Kanyakumari rests on the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. The land is home to stunning hills, pristine beaches, and beautiful rivers. Bordered by Kerala, Kanyakumari’s culture is a mixture of the Tamilian and Keralite culture. Many years back, Kanyakumari was a place that tourists visited just for sightseeing. This was due to the lack of basic amenities to make their stay comfortable.
The government officials then took a pledge to take up tourism seriously and started constructing mind-blowing hotels and resorts at serene spots to attract more tourists. For this reason, Kanyakumari tour packages started gaining a huge recognition. There are of course a lot of places to go sightseeing including the Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kamarajar Manimandapam and more.
Additionally, Kanyakumari is associated with great legends of Indian history including Swami Vivekananda, and Mahatma Gandhi. Memorials have also been built under these legends names to keep their memories alive throughout the generation. Whereas, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is considered a sacred place from time immemorial. In ancient times, this memorial was known as ‘Sripada Parai’ – meaning that the rock was blessed when touched by the goddess’ feet.
Padmanabhapuram is a town located a couple of kilometres away from Kanyakumari. The town was once the ancient capital of Travancore. The place features a palace that spread across seven acres of land surrounded by the fort, hills, and rivers. Tourists who wish to visit this palace need to obtain tickets which costs Rs. 25 per adult and Rs. 10 per child. The visiting hours extend from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon, and from 2 in the afternoon till 4.30 in the evening. Further, the palace remains closed on all Mondays. Another main attraction of this place includes Maruthuva Malai, a mountain which is believed to hold all kinds of medicinal herbs. The mountain is also part of ancient Hindu mythology where the Hanuman carried Maruthuva Malai which was originally a part of Sanjeevi Mountain from Mahendragiri to Srilanka. However, the mountain dropped off at this place and is now a visual treat to all the tourists who come here.
Kanyakumari is truly a place where the ancient Hindu mythology comes to life. The best Kanyakumari tourism packages include a visit to all the top-notch spots spread across the place. Tourists are advised to wear light and comfortable clothes as the day will be hot during most times of the year.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial – This is a huge statue of Vivekananda on an island of two adjacent rocks in the Lakshadweep Sea. This island is believed to be the place where Vivekananda got enlightenment. The statue was built in the 1970’s and since then it has become a great tourist attraction place.
Kanyakumari Beach – This beach is splendid with a wonderful view of rocky islands, and other nearby monuments, and the deep blue sea all around. The rocky shorelines and rough waves make swimming here quite risky.
Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam – This memorial is built in the honor of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation (India). When his body was cremated, his ashes were brought to Kanyakumari and immersed in Triveni Sea.
Trisea Sangam – This is a point in Kanyakumari where three seas meet together. The sunrise and sunset are magnificent here.
Our Lady of Ransom Church – This is a breathtakingly beautiful church near the ocean, which was built in the 15th century. It stands as a perfect example of gothic architecture. The gold cross and the decorations enhance the charm of the church.
Thanumalayan Temple – This temple of Lord Hanuman is famous for its wonderful architecture. The Hanuman statue in the temple is 22 feet tall and is finished using a single granite block.
Kumari Amman Temple – Non- Hindus are not permitted inside this temple. It is located just 8 km away from the city center.
Wax Museum – This museum in the city of Baywatch near Kanyakumari contains wax statues of many important personalities. This is the first wax museum in India. The statues are so realistic that you’ll get a feeling as meeting its human counterparts. The walls of the museum are painted with amazing 3D images.
Padmanabhapuram Palace – the palace that was entirely made using wood is now home to various inimitable artifacts and antique pieces. It was built in a 4 km lengthy fortress. Different types of ancient weapons, brass lambs, Chinese jars, sculptures in wood and stone, paintings, etc. are protected in the palace.
Thiruvalluvar Statue – You can reach the island with the statue of Thiruvalluvar by a boat. He was a Tamil poet and a great philosopher. The legendary classic Tamil text ‘Thirukkural’ was written by him. The statue was made 1990 for his honor. And the construction of 133-foot height statue was completed in 1999.
Vattakottai Fort – The name of the fort means ‘circular fort’. Lying 7 km north to Kanyakumari, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, the fort is spread over 3.4 acres. This fort has aesthetic as well as historic significance.
Surfing – Surfing in the Kanyakumari beaches will be an awesome experience as it’s one of the windiest beaches. The occasional heavy waves make this sport exciting.
Swimming – This beach contains rocky shores which make swimming here a bit challenging and risky. If you are sure to be careful you can try swimming in some places on the beach.
Winter (October- February) – This is the peak season for the tourists in Kanyakumari. October is considered the best time as the weather is most cheering with slight humidity, sea breeze and a great view of the sunset. And the famous cape festival is celebrated in this month.
Summer (March-May) – March is the best month if you are searching for a Kanyakumari tour package in the summer season. Towards the end of April, it gets rather hot, but that’s the time best for swimming and surfing and the cool wind will keep you comfortable.
Air: At a distance less than 100 kilometers there is the Trivandrum International Airport. Both the airport and the city are well connected with all means of transportation facilities. You can easily get a cab or bus to Kanyakumari from Trivandrum.
Train: You can get down at Kanyakumari railway station as it has its own railway stop. And there are a handful of trains from different parts of India to this place. The next nearest railway station is Trivandrum Central from where you can get a connecting train to Kanyakumari, a taxi, or a bus.
Road: There are regular bus services to and from Kanyakumari and other major cities of nearby states, by Tamil Nadu state transport corporation.