The colorful flying kites on the Kovalam beach (you can buy one or fly one), children running around and making sea castles, adults jumping to the receding waters, semi-clad swimmers braving the waves and the vast expanse of the Arabian sea made my day at Kovalam.
The orange tainted sun was retiring for the day and the silhouettes of people against the last light left me in retrospection.
How To Reach Kovalam
The nearest airport to Kovalam is Trivandrum International Airport, which is about 13.6 kilometers away. You can hire a taxi (charges- 400-500 Indian Rupees) or an autorickshaw (150-170 Indian Rupees).
Kovalam doesn't have a station by the name. Nearest main railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central. Nemen and Balabnramapuram are the local stations close by. Here is a list of trains to Trivandrum from main Indian cities.
Kovalam is well connected via road. From Trivandrum, you will easily get a bus to Kovalam from the East Fort bus stand.
Kanyakumari, the southern edge of the Indian mainland clearly contrasts the majestic Himalayas up in the North as the coastline abruptly descends into the deep sea. As you reach near the coast, the air feels heavy and a distinctive smell of seawater follows you wherever you go.
How To Reach Kanyakumari From Bangalore
The nearest airport to Kanyakumari is Trivandrum International Airport, which is 93 kilometers from the district and well connected to all major cities of India.
I started my journey from Bangalore to Trivandrum via KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus. From Trivandrum, I boarded a train to Kanyakumari, which takes approximately 3 hours to complete its journey.
You could alternatively travel the whole journey via train-the Kanyakumari Express starts from Bangalore and reaches Kanyakumari after completing a 9-hour journey. Here are the schedule details of the Kanyakumari Express.
You could always board a bus from Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) to Kanyakumari, but there is a good reason you should opt for the train ride.
Here are 5 reasons Kanyakumari must be on your travel list.
1. Kanyakumari Marks The Endpoint Of The Indian Railways In South India
When you reach Kanyakumari station via train, there is no going ahead. The Southwestern railway line ends here. The thought of witnessing the dead end, knowing that this the last station and there is nowhere else to go on tracks is fascinating.
The places in Kanyakumari don't lie very far from each other. Outside the station, you can easily catch autos. Your next stop is 5 minutes away, about 1.2 kilometers from the station.