Thirparappu Falls, an artificial waterfall, is one of the best places to visit in Kanyakumari. Descending from a height of almost 50 feet, the spectacular falls mystifies the environment with its gushing waters. It is essentially a mix of multiple streams of water flowing from the top to form a majestic water pool at the bottom. A small temple of Lord Shiva marks the entrance towards the Falls.The lush greenery and exotic fauna encompassing the Falls is a favourite place for photographers. You can capture stunning views of the snowy white falls showering down from the heights. It is a perfect spot to spend a weekend or enjoy a picnic with family and friends.There are paddle boats available on rent for boating in the vicinity of the Falls. You can also dip into a swimming pool near the falls and refresh yourselves. Last but not least it is also one of the perfect places to visit in Kanyakumari at night. There are pubs and clubs nearby for spending an evening full of fun and entertainment.Location: The waterfalls are located in the district of Kanyakumari, about 55 km drive from the main city center.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built as a mark of respect to the legendary Swami Vivekananda in 1970. It is one of the major places to visit in Kanyakumari. Swamiji attained enlightenment at this place while sitting on a rock and meditating. The Memorial is a major tourist destination with its majestic statue of Swami Vivekananda at the backdrop of the mighty Indian Ocean.The Memorial is present on “Shripada Mandapam” and “Vivekananda Mandapam”, two adjacent rocks protruding out of the Lakshadweep Sea. Tourists avail a ferry ride from the coast towards the islands to witness the exotic views and spend a serene and tranquil time at the Memorial.There is a museum and study hall at Shripada Mandapam where you can learn about Vivekananda’s life and works. A meditation hall called “Dhyana Mandapam” is located beside the Memorial for the visitors to meditate and seek peace and purity.Location: The Memorial is situated at Vavathurai, a small island located on the ocean waters a few distances away from the coast.Entry Fee: The entry fee of the Memorial is INR 10 per person. There are extra charges required for cameras, still ones being INR 10 and video at INR 50.Timings: The Memorial is open every day starting from 7:00 AM till 5:00 PM.
Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
Thanumalayan or Sthanumalayan is a Hindu temple dedicated to the three Gods Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The temple is one of the prominent religious places to see in Kanyakumari. The inscriptions on the walls and pillars of the temple date belong to those of the 9th century. The main attraction of the temple is the musical pillars, which portray the architectural marvel of the artisans. There are 4 pillars each of height 18 feet, and are made out of single granite stone. They could be found at the Alankara Mandapam, filling the air with its melodious tune at the strike of a thumb.There are about 30 shrines in the temple. The deities Sri Sthanu, Mal and Aya represent Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma respectively. A white 134 feet seven storeyed Gopuram adorns the temple with its fine sculptures and images of the deities.Other attractions in the temple are the massive 22 feet statue of Lord Hanuman and a huge idol of Nandi. There is also a dancing hall present inside the temple, with a splendid structure encompassed by numerous artistic pillars.Location: The temple is situated at N Car Street of Vivekananda Junction in Suchindram.Timings: The temple remains open for devotees all days of the week in the morning from 4:30 AM till 11:30 AM and in the evening from 5 PM till 8:30 PM.
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