Quick Getaways near Kanniyakumari
- 6 kms away from Kanniyakumari is the
Circular Fort, a great picnic spot that overlooks
the sea and makes for a suitable bathing area.
Just 13 kms from Kanniyakumari, Suchindram
has a temple dedicated to a deity who is the
illustration of the combined forces of Siva,
Vishnu and Brahma. The temple has a beautiful
gopuram, musical pillars and an excellent
statue of the monkey god Hanuman, apart from
a valuable collection of art from different
periods. 19 kms off Kanniyakumari is Nagercoil,
the site of the famous
Nagaraja temple where
the images of Lord Shiva
It is said that
the Nagaraja is installed on the ground where it is
was originally found. Sand is swooped out from this
point and is given as prasadam to the devotees.
Udhayagiri Fort - This fort is located at a
distance of 14 kms. from Nagercoil. This was the crucial
military station of the Travancore rulers, when Padmanabapuram
was capital of Travancore. It had been originally
built in the year 1600 AD, and then Marthanda Varma
rebuilt it. East India company's troops were stationed
there till the middle of the 19th century. The fort
enclosed with an area of about 90 acres and contains
an isolated hill, which affords a panoramic view of
the surrounding area. The tombs of Dalhousie, his
wife and his son can be seen inside a partly ruined
chapel in the fort.
Mundanthurai - Kalakkadu and Mundanthurai Sanctauries
are situated in an extensive preserve as "Tiger
Project Reserve". This Wild life Sanctuary is
situated in an area of 233 Sq. km. in Tirunelveli District,
including the foothills of western Ghats and the adjoining
area. The flora ranges from forests of tropical wet
evergreen to tropical dry deciduous and thorn forest
at down hills. Lion tailed Macaque, Nilgiri tahr,
Sambar, Sloth bear, Gaur, Elephant, Tiger, Flying
Squirrel, Panther, wild dog, Pangoline are some of
the wild life seen in the sanctuary. Besides, a wide
range of birds and reptiles can be seen. Trekking
can be done with prior permission from the Forest
Events in Kanniyakumari
Being a religious place makes Kanniyakumari
the center of a lot of action during major Hindu festivals.
The Chithra Poornami festival starts
in the second week of April and continues till May.
The Navaratri celebrations start
in September and October. The temples are all decked
up and pilgrims flow in. Some other festivals include
the Annual Holy festival
of RC Church, Skanda Shasti, Katta Bomman
festival and the Saral festival.
Getting There & Away to Kanniyakumari
nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (80-km),
which is well connected with national and International
flights. From Thiruvananthapuram one can take
a taxi or bus to Kanniyakumari.
is well connected by train services with all
the places in India. Superfast trains connect
the southern most railhead of India with northern
cities like Jammu and Delhi. Intercity trains
are running from almost all the southern cities.
is connected by regular bus services with Chennai,
Pondicherry, Bangalore, Trichy, Madurai, Mandapam
(Rameshwaram), Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Tiruchendur,
Tiruvelveli, Trivandrum, etc. Town bus service,
tourist taxis and auto rickshaws are available.
Getting Around in Kanniyakumari
The local bus service, tourist taxis and autos are
the modes of transportation that can get you around.
The buses can get very crowded though the service
is pretty regular. And, like other cities and towns
in India, look for meters in auto rickshaws and taxis.