18 Places To Visit & 5 Things To Do In Kanyakumari

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Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of India is home to the most amazing sunsets and beaches. It is a watering hole of art, architecture, history and culture. It’s ideal for travel buffs seeking diverse experiences.

Why Go There: Perfect Sunset View | Beaches | History | Architectural Marvels
Ideal For: Enjoying Beach Vacations | Cultural & Historical tours
Things to Bring Back: Antique pieces, sea shells, sarees, handloom garments and more


Places to Visit in Kanyakumari

18. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

One the most visited sites this memorial has Indian ocean as its backdrop. The memorial built on a rock protruding from the Lakshwadeep comprises of:

  • The Shripada Mandapam
  • The Vivekananda Mandapam

This island where Vivekananda attained nirvana is also home to one of his statues that (built in 1970). A great way to explore Vivekananda’s life and teachings is to visit the study hall and museum here.

Open Time: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Distance from the City: 2 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Spiritual Pursuits
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


17. Thirparappu Falls

This man-made waterfall cascades down from a height of 50 feet and is a mesmerizing sight. The falling water forms a pool below which you can enjoy. The lord Shiva temple at the entrance of the falls is special for the locals.

Open Time: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Distance from the City: 45 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Everyone
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


16. Thanumalayan Temple – Sthanumalayan Kovil

This is an important Hindu temple located in Kaynakumari’s Suchindram district. The temple architecture is exemplary with outstanding craftsmanship in stone.

Distance from the City: 11 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


15. Kumari Amman Temple

This temple overlooks the sea and is devoted to the virgin Goddess Devi Kanyakumari. It is about 3000 years old and gets a mention in scriptures like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Kumari Amman temple is amongst the 51 Shaktipeethams (home of the deity Shakti).

Distance from the City: 8 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


14. Kanyakumari Beach

This beach is the confluence of three water bodies; The Bay of Bengal, The Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. The distinct hues of these three water bodies can seen at sunrise and sunset. A Lighthouse at the beach offers the most amazing view of the sea waters extending into the skyline.

Distance from the City: 2 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Watching Sunrises & Sunsets| Relaxation
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


13. Padmanabhapuram Palace

This Palace represents the erstwhile Travancore Empire. This place symbolizes the region’s rich cultural heritage. This 16th century palace made entirely of wood displays exclusive antiques and artifacts.

Open Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Distance from the City: 29 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: History & Heritage Lovers
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


12. Wax Museum

This museum houses the wax figurines of important people in Indian as well as world history. The wax museum also displays statues of both national and international celebrities.

Open Time: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Distance from the City: 17 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Everyone
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


11. Lord Subramanya Temple

It is an enchanting place marked by infinite pillars and several towers. Many religious festivals are celebrated here around the year.

Distance from the City: 16 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


10. Vattakottai Fort

This magnificent coastal fort is located in Agasteeswaram Taluka. The Fort offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal as well as the majestic Western Ghats. This fort was the last fort built in the 18th century during the Travancore Dynasty rule. The fort was built by Captain Eustachius De Lannoy under the rule of King Marthanda Varma.

Open Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Distance from the City: 17 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Everyone
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


9. Courtallam Falls

Courtallam falls cascade down from a height of 160 m adding to their enormity as well as intensity. The falls are in the town of Panchayat, in the Tirunelveli district. People come here to take a rejuvenating shower amidst mountains and lush greenery. There are washrooms and food stalls nearby for the convenience of the visitors. The Courtallam falls stem from many rivers such as Chittar, Pachaiyar, and Maninuthar. These rivers together form a huge and ferocious cascade of water.

Distance from the City: 98 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Nature Lovers | Photography Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


8. Sanguthurai Beach

This is a tranquil white sandy beach in Kanyakumari. One can view the Vivekananda Rock Memorial from the beach. A white pillar projecting from the sea can also be spotted by vigilant visitors. One can take a swim and feel relaxed in its lukewarm waters.

Open Time: 12:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Distance from the City: 12 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: Nature Lovers | Photography Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


7. Chitharal Jain Monuments

These monuments depict the diverse cultures and religions that live in harmony. People from varied faiths flock at these monuments to worship their respective deities.

Distance from the City: 42 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Religious People
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


6. Gandhi Mandapam

Kanyakumari is home to a majestic memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The memorial is at the same place where ashes of the revered Mahatma were kept for the public to pay homage. This Mandapam is situated near to Gandhi Memorial. The memorial is well maintained by the Public Works Department who took over its control in 1978.

