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Kanyakumari, which was formerly known as Cape Comorin, is considered as the southernmost point of mainland India. It is located has a high significance due to the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Kanyakumari has been a great center for art and religion for centuries. It was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks.
The place Kanyakumari is known so due to the temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanya Kumari. Kanyakumari was referred by the British as Cape Comorin. It is one of the important Hindu pilgrimage centers due to the famous temple of Kanyakumari. The multicolored sand is a unique feature of the beaches here. Kanyakumari is also renowned for its fantastic sunrises and sunsets, particularly on full moon days.
There are various tourist attractions in Kanyakumari. The main tourist attractions in Kanyakumari are the temple of the virgin goddess Kanyakumari and the Swami Vivekananda rock memorial. Various other places in Kanyakumari are the Gandhi memorial and the Suchindram temple.
The Kumari Amman Temple or the Kanyakumari temple is one of the ancient temples which is located on the shoreline in Kanyakumari. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Parvati who appeared in a form of Kanyakumari as the Kanya Devi, the virgin goddess. This temple and the adjoining ghat attracts tourist from all over the world. The diamond nose ring of the deity is famous for its sparkling splendor which is said to be visible even from the sea.
Swami Vivekananda Rock
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial is situated on a little rocky island just off the coast, about 500 meters away from the mainland. This memorial stands on one of the two rocks separated by about 70 meters. This memorial belongs to Swami Vivekananda, the great Indian philosopher and was built in 1970. Here is a dhyana mandapam where one can sit in a serene atmosphere and meditate.
The Gandhi Memorial is located at the place where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for the public sight before a portion of its contents were immersed in the three seas. This memorial resembles an Oriya temple. This temple is technically designed in such a way that on 2nd October, his birthday, the sun’s rays fall directly on the spot where his ashes were kept.
The old granite fortress was the home to 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 Natakasala or the house of performances etc.
Suchindrum has located 11 km from the city of Kanyakumari. The temples here are built in the unique Dravidian style. Massive gopurams are one of the common characteristics of all the Dravidian temples. Inside of the temples sport various exquisite rock-cut pillars and gateways.
Other Places of interest include:
Vattakottai Fort, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Udayagiri Fort, Akkay Aruvi Waterfalls, Tiruchendur, Cape Festival, Chitharal Jain Mountains, Pechparai Reservoir, Wax Museum, Mathura Hanging Bridge, and Bay Watch Amusement park