Friday, March 30, 2012

Tamil Nadu with Quilley - 11 March 2012 - Kanyakumari

We rolled into Kanyakumari the evening of the 10th March and found the newly established Seashore Hotel, Sangan Group Hotels.  It was a poshly comfortable hotel with great staff, beautiful furnishing, views of the sea which included the little fishing village there, the statue of Thiruvalluvar out in the sea, as well as the Vivekananda island monument.  Wow!  We could see the sunrise from our room.  Surprisingly, there is no website for the hotel, and it is poorly represented on,  but I highly recommend this hotel.


'India, the sub-continental country is known for its richness in culture and tradition. Speaking of the topography of India, the Northern side is covered by the wide range of the huge snow clad Himalayas. The west is covered by the Arabian Sea. The East is covered by the Bay of Bengal. The southern side is very unique as both these seas mingle with the Indian Ocean. The Land that is located in the tip of the country, where the three seas get united is none other than cape comerin or Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari Amman

'The name of this place has been christened after the virgin goddess – Kanyakumari Amman. Mythological stories depict that Goddess parvati under the disguise of Devi Kanniya did a penance in one of the rocks in this area to reach the hand of Lord Shiva. This place is also a popular pilgrimage. The tourists who visit this southern most tip of India would certainly enjoy the exuberant scenes of the sunsets, the sunrises especially on full moon days. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is unique as it is multicolored.

'Amidst the sea there are two rocks known as ‘twin rocks’ both contributing to the rich Indian heritage with the monuments of swamy Vivekananda and Saint Thiruvalluvar.'

Sunrise from our room.

Local church with Thiruvalluvar monument in the background, also viewed from our room.

While waiting for the ferry to the Vivekananda monument, Gopal took this picture through the grate.

The horde awaiting the ferry.

Part of the horde.

At last!  (It was very hot.)

Look at this gorgeous hair!
A beautiful statue in the sea of ancient Tamil poet, Thiruvalluvar.

'Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the major tourist places in Kanyakumari. Located amidst the sea, the memorial place was built in 1970, on the rock and houses a statue of Vivekananda. The divine foot print 'Pada Parai' of Devi can be seen here. Visitors have to take a ferry to reach this memorial.'


Quilley and I have both lost our sons.  We put their ashes into the confluence of the three seas at this holy place.

We also visited the Gandhi Mandapam, 'famous for its cultural richness and significance. The memorial was built in the year 1952 on the eve of Gandhi's birthday. The library inside the memorial has a good collection of history and philosophy texts.'


Quilley at the Shrine for Our Lady of Ransom, which we visited as we left Kanukumari.


1 comment:

indianist said...

wow what a nice place Kanyakumari in India, I want detail of tourist destinations in India places to visit pls mail meee.....