Kanyakumari - The Land of Colourful Sand

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Kanyakumari - The Land of Colourful Sand

Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin, is one of the most beautiful places in India. Situated in the southernmost tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari charms its visitors with its magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Kanyakumari got its name from Kanyakumari Temple which is strategically located at the confluence of three oceans.
Kanyakumari has a rich culture and heritage of over thousands of years. The fact that people of different ethnicity and religion co-exist peacefully in Kanyakumari makes it all the more inviting. The ethnically diverse culture of Kanyakumari is a major factor contributing to its growth as a tourist destination.
Kanyakumari is situated at the convergence of three waters- the Arabian Sea, The Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. In Kanyakumari one can see scores of temples, churches, statutes and pillars which proclaim its cultural diversity. Kanyakumari’s ethnicity is depicted in its architecture, art, buildings and even its cuisine. It is said that St. Thomas (one of Jesus’ 12 apostles) came Kanyakumari in 52AD, and introduced Christianity here.
Kanyakumari was a centre of trade and commerce under the reigns of Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas and Nayaks. Kanyakumari was part of the Kingdom of Travancore during the rule of Venad Kings. In the battle of Colachel, the Dutch East India Company was vanquished by the then Maharaja of Travancore, Marthanda Varma. Later, Kanyakumari came under British rule till India got independence in 1947. While under the Travancore reign, Kanyakumari reached its pinnacle of development - both social and economical. Kanyakumari became a part of Tamil Nadu when states were re-organized according to the language spoken.
The major attractions in Kanyakumari are Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Gandhi Mandapam, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Pechiparai Reservoir, Vattakottai Fort, Mathur Hanging Trough, Sitharal Jain Monuments, Udayagiri Fort and Wax Museum among others. The places of religious importance in Kanyakumari Includes Kumari Amman Temple, Lord Subramanya Temple, Tiruchendur Temple, Swamithoppe Suchindram, St Xavier Church, Nagaraja Temple and Thirunandhikarai Cave Temple.
The popular beaches of Kanyakumari are Thengapattinam Beach, Sanguthurai Beach and Sothavilai Beach to name a few. Kanyakumari beach is a spectacle in itself for its multi-coloured sand and breath-taking views of sunrise and sunset.
Places of natural beauty near Kanyakumari are Kalakkad -Mundanthurai Tiger Sanctuary, Thiruparrapu Falls, Courtallam Falls and Olakkuruvi Falls.
Kanyakumari is well connected to other parts of the country by road and rail. Buses and auto rickshaws are the most common mode of transport in Kanyakumari. Though economical, buses might be overcrowded. Auto rickshaws, though faster might charge too high as they don’t run on meters.
Bikes and motorcycles are rented out in Kanyakumari for Rs 300-400 per day. This is an effective way to get around in Kanyakumari.
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This article was published on 2012/02/10