Kanyakumari formerly known as Cape Comorin is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The name comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. The nearest town is Nagercoil. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination. This area is very beautiful. Since the early 1970s, tourism has been an industry in the town. Because of this, it is one of the few small towns in South India where one can hear many of the different languages of India spoken in the street. In recent years the promotion of tourism has increased, with increasing emphasis on attractions outside the town, such as the surrounding landscapes, as well as the historical and religious sites found around the district. On an average, a total number of 2 million tourists (domestic and foreign) visit Kanyakumari every year. Though there are several places of tourist interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly surrounded by waters. On balmy, full-moon evenings, one can also see the moonrise and sunset at the same time.
Vivekananda Rock is a popular tourist monument in Kanyakumari. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters east of the mainland, India’s southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. According to local legends, it was on this rock that Goddess Kumari performed austerity. A meditation hall (Dhyana Mandapam) is also attached to the memorial for visitors to meditate.
Tsunami Memorial Park Near Kanyakumari’s southern shore stands a monument to the memory of those who died in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, an underwater megathrust earthquake that claimed around 280 000 lives in many countries
Bhagavathy Amman Temple is a 3000-year-old temple dedicated to Goddess Kumari Amman. Kumari Amman is one of the forms of Devi, popularly known as “Kumari Bhagavathy Amman”. Kumari Bhagavathy Amman temple is the first Durga temple created by Lord Parasurama and one of the 108 Shakthi Peethas. Kumari temple has been mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Purananooru. Devi Kanya Kumari is Shree Bhagavathy in the form of an adolescent girl child.
Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, Attoor is one among the few renowned Worship centers of Ayyavazhi in the western Kanyakumari. It is also the second Thangal built in the Thamarai Thangal series only after the Nizhal Thangal of Nelli-ninra Vilai, and the first ever Temple built with the Sahasrara architecture. It is located at Attoor near Thiruvattar.
Triveni Sangam The confluence of 3 Seas the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, is believed to be the place where drops of nectar fell from the pitcher, from the hands of the Gods. It is believed that a bath in the Sangam will wash away all one’s sins and will clear the way to heaven.
Vattakottai Fort or ‘Circular Fort’ is a seaside fort. It was built in the 18th century as a coastal defense fortification and barracks in the erstwhile Travancore kingdom. It was constructed under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer of the Dutch East India Company, who became commander of the Travancore Army in the 18th century after he earned the trust of the Travancore King Marthanda Varma.
Suchindram Anjaneyar Temple is also called as Thanumalaya Perumal temple, Hanuman temple. It’s a belief that Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. This Hanuman Temple situated in a village of Suchindram and is famous for its sculptural richness and tall tower known as “gopuram”. This gopuram is large, white colored, sculptural and 40 meters in height.
Suchindram Temple is unique in the whole of India in that it is dedicated to three different deities represented by one image in the sanctum and is called Sthanumalayan (Sthanu-Shiva, Maal-Vishnu, and Ayan-Brahma) kovil. The temple is rich in sculpture and architecture and a visitor to this temple is amply rewarded with the sight of such exquisite art of hundreds of years old.
St Xavier Church at Kottar, a suburb of Nagercoil, was constructed in memory of St. Xavier. St. Xavier an outstanding and dedicated priest visited the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu from Goa, he never missed the opportunity of visiting Kottar in Kanyakumari district which was a celebrated commercial centre at that time. During his stay at Kottar, he used to worship St. Mary in the small temple. He was popularly known as “Valiya Pandaram” among the people of Kottar.