Road condition from Bangalore to Kanyakumari is great. Once we pass Salem the traffic really thins out. We had breakfast at A2B Thoppur BP bunk.(It is on the right side of the road and we need to take a U-turn just before Thoppur toll) Just before Madurai there is a short patch where a bridge is under construction. 2 way traffic for about 500 meters. Then again just before reaching Kanyakumari, the traffic will be diverted along the old NH7.(around 10 to 15 kms). Just after Madurai, there is a hotel called Fantasy with ample car park. The food is good (but a bit oily)
Once we enter Kanyakurami you will find some 3 to 4 guys with sticks in hand trying to stop your vehicle. If you stop you will have to pay 30 bucks (entry fee they say). If you don't stop also no issues. (That we found out when we were returning from one of our outing. We didn't stop)
We stayed at the TTDC hotel which is on the beach road. The room we took was in the heritage building on the first floor. (no. 108). The room was big with a dressing room and a huge toilet. Very clean. It also has a balcony from where we can see the most of the tourist attractions, like the Tiruvalluvar statue, Vivekananda rock memorial, Ghandi Mandapam, etc. We enjoyed the stay there. A lazy stroll around the campus filled with peacocks was very relaxing. The food in the restaurant is also good, though a bit costly. We couldn’t find any other good restaurant in Kanyakumari. (there are a lot of small joints, we tried a few and didn’t like any)
If you want some good memories of the sunrise in Kanyakumari, it is advisable to reach sunrise point early to get some good location. Sunset at this time of the year is over land and not over the see.
The boat ride to Vivekananda rock is crowded and we didn’t like the mad rush.
There is a park and a view point just in front of the hotel and the light house is just behind the hotel.
Places visited in Kanyakumari - Tiruvalluvar statue, Vivekananda rock memorial, Ghandi Mandapam, Sunrise point, Sunset point, Aquarium.
TTDC Heritage cape hotel
Gandhi Mandapam - view from the balcony
Tiruvalluvar statue - view from the balcony
The Indian ocean - view from the balcony
the fishing boats returning with thier catch early morning - view from the balcony
The light house - behind the hotel
walk with the peacocks
Uncle John powered by the champ on the beach road.
Yes getting good hotels for stay in Kanyakumari is a tough job , one has to search a lot before getting one. Even i din't like the mad rush for the ferry services! Pictures are really good but buddy you should have taken more snaps of your ride , the locations looks great!
You refreshed my memories. Thanks for posting the lovely pictures of Kanyakumari. I enjoyed each moment of my stay there but the only disappointment was food. Either most of the restaurants have limited variety of eatables or they are non-veg. During lunch and dinner hours, all of them around the beach were full.
Please provide some tips to do frequent long drives man. Within short span you have done Valaparai and Kanyakumari. How do you manage? Weekends are very short for such long trips.
Happy mile crunching. Good that your folks does not object the trip frequencies.