The main industrial attraction of Kanyakumari, is Muppandal , situated 20 km from Nagercoil on the way to Tirunelveli, is famous for windmills. This is one of the best windmill sites in India. The wind farms produce about 513 MW of electricity. The village had been selected as the showcase for India’s $2 billion clean energy program, wind energy generation capacity is estimated to be around 1500 MW, which is about 20% of that of India. Another industrial attraction of kanyakumari is Indian Rare earth ltd.
Kanyakumari is located at the southernmost point of peninsular India. It is the meeting point of three great water bodies: the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a pilgrim centre, it is well known for its beautiful views of sunrise, sunset and moonrise over the waters.
From the Sthalapurana of Kanyakumari and the inscriptions found on the premises, we learn that the temple was famous during the period of the later Cholas, and that it was actually built before the ancient Thanjavur temple.
Sights to See
The temple is dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanyakumari who eternally protects the country. Legend has it that goddess Parvati, in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanya, did penance at this spot to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. The place is a symbol of unity and sanctity. The deity’s diamond nose ring is famous for its sparkling splendour and is said to be visible even from the sea. Tel: 04652 246223
The memory of the father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is enshrined in this mandapam erected at the place where his ashes were kept for public view before immersion into the sea. The architecture of the building allows the rays of the sun to fall on the spot where the ashes were kept. Every year on October 2, his birthday is celebrated here. Timings: 7 am to 7 pm.
The glory of Kanyakumari are its sunrise, sunset and moonrise. To watch the sun set and to see the moon rising out of the ocean on a full moon day is to savour an experience that lives in one’s memory for life. It is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of sunset and moonrise simultaneously on full moon days.
This water theme amusement park is located at a distance of 2 km on the Kanyakumari- Kovalam Road. It is open from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm. Entrance Fee: Rs. 240 for adults, Rs. 180 for children and Rs.120 for Senior citizens. Tel: 04652 246563/565.
It is said that on Chitra Pournami (full moon day in the Tamil month Chitrai) in April, one can see both the sun and the moon facing each other on the same horizon, a rare sight of unique grandeur. Another interesting landscape at Kanyakumari is the beach sands of myriad colours.
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Padmanabhapuram Palace (37 km): This ancient seat of the Travancore rulers contains relics of historic and artistic values. The palace has elaborate woodwork of great beauty and is enclosed within a fort which covers as area of 6 acres. In the Ramaswamy temple adjoining the palace, scenes from the Ramayana have been carved in 45 panels. Timings: 9 am to 4.30 pm. Closed on Mondays. Tel: 04651 250255
Udayagiri (34 km): The fort at Udayagiri, built by king Marthanda Varma in 18th century, is of historical importance as it was used as an armoury. The cemetery of the Dutch captain De Lennoy is also located within this fort.
Nagercoil (19 km): The Nagaraja Temple situated here is unique in many respects. Though Nagaraja (serpent god) is the presiding deity, the images of Lord Shiva and Ananta-Krishna (Vishnu) are also enshrined in the same complex. The Nagaraja is installed on the ground where it was originally found and the sand around it is scooped out and given as prasadam to the devotees. The images of the Jain Theerthankaras, Mahavira and Parsvanatha, are found in the pillars of the temple.
Suchindrum (13 km): The Thanumalayan temple here is a repository of art treasures belonging to many kingdoms. Inscriptions said to be of the 9th century AD are found in this temple.
Vattakottai (6 km): This 18th century circular fort overlooking the sea is worth visiting. There are watch towers, rest rooms and weapon rooms. Well laid stairs lead up to an arch in the front wall, set with a tiny square peephole. Centuries ago when the area around the fort was clear, observers could see right up to Padmanabhapuram Palace. It is said that there was a 4-feet wide tunnel from the fort to the palace, a distance of nearly 25 km. The fish motif, symbolising the Pandya kings is engraved on many of the walls. The Dutch General Delennoy and his navy attacked the fort when it was under Marthanda Varma and were defeated.
Apart from the natural advantage that the fort enjoyed, the Dutch were intimidated by the seemingly massive ‘cannons’ — tall spiralling coconut trees that seemed threatening from the sea. They surrendered to Marthanda Varma (this scene is depicted in a painting that hangs at the Padmanabhapuram Palace) and DeLannoy became one of Varma’s most faithful generals. The raised parade ground overlooks the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. On the Arabian Sea side, the water is calm, and the sand is streaked with the red and brown of copper and uranium. The Bay of Bengal appears rougher, with tiny coral clusters visible just under the water’s surface.
Tiruchendur (91 km):The temple located here on the shores of the Bay of Bengal is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. At this place Lord Subramanya had annihilated the demon king Surapadman. The temples of Alwarthirunagar and Srivaikuntam are also worth visiting.
How would you like to travel?
- 87 km from Trivandrum
- 19 km from Nagercoil
- 85 km from Tirunelveli
- 133 km from Tuticorin
- 314 km from Rameswaram
- 235 km from Madura