Thursday, 23 April 2015

Kanyakumari is renowned for its exotic beaches

Positioned at the southernmost tip of Peninsular India in Tamil Nadu district,
Kanyakumari is renowned for its exotic beaches, magical hills, ancient historical monuments and pristine water bodies. The presence of such immaculate natural beauty and luxurious to budgeted accommodation options along with being a place which is facilitate with all the modern amenities, it is visited by large number of domestic tourists from as far as Kashmir and foreign tourists from Italy, Russia, America and many other countries.

Major Attractions:

Thiruvallar Statue: Constructed to honor the eternal poet of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvallar; this 133 feet statue is a gigantic sculpture with 38 feet pedestal representing the 38 Chapters in the Book of Aram in Thirukkural and 95 feet statue representing the 70 Chapters of Porul and 25 Chapters of Inbam. 140 steps are constructed inside the Mandapa to help the tourists to worship the holy feet of the poet. The statue remains open 8:00 to 4 pm.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial: Constructed around 1963-70 to honor Swami Vivekananda, Vivekananda Rock Memorial consists of two Mandapam namely Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam. 

The memorial is placed on the top of a 17 meters high rock island at an area of 6 acres at a distance of about 500 meters from the meeting point of Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal owing to which it offers an astounding view of the confluence appoint as well as of the surrounding vicinity. The Vivekananda Mandapam houses meditation hall, Assembly hall, Front portion and front entrance. The memorial is open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Shotharilai Beach: Placed at an expanse of 10 km away from the town of Kanyakumari, Shotharilai Beach is one of the must visit site owing to its much hyped scenic grandeur, sand dunes and azure blue waters. Visitors can view the stunning view of the sunset as well as sunrise simultaneously in this beach side during Chaitra Poornima (full moon days in April). 

Beside swimming and sunbathing in this verdant spot, visitors can indulge in various other activities like hitting the volley over the golden sands of the beach, building dream sand castle and relishing long natural walks while sipping a drink.

Kumari Amman Temple: Devoted to virgin goddess Kanyakumari (an avatar of goddess Parvati), Kumari Amman Temple was originally constructed by the Pandya kings in the 8th century and was renovated later by Chola kings belonging to the Vijayanagara and Nayaka kingdoms. 

The Navarathri Mandapam is one of the famed sections of this temple which is adorned with carvings and paintings representing the brilliance of the temple.

According to the legend, the marriage between Lord Shiva and Parvati didn’t take place because of which goddess Parvati decided to remain virgin. The rice and cereals which were meant for the marriage were left uncooked and later they were transformed to stones which can be still seen today. 

Car Festival (May to June) and Navarathri festival (September-October) are the main festivities of this temple. The temple remains open from 4:30 am to 12:15 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:15 pm.

Cultural Features:

Hindus and the Christians are the major religions of this place with some Muslims.
Vaisakha festival, car festival and the car festival are celebrated and participated by people of all religions in a harmonious way.
Tamil and Malayalam are the main languages beside English which are spoken by sizeable amount of people.

Rice is the staple food of this place with the poor some time using tapioca. Tea and coffee are mostly preferred by city people as well as people living in the rural areas. 

Some of the culinary delights of Kanyakumari include vazhapoo, masala vadai, pepper paya soup and South Indian foods. The people of this place love to use coconut oil in their meals. Indian, Chinese, and Rajasthani are preferred by many people.

Bet time to Visit: This place enjoys winters from December to February (18-32 degree Celsius), summer from March to May (20-35 degree Celsius) and Monsoon from June to September; so October to March is ideal for visiting this place as climatic conditions remains agreeable in this time of the year.

Accommodation: Abundant of staying options are available for tourists in Kanyakumari. Hotels in this place are festooned with all the new age facilities and services for satisfying all the guests. Some of the hotels which you can select to stay while in Kanyakumari are Hotel Samudra, Hotel Tri Sea and Sringaar International.

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