As I stand at the Land’s end of the Indian subcontinent, I can see that the sun is ready to bid farewell to the clear sky. There is hardly any play in the subtle and soft sky.
The place looks as if an artist is standing with a paint brush, giving gentle strokes on a canvas. He is painting every single details of the place, ignoring the hustle bustle of the moment. And when he gives his final stroke, I could see the sun setting. And in Kanyakumari, that is the one moment you don’t want to miss…
Kanyakumari is the southern coastline of India where three water bodies Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet. It is the perfect place to see both Sunset and Sunrise in water body. The coastal town was known as ‘Cape Comorin’ during British rule in India.
If you are a solo traveller, you might have difficulty in finding a room in the small coastal town, as hotel owner association don’t lend room to single
person. Well, the rule was made after several cases of solo travellers committing suicide came in limelight a few years ago.
I first went to the ‘Goddess Kanyakumari temple’ where legends and myths merge. According to hindu mythology, Kanyakumari is a virgin goddess who was abandoned by her groom on the wedding day. She cursed all the marriage preparations and vowed to remain virgin throughout her life.
As I left the temple and walked around in the local market, I could see the sea shells of different variety, shape and size. The shops had bracelets, necklace, earrings made of those shells.
Next day, I took a ferry to ‘Vivekanand Rock Memorial’ and ‘Thiruvalluvar Statue’. The ferry service will cost Rs. 20 per person and the entry ticket is for Rs. 10 per person.
Situated on a rock island which is 400m away from mainland of Kanyakumari, the rock memorial is one of the finest human formations of architecture, built back in 1970. I headed near the shore and felt a sense of peace; no doubt Swami Vivekanand meditated on the rock amidst the sea for three days.
Later I went to the rock beach of Kanyakumari which has a beautiful sight with multi-coloured rock. There is a light-house, which gives full panoramic view of the whole area.
The best time to visit Kanyakumari is from October to March, as the weather remains pleasant and temperature ranges from 25 degree to 30 degree celsius.