Kanyakumari Places of Interest

Bay Watch, The Sun City :

It is water theme amusement park, which is located at a distance of 2 kms on Kanyakumari - Kovalam Road. It is very near to the bus stand. This park has been promoted by Sree Bhadra Parks and Resorts Ltd. Thrissur, Kerala. Crazy chairs, Flying Elephants, Hotel tea cups, Cape train, Multiple spalsh, Milky way, Crazy cruise, Aqua shuttle, Family pool, Wave pool, Sky train etc. are there. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Entrance fee Rs. 240/- for adults, Rs. 180/- for Children. Rs. 120 for senior citizen. Ph : 04652-246563, 246565.

Chitaral (Jain Monument) :

45 kms Kanniyakumari. The hillock here has a huge cave containing rock-out sculptures of Tirthankaras and the attendant deities, both inside and outside. The interesting point to note about Chitaral is that the cave was converted into a Bhagavathi temple sometime in the 13th century A.D., but the Jaina images seem to have been preserved without any modifications.

Gandhi Memorial :

1 km from the Bus stand. This memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, has been built on the spot where the urn containing his ashes was kept for the public to pay their last respects, before immersing at the confluence of the three seas. The sun’s rays fall on memorial through a narrow orifice exactly on the spot where the ashes were kept, only once a year on October 2nd (Mahatma’s birthday).

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  1. The statue, standing amid the dancing blue waves, creates a lasting impression as it rises high over the rock.

  2. The foundation stone for the statue was laid in 1979 by the then Prime Minister, Morarji Desai.

  3. Five hundred sculptors were engaged for this work under the able guidance of Dr. Ganapathi Sthapati and the work was completed in 1999. The statue was inaugurated on 1st January 2000 by Dr. M.Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The rocks for the sculpture came from Sirudhamoor, Pattumali-kuppam and Ambhasamudram Hills. 

  4. The monument, installed at a cost of Rs. 6.14 crores is 133 feet high including the pedestal, signifying the 133 chapters of the ‘Thirukkural’. The pedestal is 38 ft high representing the 38 chapters in the first part of the Kural (the Book of Aram (virtue) and the 95 ft statue represents the total chapters in the second and third parts of the Kural, Wealth and Love.

  5. Thus the statue symbolises the themes of wealth and love based on virtue. The right hand of Thiruvalluvar with three fingers pointing skywards, also signifies the three cantos of ‘Thirukkural’ - ‘Aram, Porul and Inbam.’  

  6. The pedestal is surrounded by an artistic mandapam known as ‘alankara mandapam’. Surrounding this mandapam stand statues of ten elephants signifying 8 directions with earth and space down.

  7. 140 steps are constructed inside the mandapam to enable the visitors to climb upto the foot of the statue.

  8. There were plans to inscribe select couplets from ‘Thirukkural’ on the outer periphery of the pedestal.

  9. The statue is just 400 metres away from the shores and ferry service is available.

  10. Contact : Ph : 04652-246276

Government Museum :

1 km from the Bus stand and situated on the Gandhi Memorial Road with collection of sculptured artifacts and crafts of South Indian temples is one of the ‘must see’ places are here. Time : Opened from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all days except Fridays, 2nd Saturdays and National holidays.

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Government Fruit Farm :

It is 2 KM from Kanyakumari on the Nagercoil road. Variety of fruits, hundreds of plants, different species of trees etc., can be seen. Visiting Hours: 09:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and 01:00 P.M. to 03:00 P.M. Holiday: Saturday, Sunday and all Govt. Holidays.

Guganathaswamy Temple :

1 km from the Bus stand. It have been built by the king Raja Raja Chola. The architectural style of the Cholas is quite apparent in this temple. It is located near railway station. 6 am. to 11:15 & 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m..


Historic Thiruvithamcode Church (Arappally) St. Thomas Pilgrim Centre.

The historic Thiruvithamcode Church was built by St. Thomas, the Apostle of India in 63 AD in the name of the Holy Mother St. Mary. This is believed to be one of the oldest church structures in the world.

The church, known among local people as ‘Thomayar kovil’ is believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Once upon a time this place of worship was the epicentre of a community of Malankara Christians, or St. Thomas Christians. Over a period of time, there was a large-scale migration of the community to central Travancore. The church remains with the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I proclaimed the church as an international St. Thomas pilgrim centre on December 16, 2007.

