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!)
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:
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.
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.