By the time you end this fascinating tour you’ll find that Kanyakumari is much more than a meeting point of two seas and one ocean.
How to Reach Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is well connected by road, rail and air to all the important destinations. The nearest airport is at Trivandrum( Kerala) about 87 kilometers away. There are two railway stations here, one is located at Kanyakumari itself and the other is at Nagarcoil 19 kilometers away. There are three bus terminuses at Kanyakumari namely, Central and Express Bus Stand, Anna Bus Stand and Christopher Bus Stand.
How to Reach Kanyakumari by Airways: The nearest Airport to Kanyakumari is at Trivandrum the capital of Kerala at 87 kms. Trivandrum is well connected with all the major national as well as international cities.
How to Reach Kanyakumari by Railways: If you want to reach Kanyakumari by train then Kanyakumari junction and Nagarcoil junction are the stations available to you. The Nagarcoil Junction is on the Chennai–Thiruvananthapuram rail route and is just 19 km from Kanyakumari. More…
How to Reach Kanyakumari by Road: Kanyakumari is easily accessible from all the major towns of South India. You have lot of choice in terms of commuting. Buses, Taxis or if you are trifle adventurous then drive down on your car- the choice is all yours.More…
Kanyakumari Local Transportation: As Kanyakumari is not a very big town most of the places you can cover by walking itself other than walking following options are available.
Kanyakumari Public buses – Government run buses at Kanyakumari are far and few. Do not count on the schedule they hardly follow it. Tickets are payable to the driver.
Taxi – Taxis are pretty comfortable if spending money is not a spot of bother for you. Go in for aggressive bargaining. They charge around Rs 10 per km.
Auto Rickshaws – Very popular mode of transport. Bargain and prefix the fair before hand.
Kanyakumari Attractions & Sightseeing
Kanyakumari has enough attractions to keep the tourist engaged. Here we have tried to assimilate most of the attractions. Some are all known some unfrequented but all with its own unique importance.
Kanyakumari Beach: The Beaches in Kanyakumari has long stretches of sands with multicoloured hues. Beach-bumming in Kanyakumari requires some serious work. Finding a right place to seat and watch the waves breaking into the beach is not at all easy. More...
Kumari Amman Temple: The temple of the virgin goddess Kumari Amman or Kanyakumari, is situated at the tip of the land overlooking the sea. More...
Vivekananda Rock Memorial: Swami Vivekananda`s rock lies 400 m offshore on a rocky island. The huge stone rising out of the sea where Swamiji meditated now houses a memorial built in his honour in 1970. More...
Statue of Thiruvalluvar: A huge 133 feet tall statue of greatest Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar stands on a small rock near the Vivekananda rock. It was inaugurated by CM of Tamil Nadu Thiru K Karunanidhi on January 1, 2000. More...
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial: Built in 1956 in memory of the “ Father of Nation’’ the Gandhi Mantap is right next to Kumari Amman Temple. Gandhiji’s ashes were kept here for immersion into the confluence point. More....
Tsunami Memorial: A Tsunami memorial near the Ghats has been built in the memory of those who lost their lives on the fateful day of December 2004. More...
Kamaraj Mani Mandapam: This Mandapam spread over an area of 6,300 sq. meters on the sea shore has been built to honour Thiru K.Kamarajar, the great former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. It was dedicated to the nation on 2nd October 2000. More...
Vivekanandapuram:This sprawling campus of 100 acres is the headquarters of Vivekananda Kendra. A permanent exhibition is on offer here along with Yoga retreats.
Government museum: The Government Museum located at Gandhi Mandabam Road offers some rare stone sculptures and marine exhibits. It also has an exclusive Travancore Gallery. More
Baywatch: The water theme amusement park has much in store besides providing water games. Not only Kids but adults can also expect oodles of fun. A must visit. More...
Our Lady of Ransom Church: This church was originally built in the 19th century and was known as St. Thomas Church. Here you can find a Sari clad Mother Mary holding infant Jesus. More...
Kanyakumari is a place that is sure to fascinate every kind of tourist. No matter if you are devout pilgrim, a nature freak or a history aficionado or just want to have some fun under the sun- Kanyakumari’s ethereal charm is sure to leave you spellbound.
