Deriving its name from the goddess Devi Kanya Kumari, the town of Kanyakumari is notable for pilgrimage and tourism. This southernmost point of mainland India is all about stunning beaches, cascading waterfalls, and the splendid Kumari Amman Temple, one of the Shakti Peeths. Travellers visit this tranquil destination to spend some moments away from the worldly chaos and unwind in its picturesque vistas.


One of the popular attractions here is the Kanyakumari Temple. Famed as one of the 108 Shakti Peeth in Hindu mythology, the temple holds great value among Hindu pilgrims. Featuring a unique architectural style, the temple stands out among the tourists for its beauty.

Another renowned temple here is the Suchindrum Temple located 11 kilometres from the city. Featuring distinctive Dravidian style architecture, the temple is adorned with magnificent gopurams. The temple also houses the highest gopuram standing at 134 feet high.

Nagaraja Temple is another famous temple here. It is believed that the snakes here safeguard the temple. The temple houses shrines of Lords Ananthakrishna and Kasi Viswanatha which appear to the right of Nagaraja shrine. Though Nagaraja is the presiding deity of the temple, kodimaram or flag post is for Lord Ananthakrishna only.

Suchindram Anjaneyar, also known as Thanumalaya Perumal Temple is another prominent religious attraction in Kanyakumari. According to beliefs, Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self punishment at Kanyakumari. This Hanuman Temple is situated in a village of Suchindram and is famous for its sculptural richness and tall tower known as “gopuram”.

Apart from the religious attractions, Kanyakumari also houses many other popular sites worth visiting. Vivekananda Rock Memorial is an iconic monument in Kanyakumari that oozes magic with its two main structures - the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. The memorial was built in 1970 and houses some of the finest pieces of human attempts at architecture in Southern India.

The ones travelling to Kanyakumari never miss a chance to visit the impressive Thiruvalluvar Statue. With a height of 133 feet, the statue is dedicated to the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar, who is one of the greatest Tamil poets in India.

Other major attractions in Kanyakumari are

How to Reach Kanyakumari
By Air: The closest airport to Kanyakumari is the Trivandrum International Airport. It is about 67 kilometres from the city.
By Rail: Kanyakumari has its own railhead that receives trains from all major Indian cities
By Road: Tamil Nadu and Kanyakumari Road Transport Corporation operate regular fleet of buses that connect the city to all parts of South India.


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