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October to April
8 AM - 4 PM
Sightseeing and Ferry Ride
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September - May
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1 out of 33 attractions in Kanyakumari

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a memorial dedicated to Swami Vivekananda and his teachings. It is believed that Swami Vivekananda gained enlightenment on a rock, so the memorial was constructed at the place in the year 1970. Located in Kanyakumari, Vivekananda Rock Memorial took six years to build and has become a major tourist spot. It is surrounded by the gushing Laccadive Sea. Dhyan Mandapam, a meditation hall, is also built alongside to let the visitors seek inner peace. The architecture of Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari is a beautiful amalgam of traditional as well as modern style and displays the intricate style of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Ferry services are available from Kanyakumari to reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial. The panoramic view of the landscape during sunset is another attraction for tourists. A few Hindu mythological stories are also associated with Vivekananda Rock Memorial which makes it a frequently visited place by believers.
Rapti B
Operating from 8am to 4pm, managing a visit to these two rock marvels during the short time I was visiting was nothing short of a miracle. As I jogged into the hotel lobby at 2.30pm and proceeded to check in, the hotel team pointed out that if I wanted to make it to the memorial + statue the same day, I needed to be at the ferry point by 3pm! "They start telling people to leave from 3.30pm, madam, and they close everything at 4pm. And you need to set aside at least 20-30 minutes for the ferry ride," said the hotel staff, with an urgency in their tone as I was whisked to my room and a coffee sent my way within 5 minutes.A popular tourist destination, the Vivekanda Rock Memorial was built in 1970 to honour Swami Vivekananda, a prominent youth icon of India who attained enlightenment on this particular rock... (read more on Touching the Tip and How!)
Road to Taste
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari. It is said that Vivekananda attained enlightenment over a rock here and thus the memorial is built in his honor. One has to board a ferry to reach the Vivekananda Rock Memorial from Kanyakumari.Thriveni Sangamam:
Swati Keshri
There are ferries which go to both the spots. It takes hardly 20 mins from the beach till the Memorial. It's made on the rock where Vivekananda meditated and is built on a very large area. This is the southernmost point of mainland India and one can get a nice view of the mainland from here. There is Mandapam here, however, it was closed when we went.
Husein Haveliwala
Sheeba Kaul
2. Swami Vivekananda Was Here For Nirvana!It is said that Swami Vivekananda, the legendary Indian Monk came all the way to Kanyakumari, stepped off the Indian mainland to reach a tiny rocky island little farther into the ocean and sat down there to meditate.Vivekananda Rock Memorial is where the saint is said to have attained enlightenment in later years of 19th century.