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The marvellous confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian ocean
Indian subcontinent’s southernmost tip is a beautiful merging point for three great water bodies - The Arabian Sea, The Bay of Bengal, and The Indian Ocean. Every year tons of tourists visit this place, some come here to find peace in the unique and revered temples, some to witness the picturesque sunsets and taste the coastal food, and others to enjoy the vast coastline and its alluring beaches. Whatever be the reason, here are 5 places that one must definitely visit on their trip to Kanyakumari.
Located in the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari beach is a must-visit among the tourists here. It’s not so much as the beach but the sky and the water that attracts tourists in large numbers. The sky changes hues according to the season and the time of the day and makes for an amazing sight with the sky taking up the different colours of the VIBGYOR at different times. But more than that it is the merging of the great water bodies that people come to see. Here you can clearly differentiate between the turquoise blue, deep blue and sea green of the three seas.
Tirparappu Falls is located 55 km away from Kanyakumari, and is an enchanting man-made waterfall. The various stream that comes together to create this cascade makes up for a sight that’ll spell bound you with its beauty. At the entrance of this tourist destination, there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, worshipped by the locals. This great waterfall is surrounded by indigenous flora and fauna make it a colourful spectacle for the on-lookers. One can also enjoy a boat ride in the tranquility of the water.
Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
Thanumalayan temple also known as Sthanumalayan Kovil is a sacred temple of the Trimurti - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The intricate architecture and the musical pillars carved from a single stone attract many devotees to this revered temple. The four musical pillars in the alankara mandapam area emit various musical notes upon striking with the thumb. Tourists and locals come in large numbers during the celebration of rathotsava and teppam festival.
Thiruvalluvar was a great philosopher and the author of the legendary work of literature, Tirukkural. Dedicated to him a great statue was erected on a small island near Kanyakumari, the work of which began in1990 and continued on till 1999. Perched upon a 38 foot pedestal stands the 133 feet mighty statue surrounded by water. A quick ferry ride will take you to this magnificent structure and a small temple that is in the premises of the statue.
‘Vattakottai Fort’ translates to a ‘Circular Fort’ that is perched on the sea-side of Kanyakumari. The fort is protected by the Indian Archeological Department and a part of it extends in the sea. Built in the 18th century for the kings of Travancore with granite rocks, Vattakottai fort is a scenic beauty covered with water on the side and the Western Ghats on the other. The beach that surrounds the fort is a black sand beach and an ideal spot for beau sunsets and tranquility.
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