Padmanabhapuram: The magnificent Padmanabhapuram Palace is located about 15 km from Nagercoil and 37 km from Kanyakumari. This is one place which you can’t just miss. More...
Kovalam: Tourists visiting Kanyakumari generally take a break for a day to visit Kovalam, 75 km away, one of the best beaches in India.
Suchindram: Suchindram just 14 km from Kanyakumari enjoys a special status for itself with its innumerable deities of Hindu pantheon. More...
Tiruchendur: Tiruchendur just 89 km from Kanya Kumari is a much venerated place for devotees of Lord Kartikeya(Murugan) as here is located one of the six Aarupadai shrines of Murugan.
Marunthuvazh Malai: Just 9 km away on the way to Nagercoil is Marunthuvazh Malai also known as Maruthuva Malai. At a height of 800 feet there is a Shiva temple here.
Udaygiri Fort: Udaygiri Fort is located at Puliyoorkurichi, near the Padmanabhapuram Fort on the Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil National highway. More....
Bhagavathy Amman Temple: Bhagavathi Amman Temple dating back to 7th century BC is located at Mandaikadu is just 45 km from Kanyakumari.
Courtallam: Just 137 km from Cape Comorine is Courtallam or Kutralam better known as the "Spa of the south".More..
Colachel: Colachel is around 30 km away on the coastal road and is the site for a famous battle. More...
Vattaparai waterfalls: This is strictly for those who want to add a dash of adventure to their visit. This place is 15 km from Nagercoil and 35 km from Kanyakumari.
Thiruvattar: Thiruvattar, is located near about 49 km from Kanyakumari on National Highway 49 between Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram. The Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple located here is one of the 108 divyadesams of Lord Vishnu.
Thirparappu waterfall: Thirparappu waterfall is at a distance of 50 km from Kanyakumari and takes about 1.5 hours to reach.
Pechiparai Dam: Pechiparai Dam is situated in Pechiparai, about 75 km from Kanyakumari.
Tirunelveli: Just 85 Km from Kanyakumari is Tiruvenveli, beckoning the tourists with number of attractions.
Thiruvithamcode: The St. Mary’s Church at Thiruvithamcode is around 37 km from Kanyakumari. It is said that St. Thomas one of the apostles of Jesus established this Church. More...
Nagaraja Temple: Sometimes visitors overlook this magnificent temple dedicated to the five headed serpent God Nagaraja which is situated at Nagercoil just 19 kms away.
Kumaracoil: Kumaracoil is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Muruaganand is just 34 kms from Kanyakumari and near to old Padmanabhapuram palace.
St. Xaviers Church: St. Xavier’s Church is located in Kottar a suburb of Nagarcoil. Many miracles are attributed to this 15th century Church.
KMTR: Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is a welcome break from Kanyakumari for people with an adventurous streak.
Kanyakumari - Kiomoi Must Dos
Watch sunrise and sunset: Watching the sunrise and sunset is one of the most cherished activities at Kanyakumari. In fact it would not be any exaggeration if we say that this activity has assumed almost a ritualistic proportion. If you are in a hotel your sleep would automatically break at around 5.30 am with the sounds of alarm clock all around. Bleary eyed, you head for the sunrise point or take up a vantage position in the terrace of your hotel building. By 6 am the majestic sight of daybreak unfolds gradually. It is a lifetime experience to observe the image of the night sky metamorphosing bit by bit into various hues of colours. The effect is all the more appealing against the silhouette of fishing boats in the foreground. You can never forget the sun rising above the horizon from the Bay of Bengal. Sunsets are also equally spectacular. In the beach lining the Arabian Sea, it’s a pleasure to wait for the grand finale of the day to bid farewell to the huge red orb in the sky that goes down in a blaze of glory.
Sun and Moon Face to Face: If you happen to be on any Full moon day in the month of April. Then don’t miss out the spectacular sight of the sun and moon face to face at the same horizon.
Watch the waves and Multicoloured Sand: The Sea at Cape Comorine is fairly rough. Select a proper position away from the crowds and watch the waves beating repeatedly against the rocks, subsiding for a moment, and then gathering its momentum for another attack. Another attraction is the long stretches of multicoloured sands you will not find sands of many hues at any other place in India.
