A visit to Kanyakumari is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people. There are others who visit the beach destination every now and then. Whatever your vacation planning may be, there are a few attractions in Kanyakumari that you cannot afford to ignore. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Beach, Padmanabhapuram Beach, and Thiruvalluvar Statute are among the top destinations that you must visit. What can you expect to see at these locations?
1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda. It is located 500m off the shore of Kanyakumari. The memorial is located on one of the two large rocks in the sea. One of the fascinating things about the rock is that you can reach it only through ferry. The small cruising experience is a pleasure in itself.
You will notice the styles and architecture of the Ajanta-Ellora Caves and the Sri Ramakrishna Temple, Belur. In the main hall you will find the life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda. Make sure to spend some time in the Dhyana Mandapam where you can meditate in a peaceful atmosphere.
2. Kanyakumari Beach
The Kanyakumari beach is probably the most attractive destination in the district. While the sands across other beaches are uni-colour, the Kanyakumari beach has sand in multiple hues and colours. Besides, this is a relatively rocky beach, which has many photogenic locations. It has a lighthouse that gives you magnificent views of the horizon, whether you look at the sea or inland.
3. Padmanabhapuram Palace
The Padmanabhapuram Palace is a must-visit place. It was built during the 16th century and is constructed entirely in wood. The beauty of the palace can be judged from the fact that the wood used in its construction has withstood the test of time for more than 600 years. It is the perfect place for anyone who has a penchant for architecture and art. It was constructed by the Kings of the Travancore Dynasty, and features the magnificence of architectural styles of Kerala. You will find rosewood carvings, sculptured décor and murals, carved royal chairs, and much more in terms of floral designs.
4. Thiruvalluvar Statue
The Thiruvalluvar Statue is another destination in Kanyakumari that has become closely related to the place’s name. The beach, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue are part of every Kanyakumari visit for most of the tourists. It is a 133 foot stone sculpture of Thiruvalluvar, the famous philosopher and poet from Tamil Nadu. What makes the visit even more splendid is that the statue is located on a small island off the coast. It is the place where the 3 water bodies come to meet – the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
These are the top 4 attractions or things to do in Kanyakumari have become synonymous with the place. Any visit to the beach resort must include these destinations as part of your itinerary. It is in fact claimed that if you don’t see these spots, you haven’t seen the real Kanyakumari.