Kanyakumari at a Glance
Air : Nearest Airport is in Thiruvnanthapuram (Kerala State) 87 km from Kanyakumari.

Rail : Kanyakumari Junction. 1 km from Central Bys Stand.Nagercoil Junction. 2 km from Anna Bus Stand.

Bus : Kanyakumari-Central & Express Bus Stand. Nagarcoil-Anna Bus Stand (Local Transport).Christopher Bus Stand (Other Districts).
Area : 1,685 sq.km
Population : 16,76,034 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 1,188.6 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 35°C Min : 21°C
STD Code : 04652
700 Km from Chennai


Kanyakumari has been named after the Goddess Kanyakumari Amman who is the popular deity of the area. Legend has it that the Goddess Parvati in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanniya did penance on one of the rocks of this land’s end to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva.

The town of Kanyakumari is geographically a Cape, and it was known earlier as Cape Comorin. Since ancient times, Kanyakumari District has consisted of two geographical areas, known locally as Nanjilnadu and Idainadu. The etymologists interpret the word Nanjilnadu as the country (‘nadu’) where there were (and still has) several agriculture plantations and fields. Nanjilnadu is mentioned in old Tamil literature as a rich agrarian area, where the town of Kottar, (today, a locality in Nagercoil) as a major commercial centre.

At the Southern most tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanyakumari, an important pilgrim centre. The beach itself is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sand. There is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view.

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