Kanyakumari is hailed as one of the most magnificent beach destinations, a visit to Kanyakumari typically means you cannot stay away from a beach. There are more than half a dozen top beaches here, but you can’t visit all of them. Here is a list of the most beautiful beaches in Kanyakumari that you cannot afford to miss on your visit.
1. Kanyakumari Beach
The Kanyakumari Beach is the most popular beach in the district and almost every tourist will visit it. It is one of those beaches where you can spend a great time in the local restaurants and enjoy spectacular views, but not enter the waters. It is a more or less rocky beach with restricted access to water. The sand has multiple hues, with mostly golden colours. You can get on top of the local lighthouse to get a panoramic view of the seashore and the landscape.
It is another magnificent experience to watch the rough sea play against the rocks repetitively. The thunderous sounds and the environment keep you intrigued through your entire stay. One of the main reasons why the Kanyakumari Beach draws so many visitors is because of its heavenly sunrise and sunset. It is a captivating view when the red-coloured hues of the sun’s rays play a divinely game across the golden sands.
Kanyakumari is where the three major water bodies – the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and The Bay of Bengal come together. It is one of the few places on earth where you can also witness sunset and moon rise simultaneously. A full-moon night in Kanyakumari can be one of the most beautiful things you could ever see.
Things to do in Kanyakumari Beach
Vivekananda’s Rock Memorial – The Vivekananda’s Rock Memorial is located on the Kanyakumari Beach. It is a massive stone projecting out of the sea. It is the place where Swami Vivekananda came to meditate during his spiritual exploration of India. You can see the statue of Swami Vivekananda on the rock. Almost everyone visiting the beach makes it to the memorial.
The Sangam – If there is a Sangam for the three famous rivers of India, the Kanyakumari is where the Sangam of the three sea bodies takes place. Make sure to visit the “Sangam” in Kanyakumari where the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal come together. The point has a wonderful lagoon formed because of natural rock structures. Visitors come here to enjoy a bath in the lukewarm waters of the lagoon. It is a paradise where you find yourself in shallow waters with the warm sun on the top.
2. Muttom Beach
Muttom is much more than a beach. It is also a stunning little village with a sugary-white sandy beach on one end and a rocky beach on the other. Most of the village and its surroundings are rocky formations. It has a famous lighthouse and you can enjoy a splendid view of the entire area from its top. The lighthouse is marked on the global shipping chart. At the centre of the village is a magnificent Catholic church, the All Saints Church. It stands as a testimony to the Portuguese rule in the region several centuries ago.
Fishing is the main occupation of the people of this village. It was one of the spots where the 2004 Tsunami that hit many parts of South Asia took several dozens of lives. The village is located close to the sea and suffered a lot of damage from the natural disaster. The rocky parts of the village give a fabulous view but they are extremely hazardous for trekking. In fact, the government has built fences to prevent visitors from trudging onto the dangerous parts of the region.
You can find several open huts on top of the rocks where you can spend hours watching the sea in action. The huts provide shelter from both sun and rain, and it can be even more fun to witness a rain from within them. However, you don’t want to be trudging on the sharp rocks, especially when it’s raining.
3. Sothavilai Beach
Sothavilai or Chothavilai Beach is another hot destination for beach lovers visiting Kanyakumari. It is probably the best beach you can find in the entire state of Tamil Nadu because it is a 4-km stretch of pristine white, sandy beach with sand dunes in many places. It is the perfect beach for anyone who loves to spend more time in shallow waters. Even kids can enjoy its lukewarm waters and spend hours building sand structures on the sandy beach. Unlike the Kanyakumari and Muttom Beach, Sothavilai doesn’t have any rocky formations that break the long sandy beach.
Sothavilai is perhaps the best place to visit in Kanyakumari where you can enjoy swimming in shallow waters. It is different from others also because of the glorious sand dunes it has. The pristine blue sea stretches out across the horizon, as far as your eyes can see. It is one place where you can cherish and collect several memorable moments.
The Sothavilai Beach is located around 10 km from Kanyakumari, but it is a must-visit, else you will be missing the longest beach in the district. It is also one of the few true sandy beaches here. You can go on long walks with friends or spouse and the beach will never seem to end. Or else, you could spend the entire day on the shore sipping tea and cold drinks. There are many gazebos and view towers that help you get the most out of your visit to the Sothavilai Beach.
There are many photogenic locations in Sothavilai. You could capture striking photos with the azure blue waters in the background or the large sand dunes. There is a lot that you can take back home from your experience in Sothavilai.
The Sothavilai was also at the receiving end during the 2004 Tsunami. It was also severely damaged by massive walls of water; the beach regained its popularity and soon became a hot destination for visitors again.