Visit the Tsunami affected places: This will not be mentioned in any tourist itinerary, but visiting the Tsunami affected places in Kanyakumari district and seeing the rehabilitation work can make you remember the trail of destruction left by Tsunami on a fateful day of December 2004.
Recharge your spiritual batteries: If you are in Kanyakumari then do not miss the opportunity of recharging your inner spirit. Doing meditation at the Hall at Vivekananda rock or participating at a yoga retreat camp organized by Vivekananda Kendra is bound to have a therapeutic effect on you. Or just gazing at the incessant waves is also bound to leave a soothing effect on you. Bapu had to say this about Capecomorin – “ I am writing this at the Cape in front of the sea where three waters meet and furnish a sight unequalled in the world. For this is no port of call for vessel like the Goddess, the waters around are virgin. This place is eminently suited for contemplation. I wish I were to stay here for ever”.
Visit Wildlife Sanctuaries: Generally tourists are not aware that in close proximity to Kanyakumari lies KMTR( Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve).Lying in the evergreen Western Ghats, the site is recognized by UNESCO as one of the 25 important biospheres of the world.
Undertake Knowledge Tours: At Kanyakumari you will be surprised that it is dotted with many places that do not fall into the regular itinerary of tourists, yet they are of immense value to knowledge seekers. Some of these are Murugan Kuntram a small hillock, the ruins of Kanyakumari-Kadukkarai fort, centuries old ponds along NH 47 etc.
Watching the Sea by night: If you do not stay overnight at Kanyakumari you will miss something that you will regret for over. It’s a great experience to watch the sea at night. To see the waves reacting to the pull of moon is an experience of a life time.
Catch a glimpse of the Windmills on the way: This is one of the most charming sites that you would ever encounter. Could you imagine there are some 2000 windmills in and around the road that leads Tiruvenveli to Kanyakumari.
Ferry trips: It is a nice little excursion to take a ferry rideand cruise along the sea to the little island housing the Vivekananda memorial at a distance of about 400 m from the main land.
Shoppe: Shopping can be a fun at Kanniyakumari. Government emporiums like Co-optex (9 am to 8 am) near Gandhi Mantap, the Poompuhar Handicrafts Emporium at Sannathi Road give good shopping options. Besides innumerable beach side stalls selling items like sea-shells, cotton saris, palm leaf items, wooden handicrafts, trinkets etc are found all over Kanniyakumari. Do not forget to buy a pack of colored sea sand this is a specialty here.
Trek: Kanyakumari is not all water. There are some hills and forests too. A trek to reach the top of Maruthnuval Malai 9 km north of Kanyakumari or a visit to Kalakkad or Pechipparai forests is an adventurous experience that cannot be missed.
Horse riding: If you are with children and happen to be in the Beach around sunset then this is one attraction you just can’t fend off. Like most of the Beaches, Kanyakyumari also offers a ride down the Beaches on Horseback.
Kanyakumari Driving Directions
Kanyakumari is situated in Tamil Nadu, South India. The Vivekananda rock situated in the e midst of the beach allures huge number of travelers from every nook and corner of the world. The travelers can also make a visit to temples, and other old edifices ensconced in the region. The Kanyakumari region can easily be reached by road, rail as well as the airways route. The Trivandrum airport is the nearest airport situated at the distance of 87 Km from Kanyakumari. The Kanyakumari junction is located just 1 Km away from the railway station and can be reached by taking a walking route. Lots of bus services are available from Kanyakumari. Kerala and Tamil Nadu’s state transport buses provides an excellent connectivity with other parts of the region. The SH 46 and the NH 47 highways links Kanyakumari with rest of the adjoining in Tamil Nadu, South India. Madurai, Trivandrum, Rameshwaram, Bangalore and Chennai are the well known destinations from where the travelers can easily reach to Kanyakumari.
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Though Kannniyakumari abounds with hotels, lodges, Dharamshalas, but it can sometimes really get very difficult to find rooms especially during festivals like Pongal and tourist seasons (November- January and April- May). The prices not only show an upward boom but the rooms also get scarce in this holy southern tip of India. Kanyakumari is not a very big town and you can find most of the hotels just north of the main market. There are three or four lanes with all the hotels and lodges.
