Kanyakumari also known as Cape Comorin, is a small coastal town in Tamil Nadu. It is renowned for being the southernmost point of India where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal all meet but it is also a popular pilgrim destination.
It is said to be no better way to experience the beauty of Kanyakumari than witnessing the reddish sun throwing a glorious hue on the coast as it rises. So of course we did exactly that. We took a car and drove down from Kerala in the middle of the night to watch the sunrise at 6 am. And guess what. We were not alone 😉 Standing on the roof of the Sea View Hotel you can see that every roof was filled with people watching this special event.
#1 VIVEKANANDA ROCK MEMORIAL
You have to take a 15-minute ferry ride from Kanyakumari beach. When you hop on the old ferry boat it is very disturbing that they distribute life jackets and that you actually have to wear them. As soon as you are close to the arrival you know why. Everybody stands up immediately and then rushes to the exit and the boat almost flips 😉
#2 THIRUVALLUVAR STATUE
A towering statue of the great Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar stands on a smaller neighboring rock, just off the coast of Kanyakumari.
#3 THE TOWN OF KANYAKUMARI
Exploring the little village of Kanyakumari is a sensory overdose in regards of colors. The fisher-folk village was hit hard in the 2004 tsunami. You can watch them sort through their catch of the day and prepare for the next day. In the many shops you can get shells, painted shells and handicrafts made from shell.
#4 THANUMALAYAN TEMPLE
The ancient and unique Hindu temple is located about 12 km outside of the town of Kanyakumari. The temple is from the 17th century and the face of the tower is covered with sculptures and statues from Hindu mythology. It is really impressive to stand in front of this architectural workmanship.