Kanyakumari, officially spelled as Kanniyakumari, in Tamil Nadu is the southern most tip of India. It is surrounded by majestic hills and the plains are bordered by colourful sea-shores. The land is fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields, here and there are few elevated patches of red cliffs with undulating valleys and plains between the mountainous terrain and the sea – coast, so closely interwoven with Temples and Churches and other edifices, that it makes it the most captivating view.
The main attraction of Kanyakumari is of course due to the fact that it is the very tip of the Indian peninsula, also it is the point of confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. One can see three different colored sand beds here. The sand samples are also sold in sachets for a memorabilia. Nature is so spectacular at Kanyakumari that several other Indian beaches pale by comparison. Cape Comorin is at its best during Chitra Pournami (the full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face on the same horizon but other full moon days are also special and you can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously.
The legend has it that Kanya Devi, an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Siva, but as he failed to show up on his wedding day, the rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked and remain unused thereafter. As the legend goes, the uncooked grains turned into stones as time went by. Some believe that the small stones on the shore today, which look like rice, are indeed grains from the wedding that was never solemnised. Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists who flock the town.
Kanyakumari is the place where sage Agasthya lived for a long time and the place where Swami Vivekananda came seeking peace.
- Rail: The Kanyakumari Junction is just 1 km away from the central bus stand. The major railway station near Kanyakumari is Trivandrum Central, which is connected to all parts of India by rail. There are many starting trains from Kanyakumari, including trains to Delhi (Rajdhani Exp), Kolkata (Shalimar Exp), Mumbai (Cape Mumbai Exp), Chennai (Kanyakumari Exp) and Bangalore (Bangalore Exp).
- Road: Lots of public and private bus services are available from Kanyakumari. Kerala and Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses connect Kanyakumari with many cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Deluxe and super deluxe bus services are available from Kanyakumari to Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum.
- Air: Nearest Airport is Trivandrum International Airport which is at a distance of 87 km from Kanyakumari. Trivandrum airport is well connected with many major cities in India and abroad. Direct flights from many gulf countries are available from Trivandrum. Tourist taxi charges about Rs 1,500 from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari.
- State: Tamil Nadu
- District: Kanyakumari
- Famous for/as: Beaches, Historical
- Languages: Tamil
- Best Season: Oct – Mar
- Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 17 to 21°C
- Pincode: 629xxx
- STD code: 04652