Kanyakumari is one of the most important tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its moonrise and sunset. Best time to visit kanyakumari is in the month of Chitthirai (April - May). We can see the moonrise and sunset in the same hour of full moon days during these months. This sunset and moonrise takes place when the sun and moon are face to face in a straight line along the horizon.
Kanyakumari is located at the tip of the Indian peninsula and its shows our antiquity of pre Himalayan days. Actually, kanyakumari is the residual part of the lost Lemuria, which extends up to the continents of Africa and Australia.
Kanyakumari was ruled by the Pandyas and later it parts were in Kerala. After the reorganisation of the states, Tamil speaking areas were seceded and the districts formed in 1956. Kanyakumari has rich sandy seashore with atomic minerals. The length of seashore is about 68km. Sands of beach are of different hues due to the mineral content. This is the meeting place of Tamil and Malayalam. Three sides of seas surround Kanyakumari. It enjoys a temperate climate. It is a major pilgrim centre.
name of this place has been christened after the virgin goddess –
Kanyakumari Amman. Mythological stories depict that Goddess parvati under
the disguise of Devi Kanniya did a penance in one of the rocks in this
area to reach the hand of Lord Shiva. This place is also a popular pilgrimage.
The tourists who visit this southern most tip of India would certainly
enjoy the exuberant scenes of the sunsets, the sunrises especially on
full moon days. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is
unique as it is multicolored.
Lakhs of tourist, round the year are lured by the serene beauty of this place and the spectacles of sunrise and sunset. Though sunrise can be viewed throughout the year, sunset is visible only from October 15 to March 15 from this southernmost tip. But one can view both sunrise and sunset throughout the year from atop a hill called Murugan Kundram which offers a panoramic view of Kanyakumari. The sunset and moonrise can be seen almost simultaneously on full moon days from the same spot. It is a unique spectacle.
SOME STATISTICAL STUDY OF THE KANYAKUMARI
The total area of the land is 1,685 square kilometers. The population was 16,76,034 during the census taken in the year 2001. Every year the land receives 1,188.6 meters of rainfall. The maximum temperature goes to 35ºC and falls to a minimum of 21ºC. There are air, road and rail facilities for travelers and tourists to come and travel back. The nearest airport is about 87 kilometers away from Kanyakumari, located in Trivandrum (Kerala State). There are two railway junctions, one is the Kanyakumari Junction and the other is the Nagarcoil Junction. There are three bus terminus namely, (i) Central and Express Bus Stand (ii) Anna Bus Stand and (iii) Christopher Bus Stand.