Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kanyakumari - the Southern tip of India

         Kanyakumari is one of the most popular tourist destinations of south India. Located in the southernmost point of the Indian mainland, it is a magnificent place of natural beauty where you can see the deep blue waters of the ocean meeting the horizon. This southernmost town of Tamil Nadu is an important attraction for the tourists all around the world . The hindus beleive it to be a sacred place.Before you set out on a tour to visit kanyakumari , Be sure you have information on different places to visit in kanyakumari will be better if you take a tourist map along with you.

       Kanyakumari is near  to the sea and hence enjoys a pleasant climate all the year round. The ideal time to visit Kanyakumari is from October to March .

Places to visit in Kanyakumari

Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar is the immortal poet of Tamil Nadu and has given to the world  Thirukkural. The pedestal of the statue is of 38 feet height and the statue over it is 95 feet tall with a grand total of 133 feet for the entire sculpture.  The 3 tier pedestal  known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa known as Alankara Mandapam with 38 feet height.  Surrounding the Alankara Mandapa stand 10 elephant statues signifying 8 directions with earth and space down. To help the tourists to worship the holy feet of Thiruvalluvar 140 steps are constructed inside the Mandapa.The pedestal with a height of 38 feet represents the 38 chapters in the Book of Aram in Thirukural and the statue of 95 feet on the pedestal represents the total chapters in Porul (70 chapters) and Inbam (25 Chapters).  Thus the statue symbolically, and artistically signifies that the theme of Porul and Inbam are based on Aram.   

Visiting hours: 8 Am to 4 Pm

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

         Vivekananda Rock Memorial is another place in Kanyakumari which attracts large number of tourists.  As its name implies, it is essentially a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 24th, 25th and 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. 
  According to legend, it was on this rock that Goddess Kanyakumari did Tapas or meditation.
Visiting hours 7 Am to 4 Pm...You need to catch a ferry to the rock.

In upcoming posts ..know more places to visit in kanyakumari......