Kanyakumari Tourist Places

Devi Kumari Temple

Devi Kumari Temple is situated on the seashore; this temple is dedicated to the virgin Goddess Devi Kanyakumari.  The Devi stands as a charming young girl in her penance, with a rosary in her right hand.  It is believed that the nose ring of Devi Kanyakumari set with rubies are so bright and that could be seen from far at night.  Also it is told that some ships sailing in the sea, mistaking the brilliance of the rubies for the light from the light house, went off shore got wrecked, hitting against the rocks nearby.  In this point of view the eastern side gate of the temple is kept closed. 

Swamy Vivekananda Rock

Swamy Vivekananda came to Kanyakumari on 24.2.1892 before his departure for Chicago to participate in the World Religious Conference in 1893.  He sat on meditationon this rock ofr two days and became a powerful spiritual leader and philosopher.  Vivekananda Rock Memorial has been built in 1970 and is a blend of various architectural styles of India.  The memorial was constructed in 2081 working days with an average of about 650 men working under supervision of Sri. S.K.Achari.  The memorial consists of two main structures.

Vivekananda Mandapam

The entire memorial mandapam is similar to that of Sri Ramakrishna Temple at Belur and the entrance is designed on the style of Ajanta and Ellora cave temples.
There is a belief that the original Devi temple was built on this rock or somewhere near or somewhere near this and he rock itself was part of the mainland.  The sea might have eroded the main land and turned the rock into an island, resulting in the shifting of the old temple to the present site.  This rock is approachable only by boat which provides a pleasure cruise into the sea.
In the main hall there is a life-size bronze statue of Swamiji in his standing ‘parivrajak’ posture.  Adjoining the main hall is the dhyana mandapam where devotees can sit and mediated in the a serene atmosphere.

Sri Pada Mandapam

On this rock there is a small projection resembling human foot which has been revered as Sripaadam.  According to legends it was on this rock that Goddess Kanyakumari did her penance.  This special significance and sanctity attached to this rock might have prompted Swamy Vivekananda, an ardent devotee of Kali, to venture across the sea for his long meditation.

Gandhi Memorial mandapam

There is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi who had visited Kanyakumari in 1925 and 1937.  It is constructed at a place on the seashore where his ashes were kept before immersion in the sea on 12th February 1949.  The Mandapam is built in Orissa style of architecture and designed in such a way that on his birthday, 2nd October, the rays of the sun, through a hole on the roof, falls exactly on the place where the urn was kept.

Kamarajar Memorial

As a tribute to K.Kamaraj who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and who was a great freedom fighter, the Government of Tamil Nadu constructed a memorial at the place where his ashes were kept for public to pay homage before immersion in the sea.  Many rare photographs of Kamaraj and his meeting with various leaders are displayed in this Memorial.

View Tower and Telescope House

The picturesque landscape of the confluence of the three seas and the breath taking views of sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from this Tower through a telescope.  It is situated near Hotel Tamil Nadu.

Murugan Kundram

It is 3km from Kanyakumari on Nagercoil road, opposite to the Government Fruit Farm.  There is a temple of Mufuga and Ganesa on a small hill rock.  It is a place where calm abides and peace reigns, all under August aegis of Sun and the Moon.  A fine day to visit this place is on ‘Chithra Pournami’ a full moon day in the month of April.

Wandering Monk Exhibition

This is located in Kanyakumari town.  Terracotta designs depicting incidents of Swamiji’s wanderings (Bharat Parikrama) and picture of various places visited by Swamiji are exhibited here.
The building is designed on the spiritual architecture of the Orient.  Roofing is made with brick corbelling.  The formation of the building represents the Meru of Srichakra and expresses the flame of fire raging within the monk which helped him to enlighten the whole world.

Church of Our Lady Ransom

The Church of the Virgin Mary is a lovely structure of graceful proportions, measuring height of 153feet and width of 53feet representing the number of beads in the Rosary, with a position of 53feet above land level.  The central tower is crowned with a cross of pure gold.  The church with its beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most beautiful Churches in India.

Vivekanandapuram

It is headquarters of the Vivekananda Kendra, situated one km from Kanyakumari Township.  There is an imposing statue of Swamy Vivekananda as a wandering monk and a unique pictorial exhibition.  Neat and comfortable accommodation is available here for tourists.  A self contained centre, Vivekanandapuram beach offers a panoramic view of the sun emerge from the ocean.
Personality development camps for children and youth, yoga camps, national integration camps etc.  are some of the services offered by the Kendra.

Guhanadeeswara Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva known as Guganathaswamy.  This is a 1000 year old temple and is said to have been built by King Raja Raja Chola. The architectural style of the Cholas is quite apparent in this temple.  It is located near the railway station.

Baywatch

It is a water theme amusement park located at a distance of 2km from Kanyakumari on the Kovalam road.

 

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