Kanyakumari is one of the most visited tourist places in South India. This beautiful town is home to waterfalls, historic temples, beaches, stunning sunsets, and more. If you are planning to visit the place, here’s a list of all the cool things to do in Kanyakumari:
1. Visit The Many Waterfalls in Kanyakumari
The Western Ghats begins from Gujarat and ends at Kanyakumari, adding beauty and greenery to the place. Thanks to the abundant forests, there are plenty of small and large waterfalls amidst the lush greenery. Some popular ones include Thiruparappu Water, Kaalikesam Waterfalls, Ullakaruvi Waterfalls, and Vattaparai Waterfalls. If you’re visiting the Kanyakumari, we suggest booking your stay at The Gopinivas Grand, one of the best hotels in Kanyakumari. We can arrange for you to travel to each of these beautiful locations by private taxi.
2. Visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Situated near the end of the mainland, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial holds the spiritual genesis of the well-known Indian poet and Hindu philosopher – Swami Vivekananda. He had spent a few days in Kanyakumari and was enlightened on this rock in 1892. The memorial consists of his life-size bronze statue, a meditation hall, and a footprint believed to be of Goddess Kanyakumari when she stood in penance for Lord Shiva. You can reach the memorial by ferry, which will also take you to the next destination on our list.
3. Visit The Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar was a renowned Tamil poet known for Thirukkural, a collection of couplets delivering general wisdom about life. The Thiruvalluvar Statue was consecrated and unveiled in 2000 in honor of this great saint-poet. This 133-feet tall statue stands majestically on a 38 feet pedestal, representing the 38 chapters in the Aram (righteousness) section of the Thirukkural. Tourists can access the feet portion through the 140 steps constructed inside the Mandapam. Interestingly this statue took a total of 20 years to be completed. This place is truly one of the most famous things in Kanyakumari to experience.
4. Experience The Triveni Sangam
The Triveni Sangam is a sacred confluence where three rivers or seas meet. At Kanyakumari, the three seas meet – the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. It is widely believed that a bath in this water washes away your sins and delivers you from rebirth. There’s no doubt it is the most visited natural place in Kanyakumari.
5. Visit The Bhagavathy Amman Temple
The Kanyakumari temple or the Bagavathy Amman Temple is believed to be 3000 years old and is only a few minutes walk from the Triveni Sangam. People visit the temple to admire the beautiful nose ring on the deity. The ruby nose ring is believed to shine so brightly that it once misguided a ship when its captain mistook it for a light from the adjacent lighthouse. This is why the eastern entrance is always closed except for special occasions.
6. Experience The Heritage of Padmanabhapuram Palace
The little town of Padmanabhapuram is an hour’s drive from Kanyakumari. This town was once the capital of the princely state of Travancore. The famous Padmanabhapuram Palace was built in 1600 and is the largest wooden palace in Asia. You are sure to be inspired by its intricate craftsmanship and architecture. It’s no doubt that visiting this palace is on the list of top things to do in Kanyakumari.
7. Enjoy Sunrise And Sunset at Sunrise Point
The Sunrise/Sunset Point is one of the most popular places in Kanyakumari. It is one of the few places in India where you can simultaneously experience sunset and sunrise. You can also experience the best view of the vast ocean with the Thiruvalluvar Statue decorating the sea perfectly. To enjoy the early sunrise, you should book hotels in Kanyakumari near the viewpoint. The Gopinivas Grand is just a few minutes from the viewpoint. Check out the rooms here.
8. Visit The Beach Stalls for Shopping
If you’re wondering about things to buy in Kanyakumari, don’t miss the main bazaar close to the beach. Plenty of street shops sell a wide range of things, including handicrafts, cotton sarees, and spices. Some cool things you can buy in Kanyakumari are sea shells, shell crafts, hand-painted bamboo mats, and varieties of conches.