Located : Thiruvithamcode is 2 km southeast of Thuckalay. Thuckalay is 35 Km from Kanyakumari and 15 Km from Nagercoil & situated on the Kanyakumari - Thiruvananthapuram Highway.

Contact : St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Chur, thiruvithamcode, Kanyakumari Dist. - 629174, Ph : 04651-250219.


Kamaraj Memorial :

Located 1 km from the Bus stand. Regarded as the ‘King Maker of India’ Kamaraj influenced many political event in the country. From a humble background he rose to become the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu through sheer hard work and political acumen. As a tribute to the freedom fighter and ‘Perunthalaivar’, this ‘Mani Mandapam’ was opened on 02-10-2000. It is situated near Gandhi Memorial, Opens at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kumari Amman Temple :


2 km from Railway station. This temple and the nearby bathing Ghat attract tourists from all over the world. According to a legends, Devi did penance here to secure Lord Siva’s hand in marriage. When she was unsuccessful, she vowed to remain a virgin (Kanya). The Diamond nose-ring of this deity is famous for its sparkling splendour which is supposed to be visible even from the sea. Ph : 04652-246223.

Kumari Hall of History :

We can see here it’s wonderful treasure of manscript and photo art galleries of our leading personalities and freedom fighters. It is located near the Kanniyakumari Railway Station. 1 km from the Bus Stand. Visit 9.30 am - 9 pm Entry fee for students Rs. 10 only. Ph : 04652-248448, Chennai office Ph : 28474588.

Keralapuram :

3 km from Tiruvithangod Bus stand. The vinayaka of Keralapuram, near Thukalay, is a puzzle to everyone, as the deity changes its color. It remains black for six months and white for the remaining six months.

Mathur Hanging Bridge :

This bridge has become a place of tourist importance and hundreds of tourists visit this place. This is situated in Mathur, hamlet of Aruvikkarai revenue village in Thiruvattar Panchayat Union. The bridge has been constructed at Mathur across the river Parazhiyar at a cost of Rs.12.90 lakhs and the trough canal (Pattanamkal canal) on the bridge carries water for irrigation from one side of a hill to the other side of a hill. The trough has a height of seven feet with a width of seven feet six inches. The canal is being shouldered by 28 huge pillars. By the unrelented efforts of late Thiru. K.Kamaraj, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this canal was constructed as a drought relief measure and for the development of agriculture in Vilavancode and Kalkulam Taluks. The District Administration has recently put up a staircase from top to the bottom of the bridge and also built a children's park and bathing platforms over here.

Maruthuva Malai :

10 km from Nagercoil Bus stand. Maruthuva Malai also known as the Marunthu Vazhum Malai-the abode of medicinal herbs, forms part of the western ghats. According to tradition, the Maruthuva Malai is a fragment of the Sanjeevi Mountain, a piece of which fell down here, and it was carried by Hanuman from Mahendragiri to Srilanka for healing the fatal wounds of Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, the epic hero. It’s height of 800 feet at the highest point.

Mukkudal :

This is a natural dam constructed by T. Chitirai Maharaja. It supplies water to Nagercoil Municipality and it is also proposed to feed water from here to Suchindram and Kanyakumari. It is very picturesque spot and ideal for picnics by groups.

Muttam :


18 km from Nagercoil. Another fine beach located about 40kms from Kanyakumari. The picturesque setting here with the lighthouse, is a perfect spot for relaxation.

Murugan Kundram :

3 Kms from Kanniyakumari. It is a place where calm abides and peace regins, all under August aegis of Sun and the Moon. A fine day to visit this place is on ‘Chithra Pournami’- a full moon day in the month of April.
Muttam : Another fine beach located about 40kms from Kanyakumari. The picturesque setting here with the lighthouse, is a perfect spot for relaxation.


Sri Bhagavathi Amman Temple, Mandaikadu :

The temple is built after the Kerala tradition in a very simple style. The roof of the temple has orange colour tiles, an anthill touching the roof. At the upper end is the face of Goddess Bhagavathi. People cook a pudding here with rice flour, sugar, jaggery called Mandaiappam and offer it to the Goddess for relief from headache and none is disappointed, it is widely said. Devotees aspiring for marriage alliance to be concluded and children visit the temple for fulfillment of their expectations. Those suffering from severe headache and effects evil impacts and the handicapped pray to Bhagavathi Amman for reliefs.

