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Kanyakumari City Guide

Climate In Summer : 35 C (Max)
In winter : 21 C (Min)
Rainy Season : October - December
Best time to visit : October - March

Kanyakumari City is located at the southernmost tip of India where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. Kanyakumari has been an important centre for art, religion and trade for centuries. Kanyakumari is located at the southernmost part of India hence it is also known as the 'Land's End' of India. Beautiful beaches with multi-coloured sands, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and ancient temples make this place a popular tourism destination. Legend has it that the princess Kanya Devi, one of the many forms of Goddess Parvati was supposed to marry Lord Shiva. But due to his inability to turn up on the auspicious time, the wedding never took place and hence the name, Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari Tourist Places

Kumari Amman Temple : Kumari Amman Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati, as Devi Kanya is an important tourist attractions in Kanyakumari.

Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi : Goddess Bhagavathi Temple in Kanyakumari is picturesquely located at the confluence of the three oceans - the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Firstly Pandyas built this temple; Nayaks expanded it later. The image of the Goddess in the sanctum looks serene and beneficent.

Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial : Among the tourist places in Kanyakumari City, the most fascinating one is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. It is here that Swami Vivekananda sat in deep meditation. The regular ferry services make it possible for the tourists to reach this place. Only after that, he resolved to serve his Motherland and spread the message of Vedanta.

Gandhi Mandapam : Gandhi Memorial is another place to visit in Kanyakumari. Gandhi Mandapam is built like an Oriyan temple; the uniqueness in its construction lies in the fact that on October 2nd, Gandhiji's birthday, the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept. The architecture of the temple is similar to the central Hindu temples and it is designed in a way so that the first rays of the sun fall exactly on the place where the ashes of this great personality were kept.

Alvar Tirunagari : Alvar Tirunagari is one of the celebrated Vaishnav temples of Kannyakumari, Alvar Tirunagari temple is one of the nine sung of by the saint Namalvar. It is said that the saint attained enlightenment under a tree enshrined here. Alvar Tirunagari is dedicated to Lord Adinatha.

Vattakottai : Vattakottai is just 6 km from the city; Vattakottai is an 18th century fort overlooking the sea.

How to reach Kanyakumari

By Air : The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram, 80 km from Kanyakumari.

By Train : Kanyakumari is well connected by train services to all the major cities of India up to Delhi and even further up to Jammu.

By Road : Kanyakumari City is well connected by regular bus services to and from all the major cities of India.

Climate : Being a coastal region, harboring at the confluence of the three oceans, Kanyakumari City has a placid weather with little fluctuation to its weather temperaments. However the ideal time to visit is between October and March. With the tropic climate, Kanyakumari has April to June the hottest with temperature reaching out to maximum 35°C. November to February is the coolest period with temperature hovering around 21°C. Northeast Monsoon brings gentle sweep of rains between October and December.

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