Monday, January 8, 2018

Kanyakumari Beach (Cape Comorin Beach), Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari Beach (Cape Comorin Beach), Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari Beach is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal on three sides. Kanyakumari Beach is popular for its majestic views especially at sunrise and sunset. The views are the best on full moon days when you can experience a fabulous view of the sunset and moonrise simultaneously on the ocean’s horizon. Kanyakumari was once called as Cape Comorin and even now many people use the name. The Kanyakumari Beach is present in the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsular.

South west of the main beach is an observation tower which was built for viewing sunrises over the Bay of Bengal and sunsets over the Arabian Sea. However, the viewing tower can be accessed at any time of the day as it provides a perfect observatory for panoramic views of the confluence of the three water bodies. The Kanyakumari beach is a beautiful sight with multi-colored sand. The beach here does not really offer one the opportunity to sunbathe on soft golden sands, or to frolic in the waves either.

The seashore is rocky and dangerous, and there is a manmade wall running along it. People are warned to stay off the rocks, and when if someone ventures out of bounds, he or she is quickly and severely reprimanded by a watchful policeman. There is also a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view. The sea is fairly rough, so it is entertaining to watch it beat itself against the rocks and then subside, before it gathers itself up for another attack.

With long stretches of sands of many hues, the beach offers a welcome change. The place is also famous for its distinctly beautiful (reddish) sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon evenings one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time - on either side of the horizon. A variety of shells are on sale on the Kanyakumari beach.

Once the Kanyakumari beach was pretty long and was beautiful. Some time back, the Kanyakumari beach was altered by spreading huge stones which now made the beach very narrow and also dangerous. The beach is full of rocks and the waves collide over it and come to the shore which is very beautiful to watch. Kanyakumari Beach has a myth with the Bhagavathy Amman present in the Kanyakumari Bhagavathy Amman Temple. Hindus bathe in the beach and worship Devi Bhagavathy Amman.

The sea shore is very good place to sit and watch the beautiful beach and children can enjoy playing on the shore with careful watching. It is also the place where three seas- Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal merge with each other. The confluence is regarding to be holy and is known with the name of Triveni Sangam. The merging of water bodies is a virtual delight. Steps are built to reach the Triveni Sangam and tourist could dip their feet and wash hand. Care should be taken that the steps are slippery.

Kanyakumari Beach is crowded at most times and the Ghats lead down to a lingam half submerged in a wave-driven tidal pool. Here, you can watch in awe as locals and pilgrims plunge themselves into the turbulent swells, believing that the tri-oceanic waters are holy. A good number of fairs and festivals are held in and around Kanyakumari beach. You can take part in these festivities. Vaisakha, Kalabham and Navaratri are some of the popular festivals of the region. Travelers can also buy handcrafted trinkets, seashell art pieces, and palm leaf drawings from local shops and stores.

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