TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT KANYAKUMARI, INDIA

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Kanyakumari is a vacation spot which gives you the best of two contrasting worlds. One day you can enjoy the shadow of hills, and the next you can relax under on the beach under a shining, warm sun. If you need more, the city has its own collection of rivers and rivulets along with an enthralling culture that gives you an insight into its history. No matter what kind of vacations you like, Kanyakumari is a place which would make that wandering soul of yours very, very happy. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to entice you to visit.

  1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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A tribute to Swami Vivekananda, the person who made the whole world fall in love with him through his words, beliefs, actions and of course, his never-ending love for his nation. Situated 500 meters away from the southernmost tip of India, this monument stands on a rock island where it is said, Swami achieved enlightenment through meditation. The monument was built in 1970 by the Ramakrishna mission, who wanted it to be an epitome of sanctity where visitors can aim at attaining enlightenment through the Swami’s teachings.

  1. Padmanabhapuram Palace

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Of kings and queens, a place to glimpse into the lives of royals, Padmanabhapuram Palace is one of the palaces you should visit in Kanyakumari at least once in your life to feel the aristocratic air that still hangs in the air, making you feel out of place centuries later. Built out of wood in the 17th century, this palace is a great example of Travancore architecture. Adorned with intricate carvings, painted ceilings, and stupendous décor, the palace is a must see for lovers of art and architecture.

  1. Kanyakumari Beach

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The fierce sun and the gentle moon share the sky to light up the coast of Kanyakumari at this very spot during Chaitrapurnima. The wild rocks perfectly compliment the soft sand, creating a mesmerizing contrast that definitely leaves an impression. Different shades of sand paint an elaborate picture, transporting you to a peaceful place filled with satisfied smiles and relaxed sighs.

  1. Thiruvalluvar Statue

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“Make foes of bowmen if you must, never of penmen.”

— Thiruvalluvar, Kural

An effort to immortalize the writer of these beautiful words gave birth to this magnificent monument which is located on a small island in Kanyakumari, adjacent to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. The statue stands 133 feet tall, a foot for each of the 133 chapters in Thirukkural.

  1. Udayagiri Fort

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Forts, even today, exude power and might, reciting ballads about strengths of mighty rulers and the prowess of exceptional warriors. The crumbling stone walls paint scenes of victory and valor. Built in the 17th century in the Travancore era, Udayagiri fort stands proud in the midst of hills. Presently, it’s a place to experience the beautiful fauna and flora that this part of the country has to offer along with the awe-inspiring architecture and history.

  1. Suchindram

 

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The power of mystery invoked by ancient legends gives birth to a curiosity in us, making us all explorers of the past, seeking answers to the hidden. Located 11km from Kanyakumari, this temple is known for its association with much lore and legend. Known as the place where Indra attained suchi (purification), this temple attracts pilgrims from all over the country. Though the stories told are captivating, the architecture and detailed temple artwork are a beautiful sight to behold.

  1. Tirparappu Water Falls

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The sound of water cascading down the hills is like music to the ears of a tired soul. Bathroom showers are so popular because we all love the sensation of falling water hitting our body. It makes us feel alive, in the moment. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the water shower under a waterfall? River Kodayar, with much power, falls from a height of nearly 50 feet. These falls are rejuvenating to anyone who likes spending time near or in the water. 

  1. Vattakottai (Circular Fort)

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Forts are huge and inaccessible because they are constructed to defend the kingdom from intruders. Vattakottai was built to serve that purpose. Made completely out of granite, it was the last fort to have been built during the Travancore Empire. One interesting bit of trivia is that a secret passageway below the fort was built for travelling to the Padmanabhapuram Palace in case of a siege. However, the passageway has been closed now. Offering a breathtaking view of the sea, this fort is an amalgamation of the beauty and splendor of forts.

  1. Mathoor Hanging Bridge

 

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The sight of mighty hills has the power to leave you breathless; it makes you realize that in the face of nature you are but a speck. Want to question your own existence? This bridge is worth a visit if you enjoy places that make you want to question life and all things within. Built in 1966 to supply water to the neighboring districts, this bridge is the longest trough bridge in Asia, standing 115 feet tall and running for almost 1 km.

  1. Sanguthurai Beach

Apart from the unbelievable architectural wonders and the pleasing religious temples, Kanyakumari gives an option to contemplate your life at one of the most secluded beaches around the country. Who would want to miss an oceanic sunrise or a sunset at a place where 3 seas converge? Sanguthurai beach is a white sand beach and is serene enough for you to spend a peaceful evening far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Either by its monuments, its weather, or its people, Kanyakumari leaves you spellbound.  Your vacation here will be a fantastic memory. This place has that positive energy which drives you and inspires you to put more into your life. You will definitely not want to leave once you step foot on this phenomenal place.

Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal is a wildlife photographer and a travel blogger by profession. His inspiration to life is the positivity with which he travels to new places and meets new people. Follow Rohit on TransIndiaTravel where he shares all of his experiences.