The location of India is very exceptional with the fact that this is the only country which has huge sea beaches on one side and high mountains on the other side. India is indeed a very lucky country to have a junction of shores of three large seas – the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. The union of these three seas is a very rare phenomenon which happened to be in India only. This rare phenomenon is witnessed in Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari lies on the southernmost tip of India and is a town in Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari is sometimes also known by the name Cape Comorin. Today this little town is the most visited place in any religious trips of people. Even the great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda also visited the town because of its fame and worship places. There are memorials in Kanyakumari which are named after these two personalities. The geography of Kanyakumari is so unique that we can see sunrise and sunset both at the same shore.
The famous temple of “Goddess Kumari” is the biggest ancient landmark and is the oldest temple in Kanyakumari. It is being said that this Goddess Kumari worshiped Lord Shiva till the end and asked him to accept her as his wife. The story is quite well known. Thus the temple was named after this Goddess Kumari. The British people named this temple as “Cape Comorin” during British Raj because according to them ‘Kumari’ means virgin. The temple is for sure full of Hindu Priests (Pujaris) who does the Prasad offering tradition, the Kumkums and the Poojas. Everyone has to enter the temple with bare toes in order to offer respect to the Devi. The town is always full of lots of tourists and thus the fare charges of the buses and even the auto rickshaws in the town are not high. Thus roaming around the town is less expensive. So a keen tourist can actually stay in the town for long.
There is always huge crowd gathering in the place named Vivekanandapuram. This place is upheld by the Ramakrishna Mission and is the only peaceful area of Kanyakumari. The beautiful sight of the sunrise and the sunset can be seen from the beaches of Vivekanandapuram. The boarding and housing arrangements are provided in this place. Some other places of Kanyakumari are the Thiruvalluvar Statue, the Vivekananda Rock and the Kanyakumari Devi temple. If you want to visit this temple with less trouble then you should not prefer to visit this temple during the peak months (December and January) when the crowd is very high. One should be aware of the touts in the temple.
The popular “Vivekananda Rock” which is hundred meters away from the shore has two Mandaps: one is for the Swami Vivekananda itself and the other one belong to a Holy Foot. It is believed that this foot print is made of the rock on which the “Goddess Kumari” did her Tapasya (penance) on one leg. Thus a print of her leg was preserved in the memorial of her penance. People are not allowed to click the pictures of the tall statue of Swami Vivekananda which is in the Rock memorial. The probable date of his year of death and the date when the Samadhi was made were mentioned on the bottom portion of the statue. People should be very particular about the entry timings which are from 7:30 am to 4 pm. After 4 pm entry was denied in the temple.
The Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari was named after the Tamil saint, poet, and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. Many rocks were merged together and a huge statue was carved out of the joined rocks, which was then titled the Thiruvalluvar Statue. An epic philosophy was written by the great saint “Thirukkural”. The philosophy contains 133 chapters. Thus, the statue was made 133 feet long to represent these chapters. Tourists were allowed to climb the statue. The architecture of this enlightening piece is worth praising. This piece of work inspires the people to live a honest and principled life. The view from the topmost point of the 133 feet long statue is magnificent.
Even Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, couldn’t resist the charm and the beauty of the place and visited the place to endure its spectacular beauty. A place called Mahatma Mandapan was named after Gandhiji and is the place where the sangam of the three seas happen. When he died his ashes were kept wrapped in a stone and were placed there. This place is very magical. It is said that the sun rays falls on the stone kept at Mahatma Mandapan on 2nd of October only, which is the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi. The most beautiful church of India is in Kanyakumari. The church is known as Our Lady of Ransom Church. The whole church was architecture in Gothic style. The church is having blemished glass windows and three huge towering pinnacles. The church appears to be off-white and is almost 153 feet high.
Another interesting thing in Kanyakumari is the South Indian food. The visitors have to eat typical South Indian food served on a leaf. The favorite items of Tamil people are dosai, iddlis, vadas, sambhar and they will include coconut in every dish. You will find coconut everywhere in Kanyakumari. The food is very different and still is quite tasty. There are many wholesale and retail shops in Kanyakumari. People can buy a lot of interesting and cheap items from there. The quality of their products is very fine and finished. In short, the whole tour of Kanyakumari is not just about visiting temples but is a lot about the friendly and refreshing environment the place provides.