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Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu

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One of the most important pilgrimage sites of India, Kanyakumari lies at the southern most tip of the country. The Arabian sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, all meet here to pay obeisance to the holy place.



Places to see

The Kumari Amman Temple
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. She is worshipped here in the form of Devi Kanya- the virgin Goddess who fasted for the companionship of Lord Shiva. The footsteps of the virgin Goddess can be seen on Sri Padaparai Rock, one of the two rocks that reaches out to the ocean. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is also located here.

Vattakottai  (Circular Fort)
Vattakottai is an 18th century fort towering over the sea. It is located 6 km from Kaniyakumari and the sea here is calm and suitable for bathing.

Suchindram 
Situated at a distance of 13 Kms from Kaniyakumari, Suchindram has the Thanumalayan temple which is a repository of art treasures of  many kingdoms. The deity in the form of a Linga, denotes Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. 9th cetury's Inscriptions can be found in this temple. The temple has musical pillars and a massive statue of Lord Hanuman.

Udayagiri Fort
The Udayagiri Fort was built by King Marthanda Varma. Situated at adistance of 34 Kms from Kaniyakumari, this fort has a foundry for manufacturing guns.

Nagaraja Temple
Situated just 20 Kms from the city, the nagaraja Temple at Nagarkoil is a marvellous temple with the main deity in the form of Nagaraja. Shrines are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.

Padmanabhapuram Palace
A magnificent wooden palace of the Travancore Maharajas, Padmanabhapuram is located just 45Kms from Kaniyakumari.

Courtallam Falls
The water here is believed to contain medicinal properties. The Courtallam falls are located at a distance of 137 Kms from Kanyakumari.

Tiruchendur, site of a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya..



 
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How to reach

By Air - Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram (93 km).
By Train -  Kanyakumari is on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kanyakumari section of the southern railway.
By Road - Connected by road to Madras (703 km), Madurai (242 km), and other major towns in South India.


 
 
Chennai - Kanyakumari Road drive

Route - NH 38 & NH 44
Distance - 700 kms
Time - 10.5 hrs

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Tamil Nadu
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Capital city - Chennai
Ideal time to Visit - October to March.
A large part of the state being on the coastal edge of the country, the weather is tropical and sultry for most part of the year. The summer months of April, May, June are hottest where temperature ranges to 40 degrees.

December and January are the peak months for Chennai. The temp ranges from 20-22 degrees. To avoid peak rush October is better. The weather in these months is pleasant and easy to bear the humidity.
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