Coconut trees and paddy fields

Earlier known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is a town in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent. It is surrounded by hills, plains and seashores. Coconut trees and paddy fields with red cliff patches and undulated valleys and plains between the seacoast and the mountains surround the city. The district covers an area of 1,672 sq km and is the most literate town in Tamil Nadu.

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Center for art, culture, civilization, and pilgrimage

Kanyakumari was once referred to as the Alexandria of the east. This place has been a great center for art, culture, civilization, and pilgrimage for years. It was also a famous center for commerce and trade. During the early part of the eighth century AD Islam entered the southern part of India through the sea route with traders and missionaries. Through St. Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, Christianity arrived in this area in AD 52. Islam, Christianity and Jainism have greatly contributed to the architectural wealth and literary heritage of this place. Kanyakumari was also under the control of the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks who were great rulers of south India. The architectural beauty of the temples is the work of these rulers. 

During the British Raj, Kanyakumari was bestowed the dry title of Cape Comorin, necessitated perhaps by the Englishmen's inability to pronounce local names. 
Legend has it that Kanya Devi, an avatar of Goddess Parvati, was to wed Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. But he did not turn up at the auspicious time and the wedding never took place. The rice and cereals meant for the marriage remained uncooked. Even today, one can buy stones there that look exactly like rice and cereals. Local folks believe that they are the leftovers of the legendary marriage that could not be solemnized. As for the princess Kanya Devi, she became a virgin goddess blessing pilgrims and tourists alike. 

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Connectivity to reach

By Air: The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is about 90 km. The airport is well connected to all major airports in India and some international destinations as well. Taxis and private vehicles are available for hire from the airport to reach Kanyakumari from the airport.

By Train:
Kanyakumari Junction is about 4 km away from the central bus stand. It is the biggest station in the Kanyakumari district and is connected to many Indian cities like Nagercoil, Chennai, Rameshwaram, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Jammu Tawi. Taxis and buses are available from the railway station to reach Kanyakumari.

By Road: Kanyakumari is well connected by road to other cities like Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Madurai, Nagercoil and Chennai. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are also available to reach Kanyakumari form the bus stand.

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Climate & best time to visit

Winter from November to February: This is the good time to enjoy sightseeing, weather remains pleasant. There might be some humidity in the afternoon hours, but evening becomes cool. There's good number of tourist visit the Kanykumari city.

Summer from March to May:
The weather remains humid throughout the year. Day temperatures do not rise beyond 35°C, while minimums settle around 25°C. Cool breeze blowing at night comes as a huge relief. It’s a good time to enjoy swimming and surfing.

Monsoon from June to September:
Kanyakumari adorns a beautiful aura during this time, when heavy rainfall is witnessed. Moreover, monsoon is an off-season and one can enjoy attractive discounts in the hotels and restaurants.

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