Photo Journey from God's own country || Kerala/Tamilnadu Travelogue-series by Tanya Chaudhary (Part 5 - Kanyakumari)
The Journey continued to be more exciting after exploring Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady & Kumarkom. The drive and the shift from Kerala to Tamil Nadu was a humbling experience. Kanyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin is the southernmost point of India. A six hours drive from Kumarakom with a half hour halt for the permit was totally worth it. Let's check out this Photo Journey to know more about the experience at Kanyakumari.
The breeze is extremely strong here, say around 40 – 50 km/hr. the drive was long, but the view cheered me up beyond measures. Also, my love affair with the sky continued. I headed straight to the beach. The sangam where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet is scintillating just by hearing it. A sight so spiritual in its character, that if I didn’t experience it, I would have felt deprived. Even Mahatma Gandhi succumbed to its beauty and after he died, his ashes were brought here. The Gandhi Mandapa near the beach is engineered in such a way that at the place where the ashes were kept stands a small stone which is said to receive sun’s rays only on 2nd October, his birthday every year through a small hole in the roof.
I took a dip in the gushing and never ending water at the Sangam Ghat. The breeze was so strong that within no time,
I was all dry again. With the endless water that no naked eye can gauge and being the end of India from South, Kanyakumari is already enough fascinating.
The sunset, however, was the icing on the cake. My love for the Southern sky increased manifold.
The next day, I woke up at 5.45 AM, to witness the biggest magic of nature, the breathtaking sunrise of Kanyakumari. I
just couldn’t speak after that sight. You call fall in love with innate, non movable objects; I married that sky that day.
I visited the Vivekananda Rock, which is about 100 mts from the shore and is travelled through a ferry. The waves are so tall and the wild so wild, that you actually bounce in the ferry. The Rock has two mandapas – One belonging to Swami Vivekananda, where he meditated before going to Chicago and one belonging to the holy foot of Goddess Kumari who stood on this rock on one leg in tapasya for Lord Shiva. From the rock, the statue of Thiruvalluvar, the greatest Tamil poet, philosopher and saint can be seen. It is 133 feet long which corresponds to the 133 chapters in his epic – Thirukkural.