Kanya Kumari

Availability Period : Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct.

Surrounded by Majestic Hills and the plains bordered by colourful sea-shores, fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields, here and there are few elevated patches of red cliffs with undulating valleys and plains between the mountainous terrain and the sea - coast, so closely interwoven with Temples and Churches and other edifices lies the district, 'Kanniyakumari'. With an area of 1672 sq.km. it occupies 1.29% of the total extent of Tamil Nadu. It ranks first in literacy among other districts in Tamil Nadu.

Jutting into the Laccadive Sea, the town was known as Cape Comorin during British rule and is popular for watching sunrise and sunset over the ocean. It's also a noted pilgrimage site thanks to its Bagavathi Amman Temple, dedicated to a consort of Shiva, and its Our Lady of Ransom Church, a center of Indian Catholicism.

Kanyakumari formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The name comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Indian Ocean meet.Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range. The nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, 22 km away. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination.

Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India. Possibly amongst one of the most exotic destinations in India, Kanyakumari, is filled with attractions that do not cease to amaze you. You can find temples, churches, religious pillars and statues everywhere to keep you fascinated. The mixed culture of the place is reflected in the art, architecture and even in the local cuisine. If you are a history buff, you can undertake an excursion to the Kumari Amman Temple or to the Vattakottai Fort that stands erect even today. And if you wish to chill out at a seashore, Sanguthurai Beach, Sothavilai Beach amongst plenty others on the coastline are exotic and the perfect place to spend the evening. The wax museum is a different yet equally alluring hotspot for vacationers and is worth a visit.


Ptolemy's geography describes commercial relations between western India and Alexandria, the chief eastern emporium of the Roman Empire. He identified Kanyakumari along with the Gulf of Mannar as a center for pearl fishery. He also identifies Korkai, a place to the east of Kanyakumari, as an emporium of pearl trade. Another ancient Greek book, the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, contains sailing directions for merchants from the Red Sea to the Indus and Malabar, and even indicates that the coast from Barygaza (Baroch) had a general southward direction down to and far beyond Cape Komari. Kanyakumari District consists of those parts known locally as Nanjil Nadu and Idai Nadu. The names of the villages of the district such as Azhagiapaandipuram, Bhoothapandy, Cholapuram and Kulasekaram reveal that these places were governed by several rulers at different periods of time.Nanjilnadu was under the rule of Pandiyas until the early 10th century and then under Cheras.

The Kalkulam and Vilavancode taluks were under the rule of the Chera Dynasty. When the power of Chola declined due to the rise of Hoysalas and western Chalukyas, the Venad (Travancore) Chieftains (descendants of the central Chera family) took advantage of the situation and gradually established their hold on considerable areas in Nanjilnadu. Veera Kerala Varma, one such chieftain, styled himself as "Nanjil Kuravan". The annexation commenced by Veera Kerala Varma was to a large extent continued by his successors and completed by AD 1115.

For about four centuries, the Venad was ruled by powerful kings who were consistently making incursions into the Pandian territories. As a result, Vijayanagar kings proceeded against Venad. In 1609 Kanyakumari fell into the hands of Viswanatha Nayak of Madurai. Consequent on this, there was no serious threat to Nanjilnadu until 1634. During the regime of Ravi Varma and Marthanda Varma, Venad was disturbed by the internal strife.

Sanda Sahib of Arcot took advantage of this situation and attacked Nanjilnadu. Although Marthanda Varma was victorious in the battle of Colachel and defeated the Dutch armouries who helped the local feudatories, he could not cope with the threat from Sanda Sahib, which forced him to withdraw from the battlefield. After Marthanda Varma, Venad had weak rulers and as a result there was frequent interference by the British (who knew it as Cape Comorin) whose control was completely established over Venad and continued until 1947. From 1947 to 1956, it was under the personal rule of Maharaja of Travancore. During the period between 1956–1961, the administrative system has fallen in line with that of other districts in Tamil Nadu.

Kanyakumari has been a great centre for art and religion for centuries. It was also an area of great trade and commerce. It was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks. The architectural beauty of the temples in the area are the works of these rulers. Later Kanyakumari became part of the Venad kingdom with its capital at Quilon. The king of Venad, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, established Travancore by extending his domain further north up to Azhva, during his reign from 1729 to 1758. By this, the present Kanyakumari District came to be known as Southern Travancore. In 1741, Maharaja Marthanda Varma defeated the Dutch East India Company at the famous Battle of Colachel.

Kanyakumari was under the rule of the Pandyan Kings till the downfall of Pandyas, and later by kings of Travancore under the overall suzerainty of the British (as "Cape Comorin") until 1947, when India became independent. Travancore joined the independent Indian Union in 1947. The reign of the Travancore royals came to an end. In 1949, Kanyakumari became part of the reconstituted Travancore-Cochin State. Around this time, a popular agitation by the Tamil-speaking people of the district for the amalgamation of Kanyakumari District with Tamil Nadu intensified under the leadership of Marshal Nesamony who is called as 'Kumari Thanthai' (Father of Kanyakumari district). Marshal Nesamony was instrumental in the merger of Kanyakumari district with Tamil Nadu (then known as Madras State) in 1956 during the linguistic reorganisation of states.

state Tamil Nadu,India
Country India
Area 25.89 km2 (10.00 sq mi)
Languages Tamil,Malayalam, English
Currency Ruppee

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a popular tourist monument in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters east off mainland of Vavathurai, India's southernmost tip.

