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#10 of 35 Places To Visit in Kanyakumari
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Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, 629702, India
contact
+91-44-25383333
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timings
All days of the week
4:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
visit duration
30 minutes to 1 hour

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The nearest airport to Kanyakumari is located at a distance of about 67 kilometres at Trivandrum. The airport maintains good connectivity with all the major cities in India and with some gulf countries. Taxis charge approximately 1500 INR to commute from airport to Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari Road Transport Corporation offers regular buses to almost all the major cities of South India. Trains from Mumbai and Bangalore ply to Kanyakumari on a daily basis. Kumari Amman Temple is just a few minutes walk away from the Tsunami Memorial Park and can be easily reached by taking a cab or an auto rickshaw.

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The Kumari Amman Temple is associated with the legends and myths associated with the virgin goddess Kumari Amman or Kanya Kumari. From her love of Shiva to the ruby on her nose ring, which can be seen far from the sea, confusing sailors in thinking it is a lighthouse- everything enchanting and mysterious seem to converge in this temple. Start your worship from the Navaratri Mandapam with a prayer to Kala Bhairava and as you further walk to the inner part of the temple, the blue stone idol of the goddess will be there in all its divinity and glory. Shrines dedicated to Tyagi Sundari and Indra Vinayak are also present here. Shakthi, the primordial goddess, is seen waiting in her virginal aspect here, after her marriage to Shiva was thwarted by Narada. The wedding feast that was laid waste is believed to have changed into colourful sand that still adorns the beaches of Kanyakumari. One can hear the whoosh and wave of the sea while standing in this picturesquely located temple, built first by the Pandayas and later expanded by the Nayaks.

The deity Kanyakumari is resplendent with the legendary diamond nose ring, the sparkle of which is said to have caused many ships to crash on the rocky coast. Hence the door facing east is always kept shut and opened only five times in a year.

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