The southernmost tip of the Indian mainland, Kanyakumari is dotted with several beautiful temples and monuments. A trip to this enchanting place which joins the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, is worth taking. But apart from its beautiful wonders, there are some equally alluring places in the neighboring region which also shouldn’t be missed. Let’s take a look at these fantastic weekend getaways from Kanyakumari.
If you think about the tourist attractions the city of Kanyakumari has to offer, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar statue appears prominently. Apart from these, there are few ancient temples offering a peek into the ancient culture and architectural mastery. But if you take a step back and view the panorama, the area surrounding Kanyakumari is equally worth touring. Some of which, are quite popular among offbeat tourists. Let’s have a look at some of these getaways near Kanyakumari.
Kovalam – Erstwhile a laid back fishing village, Kovalam has come a long way and emerged as a relaxing beach destinations, quite popular among the foreign crowd. Known for its exotic beaches, Kovalam is marking its name in the adventure sports circuit as well. Each year thousands of domestic and international tourists visit this beach town in search of peace, some exploration and piece of thrill. If you haven’t visited it before, you can simply take a Kanyakumari to Kovalam Taxi and enjoy the untouched serenity. Kovalam boasts of some white sandy mesmerizing beaches, and beach side shacks and resorts which are also famous for offering yoga and meditation courses.
Kodaikanal – Lying few miles away from Kanyakumari, this enchanting location is amongst few popular hill stations in southern India. Famous for its tea estates, cozy resorts and sprawling forests, no wonder it’s called the ‘the gift of the forest’. Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a summer retreat for the British officers during the Raj. There are some amazing places to visit in the hill station like the Guna Caves, Dolphin’s Nose, and Coaker’s Walk. It’s also home to some of the leading educational institutions as well. If you’re planning to spend some quality time with your spouse, Kodaikanal is a perfect place to do so, and don’t forget to bring your camera along!
Thiruvananthapuram – Famous as the ‘Evergreen city of India’, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Consisting of several beautiful beaches, palm fringed villages, fresh backwaters with green cover and few historical monuments; Thiruvananthapuram is a true Keralite delight. Well connected with other cities of India, you won’t have any such difficulties reaching the city. Visit the ancient temples and learn about their glorious past or simply do nothing and enjoy a houseboat ride in its backwaters, Thiruvananthapuram has many things for both energetic and laid-back travelers.
Varkala – Another gemstone in the tourism necklace of Kerala, Varkala seems more like an undisturbed paradise. Located in the Thiruvananthapuram district, it is situated about 40 km from Kovalam. Varkala was considered an important place of pilgrimage with the two thousand year old Janardhana Swamy Temple as the major centre of devotion.
So, if you’re up for enjoying the beauties of South India, exploring the wonders of Kanyakumari and around should definitely be in your list.