Open Time: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Patriots & Followers of Gandhi
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


5. Our Lady of Ransom Church

This 15th century beautiful church is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Dedicated to mother Mary, this church looks enchanting with the ocean at its backdrop. The main tower of the church adorns with a golden cross which looks magnificent. But, people are most enthralled by the statue of Virgin Mary attired in a sari.

Distance from the City: 2 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Christianity Faith Followers
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


4. Sothavilai Beach

This is a 4 km, longest natural beach adorned with white sandy dunes and clear waters. The shallow waters of the beach are ideal for swimming. This beach is close to Sanguthurai Beach and both the beaches are often visited together.

Distance from the City: 2 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Nature Lovers | Swimming
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


3. Sunset Point

This place offers the most spectacular views of the setting sun. The azure sky in and clear blue waters beneath make it a sight worth seeing. The sunset point is a confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, andArabian Sea. Together these water bodies form the ‘Triveni Sangam’.

Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


2. Tsunami Monument

This unique sixteen-foot monument was designed and built by architect B. Kanagaraj Cangan. The memorial is a grim reminder of the earthquake caused by the Indian Ocean.

This disaster was so massive that it wiped out about 3 lakh people from the face of the earth. This monument depicts two hands, one trying to hold back a massive blue wave and the other holding a light of hope. People from far and near places come to this memorial to pay their last respects to the ones killed in the Tsunami.

Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Paying Homage to Tsunami Victims
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


1. St Xavier Church

Kottar is located in Nagercoil and is a well-known historical structure. Constructed in the 1600s by St Francis Xavier this church has seen many miracles. People from varied faiths and far off countries come to the Church to seek blessings from the Lord.

Open Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: Throughout the year


Things to Do in Kanyakumari

5. Get Inspired by the Wandering Monk Exhibition

This exhibition encapsulates Swami Vivekananda’s life as a wanderer. The cost of the ticket also covers the Arise! Awake! photo display exhibition in Vivekanandapuram.


4. Get Mesmerised by the Panoramic Views from View Point

This is a popular sunset watching point located in Kanyakumari. There is a telescope kept in the View Tower which offers scenic views of the sunsets and the landscape. One can also view monuments such as the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue from here.

Visit the Lighthouse: Get mesmerised by the beautiful sea vistas by visiting the lighthouse to the west of Kanyakumari.


3. Tour the Government Museum

Get immersed in history and art by the varied sections dedicated to Travancore Royals and modern Indian art by Ravi Varma.


2. Go Shopping

You can shop for handloom garments, antiques, furniture, and handicrafts from shops such as

  • Srikanya Handicrafts
  • Kamala Stores
  • RSKS Furniture Mart,
  • Noor Shopping Centre

1. Savour Local Cuisine

Enjoy sumptuous seafood and the typical South Indian delicacies at some of the restaurants mentioned below

  • Saravana Hotel
  • Seashore Hotel
  • Auroma
  • Sangam Restaurant
  • Hotel Anapoorna

How to Reach Kanyakumari

Trivandrum International airport (67 km)

Book Your Flights From: Paytm Flights | Expedia Flight | Makemytrip
Nearest Railway Station

Kanniyakumari railway station

Nearest Bus Stops

Kanyakumari is easily accessible by road to all the major cities of Tamil Nadu. A multitude of Kanyakumari and Tamil Nadu road transport buses are available on a regular basis.

Book Your Bus: Goibibo Bus


Where to stay in Kanyakumari

Golden Nest Homestay | VLS Holiday Home | Hotel Ocean Heritage | Hotel Temple Citi

Book Hotels: Bookoing.com | Club Mahindra | goibibo Hotels | Agoda


Nearby Places to Visit

  • Kovalam (88 km)
  • Poovar (71 km)
  • Tirunelveli (86 km)
  • Trivandrum (100 km)
  • Varkala (143 km)
  • Munnar (365 km)

Hidden Gems

You should visit the Mathur Aquaduct or the Mathoor Hanging Trough. It is the longest and highest trough bridge located near the Mathoor village and built over Parazhiyar River.

Get awed by the 38-foot statue of Thiruvalluvar, a well-known poet and philosopher. Located on a tiny island, you will need a brief ferry ride to reach this work of art.


CashKaro Recommendation

    • Visit the Vattakotta beach for bathing in the sea. This beach is located about 6 km from Kanyakumari

Fun Way to Travel

Kanyakumari is well connected by road to all the major cities of Southern India. You can travel by car and take halts at will especially when travelling with family and kids.

If you do not wish to take your car, you can rent one from: Myles Car | Zoomcar


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