What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Kanyakumari? Sunrise. Yes, indeed. Kanyakumari is the land where you can see the sunrise above the sea at a fair distance. However, there are more things apart from the spectacular view of the sun. It is the fascinating structure of the monuments and sculptures of this divine city. Over thousands of foreigners come to this city every year and stay in hotels at Kanyakumari to study the architecture of temples. Even though the temples in Kanyakumari are limited, the beauty of these temples surpasses all of them. Hence, in this post, let us see the must-visit temples in this divine city – Kanyakumari.
Kumari Amman Temple:
The first must-visit temple for tourists is the Kumari Amman Temple or Kanyakumari temple. This temple is located by the side of the alluring blue sea and is one of the renowned temples in the town. The Kumari Amman Temple is known for its mystical aura and fascinating history. Some other names given to this temple are Devi Kumari Mandir, Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and many more. During the time of the Pandayas, the temple’s structure was reshaped and later was renovated by the Nayaks. So, it is the best place to learn about Indian architecture and techniques. The only thing to remember while visiting this temple is the dress code. The men are allowed to visit the temple in bare tops and women in Indian attire like sarees, and salwar. The temple is open for visitors from early morning 4.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm. There is also an option for advance hotel booking in Kanyakumari during the occasions like Chitra Pournami festival and Navarathri.
Thirunanthikarai Cave Temple:
It is a rock-cut temple and the main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. This temple is a part of the Thirunanthikarai Sri Nandeeswara temple complex and is located to the north of a rocky hill of this complex. Archaeologists say that the temple was built around the 7th century, and during the 9th century the king Raja Raja Chola took over the temple. The best part of this temple is the inspiring murals and inscriptions of the Tamil language on the walls. This temple is open for visitors from early morning 5.00 am to 11.00 am and from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to the serpent’s deity, the five-head named Nagaraja. This temple attracts many foreigners because of its intriguing history. It is said that many have spotted snakes near this temple, but till now, no casualties have been caused. This temple also has shrines for Lord Anantasayana and Lord Shiva. The wet sand from the idol is given as the sacred food to devotees during the month of Avani. Hence, if you are visiting this temple from August to September, you can get the hotels in Kanyakumari with tariff because these months record the highest footfall.
These are the must-visit temples in this divine city-Kanyakumari to know about Indian heritage. If you are visiting Kanyakumari any time soon, make sure to visit Hotel Temple Citi- the best hotel in Kanyakumari to have an amazing hotel experience.