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 major town in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Tuni is well known for the export of mangoes. Nearly 250 varieties of mangoes are grown here. Also famous for betel leaves cultivation, cashew nuts and jute bags, Tuni is located close to Kummari Lova, a village that is known the ‘Panchasheela Buddhist Centre’ as five Buddhist ‘stupas’ were found here during recent archaeological excavations. The famous and one of the oldest sugar factories in the state, Tandava sugars is located in Tuni.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Tuni that offer affordable accommodation. Places like Geeta Lodge, Amrutha Lodge, Vijaya Lodge and Ravi Teja Lodge located within a 1km of the bus stand offer rooms form Rs.500 onwards.
All the annual religious festivals and temple festivals are celebrated here.
Telugu is the local language here.
Places to visit
Lord Satyanarayana Swamy in Annavaram (18kms), Sri Talupulamma Lova (4kms) and Pentakota lighthouse (11.5kms) are places to visit in the neighbouring towns.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Visakhapatnam (100kms).
Tuni has its own railway station.
Tuni bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are many bus operators Kesineni Travels, Sree Kaleswari Travels, Navin Travels, Reddy Express, Sree Kaleswari Travels and Meghana Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. TicketGoose.com is one of the most popular online bus booking sites.