On 13 sept 2021 at 9.30 AM we went to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial by boat. There is Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd, by which ferry service is done. To and fro ticket is Rs.50/- per person. They provide us life jackets. After reaching on the rock there is entry fee for memorial which is Rs 20/- per person.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a monument built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda, who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock and was on the rock on 25, 26 and 27 Dec 1892. A meditation hall - Dhyan Mandap is there for visitors who want to meditate.[The rocks are surrounded by the sea. Imprints of Kanyakumari's (Mata Parvati) feet can be seen at the rock. Photography is not allowed inside the statue hall and footprint Mandir.
It is a pleasant, fantastic and must visit holy place in India having great scenic beauty. We spent almost 2 hours there and came by ferry boat at our boarding point. As some maintenance work is going on, there is no entry for Thiruvalluvar statue. Then on the way we had our fantastic lunch at hotel Maruthi - veg rice plate at Rs. 100/- and back to hotel Maadhini by 12.45 PM.
Then at 4.30 PM we went to take darshan of Bhagwati Amman temple which is also known as Kanyakumari Temple and is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths. For darshan of goddess, gents have to take off their shirt and baniyan. Kanya Kumari is a Hindu goddess. It is about 3000 year old temple with an ancient architecture. No entry fee for temple. Photography is not allowed inside the temple. Remarkable feature of the idol is the diamond nose ring of the Goddess. After taking darshan of goddess we went to Tsunami Park. Main entrance is closed but we went inside, by side gate which was open. Tsunami Park is built in 2005, in the memory of those who lost their lives in tsunami on 26/12/2004. Monument is a 16-ft high colored steel statue with two hands. One hand is looking like stopping the giant wave and another hand is holding Diya (lamp) to keep light of hope. This is on the way to Triveni Sangam and few steps away from Gandhi Mandapam. I got disappointed after seeing condition of the Park. After this we visited Gandhi Mandapam, it is a place where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi kept before immersion. There is no any entry fee. The remarkable feature of the Gandhi Mandapam is that, there is a hole made in the ceiling in such a way that, every year on 2nd October, on the occasion of birthday of father of nation, sunrays comes through it and falls on the exact place where the ashes were kept.
In my view both the places are in poor condition, want some attention and maintenance. Might be, due to pandemic it is in neglected state.
Within a span of 2 hours you can visit Bhagwati Amman temple, Triveni Sangam, Tsunami Park and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial. You can eat and shop many things here. Good place to spend family time.