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Kanyakumari

One of the major centers of arts, culture and religion, Kanyakumari is located near the Western Ghats, bordered by the Laccadive or the Lakshadweep Sea at the southwest, southeast and south of the city. This city will gratify you with a feeling of wonder. Sunrise in Kanyakumari can be seen throughout the year at Bay of Bengal. Sunset can also be witnessed from View Tower throughout the year except for the months of June, July and August.

The town gets its name from the Hindu Goddess Kanyakumari, who has a temple dedicated to her here. The small town of Kanyakumari has various temples and churches, statues and beaches to entice the tourist. The city is also home to some enthralling scenic locations and sites. The most recognizable landmark of Kanyakumari is the Thiruvalluvar statue.
The city is also famous for the Vivekanada Rock Memorial, where Swami Vivekananda meditated and decided to carry his message of peace across the world. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Kanyakumari is another popular tourist hotspot constructed in the year 1956. This place is built in fond memory of the Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The architecture of this memorial resembles Hindu shrines of central India, which is why many refer to it as Gandhi Mandapam. It is constructed at a place on the seashore, near to Kumari Amman Temple.
Talking about touristic locations, the Padamanabhapuram Palace is a sight to behold. The palace is located on the foothills of the Velli Hills. Built of granite, the palace offers the most stunning views against the backdrop of towering hills and lush foliage.

The Sanguthurai Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful and tranquil beaches in India. White sands, beautiful waves and the blue coastline creates the perfect background for an ideal retreat! The beautiful Sothavilai Beach, also referred to as Chothavilai Beach, is a prominent place among visitors to enjoy a walk along the seashore. Even after being affected badly by the 2004 tsunami, the beach managed to regain popularity and emerge as one of the tourist hotspots.

The city of Kanyakumari also has some delectable list of cuisines for all the foodies. The best place to eat in Kanyakumari is near the Beach Road where the coast is dotted with shacks and restaurants those serve a wide array of seafood. There are few vegetarian restaurants too, but most people enjoy seafood delicacies. You can get Chinese, Punjabi, Italian, south Indian, and north Indian and Continental cuisine in Kanyakumari.
Accommodation options in Kanyakumari are plenty ranging from budget to mid-range hotels. Budget hotels are clustered near the rail head and the bus stands. Mid-range hotels can be found all over the city. East Car Street and Kovalam Road have a good number of mid-range hotels.
The best time to visit Kanyakumari is between January to March and October to December, as the weather is pleasant during this time of the year.



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