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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Places To Visit In KanyaKumari

Kanyakumari is located in the southernmost part of India and is the meeting point of Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. It is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset. Due to its pleasant climate, this place can be visited anytime of the year. But the best time is between October and March. Places to see in Kanyakumari are as follows:

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial:
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial was built as a Memorial for Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. This is a very attractive place. Mahatma Gandhi visited Kanyakumari in 1925 and 1937. When he died on 1948 his ashes were immersed in the sea waters of Kanyakumari.

Thiruvalluvar Statue:
The famous poet Thiruvalluvar who wrote Thirukkural has a memorial statue here in kanyakumari. The pedestal of the statue is of 38 feet height and the statue over it is 95 feet tall with a grand total of 133 feet for the entire sculpture, denoting the 133 chapters in Thirukkural. It has a total weight of 7000 tons. The pedestal of the statue being 38 feet represents the 38 chapters of "virtue" in Thirukkural. The pedestal statue represents wealth and pleasure.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial:
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
is another famous tourist spot. This monument was constructed by Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to remember Swami Vivekananda. This rock has been regarded as a sacred place. It is also known as Sripada Parai because it is being blessed by the touch of Goddess Shripada feet. It is said that Swami Vivekananda meditated here in 1892. The rock memorial has two structures known as the Shripada Mandapam and Vivekananda Mandapam. The shripada Mandapam has the main sanctum Sanctorum surrounded by an outer platform. The Vivekananda Mandapam has a meditation hall known as Dhyana Mandapam. Visitors can sit, relax and meditate here.

There are various places to visit in Kanyakumari. A Village by name Suchindrum is located about 12 kms from Kanyakumari and seven Kilometers from Nagercoil. This small village is situated near river Pazhayar. This small village also has a famous temple which is devoted to Sri Sthanumalayan. This word is divided into three parts which are names of three different gods. Sthanu means siva, Mal represents Vishnu and Ayan means Brahma. Sthanumalayan means the three gods shiva, Vishnu and Brahma in One form. Suchindrum means a place where Indra attained suchi ie purification.

Udayagiri Fort:
Udayagiri Fort
is situated about 34 Kms from kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Tip sultan used this fort to keep his prisoners. Visitors visit this place because it has a 16ft long brass gun, which was not removed by 16 elephants also. There is a tomb of De-Lennoy who trained European soldiers some fighting methods. He was a trusted general of King Marthanda verma.

Mathur Hanging Trough:
Mathur Hanging Trough is one of the famous tourist spot for visitors. This bridge is considered as the tallest and the longest trough bridge in Asia, which has a height of 115 feet and a length of kilometer. Trough Bridge was constructed in 1966 at a cost of Rs.12.90 lakhs. This bridge was constructed by former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K.Kamarag for drought relief measure in the Vilavancode and Kalkulam Taluks.

St Xavier Church:
St Xavier church
is located at Kottar in Kanyakumari. This church was built in 1600 A.D. In 1865, church was enlarged and renovated and vaulted over. In 1930, it was named as Cathedral. It is said that this church is a place of miracles from early times.

Padmanabhapuram Palace:
Padmanabhapuram Palace
is located in Kanyakumari District, 15 Km from Nagercoil and 55 Km south west of Thiruvananthapuram. The main attractions of this Palace are its murals, innovative designs and time tested wooden carvings. The walls have wooden planks, which say about Anantasyana, Lord Vishnu in reclining posture.

Muttom Beach:
Muttom Beach
is situated about 16 km from Nagercoil and 32 km from Kanyakumari. The main attraction is the sunset view. Another attraction is light house built by British. But it is not safe for visitors because the rocks are very slippery because of which many serious accidents have occurred over a couple of years. Due to this reason, government has fenced off the more dangerous portion of the rocks.

Vattakottai (Circular Fort)
is located about 6 kms from Kanyakumari. This Fort was constructed during 18th century. This place is very calm and suitable for bathing.

Do enjoy your stay at Kanyakumari! Have a Happy vacation.


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