The town of Kanyakumari is located in Tamil Nadu and is about 699 km away from the state capital, Chennai. Kanyakumari is not only an important hub for pilgrims but also a land of scenic beauty. The town derived its name from Goddess Kumari Amman. Legend has it that the goddess wanted to marry Lord Shiva but could not. She decided to remain unmarried throughout her life and hence the place is called Kanyakumari. The Vivekananda rock and the mesmerising confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean are the major attractions of this place
Budget Hotels in Kanyakumari
One will never run out of budget hotels in Kanyakumari. Some of them that are worth trying are Sea Land Hotel (Tariff-Rs.500), JS Homestay (Tariff-Rs.600), New Cape Hotel (Tariff-Rs.800) and Vivekananda Kendra (Tariff-Rs.900).
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Events in Kanyakumari
The Cape Comorin Festival held in October, Kalabham Festival held in July and Chaitra Purnima Festival held in May are some of the major festivals of this city.
Places to See in Kanyakumari
Bagavathi Amman Temple, Narayana Swamy Temple, Kanyakumari Muttom Beach: This beach is located about 3km from the main town, Padmanabhapuram Palace: Is about 32 km from Kanyakumari are some of the tourist attractions in Kanyakumari.
How to Get There
Trivandrum International Airport which lies about 87 km from the main city of Kanyakumari is the nearest airport to this place.
This place also has a good network of trains and it is advisable to board and alight at the Kanyakumari Trivandrum Central as this is the main railway junction of Kanyakumari.
The frequencies of both state and private buses are excellent in Kanyakumari. Kallada Travels, Royal Travels and SRS Travels are some of the major operators serving this area. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.
A village situated on the banks of the Pampa River in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Annavaram has recently become a much revered place of pilgrimage. The people of this village believe that the land belongs to the two presiding deities, Lord Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple and Goddess Anantalaxmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. The shrine, which is situated on top of the Ratnagiri hills, is considered as second in auspicious after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. National Highway NH 5 passes through Annavaram.
Places to Stay
Abhay Hotels & Resorts, (Tariff-Rs. 1300), Hotel Sneha Residency and Ratnagiri Resorts in Annavaram offer affordable accommodation.
The temple has festivals throughout the year. Kalyanam (May), Devi Navratri (September), the Swayamvara Vardhanti of Sraavana Suddha Ekadashi Day, Srirama Kalyana, Kanakadurga Yatra, Prabha Utsavam, Teppa Utsavam and Jalatoranam are some of the most popular events.
Telugu is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swami Temple, which is in the heart of the village, tourists can also visit the Pampa reservoir at Annavaram (2kms)
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Rajahmundry (80kms).
Annavaram has its own Railway Station.
Annavaram Bus Stand in the village runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like SVR Tours & Travels, SRS Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Online bus ticket reservation is the best way to get your tickets without standing in serpentine queues.