Ever pictureed yourself, watching the majestic sun, taking its rightful position up in the sky, while silvery morning tides lopping up on your toes? Kanyakumari has this, and much more to promise. The southern tip of India, this place is the confluence of the three major water bodies; the majestic Arabian ocean, the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal and the vast Indian Ocean. This confluence also gives the place its rightful name 'Triveni Sangam'. While geographically, it is a merger of three water bodies, Kanyakumari has much more to soothe the soul than to please the eye. It is the land where the 'panchtatwa' or the five elements of life, meet and behold for the viewer, a sight that can not be unseen. The sun, sky, land, wind and the beautiful sea which are believed to have created life, conjure up a sight that is a pleasure to behold.
The southern tip of India, the enchanting Kanyakumari, or Cape Comorian as it was known in British rule, is famous as one of the best tourist destination in India. Nature here is so spectacular that it renders most beaches pale by comparison and listed below:
1. The Kanyakumari beach
It is well known for being a beach-with-a-difference. Not one of the regular languid sun-basking beaches, the Kanyakumari beach is rocky and treacherous and boasts of a manmade wall to protect the shores. The turbulent sea crashes against the rocks and challenges the strength of human against that of nature, as one gets drenched in the white showers that spray across the beach. But amidst the tumultuous waves, the place commands an exceptional tranquility and serendipity. Even the sand here is an exquisite enmesh of colors and hues – a mesmerizing realization and reminder of the nature's sublime confluence. Although the beach is not a traditional one which allows a tourist to bask in the golden sands or to follic in the waves, it is a refreshing change. The sea and its power are a beauty to watch as it beats the shore, subsides and preparations itself for the next strike. The sight here is beautiful, more so on full moon days and during sunsets. Deriving its name from the goddess 'kumari', the beach also has a temple to pay adulation to the deity. The tip of the peninsular India, the Kanyakumari beach is sure not a disappointment to tourists who flock here in thousands all through the year.
2. The Muttom beach
Famous for its scenic beauty and breath-taking view during sunrise and sunset, the Kanyakumari beach is one of the top places to go when you are in the town. The scene is best during Chitra Gourami (the full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face on the same horizon. The other full moon days are also a spectacular to see and one can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously, as dictated by nature to uphold crown. It is situated in a hamlet, a few kilometers away from the main city but is worth the distance. It is famous for its rocky shores and the sunset point. The beach also boasts of the 100 year old lighthouse that still stands guard, mighty and proud. The light house is steeped in history and has a considerable acclaim to its credit. The beach is dotted by rocks and several caves which make it interesting and worthy of a visit. It is also famous as a perfect stop for picnics and excursions. The main beach area is guarded by wires and wings beyond which, huts and benches are put up for visitors to relax and enjoy the calm that this place has to offer.
3. The Sothavilai beach
Locally known as the Chothavilai beach, this is one of the best beaches of Kanyakumari. Situated at a distance of 10km from Kanyakumari, this beach is one of the prime beach destinations of India. It is one of the longest natural beaches in the country. The shallow waters of this place make it ideal for swimming and biking. Its white sand and high sand dunes make it the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, while the clear blue sea is a feast to the eyes. Located on the west coast, this beach is adorned with lush palms and crystal waters. Leisure lovers and travel enthusiast can be entertained as the beach stretches through miles, peacefully and quietly, encouraging the tourists to take a dip and feel their soul getting relinquished. After the beach was attacked by the Tsunami, preventive measures have been taken for security of the natives and tourists alike, but nothing has made a scar on the ambience of this area. It is one of the most picturesque sea beaches of Tamil Nadu and is a haven for sea bathing and sun basking. The beach is pristine and clean and is guaranteed to not be a disappointment.
Kanyakumari is the perfect backdrop for a shutterbug who is looking for destinations to expand his travelogue. The soft golden sand, overlapped by the shimmering waters adds oodles of beauty to the serene atmosphere that prevails in the Palm Country. The palm fringed or rock dotted beaches in Kanyakumari are an ideal retreat and are sure to leave a beautiful picture in the tourist's mind that lingers on forever.