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Places Near Kanyakumari

A visit to these nearby places when you are in Kanyakumari, is a must.

Nagercoil is the District Headquarter of Kanyakumari and only 19 kms away. It is named after a temple here that is dedicated to the Lord of Snakes or Nagaraja. St. Xavier’s Church at Nagercoil dates back to the 15th century. It holds a 10-day festival every year from the 24th of November. Close to Nagercoil are the Olakkay Aruvi waterfalls, which make a good spot for a picnic.

Suchindram is a popular pilgrim town 13 km from Kanyakumari. Its temple is dedicated to a deity that is a combination of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, i.e. the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. It has richly carved gopuram (tower), musical pillars and works of art from various periods.

Kumarakovil 34 kms from Kanyakumari is popular for its Lord Subramanya temple, which is situated in the midst of lush greenery on a hillock. It is noted for its architecture and the lake near it is big enough to boat in.

The Mondaikaddu Bhagvathy Amman Temple 41 km from Kanyakumari is a small 7th century BC temple that attracts a regular flow of pilgrims from around the area. The Amman in the shape of a five-headed anthill is 12ft. high and still growing.

Thengapattinam Beach is an ancient maritime town that used to service trade with the Middle East. 54 kms from Kanyakumari it makes fro a great getaway. It has a 1200-year-old mosque and in addition, the beach here is clean and free of the regular tourist crowd, and the water here is perfect for swimming.

Padmanabhapuram 45 km from Kanyakumari has an old fort, which encloses the palace of the Travancore kings, and the Ramaswamy temple that carved panels of scenes from the Ramayan.

Pechipparai Dam is only 56 km away and offers a waterside spot for picnics and boating facilities.

Udayagiri Fort 34 km away from Kanyakumari was built in the 18th century by King Marathanda and contains the tomb of his trusted general, a Dutchman General De Lennoy.

Vattakottai , 6km from Kanyakumari, houses an 18th Century Circular Fort. You can enjoy a swim in the sea because the waters are tranquil here.

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