Generally referred to as the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in Tamil Nadu. Its name is kept after Devi Kanya Kumari, one of the avatars of Goddess Parvati. Many visitors who flock to Kanyakumari often do so to visit her holy shrine.

Previously known as ‘Cape Comorin’ by the Britishers, the name was later changed by the Government of India and the Government of Madras. Considering its proximity to various popular tourist destinations such as Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Madurai, Kollam etc, a one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Trip by Car is often recommended.

Apart from being an important religious centre, Kanyakumari is also popular among travellers for being a scenic marvel. It also boasts of the point where the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean meet each other, known as the Triveni Sangamam.

It is a coastal retreat, bordered with seashores and surrounded by coconut trees. Travellers are charmed by the shimmering sun, making watching sunrises and sunsets a popular thing to do in Kanyakumari. With the backdrop of lush green mountains and a kaleidoscopic sky hanging above, this gilded beauty leaves every tourist enchanted.

Owing to its rich cultural history, its temples and monuments, serene beaches, historical forts and palaces, Kanyakumari makes for an ideal weekend getaway for all kinds of travellers. Take a one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour and experience the stories that this town has to offer. Alternatively if you are planning to stay for more than a day, checkout these all-inclusive Kanyakumari tour packages from Kanyakumari Tourism.

What To Expect

One full-day tour is sufficient to cover most of the places of interest in Kanyakumari. In your guided one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour in a car, you will be picked up from your hotel or home in Kanyakumari in the morning and will be dropped back in the evening.

We will start our day by first visiting the Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple, one of the 52 Shakti Peethas and take blessings from Devi Kanya Kumari. From here we will be visiting the monument, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, constructed in the honour of Swami Vivekananda. Next in our Kanyakumari itinerary is the Thiruvalluvar Statue which is a 133-feet tall stone sculpture of Valluvar, a famous Tamil poet and philosopher.

We will then visit the Kanyakumari Government Museum, which is a multi-purpose museum, related to various subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, numismatics, etc. Next on this one day trip, we will pay a visit to the Gandhi Memorial. It was the place where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were last kept before they were immersed.

No historical tourist place is complete without visiting a fort and a palace. Hence, in this one day Kanyakumari trip, we will also be visiting the Vattakottai Fort and Padmanabhapuram Palace. In the evening, we will be visiting the Thanumalayan temple which is also popularly known as the Suchindram temple.

And last but not the least, after a tiring day, we will then relax at the Sunset View Point to watch the glorious sunset that Kanyakumari is highly famous for. This will bring our Kanyakumari day tour to an end.

Places to Visit in your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour

1. Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple

Also known as Devi Kanya Kumari Temple, Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman Temple is dedicated to the adolescent girl avatar of Goddess Parvati and the first place to visit on our one day trip in a private car.

Legends say that Devi Kanya was supposed to be married to Lord Shiva, however, their marriage did not take place. It was then that the Devi decided to remain a virgin because of which she is considered as the Goddess of virginity and purity. It is said that the rice and other cereals that were meant to be cooked on the day of the wedding were remained untouched, and as a result turned into stones, which can be visible even today.

It is said that when Goddess Parvati (also known as Sati / Durga) died, Lord Shiva carried her body across the universe in grief and sorrow. During this, Lord Vishnu had cut the body of Sati into 52 different parts which fell off at various places. It is in this temple that the right shoulder and the back of Sati’s corpse fell.

The construction of the temple was led by the Pandya dynasty and was renovated by the Chola dynasty and further by the Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers. As such, one can see that the architecture of the temple draws inspiration from various medieval ages.

There are two doors to the temple, the western door which is accessible on all days by the tourists, and the eastern door which is only accessible during certain days such as Navratri, new moon days of certain months etc.

  • Must See: Take a closer look at the construction of the temple with different styles of detailing.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 4:30 am – 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 40 Minutes

2. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

In your one day Kanyakumari city tour, get inspired by the Memorial of Swami Vivekananda at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. It is said that it was on the rock present here that Swami Vivekananda had attained enlightenment.

It’s located on a small island and hence comes with the backdrop of the Indian ocean which adds to its calm and peaceful vibe. One needs to take a small ferry ride just for Rs.20 to go up to the memorial.

