Situated at the convergence of two of India’s most important water bodies, i.e. the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, Kanyakumari is a place of much interest. Immortalized numerous times in Bollywood songs such as ‘Kashmir to main Kanyakumari’ from Chennai Express, and frequently used in idioms ‘Kashmir se Kanyakumari’ implying both the ends of the country, this place has a charm of its own. It has plenty to offer for all kinds of tourists, right from the ones wanting to bask in the glory of nature to the more pious ones wanting to pay their homage to the Gods and Goddesses.
It is home to some of the most exciting destinations and ample Things to do in Kanyakumari ranging from natural habitats to man-made monuments. Here’s a list of 3 of them that you should definitely visit
Maruthuva Malai is a kilometer long mountain, standing at an altitude of 800 feet. If legend is to be believed, this mountain is actually a fragment of the famous Sanjeevani Mountain that broke and fell down while Lord Hanuman was taking it from India to Lanka. In fact, nothing else explains its genetic diversity and exemplary beauty. So this hill is considered as a much a sacred place as it is considered a tourist one.
The view from the top of the Maruthuva Malai is simply majestic for one can stand and look deep down at green fields and reservoirs.
The Pechiperai Dam
At a place where everything has a cultural or religious value, this is perhaps one of the only few places which is famous purely for its aesthetic value. A European engineer constructed the Pechiperai Dam in the late 19th century for the purpose of setting up a water reservoir. This dam utilizes water from the nearby tributaries and helps nearby farms with regards to providing water for agricultural purposes.
Standing at the edge of the dam, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the lake and the tall, dark mountains in the backdrop.
The Vattakotai Fort
It is a rather unique combination to find a fort adjacent to the sea! Situated right on the bank of the sea is the Vattakotai Fort. The Travancore kingdom built it in the 18th century to prevent any kind of attacks from the sea. Surprisingly, it was a Dutch commander who oversaw the construction of this fort. He was a commander-in-chief of the Varma King’s army.
What’s interesting about this fort is that it gives you the chance to enjoy sea on one side, and picturesque mountains of the Western Ghat on the other. There’s one more strange sight to be enjoyed here, which is the beach with black sand!
Kanyakumari has a small marketplace where you can buy the work of local artisans and also buy souvenirs to take back for your friends. The market place is lively around the evening time, and there are several such small markets situated just near the beaches. You can enjoy a sunset at the beach and head towards the main city, while buying souvenirs on the way.