Kanyakumari is an important pilgrim center lying at the southern most tip of India, at the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Often referred as the 'Land's End' of India, Kanyakumari or Cape Comorin is famous for its picturesque beach and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. On "Chaitrapurnima" (the Tamil name for all full moon day that generally falls in April), it is possible to enjoy the unique experience of seeing the sunset and the moon rise over the ocean simultaneously.
The sea at Kanyakumari is pretty rough, so it is an enjoyable sight, watching the sea beat itself against the rocks and then subside, before it gathers itself up for another attack. The Kanyakumari beach is beautifully hued with multi-colored sand, but it does not generally offer one the opportunities to sunbathe on the soft silver sands, or to indulge in some frolicking in the waves! This is largely due to the fact that the seashore is rocky and dangerous, and there is a manmade wall running along it. People are warned to stay off the rocks, and if someone does otherwise, he or she is severely reprimanded by a watchful policeman. A spectrum of shells is available on the Kanyakumari beach. There is a lighthouse which offers a panoramic view all around.
Major Attractions of Kanyakumari Beach
- The Sangam : Sangam is the meeting point of the three major water bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is a bathing ghat, with steps leading into the water and a sort of lagoon formed between lands by a series of rocks.
- Vivekananda's Rock : A major structure at Kanyakumari is Vivekananda's rock, a huge stone rising out of the sea, on which Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated. It now houses the statue of Vivekananda and is a memorial to him.
The nearest airport at Thiruvananthapuram is 87 km away. Kanyakumari is spirally connected with all places by rail and road.