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Kanyakumari District

Kanyakumari District is located in the south-western part of Indian peninsula, where the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet. Kanyakumari is an important pilgrim center and tourist destination, famous for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It features vast green stretches of paddy fields, rich forests, coconut groves and mineral sands. Kanyakumari District is bordered by Tirunelveli District of the state of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvananthapuram District of the state of Kerala, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It covers an area of 1,672 sq km and has a population of over 1 million.

Agriculture, small scale industries, cottage industries and fishing are the main occupations. Coconut, palm and paddy are the chief crops. Kanyakumari has the mixed culture of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Nagercoil is the main trade center.

Kanyakumari beach, Kumari Amman Temple, Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Mandapam, Nagaraja Temple at Nagercoil, Sthanumalayaswami Temple at Suchindram, Subramanya Temple at Tiruchendur, Kumarakovil, Vattakottai, Thengapattinam beach, Chidaral, Muttam, Pechipparai Dam, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thriparappu Waterfalls, Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary and Olakkay Aruvi Waterfalls are the major tourist destinations.

Kanyakumari District is well connected by road and rail. Nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 80 km away from the town of Kanyakumari.

Updated on 1st September, 2005

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