We planned a three days family trip to Kanyakumari and have pre-booked our train tickets two months earlier. Traveling in a night train would be a better option as it takes thirteen hours from Chennai to reach Kanyakumari.
You could skip the train journey and book a flight to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). From there, you could book a cab to reach Nagercoil which is another 2 hrs 45 min journey.
Planning a trip to Kanyakumari? Take a look at our travel plan that would help you to plan and explore the best places in and around Kanyakumari.
Ours was a three days (2N / 3D) family trip primarily focused on visiting the renowned churches and the best things to do in Kanyakumari!
Day 1: The first day of our Kanyakumari trip went on church hopping spree! You could skip some of the churches and add Thiruchendur or Thootukudi . They are at close distance from Manapad.
- AT PUNNIYAVALANPURAM, KAVALKINARU:
We drove along the bypass road to Tirunelveli and reached Punniyavalanpuram Velankanni church. The beautiful facade of the church in glistening metallic hues makes you stopover.
Take a look at here: The Church of Our Lady of Velankanni – Punniyavalanpuram, Kavalkinaru
2. AT UVARI:
An hour and half drive, we reached the beautiful coastal village called Uvari.
The Kappal Matha Church also known as Selva Matha (Our Lady of Good Wealth) Church in Uvari, Tirunelveli is renowned for its architect. It’s a perfect spot to hang around with family, in the beautiful coastal village.
Take a look at this post: A stranded ship – Selva Matha Church at Uvari!
We then, headed to “Uvari Anthoniyar Church” which is at a walking distance from Kappal Matha church. The pristine beaches of the fishing town Uvari offers serenity, besides the renowned and Uvari Anthoniyar Church.
Read here: Shores of Time – St. Antony’s Shrine, Uvari
3. AT SOKKAN KUDIERUPPU:
Almost, around 1’0 clock we reached to the lost church of Athisaya Manal Matha. With bright red sands glistening in blazing hot sunshine, it brings in Red desert in front of my eyes…
This prominent place was hidden for centuries under sand and its existence was revealed by a shepherd boy in the year 1798. Then, it was excavated and restored carefully. It’s well preserved and maintained till date!
4. AT POTHAKALANVILAI:
Post lunch, we headed to the miraculous ThiruKalyana Matha Shrine and Sacred Heart Grotto at Alanthalai. Thirukalyana Matha shrine is a well-renowned church as people flock to the church from Nagercoil every month.
In 30 minutes’ drive, we reached Sacred Heart Grotto church. It’s also known as St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church.
Refer this post: Miraculous Thirukalyana Matha Shrine at Pothakalanvilai
5. AT MANAPAD:
Our first day trip ends at Manapad. We took the Thoothukudi – Tiruchendur – Kanyakumari road and reached Manapad around 4’0 clock.
On the way to the cliff, the Holy Cross church shines in white armor. Take a look at this post: A Holy Abode of St. Xavier – Holy Cross Church at Manapad!!
We’ve hired a cab that made us comfortable to travel around with ease.
Day 2: Our second day trip was filled with exploring places we’ve never been along with our family since our childhood. Our day ended with more fun and laughter!!
- PADMANABHAPURAM PALACE:
We started to Padmanabhapuram Palace from Nagercoil around 9 AM. It is located in Padmanabhapuram, in the town of Thuckalay of Kanyakumari District which is 20 KM from Nagercoil.
Nestled in the foothills of Veli, a part of Western Ghats, Padmanabhapuram Palace is an awesome historic-heritage place with its mystique architecture!
Take a look at here: Mystique Marvel of Kerala Architecture – Padmanabhapuram Palace.
2. MATHOOR THOTTIPALAM
The natives call it as ‘Thottipalam’. Mathoor Aqueduct is 13 km from Padmanabhapuram Palace, hardly a 30 minutes’ drive.
The concrete bridge is 1240 Ft. long and 101 Ft. tall supported by 28 pillars.
See this post: Wonder Of South Asia – Mathur Aqueduct!!
3. THIRPARAPPU WATERFALLS & CHOTHAVILAI BEACH:
A veil of dark clouds covers Thirparappu falls as we reached. It’s a 10 minutes’ drive from Thottipalam.
Thirparappu waterfall is a man-made waterfall, formed on Kodayar river, takes an abrupt 50 Ft drop. With fall’s edge shaped with rocks, makes it look natural.
You can finish the day by watching the sunset at the beaches of Chothavilai.
Day 3: ST. THOMAS CHURCH AT KURUSUMALAI
As rain foiled our last day trip to Kanyakumari Beach, We headed to Kurusumalai – St. Thomas Church. It’s a 10 mins drive from my cousin home. Kurusumalai – St. Thomas church is located in Nilappaarai, also called as Thirumoola Nagar.
Take a look at here: The Hills of Nilappaarai – St. Thomas Church at Kurusumalai
Location: Kanyakumari is at a distance of 709 Km from Chennai and it is located in Tamil Nadu, at the southern end of India.
Best time to visit: I’ve been here in all seasons. Ideally, I would prefer Jan – Feb!
How to get there:
- By air – There are direct flights from Chennai to Trivandrum is available at a duration of 1 hour 20 minutes.
- By Train – The best is Kanyakumari express which departs at 5:30 PM and takes approximately 13 hours to reach Nagercoil at 6:20 AM.
Getting Around: Rental cars and Bikes are available. Do carry your driving license with you. We hired a private driver while we were in Kanyakumari for 2 full-days. The price was around 2500 ₹ per day.
Where to stay: There are plenty of accommodations available for lesser budget to luxurious resorts.
Currency Preferred: Indian Rupee (INR) everywhere.