Places to Visit in Kanyakumari in One Day: A visit to Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, is probably a dream that all of us nurture in our minds. However, what are the things to do on a one day trip to Kanyakumari?
Kanyakumari beckons tourists with amazing sunrise and sunset views, an exquisite temple, and splendid remnants from the days of past. Triveni Sangam, the place where the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea merge as one, is no less than a marvel of nature. Come, let us explore what to watch in Kanyakumari, if you have only one day in hand.
By the way, we enjoyed a road trip from Kanyakumari to Nagaland. On the first day of our trip, we were exploring Kanyakumari. You can watch our complete Kanyakumari experience in the video here.
Places to Visit in Kanyakumari in One Day | Kanyakumari Attractions
#1 Start with a sunrise
What better way to start the day, than watching the sun rise up from behind the ocean! Anyone who has witnessed a sunrise in Kanyakumari, will vouch for the fact that it is a truly breath-taking moment. On a clear day, you get a spectacular view of the crimson dot emerging from the water, to light up the world. With the waves playing soft music in your ears, and winds soothing you with caresses, an early morning wait in the beach to watch this spectacle, is absolutely worth the time spent.
#2 A visit to the Devi temple
If you are done with the sunrise, the next among the places to visit in Kanyakumari in one day is Devi temple. Kanyakumari attracts a large number of pilgrims, the reason being the holy shrine dedicated to Devi Kanyakumari. The temple, also known as Kumari Amman temple, is located near the beach. Here, the goddess is said to have taken the form of an adolescent girl. Story goes that Devi desired to marry Lord Shiva, and the Lord did not turn up for the marriage on the fixed day. Devi was outraged, and decided to remain a virgin. It is believed that girls get suitable marriage, after praying here.
This 3000-year old temple is a fine example of the Dravidian style of architecture. Its picturesque location adds to the beauty of the structure. As the shrine attracts scores of devotees every day, you might have to stand in a queue for the darshan. But a must-visit place, undoubtedly.
#3 Vivekananda Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue
The two things that instantly capture one’s attention in Kanyakumari seaside, are the huge statue of Thiruvalluvar, and the majestic Vivekananda Memorial. They are located on two separate rock islands, off the coast. Swami Vivekananda is a name that needs no introduction. The great saint is said to have meditated on the huge rock, where the Memorial presently stands. A place filled with powerful vibrations, and not to be missed!
The stone sculpture of Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar, stands tall on an adjacent rock, adding to the awe-inspiring beauty of the place. With a slight bend at the waist, the statue is also indicative of Lord Nataraja, the God in dancing pose. Regular ferry services take tourists to both the places, provided the sea is calm.
If arranged as per my preference, this would have taken the top place in my list of places to visit in Kanyakumari in one day.
#4 Gandhi Memorial
How many of us know that the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the Triveni Sangam in Kanyakumari? When you visit Kanyakumari, don’t miss the chance to pay respects to this great soul. Situated near the seashore is Gandhi Memorial, the place where the ashes of Mahatma were kept for public viewing, before they were scattered in the sea. The Mandapam is built in Orissa style of architecture. It has been constructed in such a way that, on Gandhiji’s birthday, 2nd October, sun rays fall directly over the place where the urn carrying the ashes was kept. This is your chance to reminisce our struggle for freedom, do pay a visit during your one day trip to Kanyakumari.
#5 Vattakottai Fort
Located close to Kanyakumari town, there is a fort that stands out due to its stunning locales. Vattakottai Fort was built by the erstwhile Travancore kings, as means to secure their coastal territory. It is made of granite blocks, and though the fort itself is not very huge, its claim to fame is the spectacular location. Stand near the circular enclosure, and you get to watch the unique blend of green hills, rotating windmills, and calm blue waters. On one side is the mighty Western Ghats, and on the other- serene waters of the Indian Ocean meeting the turbulent waters of Bay of Bengal! A memory worth taking home. If you love to experience the blend of nature with history, this place is a must visit among the places to visit in Kanyakumari in one day.
#6 Padmanabhapuram Palace, a walk into history
Though located around 40 kms away from Kanyakumari, Padmanabhapuram Palace is an attraction that goes with your Kanyakumari trip and I surely recommend this among the places to visit in Kanyakumari in one day. This palace was built by the Travancore rulers, in the 16th century. Wooden carvings and murals on the roofs and walls have stood the test of time. This is the place where you can see the traditional Kerala style of architecture. You will be amazed at how the structure remains intact to this day. Step inside the palace, and you are transported to another era. The brass lights, wooden windows, and dark passages take you to the world of kings and queens. A wonderful world indeed!
#7 Suchindram Temple
Thanumalayan temple in Suchindram is another place that will be a pleasant addition to your Kanyakumari tour. It is just 11 kms from the town, so can be covered in a day. The main deity, Sthanumalayan, is a combined form of the three Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple displays intricate designs and sculptures in every corner. The entrance tower to the temple is 134 feet tall, and is white in color, spreading out an aura of peace. It is a majestic sight, even from far. There are about 30 small shrines inside the temple complex, each dedicated to a different deity.
#8 Mathoor Bridge
This is another attraction in Kanyakumari district, which is worth a visit. Though named as bridge, it is actually an aqueduct, built for carrying water for irrigation. The hilly terrain of the area necessitated the construction of an aqueduct to connect adjacent villages. This is one of the longest and tallest aqueducts in South India. Due to its picture-perfect setting, Mathoor aqueduct has become a popular tourist spot. You need to climb a fleet of stairs to reach the top. Though the effort might leave you panting, the splendid view of the greenery from top makes you forget everything else. You will be high up in the air, but will still have flowing water beside you!
* I personally believe that it is difficult to accommodate Mathoor Bridge and Padmanabhapuram Palace among the places to visit in Kanyakumari in one day. However, if you plan your one trip in Kanyakumari very well, and if you have a good driver, you can include them into your Kanyakumari Itinerary.
#9 Wrap up with a sunset view
When it is time to bid adieu to this amazing destination, head to the seashore to watch the same spectacle you witnessed in the morning, just the other way round. As the last rays of sun sink in the ocean, what will be the feeling in your mind? A pang of sorrow that the day has ended, or a longing to start the next day afresh? Whatever it be, Kanyakumari is going to remain in your memories for a long, long time.
We recently had a trip from Kanyakumari to Kohima for celebrating the great Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. However, you will see all these videos on our YouTube channel. We post regular videos on our channel, and you can enjoy all of them by subscribing to Jaunt Monkey TV.
Author: E Jey
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