We are aware that India is called Peninsular because it is covered by 3 part sea and one part land but have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand at the southern most point of India and look at the three oceans meet? If you haven't experienced it already then it is time to pack your bags and leave.
Kanyakumari is a small coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu which is surrounded by mountains, sea shores, coconut trees and paddy fields. It is the only place in India where one can experience the gloriousness of sunrise and sunset from the same place. At a distance of 670 Kms from Bangalore, it is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. If you have just 2 days in hand and want to make the most of it with minimum budget, Kanyakumari will not disappoint you.
The white sandy beaches here are peaceful with no commercialization, stretching on for miles leading you to a world of tranquility. You will find humidity in the air and a spiritual connection within.
Nearest airport to Kanyakumari is in Trivandrum located at a distance of 93 kms. Kanyakumari Express is connected to Bangalore and Mumbai with frequent trains too. One can reach the city by road on Government and private buses. These overnight buses run on a regular basis. The rail and road journey will take you through hills, paddy fields and humongous windmills.
Once you reach the town, transportation is solely dependent on the auto rickshaws and taxis. They have fixed prices and can take you for a ride if not careful. With good bargaining skills one can get pretty good deals. The town is fairly small, hence you can walk from one main location to another. If you want to go to the locations outside the town you will have to rent a taxi for a full day at a starting price of approximately 2500 INR.
Where to stay:
From budget to mid-range hotels one can find plenty of accommodations within the vicinity of the main market. Budget hotels are clustered near the rail head and the bus stands; they are available at a price of approximately 700 INR per day. Mid-range hotels can be found all over the city.
Where to eat:
South Indian cuisine is a must try here, mouth watering idli, dosa, rava idli and poori is available throughout the day. Near the Beach Road the coast is dotted with shacks and restaurants that serve a wide array of seafood delicacies.
You can get Chinese, Punjabi, Italian, South Indian, North Indian and Continental cuisine in Kanyakumari.
Distance from Bangalore - 670 kms by road.
Distance from Chennai - 710 kms by road.
Travel cost by Bus - AC Volvo from Bangalore will cost ~1200 INR.
Travel cost by Train - 3AC from Bangalore will cost ~1195 INR.
Best time to visit - October to early March.
Food cost - ~1000 INR per day.
Transportation - By walk or auto rickshaw.
Stay cost - ~700 per day,per room.
Places to visit - Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari Beach, Sunset View Point, Gandhi Memorial, Tsunami Monument, Observation Tower and Bhagavathy Amman Temple.