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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 …
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…
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…
Ashram in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Vivekanandapuram

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…
Memorial in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Gandhi Memorial

Poignantly placed at the end of the nation that Gandhi fathered, this cream-coloured memorial is designed in the form of an Odishan (Orissan) temple embellished by Hindu, Christian and Muslim architects. The central…
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. T…
Memorial in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Kamaraj Memorial

This memorial near the shoreline commemorates K Kamaraj, the 'Gandhi of the South’. One of the most powerful and respected politicians of post-Independence India, Kamaraj held the chief ministership of both Madras S…
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's great grilled fish and plenty of Indian veg and nonveg choices, plus the odd Continental creation.…
Museum in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

'Arise! Awake!' Photo Exhibition

In calming ashram grounds 1km north of town, this Vivekananda-inspired photo display is worth a look. It's included on your ticket to Kanyakumari'sSwami Vivekananda Wandering Monk Exhibition.