Kanyakumari – A small guide

Kanyakumari otherwise known as Cape Comorin is the southernmost tip of peninsular  India. From the beaches of Kanyakumari one can see both sun rise and sunset . The Arabian Sea , Bay of Bengal and the India Ocean come together in Kanyakumari.

Get InTrivandrum the capital of  the state of Kerala is the nearest airport to Kanyakumari (100 km)
Overnight bus is available from Chennai ,Cochin etcPlaces to check out 

Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Swami Vivekananda was a spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of  Indian philosophies of Vedanta (the most ancient Hindu scriptures, written in early Sanskrit and containing hymns, philosophy, and guidance on ritual for the priests of Vedic religion) and Yoga to the Western world.Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a monument and it is a popular tourist attraction in  Kanyakumari.
Vattakottai Fort ,Vivekananda Rock Memorial, swami Vivekananda , Kanyakumari ,

Vivekananda Rock Memorial, swami Vivekananda , Kanyakumari

Thiruvalluvar Statue

The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and saint Tiruvalluvar
Vivekananda Rock Memorial, swami Vivekananda , Kanyakumari ,Thiruvalluvar Statue

Vattakottai Fort

Vattakottai Fort which literally mean circular fort is a seaside fort built in the 18th century to defend the coast of the Travencore kingdom .It is mostly in ruins and it worth visiting if you happen to be in Kanyakumari.
Vattakottai Fort ,Vivekananda Rock Memorial, swami Vivekananda , Kanyakumari ,

Fishermen diving for sea urchin

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Watch Out

If you are a lone traveler getting a room in any of the hotels is close to impossible .The reason being that Kanyakumari is popular suicide spot .I had a tough time getting a room , I was turned away from all the nice hotels and finally got a room at a really run down place after the owner spoke to my dad over phone .

De-tour 

Padmanabhapuram Palace which is half way between Trivandrum and Kanyakumari (50 Km)
Varkala is a amazing place to visit , its very close to trivandrum and has a really nice beach and a Goa like atmosphere (I will be doing a post on Varkala pretty soon)

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Summary

Kanaykumari did not live up to my expectations after all the hype I ve heard and the several blogs and articles I have read about the place but its worth visiting if you are hitting Trivandrum or Madurai on you trip. There are 2 islands off the beach and one has the Thiruvalluvar Statue and the other has the Vivekananda memorial . Vattakottai Fort was a big disappointment though I have heard that the Padmanabhapuram Palace is beautiful but did not get a chance to visit . 
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