Kanyakumari, the southernmost city of the Indian Peninsula, is one of the most popular destinations of Tamil Nadu. The city has been a popular tourist spot since the Sangam Period. It derives its name from the Goddess Kanya Kumari ? the presiding deity of the area. The region was once the important trading center during the colonial rule, who named the place as ?Cape of Comorin?, which was probably the spoilt version of the word ?Kumari?. Surrounded by small hills, valleys and the confluence of three different water bodies (Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Bay Bengal), makes Kanyakumari a suitable holiday destination for both solo and family travelers. While entering the city, one can see the skyline being covered by countless windmills, of the Muppandal Wind Farm, painted in white. The view is a very charming and memorable experience for tourists.
This small town enjoys the tropical coastal climate, without much variation in the temperature. According to tourists, one can visit the city throughout the year. During summers, the weather can be suitable for enjoying beach activities, whereas monsoons give the place a romantic feel. The Kanyakumari beach, with its multi-colored sand, is an endearing place. However, sunbathing or swimming in the sea is strictly prohibited here. For a panoramic view of the region, tourists can head towards the lighthouse near the beach.
Kanyakumari is a special place for the devotees of Swami Vivekananda. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial was established on the rock on which the great saint meditated. There is a special room in the basement of the memorial, where tourists can meditate. The sea shell market of Kanyakumari, offers an exotic display of shells found in different sizes and shapes. Passing by these small shops could be a memorable experience, especially for kids.
Kanyakumari was a historical city whose name is mentioned in the old texts dating back to the time of Alexander the Great. The city was once the center of learning and education as well as trade and commerce during those times, making it a cultural melting point of the region. It is believed that St. Thomas arrived in the region in A.D 52, for spreading Christianity. The place was once under the rule of the Cholas, Pandyas and Nayaks dynasties, some of the biggest empires of the Indian Peninsula. During the British rule, this place was an important trade center. After India?s independence, the city was added to the state of Tamil Nadu.