Here are a few places you should mandatorily visit when you are in Kanyakumari -
1. Thirparappu falls
Thirparappu falls is essentially one of the most visited tourist spots in Kanyakumari. Several rivers flowing down the slopes of Western Ghats form these falls which join the Kodai River. You would easily get enchanted by the lush green surroundings and the scenic beauty the place offers.
Tourists can also enjoy a boat ride along the Kodai river, which lets you explore the surroundings better. The best time to visit the falls is during winters when the water levels of the streams and the Kodai river is high.
2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
This is located on a small island off the coast of Kanyakumari. As the Indian Ocean borders the background of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, one gets to enjoy a picture-perfect scenic beauty of the place. You can reach the spot through regular ferry services from the Kanyakumari coast. The Rock memorial was built during the 1970s and is believed to be a spot where Vivekananda achieved enlightenment.
The place is divided into two sections- ‘Shripada Mandapam’ and ‘Vivekananda Mandapam,' which comprises galleries highlighting the life of Swami Vivekananda. You would find this spot being covered by most of the Kanyakumari tour packages. Best time to visit- the best time to visit the spot is from October to March.
3. Thiruvalluvar Statue
This statue is dedicated to the famous Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. Located on an island a few km away from Kanyakumari, this statue takes a mighty height of 133m surrounded by crystal clear seas. The figure is supported on a three-tier platform, which comprises the Alankara Mandapam.
This Mandapam includes various carvings of elephants and various other carvings and inscriptions. The beautiful surrounding sea, along with clear blue skies, paints a picture-perfect image in front of the tourists.
4. Kumari Amman Temple
Kumari Amman temple was built in the memory of Goddess Kumari, who was believed to have received salvation here. Over the year, thousands of pilgrims visit this temple situated on the shore of Kanyakumari. Pilgrims also bathe at this place.
The beautiful architecture of the temple, with some of the most exquisite carvings and inscriptions, are what has attracted the tourists all over the world. It is often believed that if you make a wish at this temple and bathe before your offerings, your wishes get fulfilled. You would, however, not be allowed inside the temple if you are not a Hindu.
5. Padmanabhapuram Palace
This is one of the most visited tourist spots in Kanyakumari. The intermingling of various forms of art and culture is what makes this palace distinct. Built during the 16th century, this palace is known to be one of the largest storehouses of artifacts. This palace is also known to be constructed only with wood and no other material. The rosewood carvings of the castle are worth a watch while you are in Kanyakumari.
6. Wax museum
The wax museum is one of the fascinating places to visit in Baywatch in Kanyakumari. The museum comprises wax statues of different freedom fighters and other historical figures of India. This museum is also known as the counterpart of the wax museum in London.
Starting from wax structures of Gandhi to literary figures like Tagore, this museum throws significant light on India's history. This museum exhibits some of the most excellent examples of extraordinary craftsmanship displayed through the various wax statues.
7. Vattakai Fort
This fort was built in the 18th century during the Travancore Kingdom. The huge 360-acre rectangular fort overlooks the Bay of Bengal, creating a spectacular and enchanting scene for the tourists. The fort exhibits some of the best examples of architecture, science, and technology.
It was built in such a way that the enemies could be seen from a distance as it provided a 360-degree angular view of the surroundings. The interior of the fort comprises different sections along with the Diwan-i-am and Diwan-i-Khas.
The marvelous granite carvings and the various stored artifacts are worth a watch when you are in Kanyakumari. The fort now comprises a few galleries apart from different other structures that exhibit articles used by the Travancore emperors.
Starting from metal weapons to crockeries, you would be able to revisit the Travancore Kingdom through this fort. The panoramic view of the fort bordered by the Bay of Bengal, the colossal granite fort among lush green surroundings, is what attracts tourists from all over the world.
8. Courtallam Falls
Located a few km away from Kanyakumari, you would find this spot being covered in most of the Kanyakumari tour packages. This natural waterfall comprises several small waterfalls originating from various hills of the Western Ghats, which ultimately give rise to this enormous waterfall painting a magnificent view for the tourists.
The honeycomb-shaped rocks behind the falls are a perfect place to spend an evening of serenity. Such is the beauty of the falls that the site has often been featured in various Bollywood films. The best time to visit the place is during the months of monsoon starting from July to September when you can see the water flowing with all its force and beauty down the hilly slopes.
9. Lord Subramanya Temple
One of the most significant places to visit in Kanyakumari, the Lord Subramanya temple, is known for its one of a kind architectural style consisting of pillars, courts, towers, and shikharas. It is also a preferred spot for organizing religious festivals and fetes.
10. Sanguthurai Beach
Visiting Kanyakumari is incomplete without exploring its glorious beaches. Sanguthurai Beach is the spot to be if you want to see gorgeous sands, crystalline waves, and revel in a cool breeze. Here, you can also see a while pillar protruding from the mighty ocean and take several photographs.
11. Thanumalayan Temple
Dedicated to the three apex gods of Hinduism – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, the Thanumalayan temple dates back to the early 9th century. You can enjoy looking at the ancient inscriptions on its walls or offer your prayers to the deities. Make sure to explore the single stone pillars located in its alankar mandapam area.