There is a museum which projects the life and works of Swami Vivekananda and is referred to as the Shripada Mandapam. The memorial comes equipped with a meditation hall known as the Dhyana Mandapam with six rooms. It also has an assembly hall known as the Sabha Mandapam which consists of two rooms, a corridor and an open courtyard which surrounds the assembly hall.

  • Things to do: Sit & meditate at the meditation hall and increase the awareness of yourself and your surroundings.
  • Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs.10
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

3. Thiruvalluvar Statue

If you hail from Tamil Nadu or are an enthusiast of poetry and literature, you must have heard of the legendary Poet & Philosopher, Valluvar. The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 40.6 m tall statue of him that was inaugurated in the year 2000.

The statue is representative of the three chronological books namely, Virtue, Wealth and Love in the same order. While the platform of 12 m on which the statue rests is representative of the 38 chapters of the first book, the statue in itself represents the second and the third book.

This is constructed in such a manner to denote that one can get wealth and love only on the strong foundation of virtue. One can also easily notice that the three fingers of Valluvar’s right hand are pointed towards the sky which is also representative of Virtue, Wealth & Love.

The Valluvar’s statue is also located on an island which can be visited via a ferry while visiting the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

  • Must See: Notice the slight bend in the statue which is similar to the dancing pose of the Hindu deity, Nataraj. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 20 Minutes
  • Interesting Fact: The statue weighs approximately 14 million pounds.

4. Government Museum, Kanyakumari

Even though one can think that a visit to the Government Museum will be boring, this does not stand true for the one in Kanyakumari. In your one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Tour, you won’t just witness sculptures and artefacts from the medieval times but also learn about the history of coins, plants, animals, Indian astronomy etc.

It also stores the crafts and sculptures from the ancient South Indian temples. You can also see old coins, weapons, the specimen of plants etc in this multi-purpose museum.

  •  Must See: One must see the sculpture of Srinivasa, Manickavasagar, Thirumangai Alwar and Lord Rama at the museum. 
  • Timings: Tuesday -Sunday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Closed On: Monday
  • Entry Fee: Rs.10/adult & Rs.5/Child
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

5. Gandhi Memorial, Kanyakumari

Gandhi Memorial also known as Gandhi Mandap is a memorial constructed on the seashore of Kanyakumari in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.

This place is of historical importance as the site of the mandap is where Gandhi’s ashes (in one of the 12 urns) were last kept for public viewing before being immersed in the waters of Kanyakumari.

A tour to Kanyakumari is incomplete without tourists reflecting upon the sacrifices of the great man at this memorial.

Although the construction of the temple might appear to be very simple, it is indeed a piece of architecture. There is an opening in the Mandap that has been constructed in a manner that on the 2nd of October (Birthdate of Gandhi), every year, sun rays fall directly at the spot where his ashes were kept.

The height of the central dome is 79 feet, which was constructed on purpose to signify the age of the father of our nation at the time of his demise.

  • Must See: The memorial is set at the backdrop of the ocean, offering a great view when seen from the top. Simply stand here for a while and absorb the peace this place has to offer. 
  • Timings: Open on all days from 7 AM to 7 PM.
  • Entry Fee: Re.1
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes

6. Vattakottai Fort

Constructed in the 18th century by the Venad kings of Travancore, Vattakottai Fort is one of the few sea forts of the country. The fort once acted as an army base to protect the kingdom of Travancore. Various canon attacks have been initiated from this fort.

With a beach on one side and the western ghats on the other, this fort made of granite is a popular tourist picnic spot. The beach on which the fort stands has black sand and hence is very different from the other beaches of Kanyakumari.

The fort also strikes a close resemblance to the Bekal Fort of Kerala, since a part of both the forts extend to the sea.

  • Must See: Relish the view of the windmills and nuclear plants from the fort.  
  • Timings: Open on all days from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

7. Padmanabhapuram Palace

Get ready to be captivated by the archaic look of a mansion like Palace in your one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Trip. Also known as the Kalkulam Palace, Padmanabhapuram Palace once used to be the capital city of Travancore. The primary complex of the palace is located inside a granite fort which stretches over 4 km.

Nestled in the foot of the Veli Hills, the palace provides a scenic view of the Western Ghats. The walls of the Palace has intricate wooden detailing which is indeed a trademark of the traditional architecture of Kerala.

