Distance from Anantya: 70 Kms
Drive Time: 90 mts
Excursion Time: Half a day to a whole day.
Essentials: Flip flops, casual wear, sun screen, sun glasses
Tip: Please keep your valuables safe. Street hawkers may quote extremely high prices. Negotiate.
The tip of the India's mainland, which offers spectacular ocean views, sunrises and sunsets. It is an also a great human experience. Drive out from Anantya, past the remaining Western ghats, by green fields and wind-turbines to land's end. Water is all around you as three seas merge here: the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Walk past rows of souvenir shops and reach the boat jetty to get out on the ocean to see the Vivekananda Memorial. After a windy boat ride you will arrive at the memorial, a giant rock where Swami Vivekananda meditated in 1892. In the memorial you will find a meditation room, which is a refreshing retreat from the noisy and windy exterior.
Sunsets here are a visual spectacle. The beaches near the Kumari Amman temple, or the tower of the Gandhi Memorial are great places to catch the sun going down into the ocean. At certain times of the year, you will be treated to the sunset and the moonrise simultaneously over three seas. Do step into the souvenir shops that have some interesting local hand made items. Cute animal figures made from shells, shell key chains, hand woven table mats or floor mats, or take home a personalized shell: your name etched on a shell. You will likely encounter kids on the beach and on the street selling packets of sand of different colors that are found on the beaches here. In all, you will surely find some interesting trinkets to carry home. Kanyakumari is an also pilgrimage destination for Hindus. The Kumari Amman temple (temple of the virgin goddess) is visited by all those who come to Kanyakumari.