Kanyakumari is a town in the state of Tamil Nadu (southern India), located at the tip of the Indian peninsula. Flanked by mesmerizing beaches, pious temples, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful churches, it is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. Every year, the town experiences a heavy footfall. Locals, tourists from India and abroad prefer paying a visit here. I am also not an exception among them. In this article, I would like to share experiences of visiting Kanyakumari Beach.
The Kanyakumari beach is a tranquil and serene place to spend a wonderful vacation. The ambience is well suited to refresh and unwind oneself. But yes do not compare it to a wide beach where you can sunbath and spend leisure time around. The beach is considered divine by the locals. Hence it is uniquely contrasting to other beaches elsewhere in the country. The importance of the beach is particularly significant due to the presence of the huge Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
The Stunning Beauty of the Beach
Kanyakumari beach offers solace from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The solitude prevailing in the sound of the sea waves tranquillizes the heart. You feel an essence of eternal bliss and surreal calmness around you as you stroll across the sea shoreline. Located at the confluence of the vast Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, the prominence of the place is felt every moment you step on its sands. The golden sands beckon you to pave on it to feel the eccentric beauty of the beach.
Watching the sunrise and sunset at the beach is a memorable and breathtaking experience. As the sun spreads its golden hue on the sea waters, the entire place transforms into a divine land. The rays of the rising sun resemble a halo behind the Thiruvalluvar statue, a sight not be missed if you are there at the Kanyakumari beach.
It is amazing to watch the three distinct colours of the huge waterbodies twining with each other. Photography lovers will have a delightful time clicking innumerable pictures of this picturesque landscape. You can perch upon one of the rocks at the seashore, relax and soak into the pristine views in front of your eyes.
Hindu mythology states that Goddess Kumari had meditated near the beach at the Vivekananda rock. She is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, to eliminate the demon Bana. Lord Shiva had promised to marry Goddess Kumari but did not arrive at the wedding ceremony since she had to remain virgin to kill Bana. Sadness and rage encompassed her and she vowed to remain unmarried throughout her life. It is believed that uncooked rice, grains, and vermilion arranged at the wedding transformed into the shells and conches at the beach.
Things to do at the Kanyakumari Beach
The beach has provision for jet skiing and gliding on the sea waters. So if you want to experience a little thrill and adventure then go for them. You can feel the adrenaline rush within you while wading along with the curling sea waves.
There are ample moments to capture in your lenses at the beach. Photos and videos of the sun rising from the horizon are memories to be carried along with you. Similarly, the sparkling reflection of the setting sun on the sea waters is a perfect subject for photography. If you love to photograph birds, then you can click the cranes and kingfishers visiting the seashores often during the day.
A visit to a beach is incomplete without having to pick up some gift items or souvenirs from the beach shacks. Conch, shells, jewellery, home decor items, handmade crafts with palm leaves, bamboo are common at the shops. The items are curated mainly by the locals and purchasing them not only helps their livelihood and survival, but they also serve as tokens of the visit. You need to sometimes bargain with the shack owners but the rates are more or less affordable.
Beaches are especially famous for seafood. Kanyakumari beach is also not an exception. If you are a foodie then you will definitely love the smell of the delectable dishes prepared at the beach shacks. Prawns, crabs, different kinds of sea fish are fried and spiced up for that delicious taste and served hot. You can also find shops selling sweets, fruit juices and milkshakes to chill you up.
Best time to Visit the Kanyakumari Beach
The best time to visit the beach is between the months of November and March when the weather is not so hot and humid. It is better to avoid winter vacations as the beach is very crowded at the time of the year. The influx of tourists is maximum on those days especially due to the holidays at schools.
How to Reach Kanyakumari Beach?
If you are staying at Kanyakumari, then you plenty or provisions to reach the beach. There are buses, auto-rickshaws as well as cabs to book. If you wish to view the sunrise, then it's better to book the vehicles one day before as you need to reach very early in the morning. For those who wish to stay in any other place in Tamil Nadu or Kerala (adjoining state), buses and cabs are available in plenty to arrive at the beach.
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