Both private and TTDC run Hotels are available. Depending on your budget you can choose them. Shoestring travelers like students prefer to stay at Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) run youth hostel, where dormitories are available. Another good option is to stay at Railway Retiring Rooms, you get reasonably good facilities and the advantage of catching the Trains just below your room.. If you like tranquility you can try for accommodation at Vivekananda Kendra but prior booking is needed.
The best way however is to book the hotels in advance to avoid rush, disappointment and falling prey to touts and middleman.
Important Addresses of Kanyakumari
SETC Koyambedu Bus Stand, Chennai
Tel No: 044 - 24794705
S.E.T.C. Bus stand, Kanyakumari
Tel No: 04652-246019, 246285
S.E.T.C. Bus stand, Madurai Mattuthavani
Periyar Bus Stand
Tel No. 0452 -2585838
S.E.T.C. Bus stand Trivandram
Tiruvanandapuram – 695 502
Phone No: 0471-2327756
Corporation New Bus Stand, Vendhankulam
Tel No: 0462-2554468
Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation, Bangaluru
Central Bus Stand Subhash Nagar
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation Bus Stand,Trivandrum
Central Bus Station, ThampanoorPhone: 2501084
Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Limited,
Mascot Square, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 033
Fax: 91-471, 2721254
E-mail: [email protected]
1&2, Devasthanam Buildings, Kanyakumari-629 702.
Tel no: 04652-246770
Railway Station, Kanniyakumari Junction
Kanyakumari - Eat n Dine
Kanyakumari is a place where you can get reasonably good food across the countless food joints dotting the coastal city. Most of the hotels do have an in-house restaurant but otherwise as you venture out in the streets you would be greeted with restaurants that proudly display “Meals Ready” boards. There are enough restaurants near the ferry point. These restaurants serve unlimited good quality food known as “ Thali or “Chapatti meals”.
One good thing about Kanyakumari is that you can get easily regional dishes here. Gujarati, Marwari, Bengali cuisines here and the rate is pretty affordable too. “Having said that it is also true that the taste of so called “North Indian Food ” leaves much to be desired.
If you do not have any problem with South Indian foods then there are enough eating options open to you. Besides the normal fare of Dosa, Vada, Idli, Sambar you can savour rasam, kuttu, avail, payasam and other delicacies. As Kanyakumari touches Kerala, there are enough food joints available to serve authentic Kerala cuisines. We give here some of the eating options at Kanyakumari.
Hotel Saravana: Located near the temple it is one of the more popular eateries of the town. Try their Paper Dosas. It offers good south Indian, Gujarati, Chinese and Rajasthani vegetarian items.
Family Restaurant: Family Restaurant located north of the Kumari Amman temple, serves good South Indian snacks and meals.
Palace Hotel: Palace Hotel located in the center of town offers good cheap meals.
North Indian food: Hotel Anand or Ramdev restaurant offers good north Indian Thali. Try their poori-bhaji it is excellent.
Nonveg: If you are looking for Non veg food then Manickhan Tourist Home is a very good option. Perhaps it is the best non-veg restaurant in whole of Kanyakumari. Chicken Corner is another decent joint along with Archana Restaurant at Hotel Maadhini.
Veg: Sanga Restaurant at Hotel Samudra offers simple vegetarian fare.
Kiomoi Preferred Special Menus of Kanyakumari:
- Meen Kolambu (Main Course)
- Avial (Vegetable Course)
- Coconut Rice
- Valakkai Porial (Vegetable Course)
- Semiya Payaasam (Dessert)
Legend of Kanyakumari
As with typical Indian pilgrimage centers many legends abound as to how Kanyakumari got its name.There are two theories that are popular one is centred around Kanyakumari – the virgin form of Parvati and the other is weave around Kumari , King Bharat’s daughter and Shakuntala’s grand daughter. Both these legends are discussed here.
