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.
Sunrise, Sunset, and Moonrise
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.
Bay watch (The Sun City)
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.