Kanyakumary

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is located at the southernmost point of the Indian subcontinent. It is the meeting point of three seas – the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari is a well known place for its beautiful views of the sunrises, sunsets and moonrises over the waters.

Our Lady of Ransom Church – From the shore where the fishing boats are moored you can see the three towering spires of this beautiful off-white Gothic structure with a distinct Portuguese feel.

Vivekananda mid-sea Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction, standing on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off the mainland. These rocks have been regarded as a sacred place since times immemorial . The Memorial was built in 1970 to commemorate the great spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda visit in December 1892. He swam to this rock and meditated about the past, present and future of India. It is said that he attained enlightenment on the rock, and henceforth became a reformer and philosopher. A meditation hall (Dhyana Mandapam) is also attached to the memorial for visitors to meditate.
The design of the hall incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. The merger of three seas can be seen from these rocks.

The Gandhi Memorial (or Gandhi Mandapam) has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma’s ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was designed in such a way that on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept.

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