Visiting Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent is the cherished dream of most people. Presenting a wide range of attractions that will allure people of varied interests, Kanyakumari has been one of the most popular tourist spots in South India. There are some unique features that make Kanyakumari a unique and special destination for a sustained tourism experience.
Called as Alexandria of the East, there are quite a many reasons why this place presents a mosaic of influences apparent in architecture and culture. During earlier times, Kanyakumari was a very important center across south India for learning art and culture. This was also once a flourishing trade and commerce center. All the three famous Tamil ruling clans of the ancient time namely the Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas had ruled this place during some point of time. For most rulers, this place was a dream land and cherished possession on account of its superb natural beauty and rich cultural tradition. Since Kanyakumari also remained under the rule of Travancore Kings, Christian influences are visibly seen in the town as well. In the same way, Jainism and Buddhism too have left their impressions in this town apparent in the architecture and literature of this region. Standing testimony to the ancient cultural tradition and civilization of this place, there is a long list of attractions that will etch lasting memories in the visitors.
Best Time to Visit Kanyakumari
On account of its location adjacent to the sea, Kanyakumari enjoys a year round maritime climate. However, sweltering summers are not uncommon to this town. The ideal time to visit this place is between October and March. Light cotton clothing will make an ideal suit to go round the place comfortably.
Located in the state of Tamilnadu at the southernmost point of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari was also called Cape Comorin. The town is conveniently linked to the rest of India by air, rail and road transport. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram located at about 80 km. Both domestic and international flights are available to and from Kanyakumari. The town is also served by an extensive rail network with superfast services operated from various important towns and cities of India. Tourists can also travel to Kanyakumari by road. There are regular bus services operated on the well-maintained national highway stretching from major metropolitans and south Indian cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Madurai and Trivandrum. Busses, taxis and auto-rickshaws are the various available means for local transit.
Boarding and Lodging
There are a number of comfortable options in Kanyakumari for a fulfilling stay. Some of the luxury options include a range of four star and five star hotels. There are also a wide number of options for budget needs. Most of these hotels also serve a long list of delicacies for a memorable culinary experience. Some of the leading hotels in Kanyakumari are Hotel Sangam, Ashok Hotel, Hotel Singaar International, Cape Residency Hotel, Saagar Hotel and Hotel Ashoka.
There is yet another boarding and lodging option for those who look for an economical alternative, but an altogether different experience. Vivekanandapuram, the headquarters of the Vivekananda Kendra houses a, silent, beautiful and aesthetically appealing centre that spreads over 100 acres. The center is located adjacent to the beach presenting a wonderful location to enjoy a great view of the sea. The center is also one of the most preferred locations to view sunrise and sunset. One can also benefit from a well-maintained library at the center offering a rich collection of books. The center also houses an exhibition on the life of Swami Vivekananda. The other facilities available at the Vivekananda Kendra are net cafÃ©, Post office, State Bank of India and a Dispensary. The town is well connected with the center by buses and one cannot underestimate the range of benefits in staying at the center while touring at Kanyakumari.