Places to visit near Kanyakumari: Kanyakumari, as we all know, is the pilgrimage-cum-tourist destination in the southernmost part of India. Kanyakumari has a special charm unlike any other destination in India, as it is surrounded by oceans. Triveni Sangam, the confluence of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea, has immense spiritual significance for Hindus. Many travel from far and wide, to take a dip in this holy place. Not just for pilgrimage, Kanyakumari is a fascination for everyone who loves travels. When coming from faraway places, you want to make the best of your trip, right? There are a few more places that you can visit from Kanyakumari, though not very close. Let us have bird’s eye view of some of the exotic places to visit near Kanyakumari.
If you are looking for an article that explains the most amazing places to visit IN Kanyakumari, visit here. This article excludes the places within Kanyakumari but includes the places near around Kanyakumari.
Trivandrum, the royal capital
Trivandrum, or Thiruvananthapuram, is the capital of Kerala. Kanyakumari, though currently in Tamil Nadu, was a part of Kerala in the past. Trivandrum is 100 kms away from Kanyakumari, and takes around 3 hours to reach. Trivandrum is a city with a treasure-trove of history. Unlike the modern city of Kochi, Trivandrum has a laid-back feel. Ancient temples, palaces, museums, there is no dearth of attractions here. You can also read about the places to visit in Trivandrum in one day here.
Of late, Padmanabhaswamy Temple of Trivandrum has received lots of attention due to the discovery of an ancient treasure. This majestic structure is the prized possession of Trivandrum. Kovalam, in Trivandrum, is counted among the best beaches of India. Napier Museum is another sight worth visiting. The building which houses the museum, is an architectural marvel in itself. Trivandrum, where the streets speak of history, will be a pleasant addition to your trip.
Varkala, for exotic beaches
Kanyakumari is a seaside destination, but there are some other beaches nearby, that are even more serene and soothing. A little away from Kanyakumari, lies Varkala, the exotic beach destination of Kerala. It is situated in Trivandrum district, at a distance of nearly 150 kms from Kanyakumari.
Ashtamudi Lake, the gem of Kollam
Kollam is a district adjacent to Trivandrum. It is best known for the magnificent lake, Ashtamudi. Although it is situated a good 180 kms from Kanyakumari, it calls for a visit, provided you are a nature lover. Ashtamudi Lake is a charming lake surrounded by the pristine greenery of coconut groves and palm shelters.
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters are something that every traveler heading south, will have on his to-visit list. From Kanyakumari, the backwaters of Alleppey are not very far. A drive of around 250 kms from Kanyakumari will take you to the backwater heaven of Kerala. Considering the nature’s bliss and distinctiveness of Alleppey, we have considered it among our major places to visit near Kanyakumari.
Rameswaram, for pilgrimage
There are quite a few people who don’t like to combine a pilgrimage with a regular tour. If you are the kind, and have come to Kanyakumari just with a pilgrimage in mind, then Rameswaram should be your next destination (it is one of the most popular among the places to visit near Kanyakumari). While all the places we have already mentioned are on the western coast, Rameswaram is along the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu. It is around 300 kms from Kanyakumari.
Madurai, the sacred abode of Goddess
Madurai is also a major place to visit near Kanyakumari for those who have worship as their main agenda. Madurai is in Tamil Nadu, at a distance of around 250 kms from Kanyakumari. It can be combined with Rameswaram. With many big and small temples spread across the town, Madurai is essentially a temple city. It is located on the banks of Vaigai River. Madurai is a city that boasts of a rich and colorful history.
Meenakshi Amman Temple is the biggest attraction in Madurai. It is a fine example of Dravidian architecture. The huge towers of the temple look exquisite with intricate designs and carvings. Every part of this huge structure is an architectural wonder. A thousand pillar hall, where there are thousand carved pillars, is not to be missed. Apart from Meenakshi Amman temple, there are other smaller temples like Pazhamudir Solai, and Thirupparankundram Murugan, which you can visit depending on the availability of time.
All of the above places are idyllic tourist destinations. One visit may not be sufficient to cover all of them. But then, when bitten by the travel bug, does anything else matter?
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Author: E Jey
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