In and around Kanyakumari
By the side of the Rock Memorial, is another rock jutting out from the sea. On this, a massive statue of the famous Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar is under completion. Seeing this statue from the shore is fine, but as the ferry takes you closer to the rock, the statue stands tall and majestic.
For those who wish to regale in ancient temple architecture, musical pillars, legendary myths of Hindu traditions and culture, then 13 kilometres north west of Kanyakumari is a place called Suchindrum and famous for its shrines of deities. It's a very picturesque half-hour auto rickshaw ride through lush green paddy fields and coconut groves on either side of the road.
The temple with the backdrop of coconut trees makes up for a fascinating picture, with it's towering, 134 foot "Gopuram", an ever-present symbol of most South Indian temples.
|How to get to Kanyakumari|
Strongly recommended is a train journey either from Chennai or from Bangalore via Cochin. The latter is a real feast for any eye. The long train (21 coaches) passes through Kerala and if anyone knows something about Kerala, it is just coconut trees and coconut trees all the way through to Kanyakumari. Then of course, you have some fascinating backwater scenery thrown in for good measure. There are many buses too that ply to Kanyakumari but not so frequent. You'll probably have to change buses at Nagercoil, about 20 kilometres from Kanyakumari. But seriously, a bus journey however short the distance, is no comparison to the comfort and pleasure you'll derive out of a train journey through Kerala.
|Where to stay and eat in Kanyakumari
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- If you ever imagined that lodging facilities at Kanyakumari would mean dingy, dirty, cobwebbed affairs, then you are probably referring to the wrong planet. Small town it maybe, but Kanyakumari has long woken up to it's tourism potential. Hotels, lodging houses are reasonably good and interestingly, many face the east giving you a beautiful view from the hotel room.
- When you arrive at the railway station, you'll be accosted by dozens of auto rickshaw drivers who will each tell you that such and such hotel is the best. Take the chance and go across to the hotel, check out the rooms and once you have satisfied yourself, then check in.
- None of the hotels have a pre-printed tariff card. They will quote the room tariff depending on what you look like - affluent or not. That's the way it is. Invariably, the rooms facing the sea and which gives you a strategic view will often cost more. It's still worth paying because it saves you the hassle to run out of your room early in the morning across town to view the sunrise. This way, you can see the sunrise from out of your window. Hence, avoid hotels or lodges that are at a distance from the seashore or those that do not have a good view.
- If you are an Indian, food will never be a problem. Most eating-places serve South Indian or North Indian food. There are enough eateries probably within half a kilometer radius of your hotel. Foreigners may encounter some difficulties but then, bread, omelets, idlis (steamed rice cakes) are available in many places. Some places even serve reasonably good Chinese food such as fried rice, noodles, etc. That ought to be of help. And if the taste buds have already been tickled with Indian delicacies, then of course, there's no problem, is there?