Places to visit in Kanyakumari
  1. Mathur Aqueduct
  2. One of the longest and highest aqueducts in South Asia, the Mathur Aqueduct, or Mathur Hanging Trough, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kanyakumari District, located in the kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu state.

    Constructed over the Pahrali River, Mathoor Aqueduct was built in 1966 by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Honorable Chief Minister Kamarajar, as a dehydration cure measure across the river Pahrali.

    Along with the height of the pillars about 115 feet, Mathur Aqueduct is a concrete structure, supported by 28 enormous pillars.

  3. Thirparappu Falls
  4. One of the most famous attractions to visit near Kanyakumari, the Thirparappu Falls, is located in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu state, at a distance of about 55 kilometers from Kanyakumari.

    Dedicated to Shiva, there is a temple located near the waterfalls, enclosed by strong fortification. The swimming pool, which is very popular among the children, is also constructed by the District Administration recently.

  5. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  6. Surrounded by the Laccadive Sea, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a famous tourist monument in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, located on a small island of Kanyakumari.

    Constructed in honor of Swami Vivekananda in 1970, the memorial consists of two main structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam.

    There is also a meditation hall, known as Dhyana Mandapam, joined to the memorial for visitors to meditate. The mandapa’s design includes several styles of temple architecture from all over India.

  7. Thanumalayan Temple
  8. One of the 108 shiva temples revered by Kerala Hindus, the Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is an important Hindu temple, located in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

    Maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu, the present masonry structure was constructed during the Chola dynasty in the 9th century.

    The Stanumalaya name denotes the Trimurtis, Stanu means Siva, Mal means Vishnu, and the Ayan means Brahma, that is why the Thanumalayan Temple is of significance to both Shaivite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism.

    Spread over an area of about two acres, the temple complex has two gateway towers, known as gopurams, in which the eastern tower is tallest, with a height of 144 feet.

  9. Thiruvalluvar Statue
  10. Dedicated to Thiruvalluvar, one of the most prominent Tamil poets and philosophers, the Thiruvalluvar Statue, or the Valluvar Statue, is a 133 feet tall stone sculpture, located on a small island, near the town of Kanyakumari on the southernmost point of the Indian peninsula.

    Sculpted by the Indian sculptor V. Ganapati Sthapati, the statue was unveiled on the millennium day of 1 January 2000 by the then Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Currently, the 25th tallest statue in India, the sculpture is standing on a 38 feet high pedestal.

    The foundation stone for the statue was laid down on 15 April 1979 by the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai, in the presence of the then Chief Minister, M. G. Ramachandran.

  11. Padmanabhapuram Palace
  12. Situated at the foot of the Veli Hills, which forms a part of the Western Ghats, Padmanabhapuram Palace, also known as Kalkulam Palace, is a Travancore era palace, located in Padmanabhapuram, Kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari District.

    Located about 39 kilometers from Kanyakumari town, and 60 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram city, Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Travancore.

    Constructed around 1601 CE by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, the palace is located near Thuckalay, Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu state, but administered by the Government of Kerala state.

  13. Kanyakumari Beach
  14. One of the most popular sightseeing places in Kanyakumari, the Kanyakumari Beach, previously known as Cape Comorin Beach, is located in the southernmost part of India. The multi-colored sand, which is pretty rare to get anywhere else in India, is one of the significant attractions of Kanyakumari beach.

    One of the most prominent tourist destinations to visit in Tamilnadu, the Beach, is also recognized for its unique characteristic of having the concentration of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal.

    Gandhi Mandapam, Vivekananda Memorial Rock, Kanyakumari Temple, and Thiruvalluvar Statue, are the famous sites to visit here.

  15. Vattakottai Fort
  16. Constructed in the 18th century during the reign of the Travancore Dynasty, the Vattakottai Fort (or ‘Circular Fort’), is one of the must-visit attractions of Tamil Nadu, located just about 7 kilometers north of Kanyakumari.

    Made of granite blocks, the fort was constructed in the 18th century as a seaside defense-fortification and barracks in the former Travancore kingdom.

    Protected under the Indian archaeological department, a fort’s major renovation was initiated recently by the department, and the site is now a famous tourist spot.

    Spread over an area of ​​3.5 acres, the Vattakottai Fort has a panoramic view of both the sea on one side and the hill on the other (Western Ghats).

  17. Courtallam Falls
  18. Located in Tenkasi district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu bordering to Kollam district, Courtallam Falls, also called Kutralam Falls, is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the region, visited by followers of the Papanasanathar Temple and Sabarimala. There are a total of nine falls in the area, in which the Peraruvi, Aintharuvi, and Puli Aruvi being the most famous.

  19. Chitharal Jain Monuments
  20. The Chitharal Jain Monuments, also known as Chitharal Malai Kovil, Chitharal Cave Temple, is one of the most prominent destinations for Jains in Tamil Nadu, situated on the Thiruchanattu Malai, near Chitharal village, Kanyakumari district. The temple monuments were reasonably constructed by Digambara Jain in the 9th century when the area was under the control of Jainism.

  21. Sunset Point
  22. One of the most prominent tourist attractions in Kanyakumari, the Sunset Point in Kanyakumari, presents breathtaking and luxurious scenes of the setting sun amidst the clear cloudless sky in the background.

    Sunset Point is a confluence of three oceans, the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea, also appreciated as the Triveni Sangam. A must visit place in Kanyakumari, the Sunset Point is a famous destination for sunset views from a scenic point, facing the ocean & rocky beach.

  23. Our Lady of Ransom Church
  24. Constructed in dedication to Mother Mary, Our Lady of Ransom Church, is one of the most famous Catholic Church, located in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu.

    Constructed during the 15th century, the Our Lady of Ransom Church is a brilliant example of Gothic architecture. The feast of Our Lady of Ransom is celebrated for 10 days in December every year.

  25. Sothavilai Beach
  26. One of the longest beaches in Tamil Nadu, the Sothavilai beach is stretches over an area of about 4 kilometers. Among the most outstanding beaches in the district of Kanyakumari, Sothavilai beach was also one of the most dangerously affected regions of the district throughout the 2004 Tsunami.

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