It enshrines the spot where the urn containing the ashes of
Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public view before immersing its
contents in the three seas. Built like an Oriyan temple, the
uniqueness in its construction lies in the fact that on October
2nd, Gandhiji's birthday, the sun's rays fall on the place
where his ashes were kept.
6 km from the city, Vattakottai is an 18th century fort overlooking
the sea. Those who would like to swim and bathe in the sea
can come here, as the sea here is calm and suitable for bathing.
One of the celebrated Vaishnav temples of Kannyakumari, Alvar
Tirunagari temple is one of the nine sung of by the saint
Namalvar. It is said that the saint attained enlightenment
under a tree enshrined here. It is dedicated to Lord Adinatha
and the musical instrument used in the temple festival here
called Nadaswaram is made of stone.
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial:
The memorial was erected to commemorate the evening of December
25, 1892, when Swami Vivekananda visited Kanyakumari as a
pilgrim and swam to the rock in the sea and spent the whole
night there in deep meditation. Only after that, he resolved
to serve his Motherland and spread the message of Vedanta.
Kumari Amman Temple:
Kumari Amman Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati as Devi Kanya
(the Virgin Goddess) is an important shrine here.
Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi:
Goddess Bhagavathi Temple in Kanyakumari is picturesquely
located at the confluence of the three oceans - the Indian
Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Originally built
by Pandyas, it was expanded later by Nayaks. The image of
the Goddess in the sanctum looks serene and beneficent. The
eastern gate of the temple facing the Bay of Bengal is opened
only five times a year.