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Tourist Information

Govt. of Tamil Nadu Tourist Office, Beach Road 246276

Information Centre, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Beach Road 246250.

Tour Operators : Two tour operators approved by TTDC are  available.

Triveni Tours & Travels 246184

Sabaree Travels 246157

Kanniyakumari : Beach Road,
Kanniyakumari - 629702. 2246276

Where to Stay

Hotel Tamil Nadu , Light House Main Road, Near to Sea Shore, Kanniyakumari - 629 702. 246257 to 58 


Kanniyakumari

Kanniyakumari

Described as the southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land’s end of India or the point where the three seas meet, enchanting Kanniyakumari or Cape Comorin is one of the most popular tourist spots in the state. Part of the fascination is of course due to the fact that it is the very tip of the Indian peninsula and the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Nature is so spectacular at Kanniyakumari that several other Indian beaches pale by comparison. Cape Comorin is at its best during Chitra Pournami (the full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face on the same horizon but other full moon days are also special and you can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously. It seems as if it is by prior arrangement.Kanniyakumari is 705 kms from Chennai.

Places to See

Kumariamman Temple The legend of this temple is as romantic as the place itself. Dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanniyakumari, Parvati who stands guard over the country, the temple is built at the spot where the goddess is believed to have waited for her consort Lord Shiva to come and claim her hand in marriage. At one time the shifting sands at the shores of Kanniyakumari were believed to be multi-hued as a result of the coloured rice that was sprinkled by the approving gods over the couple at their wedding. Equally fascinating is the story about the diamond nose stud worn by the goddess believed to have led many a ship to be shipwrecked onthe treacherous rocks near the shore. So bright was the threat of the reflected light from the nose-stud to the unsuspecting ships that the door on the side facing the sea had to be closed for ensuring the safety of the ocean liners.

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Festivals

Chithra Pournami April/May

Navarathi September/October

Annual Holiday of R.C.Church Second week of December.

Skanda Shasti Tiruchendur, Cape Festival - Kanniyakumari

Katta Bomman Festival Panchalamkurichi, Saral Festival - Courtallam

Around Kanniyakumari

Olakkay Aruvi Waterfalls  The Olakkay Aruvi waterfall in the Western Ghats is about 8 kms North of Azhgiapandiapuram, 14 kms from Nagercoil and 33 kms from Kanniyakumari. The beautiful waterfalls and the natural scenery all around the place attract many holiday seekers and tourists and this place has become an important picnic centre. A small temple connected with the sage Agasthiar near the falls attracts a large number of religious people on full moon day of the Tamil month Chithirai (April-May) and they worship at the altar, after bathing in the falls. It is one of the places known for trekking too.

Kumarakovil (34 kms)  Kumarakovil is at the foot of the Velimalai hills in Kalkulam Taluk, about 15 kms Northwest of Nagercoil and 3 kms east of Thuckalay, and 34 kms from Kanniyakumari.

The Lord Muruga Temple is built on the hillock about 200 feet high in a lush green field of paddy, plantain groves and coconut trees. The temple is noted for architectural beauty. On the side of Lord Subramanya, the presiding deity of the temple is enshrined Goddess Valli, his spouse. On one side of the temple there is a big lake, suitable for boating.


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