Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of Tamil Nadu. It’s the junction point where the three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet. It’s famous for its dazzling view of the sunrise and sunset. Additionally, it’s also important for other places around it like Hindu pilgrim centers, forts, memorials and palaces. All these Constitute Kanyakumari into a perfect tourist destination.
If you are travelling to Kanyakumari through any mode like Bus, car or train, it takes somewhere around 6.00 AM to 7.00 AM to reach Kanyakumari.
Once you reach kanyakumari, you can hire a auto rickshaw to reach a good hotel and check in. This process would consume less than 30 min .
Here is a list of top 5 hotels to stay in Kanyakumari
• Hotel Temple City
• The Gopinivas Grand Hotel
• Hotel Sea View
• Hotel Sangam
• New Cape Hotel
Fresh up yourself and have some yummy breakfast before starting to explore Kanyakumari. Its best advised to have breakfast from the hotel you have checked in.
DAY 1 : Places within kanyakumari
1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial – 8:00am to 9:00am
From the kanyakumari beach resorts/hotels, through car you can reach the Boating Duck in 15min. From Boating Duck, you can reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial in 5 min via boat. This is where the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea meet up the Indian Ocean. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built in 1970 in the memory of great philosopher Swami Vivekananda. It is enlightened destination for meditation.
2. Thiruvalluvar Statue – 9:10am to 10:00am
From Vivekananda Rock Memorial, you can reach the Thiruvalluvar Statue in 4min via boat. Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133-foot memorial statue of the ancient Tamil poet and Saint “Thiruvalluvar”, on a small rock island.
3. Kanniyakumari Bagavathi Amman Temple – 10:20am to 11:00am
From the Thiruvalluvar Statue, through boat you can reach the Boating Duck in 6min. from Boating Duck you can reach the Bagavathi Amman Temple in 6 min via walking. Its above 2500 years Old Historic Temple dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari standing on the edge of the three oceans.
4. Tsunami Park – 11:05am to 11:55am
From Bagavathi Amman Temple, you can reach the Tsunami Park in 1min by walk. The Tsunami monument was built in remembrance of the disastrous event tsunami, claiming many lives at kanyakumari in 2004. This Monument is 16-ft high and has colored steel statue of two hands. Symbolizing One hand holding the giant wave and the other hand dented to keep the fire alive as hope. Take a break for an hour for lunch as the local eateries near the monument serve you excellent sea food.
5. Gandhi memorial – 1:00 pm to 2:00pm
From the Tsunami Park, you can reach the Gandhi Memorial in 1 min by walk. Gandhi Memorial was built in 1956 as an honor to Mahatma Gandhi. The Memorial contains a 79-foot high central shape tomb representing his age. This tomb contains the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi after his death. Interestingly, every year on the 2nd of October sunlight enters the room through a hole in the ceiling. October 2nd is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
6. Kamaraj memorial-2:10pm to 3:00pm
Kamaraj Memorial Mandapam is built as a gratitude to late Kumaraswamy Kamaraj, the Black Gandhi. He was the leader of Indian National Congress, an Ex-CM of Tamil Nadu and a great freedom fighter. Many of his photographs and meetings with various leaders are displayed here.
7. Aqua world- 3:10pm to 5:00pm
Aqua world is just a two min walk from the Kamaraj Memorial Mandapam. It is one among the finest and well-preserved aquariums in the state with more than eighty different varieties of sea and fresh water fish. You can see Sea Angels, Sand Lobsters, Guppies, Gourami, Gold Fish, Arowana and many more here. The colures of these fishes and their surrounding lighten the audience and acts as a remedial to minds.
8. The sunset and Shopping – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Watching the sunset in Kanyakumari is a treat. You can go for shopping while watching sunset. Different cultural clothing, ornaments, toys, dolls, artistic paintings, sea foods and much more is available. Having a shopping time here is worthy; you can buy many useful and memorial things at low cost.
DAY 2: Places near kanyakumari
1. Kanyakumari beach – 6:00am to 6:30am
The meeting of the three great oceans and the gazing of sunrise/sun fall over this junction is a visual treat to the audience. A long walk along the coast for 15 min relishes your mind and soul with cool breeze and pleasant sun light. Take up a break for 15 min in and around the beach, the local eats serve you a hot delicious food for breakfast
2. Tirparappu Waterfalls – 8:00 am to 9:30am
From kanyakumari, you can reach Tirparappu waterfalls in 1hr and 45 min via car. Tirparappu waterfall is of three levels. The bottom level is commercialized as a bathing or swimming pool. The second level is the plain rocky part where the water flows in a straight line and reaches the pool. These Falls are not very high, just 10-15 feet height, suiting for both elder peoples and children. And the third is the top most level where you ride a ferry and can capture some cool shots. Other than these things, the place looks very beautiful, has Lord Shiva temples and local market to buy cool stuffs and eat local food.
3. Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple– 10:00am to 10:30am
From Tirparappu Waterfalls, it takes 19 min to reach Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple via car .it’s a Good Heritage and well maintained temple, famous for the shrine of Sri Ramanujar. This place is Very calm & contains a divine atmosphere with spacious corridor all around. You can see the fossilized body of Sri Ramanujar and it’s worth a visit along with family. There are Ample of car parking space available.
4. Udayagiri Fort – 11:00am to 12:30 pm
From Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple, it takes 27 min to reach Udayagiri Fort by road. The fort is initially built in 17th Century and then renovated by Maharaja Marthanda Varma in 18th century. This place is now maintained by the forest department as a tourist destination. It contains a garden, a park, a church and a small zoo. Many small animals like Tortoise, monkey and Deer are present. During season there is an option for boating too. After passing all these areas, we reach the tomb of the fort, where you can see topiaries and stones depicting the history and foundry used for casting weapons. Take up a ten min time to Try the delicious Udupi styled lunch served by the locals near.
5. Padmanabhapuram Palace – 12:50pm to 2:20pm
It just takes 8 min to reach Padmnanbhapuram Palace from the Udayagiri Fort via car. It’s the Asia’s largest wooden palace located in Tamil Nadu, but under the government of Kerala Archeological department. This is an architectural marvel of well planned and constructed palace with tremendous wisdom. Few weapons are displayed in this palace which was used by the soldiers and British people along with an art gallery.
6. Keeriparai Reserve Forest – 3:30pm to 5:00pm
From Padmnanbhapuram Palace, it takes 58 min to reach Keeriparai Reserve Forest via car. Keeriparai Reserve Forest is famous for its diverse variety of old trees and animals like lions, elephants and pythons, there are some prominent mini- waterfalls in the forest like Vettaparai Falls and Keeriparai Falls. It’s a must-visit ideal spot for venturing.
We have included the maximum places you can visit in kanyakumari within two days in our “2 day itenary”. Hope this itenary is helpful in planning your trip to Kanyakumari. But, kindly consider this itenary only as a guide. Make sure to recheck the opening and closing timing of each of the places with concerned authorities.
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