10 days Masi festival (March-April) draws a huge crowd numbering 10 lakh. On Poornima day too. The crowd would be huge during the Tuesdays and Fridays of the Tamil month. Mandaikadu is 75 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 95 from Tirunelveli. There is facility in the temple for staying. Ph : 04652-246223.

Padmanabhapuram Palace :

Located on the highway to Nagercoil to Kanyakumari. 37 Kms from Kanyakumari. 60 km from Tiruvananthapuram, was once the home of the Royal family of Travancore. There is a palace inside the fort which covers an area of 6 acres. It is one of the biggest palaces in India with intricate carvings and beautiful woodwork. Travancore, which was a princely state for over 400 years, included a large part of present-day Kerala and the western part of Tamil Nadu. Though the palace is now in the State of Tamil Nadu, it was once the traditional home of the royal family of Travancore, so it is maintained by the Government of Kerala. The palace is one of the best examples of the traditional wooden architecture of Kerala. The Palace is famous for its 17th and 18th century murals, carved mahogany ceiling, coloured mica windows, secret underground passages, inner courtyards, museum, four poster medicinal bed, Belgian mirror, pictures of Lord Krishna, granite dance halls and special black shiny floors which are made from a unique combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. Ph : 04651-250255.


Pechiparai Dam :

56 Kms from Nagercoil .The dam site is a very good picnic spot and it is situated at a distance. Boating facility is available here.

Peer Mohammed Dargha :

1 km from Thuckalay Bus Stand. There is a Dargha named Peer Mohammed Oliyullah Dargha’ at Thuckalay named after the great philosopher Mohamed Appa, who was born in Tenkasi of Tirunelveli District. After spending sometime in spiritual pursuits in Peermedu of Kerala State he came and stayed at Thuckalay. Being a Tamil poet of great eminence, he wrote many books on philosophy.

Saikuthambi Pavalar Memorial :

He was born on 31-07-1874. He was having good knowledge of tamil grammar and literature. In 10th March 1907 he performed ‘Sathavathana Programme in the presence of Tamil Scholars and got appreciation. He took part in the Independence struggle. He died on 13-12-1950. As a mark of respect his memorial was opened on 26-09-1987. His memorial is located in Idlakkudi Kottar Post, Nagercoil.

Sanguthurai Beach :

Sanguthurai is a beautiful beach resort and is very convenient for the local population of Nagercoil. It is only about 10 kms from the city. Unfortunately no infrastructure facilities were available in this beach. The district administration has now sanctioned a project for putting up of a children's park, seating facility, open huts (Kudils) with Terracotta roofs and lighting facility at the beach at a cost of Rs.6.00 lakhs. The entire work has been completed. It is also proposed to put up a few shops for Women Self Help Groups at the site, which can provide eatables to the on coming tourists at the beach side.

Shothavilai Beach :

Sothavalai beach

It is about 10 Kms from Kanyakumari, is one of the best natural beaches of the district. The beach has shallow water and High sand dunes on the back ground. The District Administration has through its own funds and through the funds of MPLAD scheme, put up rest shelters, kudils and a view tower over here for the benefit of tourists. The tourists can reach the beach through the newly laid coastal road which is a very beautiful drive along the sea-coast.

St. Bernadet Church - Kottar

Native of France – St. Bernadet was born at this city of Lourdh; poor family. She had strong faith in Good she dedicated herself to the noble cause-service to the poor she breathed her last at the age of 35 years.She was honoured only in 1933 with ‘saint’ In the same year a church was erected in honour of the Bernadet in Mangala kuntru parish in kottan District.Every Thursday special prayers are offered. Devotees irrespective of cast and religion throng here.Location : 35 km from Nagercoil; 45 km from Kanyakumari; 115 km from Tirunelveli.
Time of Prayer : Monday to Saturday – 6 A.M Sunday – 8.30. A.M Thursday – 5.00.P.M.Special Prayer Festival :In the first Friday of May 10 days festival starts.

