Top things to do in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Top Choice Palace in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Padmanabhapuram Palace

With a forest’s worth of intricately carved rosewood ceilings and polished-teak beams, this labyrinthine palace, 35km northwest of Kanyakumari, near the Kerala border, is considered the finest example of traditional…
Monument in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Vivekananda Memorial

Four hundred metres offshore is the rock where famous Hindu apostle Swami Vivekananda meditated from 25 to 27 December 1892, and decided to take his moral message beyond India’s shores. A two-mandapa 1970 memorial t…
Hindu Temple in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Kumari Amman Temple

The legends say the kanya (virgin) goddess Kumari, a manifestation of the Great Goddess Devi, single-handedly conquered demons and secured freedom for the world. At this temple on the tip of the subcontinent, pilgri…
Ashram in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)


Just 1km north of Kanyakumari, this peaceful ashram (offering a variety of yoga retreats) is the headquarters of spiritual organisation Vivekananda Kendra, devoted to carrying out Vivekananda's teachings. Its Viveka…
Monument in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Looking like an Indian Colossus of Rhodes, the towering statue on the smaller island next to the Vivekananda Memorial is of the ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. The work of more than 5000 sculptors, it was erected …
Museum in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Swami Vivekananda Wandering Monk Exhibition

In lovely leafy grounds, this excellent exhibition details Swami Vivekananda's wisdom, sayings, and encounters with the mighty and the lowly during his five years as a wandering monk around India from 1888 to 1893. …
Multicuisine in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Seashore Hotel

Amazingly, this spruced-up 7th-floor hotel restaurant is the only one in Kanyakumari with a proper sea view. There are plenty of Indian veg and nonveg choices, plus the odd continental creation. The Irani fish tikka…
Multicuisine in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)


Tucked away inside the stylish Sparsa Resort, 1km west of Kanyakumari's centre, lime-themed Auroma turns out tasty, refined tandoori and South Indian fare, plenty of seafood and decent breakfasts in fancy surrounds.
Museum in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

'Arise! Awake!' Exhibition

In calming ashram grounds 1km north of town, this illustrated display takes you through major events in Vivekanada's life. It's included on your ticket to Kanyakumari's Swami Vivekananda Wandering Monk Exhibition.
Indian in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Sangam Restaurant

It’s as if the Sangam started in Kashmir, trekked south across India, and stopped here to offer tasty veg and nonveg picks from every province along the way. The seats are soft and the food is good.