Famous for the spectacular panorama of the rising
and setting sun, Kanyakumari (formerly Cape Comorin) is the southernmost
point of the Indian peninsula and the confluence of the three great
water bodies surrounding the Country. Located in the southernmost
state of Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari has a rocky seashore with multi-hued
sands and a large collection of sea shells. Though opportunities
for sun or sea bathing are limited, a simple walk on the sands watching
the sea beat itself against the rocks leaves the mind refreshed
and the body energetic.
Sangam is the meeting point of the three major bodies of water,
the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is a
bathing ghat, with steps leading into the water and a sort of lagoon
formed between land by a series of rocks. People bathe and jump
around, getting lightly battered by the remains of waves, which
are washing over the rocks..
Kanyakumari is famous for Vivekananda's rock, a huge stone rising
out of the sea, on which Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated.
It now houses the statue of Vivekananda and is a memorial to him.
Not surprisingly, Kanyakumari is a popular destination for Vivekananda's
followers, so there are many Bengalis here, and some Bengali hotels
and restaurants are available too.