Read more

Thirparappu Falls

Tirparappu Waterfalls are located in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu state, India. The Kodayar River makes its descent at Thiruparappu. The water fall at this place is about 13 kilometres from Pechiparai Dam.

Read more

Thiruvalluvar Statue

The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural.

Read more

Thanumalayan Temple

The Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is an important Hindu temple located in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India.

Read more

Kanyakumari Beach

Kanyakumari Beach is a beach destination as well as religious spot located towards the southern-most tip of peninsular India. The sun set and sun rise at Kanyakumari Beach, especially during Chaitrapurnima (full moon days in April), are highly popular among visitors. During Chaitrapurnima, visitors can watch both sunset and moon rise simultaneously at Kanyakumari Beach.

Read more

Amman Temple

The 3000 year old Kumari Amman temple at this place is dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari, who stands in eternal vigil protecting the country, is surrounded by a stone wall and stands on the edge of the ocean. The entrance to the temple is through the northern gate, while the eastern gate always remains closed except on some festival days, when deity is taken out for the ceremonial bath. The deity is facing the east.

Read more

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is a Travancore -era palace located in Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. It is owned and maintained by the Government Of Kerala.

Read more

Wax Museum

Set within the premises of Bay Watch (Water Theme Amusement Park), the Kanyakumari Wax Museum is an unmissable attraction for tourists visiting this beautiful city. Noted as India's first wax museum, it was open to public on 24th December 2005..

Read more

Subramanya Temple

Commonly known as Aruppai Veedu, Lord Subramanya Temple is a revered site located in Tiruchendur, about 34 km away from Kanyakumari. The temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya or Murugan, who is known as the God of War and Victory.

Read more

Vattakottai Fort

Vattakottai Fort is a seaside fort near Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu the southern tip of India. It was built in the 18th century as a coastal defence-fortification and barracks in the erstwhile Travancore kingdom.

Read more

Courtallam Falls

Coutrallam Falls is located in Coutrallam in Tirunelveli district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Read more

Sanguthurai Beach

Sanguthurai is a small village in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India, near Nagercoil. Sanguthurai beach is situated about 9 km from Nagercoil town. Sanguthurai beach is a sandy beach and it has huge white pillar with black conch built during King Chola period. From this beach you can see Thiruvalluvar statue and Vivekananda rock in a long view. Backwater view in Sanguthurai beach is really looks beautiful.

Read more

Jain Monuments

The Chitharal Jain Monuments; also known as Chitharal Malai Kovil, Chitharal Cave Temple or Bhagwathi Temple, Chitral; are situated on the Thiruchanattu Malai near Chitharal village, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India.

Read more

Gandhi Mandapam

Gandhi Mandapam is a serial of memorial structures built on the arterial Sardar Patel Road, in Adyar, Chennai.

Read more

Banana Chips

Our Kanyakumari is famous for it’s Banana Chips.

Read More
Anyone who comes to visit Kanyakumari for the first time will be surely impressed and attracted to the taste and the fame for Banana Chips. The pleasant aroma of the coconut oil which is been used to fry those chips and the light amount of salt and pepper that would be added to bring it’s flavor will never fail to make someone to fall in love with Banana Chips. And to see how banana chips is made is another great experience that you can’t easily get to see anywhere other than Kanyakumari.

Kothu Parotta

Hotels in Kanyakumari have a unique specification.

Read More
If you are new to Kanyakumari and walking out at an evening you may hear some weird sounds of hitting irons from the hotels. Don’t be panic. It simply means the chef in that hotel is making Kothu Parotta or Minced Parotta. You may get Parottas everywhere. But you can’t find the substitute for Kanyakumari’s Kothu Parotta. If you see how it is made, you will be surprised to see the fast moving hands of our local chefs over the parottas to mince it along with some chicken or eggs or as you ask.


You might have heard about Dosa.

Read More
But Appam is Kanyakumari’s recipe that you won’t easily find elsewhere. The mixture used to make Appam is top secret. It is made on a wok and fry cooked one side and steam cooked on the other.

Pazha sarbath

Wanna beat the heat? Pazha sarbath is available for you in our Kanyakumari.

Read More
Normally you can see those shops on roadsides during summer. This is made out of mixture of fruits like Banana, Apple, Pineapple, Grapes, Pomegranates and so on which is been minced nicely and mixed with ice and sarbath. It will surely keep you hydrated and energetic and helps you to beat the summer.

Pazha Bajji

Another uniqueness of Kanyakumari District. It’s called Pazha Bajji.

Read More
If you go to a local tea stall, you could see some small yellow colored cylindrical edibles. Yeah! That is Pazha Bajji. Ripened bananas were dipped into Maida batter and fried till they turn yellow. To get into the banana you must first go through the yellow batter and finally you will get to taste the banana. It will surely be a new experience for outsiders.

Related tours