The term Kumari Kandam was used in the 15th century for the first time.
It was referred in Skanda Purana written in Tamil by Kachiappa Sivacharyara.
The equivalent word for this in Sanskrit is, 'Kumarika Khanda'.
Historians say that Pandiyan Kings ruled Lemuria, a continent for more than 10,000 years. Later this continent got submerged in water. The Lemuria continent is referred to as 'Kumari Kandam'. This place located somewhere in between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This piece of land was connecting Africa with South India through Madagascar. There are some references in the Tamil and Sanskrit literature which confirm the existence of this place centuries ago. Recently ocean exploration work in the Indian Ocean. The work was carried out towards the south of Kanyakumari district. These studies strengthen the belief that this piece of land was existing.
Because of the submerge of this place, Poompuhar, the capital of Pandiyan kingdom and six of the seven temples of Mahabalipuram are remained totally submerged underwater even today also. It is believed by many history pandits that this place got submerged in the ocean due to some Tsunami like catastrophe happened those days. Many theories say that the chances of catastrophes will be more near the equator regions.
As per the Scientists from National Institute of Oceanography, India, the sea level was lower by 60 m about 10,000 years ago than that of the same at present. It was lower by 100 m about 14,500 years ago. The increase in global warming caused an increase in the sea level also between 12,000 and 10,000 years ago. They this might have caused the submerge of these places.
In the Hindu epic, Ramayana there was a mention about a bridge between India and Srilanka and this bridge also might have got submerged during this period. However, some explorations showed the existence of a bridge connecting India and Srilanka.