Kanyakumari as form of Parashakti
According to legends, bathing at Kanyakumari is said to absolve all from sins and that is why for thousand of years Kanyakumari stands out as one of the main pilgrimage centers in India. There is an interesting tale behind the name as well as the sanctified waters of Kanyakumari. This story primarily involves 3 characters from Indian Mythology, Lord Shiva, Parvathy and a demon called Banasura Let’s see why.
Banasura wreaks havoc
Once upon a time a Demon king protected by a boon that he can be killed only by a virgin girl was wreaking havoc in both heaven and earth. Gods and sages were both tortured alike with gods driven out of heaven. Unrighteousness prevailed all around. Mother Earth was so exasperated by the agony of her children that she couldn’t take it any longer.
Lord Vishnu suggests ways
She approached Lord Vishnu for help. Lord suggested that Devtas should pray to Parashakti as she alone has the power to humble Banasura. Accordingly Gods performed a Yagna to please Parashakti.
Parashakti’s advent from Yagna Fire
Pleased, Parashakti came out of fire in the form of a small girl and promised to bring to an end the demonic havoc created by Banasura. She asked them to be patient and wait for the opportune moment for killing Banasura.
Parashakti as Kanyakumari
Saying this she traveled to the southern most part of India and started meditating upon Lord Shiva. Eventually the small girl turned into a teenager. This is how this place came to be known as Kanyakumari. It literally means a virgin teenaged girl.
Lord Shiva gets attracted towards Kanyakumari
Lord Shiva was attracted towards this beautiful form of Parashakti and wanted to marry her. According to the tale, Lord Shiva’s abode was considered at Suchindram, just 15 kms from here. Parashakti also gave her nod to marriage and arrangements for this great marriage commenced.
Narada the trickster
Narada, the shrewd thinker that he is immediately understood what a potential danger in the making it was. If the virgin goddess Kanyakumari gets married then the chances of Banasura getting killed becomes impossible as he can be killed only by a virgin girl. He started devising ways to stall this marriage at any cost.
Narada first tried to confuse Parashakti. She asked Devi how sure she is that it was only Lord Shiva and not Banasura in disguise she would get married to. He suggested that Devi should ask Lord Shiva to come with 3 items that were impossible to find in the world. If he can produce them then only she should become sure that the bridegroom indeed was Siva. The 3 things were betel leaf without veins, coconut without eyes and a stalk of sugarcane without the mandatory stump-joints. Lord Siva easily brought these items and the marriage proceedings continued as per schedule.
Lord Siva fooled
Narada though temporarily stunned had another ace up his sleeve to save Devas and saints. The marriage ceremony was fixed at midnight on an auspicious day. On the appointed day Lord Shiva with the marriage party in toe started his journey from Suchindram to Kanya Kumari`s place. As he was just 5 km from Suchindarm , Narada started playing his tricks. He assumed the form of a cock and crowed, to falsely announce that it is already dawn.Lord Siva fell into the guile of Narada and returned to Suchindram thinking that he was late for the appointed hour of marriage.
Devi Gets Angry
It is believed that when Shiva did not turn up at the marriage venue Kanya Kumari got really angry. She threw all the food items prepared for the guests. This food items eventually turned into small pebbles and the multi-coloured sands. That is why they are found in abundance on the shore of Kanyakumari.
Banasura killed as promised
Banasura on hearing Kanya Kumari`s beauty, decided to marry her. Devi refused him. The demon king insulted by the refusal tried to teach her a lesson. In the ensuing fierce battle, Devi Kanya Kumari slayed Banasura with chakra at a place called Mahadana Puram just 4 km north of Kanya Kumari. At the time of his death, Banasura understood his follies and begger for her mercy. Devi is epitome of compassion she forgave and absolved him of his sins.
Kanyakumari continues Tapas
The goddess was crest-fallen but did not let her disappointment come in the way of her dedication to Lord Shiva. Till this day she continues to perform austerities with the hope that one day she will unite with Siva. A beautiful temple stands dedicated to Devi Kumari on the shore of Kanyakumari.
Another theory is that king Bharat, the son of king Dushyant had sent his daughter ‘Kumari’ to the southernmost part of his empire to act as his representative and manage the affairs there. As this place was ruled by Kumari it came to be known as Kumari Nadu and the city where she lived was called Kumarinpadi that eventually became Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari Holiday Checklist
Those Temples, Palaces, Museums, Beaches, forts send tempting vibes!!! While you have zeroed on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a good look at the things-you-do before your scheduled departure date. Here is the list.
