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About Kanyakumari


The name of this place has been christened after the virgin goddess – Kanyakumari Amman. Mythological stories depict that Goddess parvati under the disguise of Devi Kanniya did a penance in one of the rocks in this area to reach the hand of Lord Shiva.

This place is also a popular pilgrimage. The tourists who visit this southern most tip of India would certainly enjoy the exuberant scenes of the sunsets, the sunrises especially on full moon days. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is unique as it is multicolored.


Lakhs of tourist, round the year are lured by the serene beauty of this place and the spectacles of sunrise and sunset. Though sunrise can be viewed throughout the year, sunset is visible only from October 15 to March 15 from this southernmost tip.  But one can view both sunrise and sunset throughout the year from atop a hill called Murugan Kundram which offers a panoramic view of Kanyakumari.  The sunset and moonrise can be seen almost simultaneously on full moon days from the same spot. It is a unique spectacle. 

Amidst the sea there are two rocks known as ‘twin rocks’ both contributing to the rich Indian heritage with the monuments of swamy Vivekananda and Saint Thiruvalluvar.

Kanyakumari and its surroundings are believed to be part of the land which was created by Parasurama, incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  Folktales and mythological stories speak volumes about Kanyamymari.

Some Statistical Study of the Kanyakumari

         The total area of the land is 1,685 square kilometers. The population was 16,76,034 during the census taken in the year 2001. Every year the land receives 1,188.6 meters of rainfall. The maximum temperature goes to 35ºC and falls to a minimum of 21ºC. There are air, road and rail facilities for travelers and tourists to come and travel back. The nearest airport is about 87 kilometers away from Kanyakumari, located in Trivandrum (Kerala State).

There are two railway junctions, one is the Kanyakumari Junction and the other is the Nagarcoil Junction. There are three bus terminus namely, (i) Central and Express Bus Stand (ii) Anna Bus Stand and (iii) Christopher Bus Stand.