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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top sightseeing spots in Kanyakumari?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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If you thought Kanyakumari is water, water and only water, you are partly right. Partly, not wholly. The numerous places of attraction, each with a unique speciality of its own is something you may find unexpected in the place but once you start exploring it, you will be immersed in it, without even realising it yourself. Powerful words? But then, truths are always powerful.

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial

    The southernmost tip of the country is where Swami Vivekananda attained enlightenment and this immense, majestic memorial is in honour of the great soul who is loved and revered not only by Indians but also by the rest of the world. Thus, this memorial is a popular tourist spot for many people. Built on a rock that rises from the sea, this marvellous site also has a mysterious carving of a foot believed to be that of Goddess Devi Kumari. The divinity of place can be felt all around, from the gentle swaying of the blue water to the meditation halls, mandapam. A place that invokes goodness, visit to Vivekananda Rock Memorial will be more like a spiritual tour rather than just sightseeing.

    Ferry ride fee: INR 10 to INR 20
    Entrance fee: INR 10
    Timings: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

    And you thought that palaces are made of stones and bricks only. A stroll inside this palace made of wood will alter all your assumptions. Hard to believe? Yes. Legacy of the rulers of Travancore, the palace complex has a four-storeyed building in the centre, hall for performance and many other separate palaces, some of which are 400 years old and serve as museums. If you take a walk in the council chamber, you will definitely see your own reflection on the shiny black floor plastered with in an unimaginable way with egg white, burnt coconut shells and  jaggery lime. If this is not enough for you, feel the flower power as 90 different floral designs adorned the Queen Mother's palace, taking you back to the 16th century. You will be jolted back to the present with the tick of the 300 years old clock. Even then, all you will think is- really, this clock still works!

    Entry fee: INR 25 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners
    Ticket timings: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

  • Thiruvalluvar

    A majestic statue that towers at the place where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea- Thiruvalluvar statue has a special aura about it. Dedicated to saint Thiruvalluvar, a great Tamil poet and philosopher, who wrote the Thirukkural, the structure stands on a 38 feet pedestal, representing the 38 chapters on virtue in his book and the combined height, 133 feet is a tribute to the 133 chapters in the book. Surrounded by a mandapam known as alankara mandapam on all sides, which in turn has statues of ten elephants encircling it, the pedestal is a work that has captured the attention of many people.

  • Gandhi Mandapam

    Gandhi Mandapam, in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, who was inspired by the beauty and serenity of Kanyakumari, will charm you with its arches and architecture. This place is a must visit on a complete tour of Kanyakumari.  If you are visiting the place on 2nd October, be prepare to witness a rare spectacle. The sun rays gently fall on the stone near which his ashes were kept and this happens only on this day every year, his birthday. Nevertheless an architectural wonder, but it also gives the place an incomprehensible uniqueness.

    Entry free
    Timings: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

From wooden palace, to majestic statue and architecture that weaves magic, Kanyakumari will keep you busy, inspired and asking for more! No need to delay your plan. Just book the tickets and join the Kanyakumari ride.

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