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Kayakumari


Located at the southernmost part of India, Kanyakumari with its beautiful beaches, Vivekananda Memorial and the perfect sunset is one of the most exotic places to go in India. One of the iconic monuments in Kanyakumari, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located 100 meters from the shore and is one of the major tourist attractions in Kanyakumari. The small rock island can be reached by a ferry and consists of two main structures. The Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam are the two main complexes of the memorial and is frequented by thousands of tourists. The massive 133 feet tall statue is of the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar, who was considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets in India. Thiruvalluvar Statue is one of the biggest in Asia and was unveiled on the 1st of January 2000.


Thirparappu Water Falls


Thirparappu is a very popular destination near Kanyakumari especially after the monsoons for about seven months. The water fall is formed as the Kodayar River plunges from a height of about 50 ft at Thirparappu. The Kodayar makes its descend at Thirparappu and the water fall at this place is about 13 km (8.1 mi) from Pechiparai dam. Thirparappu Waterfalls is a lovely spot for a picnic or just to enjoy the beauty of nature. The falls are surrounded by thickly wooded hills.


Mathur aqueduct


Built over the River Pahrali, Mathoor Hanging Bridge has become an important part of every Kanyakumari tour. River Pahrali originates from the Mahendragiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is located in Mathoor village of Thiruvattar Panchayat Union. It offers a breath taking scenic beauty of the surrounding areas. Peaceful atmosphere when accompanied by mesmerizing nature, creates a setting that will leave you awe struck. What place Mathoor hanging bridge apart is not just its unique beauty but also the fact that is the highest (115 feet) and the longest hanging bridge not only in India but also in Asia, with a length of around 1 km.


Pechiparai dam


Pechiparai dam is located in a hillside village called pechiparai which is 43 Km from Nagercoil. It was constructed a century ago during the Travancore King MoolamThirunal’s rule in the end of 18th century. Situated in the midst of dense forest of Western Ghats this reservoir built across the river Kodayar.The length of the dam is 425.1 M and height of 120.7 M with catchment area of 204.8 sq. km. The reservoir is major source of water in this reign which is mainly used for irrigation and drinking purpose. Pechiparai dam surrounded by rolling mountains with lofty trees is hotspot location for natural sceneries.


Vattakottai Fort


A coastal fort, Vattakottai Fort is built in 18th century during the reign of Travancore kingdom. It is undeniably one of the popular sightseeing places in Kanyakumari. Constructed for the purpose of coastal defense, this fort was the last seaside fort that was built by Travancore kingdom. It was under supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, during the rule of Travancore King Marthanda Varma (1729- 1758) this fort was built. Vattakottai Fort has been declared as protected site and come under the administration of Indian archaeological department. It has been restored and developed as a tourist attraction.


Padmanabhapuram Palace


It is an old wood Palace of Travancore kings located in Padmanabhapuram municipality of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. It is actually a palace complex consisting of 14 palace buildings and covers an area of 6.5 acres. The palace complex sits at the centre of Padmanabhapuram fort covering an approximate area of 186 acres. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli hills (Velimalai) and the river Valli (Valliyar) flows nearby. Even though Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in Tamil Nadu, the palace is under the administrative control of archeology department of Kerala government. Padmanabhapuram Palace is an exceptional example of traditional Kerala building techniques and craftsmanship in wood work. It is the largest well preserved specimen of traditional Kerala architecture. It is also home to a large collection of excellent murals depicting Hindu mythology and secular themes.


Chothavilai Beach


The Sotha Vilai or Chothavilai beach is one among the most important beaches in the district of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. The beach here stretches over 4 km which make it one among the longest beaches in Tamil Nadu. It is about 10 km from Kanyakumari, close to Sanguthurai beach. Shallow water makes Chothavilai ideal for swimming. With high sand dunes in the background and an endless aqua blue sea stretching into distance, the few hours spent at this beach will be truly memorable.


Muttom Beach


Muttom sports a beautiful and tidy beach. Huge rocks standing at either sides of the beach give the beach a pristine look. Since the beach is usually less crowded, it makes an excellent spot for tourists to enjoy its beauty. There is also a children's park and a Christian retreat centre called the 'Rock Bible centre' just in view of the beach.