Located in the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari beach with its beautiful hue-changing beaches, the confluence of three water bodies as well as the places of religious, historic and spiritual interests is one of the most exotic destinations in India and will never cease to amuse you with its sheer magnificence. The beach attracts people from all parts of the country as well as abroad who come here to bathe in the utter beauty of the confluence of the three water bodies that make the Indian Subcontinent a peninsula. There will never be any dearth of activities that you can indulge in at the Kanyakumari beach.
The first and foremost reason tourists visit the beach is to witness the spectacular sunrise and sunset, which casts an enchanting spell upon the sea and the beach. The three distinct shades of the Bay of Bengal, The Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea can be distinguished easily. There is also ample opportunity for shopping various handicrafts made of rustic seaside materials and other things as well. There is a lighthouse at the beach which will provide you with the most fantastic view of the vast expanses of salty water stretching till the horizon. You can also enjoy some of the festivals and fairs that are celebrated on a significant scale here – Vaisakha, Kalabham and Navaratri are some.
The famous sites to visit here are the Kanyakumari temple, Gandhi Mandapam, the Vivekananda Memorial Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Another exciting thing to do nearby will be the exciting water sports. If you are not the adventurous type, you can just take a trek down the golden beach to spend an afternoon.
Tourist Attractions at Kanyakumari Beach
Kanyakumari Amman Temple : A temple for Devi Kanyakumari, corresponding to the legend of the coastal city and its beach, has been built dedicated to the young and fiery goddess. The deity is smaller than any usual South Indian idol, but its diamond nose ring is said to be so bright and radiant that distant ships often mistake it for a lighthouse's beam of light.
Gandhi Mandapam : Gandhi Mandapam is a memorial built for the place where Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were kept before a portion of it was immersed in the sea. The building is built in such a way that on the day of Gandhi Jayanti (2nd October), the sun's rays fall directly on the urn where the ashes were kept.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial : A rock formation cut off from the mainland, around 500 metres away in the Indian Ocean is famous as the place where the great saint Swami Vivekananda set his foot in 1892 after travelling the entirety of the country on foot. The Vivekanand Rock Memorial is also famous as the place where Devi Kanyakumari had actually practised her penance for Lord Shiva standing on one foot.
Thiruvalluvar Statue : It is dedicated to the great Tamil poet, philosopher, and saint Thiruvalluvar. The statue is around 133 feet in height which signifies the 133 chapters in the epic piece of writing by the poet Thirukkural. The statue stands on the Vivekananda Rock. Tourists can go up to the top of the statue and enjoy a breathtaking view of the surroundings, especially during sunset.
Best Time To Visit Kanyakumari Beach
The best time to visit the place is from November to March as the weather is pleasant and allows you to have the best experience. However, if possible avoid the months of December and January, as the place becomes overcrowded with long queues everywhere. Sunrise and sunset are the perfect time to visit the beach.
Shopping At Kanyakumari Beach
Tourists can easily spend some time shopping in the small shacks and stalls scattered around the beach selling various souvenirs and handicraft items. You will find decorative items, jewellery, wall hangings and showpieces made of seashells, conches and sea foam. Bamboo, cane and wood products are also available here and there. Palm leaf drawings are the unique collector's item of the Kanyakumari beach that you can buy from the souvenir shops.
How to Reach Kanyakumari Beach
Buses and auto-rickshaws are available to take you to the beach from any part of the main city. If language is a barrier to use public transport, you can always hire a car from an agency or from the hotel you are staying.