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One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Trip by Car

One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Trip by Car

Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin during the British rule is the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. This ancient town is dedicated to Devi Kanya Kumari after whom the famous Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple has been built.

This temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths and the best way to explore this town is with our One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour by private cab.

Apart from temples, the town is also famous for its memorials, museums and monuments. It is also the meeting point of three large water bodies, commonly known as the Triveni Sangam.

Rightfully referred to as the Alexandria of the East, with our Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour, we help you explore more about the history, art and culture of this city and will fill you with enriching experiences.

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We will begin the Kanyakumari sightseeing tour early in the morning so that we can accommodate many popular tourist points. Our cab will arrive at your residence or hotel and we will first visit the Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple where we will pay our respect to the presiding deity.

From here, we will take you to the point from where you can get a boat for a nominal price that will take you to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue.

Not only is the boat ride in itself exciting, but the two monuments are equally beautiful. The boats will also drop you back to the coastline where our cab will be waiting for you.

Next in your Kanyakumari Sightseeing Tour would be the Chitharal Jain Monuments, which is on the outskirts of the city. This hilltop cave monument has the rock-cut figures of the various Jain Tirthankaras.

From here, we will visit the Vattakottai Fort which is a sea fort and despite being rustic, it has an intriguing charm.

Next in your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour would be the Padmanabhapuram Palace which boasts of stunning architecture. Its four-storeyed mansion and elaborative museum are worth paying a visit.

Further, we will visit the Thanumalayan Temple which is dedicated to the three Hindu Gods, Shiva, Vishnu & Brahma. After praying at the lingam here, we will head to the city centre, where we will visit the Gandhi Memorial. Its significance lies in the fact that Gandhi’s ashes were last kept here for public viewing.

From here, we will head to Kanyakumari beach, where we will witness a stunning sunset. This will be your last point of interest and our cab will then drop you back to your place of origin.

A Quick Guide to Kanyakumari Tour – What you see?

1. Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple

The temple town of Kanyakumari is an important Hindu pilgrim centre and is visited by thousands of pilgrims every day because of the famous Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple. This temple is dedicated to Devi Kanya Kumari, who is the adolescent girl avatar of Goddess Parvati.

The story of how the temple came into existence goes something like this. Lord Shiva was supposed to marry Devi Kanya, who was his ardent worshipper. However, due to some misinformation, the marriage could not take place and Devi Kanya felt humiliated.

She lost control and destroyed whatever she saw. Later when she gained her composure, she felt remorseful and decided to never marry again.

As such, Devi Kanya Kumari came to be known as the symbol of virginity and purity. Kanya Puja, a holy ritual that’s conducted on the 8th & 9th day of Navratri is also to worship Devi Kanya Kumari.

The style of architecture is a hybrid of various styles considering the temple was constructed in parts by various dynasties including the Pandya dynasty, the Chola dynasty, the Vijayanagara and the Nayaka rulers.

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  • Must See / Things To Do: One must see the image of the deity holding the prayer beads. There is also an image of the lion, who was also the carrier of Goddess Durga, indicating Devi Kanya Kumari is the avatar of Goddess Durga. Pay your respect at this holy temple during your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour.
  • Timings: Open on all days and darshan timings are from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 40 Minutes

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

If you are a history buff, you would have probably heard of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had attained enlightenment. This memorial is going to be your next stop during your Kanyakumari city tour.

The memorial is nestled on an island, close to the mainland and can be accessed only by a boat. Here, one can see a huge rock, where Swami prayed for days. There is also a small museum (Shripada Mandapam) which depicts the way of life and the works of Swami Vivekananda.

Not only is a visit to the memorial enriching but considering its pristine location, it also makes for a very scenic viewpoint.

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  • Must See / Things To Do: There is a meditation hall (Dhyana Mandapam) and an Assembly Hall (Sabha Mandapam) that must be seen during your visit to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. If you want to meditate, the meditation hall comes with six rooms where you can sit and achieve calmness and emotional stability.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs.10
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

3. Thiruvalluvar Statue

Up next in your one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour would be a visit to the Thiruvalluvar Statue. It is dedicated to the famous Tamil Poet & Philosopher, Valluvar whose works revolved around secular ethics and morality.

This statue like the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is also on an island which is 400 metres from the coastline and can be accessed by a boat.

The statue was built only two decades ago and has gained umteen popularity in no time. It weighs approximately 14 million pounds and is 133 feet tall and is made using stone and concrete.

The 133 feet is representative of the 133 chapters in the Tamil classic language text, Tirukkuṛaḷ. The statue is symbolic of Virtue, Wealth and Love, just like the Tirukkuṛaḷ which is divided into three books by the same names. While Virtue is denoted by the platform, Wealth and Love is denoted by the statue itself.

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  • Must See / Things To Do:  It should not go without notice that Valluvar’s three fingers of his right hand are pointing to the sky. These three fingers are also symbolic of the three virtues.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes

4. Chitharal Jain Monuments

Literally translated as the Temple on the Hill, Chitharal Jain Monuments is one of the first Jain monuments and had been built by the Digambara Jains.

Built during the medieval age, this temple is nestled atop a hill and one needs to climb approximately 500 steps to reach the top. This cave temple has various rock statues of the 24 Tirthankaras.

Some of the figures can be seen seated while a few can be seen standing. Below each figure, one can read a small inscription which mentions the name of the person who contributed to its construction.

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  • Must See / Things To Do: One must see a natural pond that’s in the same complex, only a few steps downwards. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

5. Vattakottai Fort

A few km away from the city of Kanyakumari, in the Agasteeswaram Taluk is the Vattakottai Fort. The fort is constructed using granite blocks and rock-cut stones.