The Central Mansion and the Southern Palace are both open for tourists to explore. While the Central Mansion boasts of the King’s bedrooms, the Southern Palace is popular for being converted into a museum.

  • Must See: Do see the museum that displays antique artefacts that unfolds a lot about the culture and history of the era in which the fort was constructed.
  •  Timings: Tuesday-Sunday from 9 am–4:30 pm 
  • Closed On: Monday
  • Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Adult and Rs. 2 for Children
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour
  • Interesting Fact: Even though the palace is geographically located in Tamil Nadu, yet is very much a part of Kerala and the property belongs to the Government of Kerala.

8. Thanumalayan Temple

The Thanumalayan temple also known as Sthanumalayan Temple is located 15 km away from Kanyakumari in the Suchindram district and is an important Hindu temple for both the sects of Hinduism, Shaivite and Vaishnavite.

The word ‘Sthanumalayan’ denotes the three primary Hindu Gods, “Stanu” meaning Siva; “Mal” meaning Vishnu; and the “Ayan” meaning Brahma. The uniqueness of the temple lies in the fact that all the three gods are represented via one Linga (idol).

The idol is silver coated, however, it is golden in colour. One can also find a big Hanuman statue of 22 feet inside the temple complex which is made using one solid granite stone. The temple also boasts of one of the largest Nandi statues of approximately 13 feet, made of mortar and lime.

There are also four musical pillars and roughly a thousand more pillars with carvings in an area known as the dancing hall. The quality of stone craft adds to the architectural value of the temple.

There are two major festivals celebrated here which gather a lot of tourists. One is the 10-day temple car (chariot) festival celebrated during winters and the other is known as Teppam which is celebrated during the summers.

  • Things To Do: Tap the musical pillars and each one will emit a different musical note. 
  • Timings: Open on all days. The darshan timings are from 4.30am to 11.30 am and from 5 PM to 8.30 PM.
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour

9. Sunset View Point, Kanyakumari

The interesting thing to note about Kanyakumari is that one can view both the sunrise and the sunset from the same viewpoint, both of which happens to be at the backdrop of the sea. It is one of the most experiential things one can do in Kanyakumari.

One can notice the colour of the sky changing every few minutes, from pink to rust orange, to the other hues of red which is a mesmerising sight to catch.

With sunset approaching, the area starts getting crowded, which makes the place very cheerful & festive. There are various street vendors selling snacks, tea, coffee, coconut water, jewellery and other handmade souvenirs that one can shop from.

The vast skies, the massive coastline, and the sun setting is going to be the highlight of your one day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Trip.

  • Things To Do: Get yourself a seat at the viewpoint, just sit in peace, and watch the water from the sea touching the wet rocks and the sun slowly moving down. Get your cameras out since it’s one of the most photogenic moments one can capture in this coastal town. 
  • Timings: Reach the viewpoint before 6 pm.
  • Fee: Free
  • Recommended Duration: 30-45 Minutes

What to Eat

There are quite a few dishes that the foodie in you would be delighted to try during your time in Kanyakumari.

Apart from trying typical South Indian dishes such as Dosa, Idli, do try their fish curry. Coconut is a staple ingredient and is used in the preparation of most of the dishes. There are various restaurants in the vicinity of the primary tourist areas offering vegetarian and Jain meals.

What to shop

Kanyakumari is a treasure trove of unique antique items. If you scout carefully, you can get items that belonged to the era of the kings and queens. You can also shop for home decor items made of wood, cane, bamboo that can add a rustic vibe to your house.

Various beachside stalls are selling shell-based souvenirs that one can buy for their friends and family. Ladies, take note, the silk sarees available at the emporiums here are of top-notch quality and are available in both bright & pastel colours.


Whether you are a family of four or a large friend group, the charming town of Kanyakumari is perfect for a weekend getaway. There are many popular sightseeing places to visit in Kanyakumari. This cultural town with an interesting history is filled with temples and beaches and will surely leave you awe-struck.

Feel the water touching your feet, sands amidst your toes, and watch the sun sink into the sea. These memories will make you want to come back to Kanyakumari for a longer vacation.

We at Oneday.travel would ensure that your One Day Kanyakumari Local Sightseeing Trip by Car is pleasant and memorable. Our cars will take you to all the recommended places and our local drivers would ensure your day tour is comfortable.

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