St. Xavier Church :

St.Xavier an outstanding and dedicated priest visited the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu from Goa, he never missed the opportunity of visiting Kottar in Kanyakumari district which was a celebrated commercial centre at that time. During his stay at Kottar, he used to worship St. Mary in the small temple. He was popularly known as “Valiya Pandaram” among the people of Kottar. While he was at Kottar, he averted the invasion of Padagas on the people of Venad which was appreciated by the king, who became closer to the Priest. In recognition of Xavier’s services, the king allotted a land to him for the purpose of constructing a catholic church at Kottar. The church records show that the church was built in the year 1600 A.D. In the year 1865, the Church was enlarged and the shrine of our lady was also renovated and vaulted over. In 1930, the church was raised to the status of a Cathedral.In 1955, the church was further extended and the chapel of Our Lady was incorporated into the enlarged church. Ph : 04652-2242010.


Suchindram :


The Thanumalayan Temple here is a repository of art treasures. Musical pillars and huge 18 feet Hanuman Statue are the proof of the artistic skill of the time. This unique temple is dedicated to the Trimurthys Vishnu, Siva and Brahma. Two chief attractions are the gigantic Hanuman and Vinayaki (Female Vinayaka) relief carving. Ph : 04652-241421.

Sunrise and Sunset :

 Sunrise can be seen in Kanyakumari through out the year at Bay of Bengal. Sunset can be seen from view tower through out the year except the months of June, July and August.

Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial :

This grand memorial to the great Indian Philosopher Swami Vivekananda is on one of the twin rocks jutting out from the sea about 200 meters offshore. There is a Dhyana Mandapam where one can sit in a serene atmosphere and meditate. Ferry services are available to reach the memorial. Ph : 04652-246201.

Thekkurichi Beach :

Thekkurichi, a tiny village with calm seashore lies near the west coast Road. Calm Sea shore with shady casuarina trees create a spell-bounding atmosphere.

Thengapattinam Beach:

It issituated on the west coast near Painkulam village in Vilavancode taluk is having a fine beach adorned with coconut groves. This village had in ancient times, trade relations with foreign countries like Arabia. Thengapattinam is having the estuary of the lovely river Thamiraparani with its non-salty water entering the sea. The river back waters are surrounded by charming dense coconut groves. Boat riding on the river backwaters is really an enjoyable one. It is 35 kms from Nagercoil and 54 kms from Kanniyakumari.

Thirparappu Water Falls :

Thirparappu means ‘a pavilion of beauty and sacredness’. The panoramic view of the shrine with green hills and the Perennial river Kodayur, running in front of the shrine, is really fascinating and attractive. The sparkling waterfall is a rich feast for the eyes. A bath is most refreshing. 70 kms from Kanyakumari.


Thiruvattar :

Thiruvattar is located at a distance of 70-km from Kanyakumari. The temple here is one of the finest specimens of temple art and architecture. The paintings on the walls of the temple are worth seeing.

Vallimalai Temple:

This rock cut hill temple is built on top of a small hill accessed through a flight of 300 steps. Much of the temple is within a cave. The cave temple is in three levels successively increasing in elevation. There also shrines to Vinayakar and Kasi Viswanathar here.

Vattakottai Fort :

It is a seaside fort near Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India. It was built in the 18th century as a coastal defence-fortification and barracks in the erstwhile Travancore kingdom. It was constructed under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer of the VOC, who became commander of the Travancore army (the very army that defeated him in the Battle of Colachel) in the 18th century, after he earned the trust of the Travancore King Marthanda Varma. De Lannoy constructed Vattakottai, as part of the defence-fortifications he undertook throughout Travancore. The fort is made of granite blocks and, today, a part of the fort extends into the sea. It is a protected site under the Indian archaeological department. A major renovation of the fort was undertaken recently by the department, and the site is now a popular tourist spot. Vattakottai Fort commands a picturesque view of both the sea on the one side, and the hills (Western Ghats) on the other. Another interesting feature near the site is a beach of black sands. It is about 7 km from Kanyakumari town.


View tower and Telescope house :

Panoramic view of the landscape, sea shore, Vivekananda rock memorial, Thiruvalluvar statue etc., can be seen at view tower and through telescope. Visit : 5 am to 7 pm Entry fee: Rs.3/- for adults and Rs.2/- for children.  

