Kanyakumari standing guard at the tip of Indian Peninsula

There is no denying the fact that Kanyakumari is one of the most exotic tourist places in the entire country of India. It was earlier known as Cape Comorin and is located at the southern most part of the mainland of India.

Kanyakumari is also the point of confluence of the three water bodies surrounding India, namely the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The city of Kanyakumari is located around 86 km in the south eastern regions of Thiruvanantapuram. It is also the home to another great and unique phenomenon, geographically speaking that allows you to view the sun rise and also the sun set from the same beach.

 

A sculpture in the city

A sculpture in the city

The name of the city has been derived from the Hindu Goddess of Kanyakumari who is also known as Kumari Amman. The temple at the tip of the mainland India is dedicated to the Goddess Kanyakumari. There are various legends and also myths associated with the city of Kanyakumari. For instance, one such legend says that a reincarnation of Goddess Parvati, by the name of Kanya Devi was supposed to get married to Lord Shiva. But Shiva being a forgetful lord, failed to show up during the wedding ceremony. As the uncooked feast of different food items and rice laid around, they turned into stones later. It is believed that the stones lying on the shore of the Kanyakumari are the actual rice grains meant for the feast at the wedding. Kanya Devi is thus worshipped as the virgin Goddess.

Kanyakumari has many churches and temples and it is worth a place to visit in South India. When you are here at Kanyakumari, you can also check out the various beaches and the statues. The evolution of the culture and the life style of the people in the city are largely inspired by the city location. It is a popular tourist destination and people from all over the world visits the city to explore the various cuisines, art forms and also the architecture.

It was also a major pearl fishing center during the first century and has been a maritime trade centre during the reigns of Chola, Nayaks, Cheras and the Pandyas. During the reigns of Venad Kings, Kanyakumari came to be known as South Travancore.

There are accommodations aplenty if you happen to visit Kanyakumari. The Indian hotels within the budget are clustered near the bus stand and the railway station and you would certainly find the one you can stay in.

Dhiraj – has written 82 posts on this site.
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