Tourist attractions in Kanyakumari district

Kanyakumari district has always been a memorable place for the tourists. Because of the beautiful landscapes and pleasant climatic conditions, this place has always attracted tourists from different parts of the world. This article includes the tourist places in Kanyakumari district and their significance. It also gives the travel route, if you are planning to visit all the places.

Kanyakumari district is a pleasant and friendly place. The landscape and climatic conditions are more like Kerala with banana plantations, rubber estates, paddy fields, coconut groves and cloves. The climate here is pleasant and humid, compared to the other districts in Tamil Nadu. It is a place of natural and manmade tourist places with historical backgrounds. If you are planning to visit Kanyakumari district, below are the must-see places.

Kanyakumari beach:

About 88kms from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, is Kanyakumari beach. Most people know it as Cape Comorin. The name Kanyakumari was taken from the name of the Hindu goddess “Kumari Amman”, who is the deity of Kumari Amman temple situated in the meeting place of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The meeting place of the two seas and the ocean can be clearly seen in beautiful different colours from the shore.
Gandhi Mandabam, wax museum, Aquarium, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue are the places to visit here.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built on a rock 500 meters from shore into the sea. It was built on memory of Swami Vivekananda, on the rock where he meditated. There is “Dhyana Mandabam(meditation hall)” for the tourists. The memorial was built in 1970.

About 400 meters from the shore is the Thiruvalluvar statue, which was opened in 2000 January. Thiruvalluvar was a great Tamil poet who wrote “Thirukkural”, which has 1330 verses written as 133 chapters. The statue is 133 meters tall representing the 133 chapters of Thirukkural. Tourists are allowed to enter the statue. The 95 meters tall statue stands on a 38 meters high pedestal. His 1330 versus of Thirukkural are sculpted on the inner walls of the statue. Ferry boat service is available to take the tourists to Thiruvalluvar statue and then to Vivekananda Rock Memorial. During rainy days, when the tide is high, ferry service will be stopped and tourists are not allowed inside the sea.

There is the Gandhi Mandabam, built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. This memorial was the place where his ashes were kept for the people to see. The main aspect of this memorial is, every October 2nd that is, on his birthday; the Sun rays will fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept.

In the wax museum, we can see the wax statues of celebrities and leaders. We can see the statues of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, actor Shahrukh Khan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Dr. J. Jayalalitha, actor Mohanlal and so many. Tourists are allowed to take photos with the celebrities and leaders. Of course they are statues, but they are so realistic that people will believe even if you say, you saw them in person.
There are shopping areas, where we can get beautiful show pieces, photo frames, accessories, etc., made of sea shells. We can also get good quality corals, pearls, colour sands, food items, etc. Kanyakumari beach is famous for its sunrise and sunset.

The sunrise and sunset here is the most beautiful sight. Usually tourists who visit Kanyakumari beach will go in the morning to see the sunrise; they will spend the whole day there; they will watch the sunset and then will return. Also, there are beachside resorts at convenient rates, where tourists can stay.


Baywatch is situated near Kanyakumari beach. It has an amusement park, wax museum, hotels and resorts. If you are visiting with your kids and family, it is a wonderful place to spend your day.

Vattakottai fort:

About 7kms from Kanyakumari beach and 87kms from Trivandrum is Vattakottai fort, which was built in the 18th century by the Dutch for their defense. It was built of stone, on the sea coastline. The fort was built high, for their convenience of monitoring the enemies who enter by sea. We can see a long distance into the sea, from the top of the fort, which is a beautiful view. Cannons and other weapons used by them are preserved for the tourists to see.

Suchindram Thanumalayan temple:

About 14kms from Vattakottai fort is Suchindram Thanumalayan temple. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in a single form called Sthanumalyam. This temple is built in the 17th century and is famous for its sculptures and architectural grandeur.

Nagaraja temple:

About 6kms from Suchindram Thanumalayan temple is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari district. Here we can see the famous Nagaraja temple. The name Nagercoil is originated from the name of this temple. The five-headed serpent is the main deity of Nagaraja temple.

Pariharas are done here for Rahu Doshas. On Sundays of the Tamil month of Avani(August-September) people from different places visit the temple for special poojas.

Padmanabapuram palace:

About 15kms from Nagercoil and 53kms from Trivandrum is Padmanabapuram palace. It is one of the must-see tourist places in Kanyakumari district. Since Kanyakumari district was once under Kerala, the king who ruled then, had built the palace with amazing traditional Kerala architecture.

The floorings were done with an unique mixture of substances that till now that mixture cannot be reproduced. There are furniture made of wood and ivory. There is a cot made for the king and queen for cooling purpose only and a cot made of 64 medicinal woods. There is a dining room that can accommodate 1000 people at a time; there are lot of sculptures, mirrors, furniture and weapons; we can see the swimming pool and toilet facilities used by the kings and queens.

The king who built the palace was very interested in art, music and dance. So, he had built a room for the dance and music performances and had made facilities for the queens and princesses to watch the performances with privacy. Many movies were taken in the palace with certain restrictions. Just outside the palace is a museum. There are refreshments also outside the palace. There are guides who could take us around the palace and explain every aspect of the palace clearly.

Mathur Thotti Palam (Mathur Hanging Trough):

About 7kms from Padmanabapuram palace and 52kms from Trivandrum is Mathur Thotti Palam (Mathur Hanging Trough) is the tallest and the longest aqueduct in south Asia, built over the river Paraliyar (Pahrali River). It takes water from one hill to another for irrigation.

Its total height is 115 feet from the ground. The trough is 7 feet high, 7.5 feet wide and 1240 feet long, raised with 28 pillars. It is surrounded by the hills of Western Ghats. The trough is covered in the center, making a path for people to walk on. While walking on the bridge, we can see beautiful greeneries all around, water in the trough on our both sides and Paraliyar River (Pahrali River) flowing below the trough.

Pechipparai and Perunchani Reservoir:

About 19kms from Mathur Thotti Palam and 51kms from Trivandrum is Kulasekaram. From Kulasekaram, the road splits in two directions. About 10kms from Kulasekaram, on either direction are Pechipparai and Perunchani Reservoir.
Pechipparai Reservoir is originated from the Pechipparai dam, built across the river Kodayar. It is the water source for the whole of Kanyakumari district; both for crops and drinking.
Perunchani Reservoir is originated from the Perunchani dam, built across the river Paraliyar (Pahrali River). It is used for irrigation purpose.
Both reservoirs are surrounded by beautiful hills and dense forest of the Western Ghats, giving a scenic view for the tourists.

Travel route:

If you are planning to visit all the places, here is the travel route with approximate distance.
If you arrive by plane, you can reach Trivandrum airport.
If you arrive by train or bus, you can reach Trivandrum, Kanyakumari or Nagercoil as per your convenience.
After you arrive, there is bus service for all these places. You can also get a taxi or other private transport services.

Trivandrum - Kanyakumari beach (88kms)
Kanyakumari beach - Vattakottai fort (7kms)
Vattakottai fort - Suchindram Thanumalayan temple (14kms)
Suchindram Thanumalayan temple - Nagercoil Nagaraja temple (6kms)
Nagercoil Nagaraja temple - Padmanabapuram palace (15kms)
Padmanabapuram palace - Mathur Thotti Palam (7kms)
Mathur Thotti Palam – Kulasekaram (19kms)
Kulasekaram - Pechipparai Reservoir (10kms)
Kulasekaram - Perunchani Reservoir (10kms)
Pechipparai Reservoir or Perunchani Reservoir - Trivandrum (65kms)
Pechipparai Reservoir or Perunchani Reservoir - Nagercoil (45kms)

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