Velu Thambi Dalawah Memorial :

 It is 30 Km from Kanyakumari. This place is historically important since it is the birth place of the great revolutionary Velu Thamby Dalawah, the Diwan of Travancore who rose against British. His ancient home at Thalakulam village was once destroyed by the British. His personal belongings and the weapons used by him in war against British are kept here.

Ulakkai Aruvi :

Ulakkai Aruvi is a natural waterfall situated in Azhagiapandipuram village of Thovalai Taluk. Water is available in this water fall in the summer season. Many tourists come here for bathing and to enjoy the nature. The pathway to this waterfall lies in the Reserve Forest.


Wandering Monk Exhibition :

Located at 1 km from the bus stand. Terracotta designs depicting incidents of Swamiji's wanderings and pictures of various places visited by Swamiji are exhibited here. The building is designed on the spiritual architecture of the Orient. The formation of the building represents the Meru of Sri Chakra and expresses the flame of fire raging within the monk which helped him to enlighten the world.


Udayagiri Fort :

 Built during the regime of King Marthanda Varma (1729-1758 A.D) this fort had a foundry for casting guns. In 1741, King Marthanda Varma defeated the Dutch at Colachel. De Lennoy was taken as one of the 24 European prisioners but soon became a trusted General of the King. Later trained the King’s soldiers in the European method of warfare. Tourists can visit this fort during daytime. 34 kms from Kanniyakumari.

Wax Museum :

India’s first wax museum at Baywatch Water Theme park. The museum, modeled on the lines of Madame Tussaud’s in London, is as part of an attempt to attract national and international tourist to park. The park’s entry fee of Rs.200 per head would cover a visit to the wax museum, but a fee of Rs.50 would be charged for a visit to the museum alone.


Keeriparai :

For nature-lovers and adventurers - pristine and beautiful, places like Keeriparai haven’t been publicized much by the Forest Department for various reasons - Keeriparai hills (30 km from Nagercoil) and the nearby Kalikesam are good picnic spots - one can enjoy water rushing through small mountain streams - with pebbles and ferns all around. There are also a few small waterfalls in this area - the popular one being Vattaparai Falls. Maramalai, which is further up in the hills of Keeriparai is famous for Wild elephants.

Vivekanandapuram :

It is the headquarters of the Vivekananda Kendra, situated 1 km from Kanyakumari. There is an imposing statue of Swamy Vivekananda as a wandering monk and a unique pictorial exhibition.

Other Importance of Kanyakumari

The statue of Jesues Christ brought from England :

The Saint’s Church built in 1924 at Muttam is an old Church. A flag post of 75 feet height carved of stone is a notable thing here. Now it has follow down due to heavy storm. The altar (peedam) in the middle of the church has been carved out of wood. We can witness everywhere the beautiful artistic works. There is a statue of Mother Mary with Infant Jesus in her hands inside the temple, it was brought from Londan by ship and consecrated.

Colour changing Ganapathy :

Lord Vinayaga in Keralapuram Mahadevar Temple near Thakkalai is an wonderful deity. During Dhakshanyana he appears white in colour and during Udhrayana black in colour. The statue was made of moon-stone.

Ulakkai Falls :

Near Alagia Pandiapuram we can see beautiful ‘Ulakkai Falls’. If we see the falls at a distance it looks like a pestle falling down. So it is called in Tamil as ‘Ulakkai Aruvi’.

The first Christian Church in Tamilnadu :

The church at Thiruvithankode in Kanyakumari district is the first christian church. Saint Thomas was one of the Jesus 12 disciples. First he stepped down at Kodungallur; on the way to Mylapore in Chennai he would have passed throught this place. This is the church erected by him at that time.

Temple built by the prisoners :

Home church in the heart of the city Nagercoil has been built by the prisoners. Black stones only were used for the building work. In order to bring the log of woods and stones the elephant belonged to Nagaraja temple was used with the permission of Her highness the queen of Travancore.

Kovalam of Kanyakumari :

Kovalam is a small coastal village situated in the Kanyakkumar beach line. The natural beauty with tall coconut trees, ever green sceneries, the sea with tides, sandy beach and calm atmosphere attract the tourists from far and near.


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