Friday, January 30, 2009

Kanyakumari Travellogue

The primary attractions at Kanyakumari are
Beach,
Vivekananda Rock Memorial,
Kumari Amman Temple,
Bagawathi Amman temple
I visited Kanyakumari during 24-Jan to 26-Jan 2009 and visited Thiruchendur , Arunchunai kaaththa Iyyanar Koil near Thiruchendur Padmanabhapuram Palace Mathur Hanging bridge .
Google Kanyakumari Sight seeing you will get tons of good detail.
I wrote this travelogue just to share some tips,lessons learnt and photos.
I felt there was insufficient number of photos on the web for some of these places so I wanted to share as many photos as possible. These representative photos can give you an idea of the place.
Accommodation:
Every building you see in Kanyakumari around the beach is a lodge. There are millions of lodges. But you may pretty well be stranded without an accommodation in some holiday seasons. So book your accommodation in advance, if you are traveling during holiday season.
I stayed in Hotel Tamil Nadu of Tamilnadu Tourism development corporation. One can advance book rooms thru internet. Seach in Google TTDC Online and choose accommodation in the TTDC web site.
Tarriff as on 1-Jan-2009 a/c 1325/- non Ac-1000/- Including 10% tax. Check-out the site for current tariff.
By the way, the breakfast is complementary, a pretty decent one.!
Vivekananda Kendra is another great place to stay. The advance booking is possible, but one has to write to them 30 days in advance. Checkout their website (Google Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari).
Excellent campus. Have good Veg restaurant. In case you land up without advance booking of accommodation, check out Vivekananda Kendra first.
Back to Hotel Tamilnadu. Nice spacious rooms. The hotel is situated on the beach which is stone throw away from the backyard of the hotel. All rooms have nice view of Vivekananda Rock memorial from the balcony.
I enjoyed staying there.

Food
Though a number of restaurants are available the food can be only so so in many places. I chose a couple of them to suit my needs and they turned out to be great.
I had tiffin (South Indian ) from Saravana’s, not bad, I would say Good..!
I spotted a Rajasthani restaurant that serves authentic phulkas with great subjis and Rice. It was great to my palate for dinner. Authentic.. with less of masala..!
I had Idlys and Aappams (Super soft..!) from a very small eat-out on the way to triveni sangamam (the beach where Bay of Bengal, Arabian sea and Indian ocean join). Great taste and dead Cheap..!
Vivekananda Rock
Well. I had quite a frustrating experience waiting for the ferry. I stood in the queue that is a serpentine line from the dock for about half a Kilometer at 10:00 am. It was about 2:00pm when I boarded the ferry. When I returned it was about 4:00pm. There was a queue at the Rock memorial for the return. I understand, many a people sneak thru using touts..!
Consult locals before taking the queue as to which is the right time to visit. This may not be the case always! And you might be lucky with a short queue..!
Beach:
Nice beautiful beach. Anywhere from the beach, one can have a beautiful and majestic view of the Vivekananda rock memorial and Thiruvalluar statue.
Kanyakumari Photos

Thiruchendur
Another temple where crowd control near sanctum sanctorum is pathetic. There was almost stampede. No semblance of order. Again , it is probably the day, I visited. There is actually not much of crowd, But there was no orderliness and proper control.
I visited a place called Iyyanar Koil about 10kms from thiruchendur, a picturesque temple situated amidst picturesque setting of greenery and water bodies..! I enjoyed the sight..!
Ayyanar Koil and Thiruchendur Photos

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Video - Ayyanar Koil
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Swayambu Lingeswarar-Enroute-Thiruchendur

Padmanabhapuram Palace
Good wooden architecture. It is on the way to Suchindram, Mathur Bridge, Thirupparappu falls ..etc. Worth a visit.
Photos and Videos are allowed. Guess what is the fees for Video Cameras .. Whopping Rs 1500/-. And it is Rs 25 for Still Cameras. I guess, they would do well to lower the fees for video camera to something like Rs 100/- They will make more money than what they are doing now..!


Mathur Hanging bridge



Others
Kanyakumari to Nagercoil belt is full of greeneries.

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