This eighteenth-century fort was constructed by the Venad kings of Travancore. Considering it acted as an army base and was used to defend the people of Travancore, one can spot various canon here.

The fort after its restoration has become a popular tourist and picnic spot. Its rustic nature, expansive views and huge lawns is what makes it a must-visit during your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour.

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  • Must See / Things To Do:  One must cherish the stunning views of the sea on one side and the hills on the other. One can also spot various windmills from here.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs.25
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

6. Padmanabhapuram Palace

Once the capital city of Travancore, Padmanabhapuram Palace is four km long and is known for its grandiose and archaic architecture. The palace is situated in the Veli Hills and as such provides bewitching views of the valley and the Western Ghats.

There are various unique rooms in the palace including a grand King’s Council Chamber known as the Mantrasala, and the Performance Hall known as the Nataksala. However, the key feature is the Central Mansion and the Southern Palace.

The Central Mansion is divided into four floors and each floor has a unique identity. The ground floor displays the royal treasures, the first floor has the Kings’ bedroom, the bed of which is made with wood which has medicinal and herbal properties.

The second floor has the study and the restroom of the kids. And the top floor has the prayer room where all the rituals would be performed.

The Southern Museum on the other hand acts as a museum which displays antiques, home decor items and takes you on a cultural and historical journey of that period.

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  • Must See / Things To Do: There is an antique clock, over 300 years old in working condition that is a must-see during your visit to the Padmanabhapuram Palace.
  • Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Closed On: Monday
  • Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Adult and Rs. 2 for Children
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

7. Thanumalayan Temple 

Located on the outskirts of Kanyakumari is the Thanumalayan Temple. This Hindu temple finds worshippers coming from all over India, especially during the festivals of Theppotsavam celebrated between March-April.

If the word ‘Thanumalayan’ is to be decoded, one can identify the three different words, Stanu, Mal and Ayan, which is representative of the three Hindu Gods, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, respectively.

This temple as such is dedicated to all the three Gods which is depicted here using one silver-coated, Golden colour Lingam.

The other striking features of the temple are the presence of large statues of Lord Hanuman and the Nandi Bull.

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  • Must See / Things To Do:  The temple boasts of over a thousand pillars, however, there are four musical pillars, each of which creates a unique musical note. Identify these pillars and tap on them to listen to the magical sound.
  • Timings: Open on all days. The darshan timings are from 4.30 am to 11.30 am and from 5 PM to 8.30 PM.
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

8. Gandhi Memorial

The city of Kanyakumari is also famous since the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were last displayed here for the public. The exact place where it was displayed has now come to be known as Gandhi Memorial (commonly known as Gandhi Mandap).

This sea-facing memorial that was built in the memory of our beloved father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is going to take you on an emotional journey during your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour.

It is located at the Triveni Sangam, which is the confluence point of the three rivers, and it is here that they meet the Indian Ocean.

Despite its modest construction, the highlight of the memorial is the scientific approach that was used to build it. The height of the dome which is 79 feet was kept in mind considering that was the age of Mahatma Gandhi at the time of his demise.

A small outlet is built on the wall and with such precision that on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, i.e., on 2nd October every year, the sun rays fall directly at the spot where his ashes were kept.

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  • Must See / Things To Do: One must definitely see the various rare photographs of Gandhi and other freedom fighters that are displayed here with a little description that accompanies it. A visit to the memorial will be incomplete without going to the rooftop to absorb the freshness of the wind with a stunning view of the ocean.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 7 AM to 7 PM.
  • Entry Fee: Rs 1/-
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

9. Kanyakumari Beach

The last point of interest in your One Day Kanyakumari city tour would be the Kanyakumari Beach which also doubles up as both a sunrise and a sunset viewpoint.

We will visit the Kanyakumari beach around sunset when it is at its best. One can even spot the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue from here.

This beach is not famous for taking a swim, but one can enjoy a peaceful walk among the pathways and grab a seat on the bench and enjoy a hot cup of chai and indulge in snacks as the sun sets.

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  • Must See / Things To Do: Photography enthusiasts can rejoice since sunset at Kanyakumari is exciting and stunning. The water of the Indian ocean touching the rocks, the sky changing its colour every few seconds, and old couples laughing and watching the sunset will let you create some great photographs here.
  • Timings: Open all-day
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 30-45 Minutes

What to Eat during your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour

Not only is Kanyakumari famous for its temples and monuments, but is equally famous for its delectable regional food. During your one day trip to Kanyakumari, definitely let your palate taste Kothu Parotta, which is a paratha (Chapati) made using Egg, Meat and a spicy dressing.

One must also try their range of South Indian dishes like Appam and Dosa. Fish lovers must indulge in Boiled Tapioca which is served with Fish.

Pazha Sarbath and Nungu Sarbath (Palm Fruit Juice) should be your go-to beverages if you are visiting Kanyakumari during summers. If you have a sweet tooth, do not forget to order a bowl of Sevaiya.

Apart from these, various local snacks like Banana Chips are being readily sold at local shops that can be munched during your sightseeing.

What to shop during your One Day Kanyakumari City Tour

Anybody who comes to Kanyakumari doesn’t go back empty-handed. You can shop for an array of antique and unique souvenirs during your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour.

Palm-leaf drawings, Genuine antiques of Gods & Goddesses, Kings and Queens, handicraft items like wall hangings, wooden furniture, shell-based decor items etc should be your best pick while shopping in Kanyakumari.

A trip to Kanyakumari will be a great mix of history, arts, culture, civilization and pilgrimage. Needless to say, different kinds of tourists, from romantic honeymooners to college students or even families would have a great time during their Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour.

To ensure your visit is pleasant and comfortable, book your one day trip with us that is affordable and convenient. Plan your next holiday already and explore the ancient coastal town of Kanyakumari.