Before leaving the house
- Empty your letter box
- Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
- Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
- Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
- Clear out the fridge.
- Switch off the electric appliances
- Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
- Lock doors and windows
- Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
- Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
- Pay all due bills
- Turn off gas/water tap
- Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
- Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice
Packing your Suitcase
- Woollen/cotton clothing
- Extra towels
- Extra pair of socks
- Night wears
- Bath robes
- Jumper and track suits
- Battery Charger
- Mobile Charger
- Torch/Emergency Light
- Brochures or holiday book
- Sewing kit
- Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
- Film rolls and digital chargers
- Ear Plugs
- Address Book
- Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
- Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
- Few non perishable eatables
- Books / magazines to read
- Credit/Debit Cards
- Diving License
- Maps/ directions(when in car)
- Photocopies of documents
- Traveller’s Cheque
- Passport/Visas (For travelling abroad)
- ID Cards
- Small First Aid kit
- Sickness Pill
- Mosquito and insect repellent
- Vitamin and medications
- Pain Killers/Balm
- Personal hygiene items
- Anti-infection lotion
Useful Facts of Kanyakumari
State: Tamil Nadu
Area: 1672 sq Km
Location: North and the east- Tirunelveli District; South Eastern boundary- Gulf of Mannar; South and the South West: Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea; West and North West: Kerala.
Pin Code: 629702
Std Code: 04652
Languages spoken and understood: Tamil, Malayalam and English
Best time to visit: September to March
Location: Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India
Clothing: Light Cotton
Summer Temperature: 34°C 22°C
Winter Temperature: 33°C; 21°C
Rainfall: 102 cms average
Altitude: At Sea Level
Distance from Chennai: 744 km
Distance from Bangalore: 806 km
Distance from Madurai: 242 km
Distance from Tiruchirapalli (Trichy): 370 km
Distance from Rameshwaram: 300 Km
Distance from Trivandrum: 87 Km
Quick Getaways: The Courtallam Fall (137 km),Tiruchendur (85 km), Udayagiri Fort (34 km), Nagarkoil (19 km), Suchindram (13 km), & Vattakottai (6 km).
Festival Season: Book in advance hotel rooms and transportation if you plan to visit during Pongal and Navarathri
Ideal time spent: Spending two to three days in Kanyakumari is enough to cover all the destinations. Most people who come to Kanyakumari do not stay overnight. This is a gross underestimation of the city’s potential. You can get a real feel of Kanyakumari’s underlying beauty only at night.
Kanyakumari - Bank & ATMs
Hotel Sankar`s Guest House,
4/75-A Main Road,
Kanyakumari – 629701
State Bank of Travancore ATM
P.B.NO.45, 149-Jawahar Buildings, Balamore Road,
Nagercoil ;P.O., Kanyakumari
Axis Bank ATM
Thayammal Harris Towers, No 42, Court Road
Nagercoil 629 001
South Indian Bank ATM
Mahalakshmi Nursing Home, Collectorate Junction.
ICICI Bank ATM
Abdul Khadir Hospital Complex, Parakkai Rd,
Elankadai, Kottar, Nagaercoil
PB #149, Cape Rd, Kottar,
Nagaercoil, Kanyakumari Dist
Kanyakumari Local Holidays
List of Public Holidays for 2018 for Tamil Nadu
New Year’s Day
Telugu New Year`s Day
Tamil New Year`s Day and Dr. B.R.Ambedkar`s Birthday
Ramzan (Idul Fitr)
Idul Juha (Bakrid)
Vijaya Dasami (Dusshera)
Muslim holidays are subject to the sighting of moon.
Visiting Kanyakumari on a Local Holiday: The best thing about holidays is that you can spend maximum time with your friends and family. An ideal time to plan a trip to the destinations located in close proximity. One can easily commute to the nearby locations. Generally, local transportation facilities are available. If you are traveling by your own car or a private car, there must be no problem. Most of the local attractions are open for the tourists. The biggest eleventh state in India is Tamil Nadu and its capital is Chennai.