Places To Visit In Nagercoil: The Ultimate Abode Of The Serpent King

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I love to see the travel diaries of other people as they motivate and inspire me to visit the places they have. Recently I came across some photographs of a wedding held in the small town of Nagercoil in the Kanyakumari district. I was mesmerized by the places where the wedding video was shot. So, I researched about this town and made a long list of the Nagercoil tourist places that I wanted to visit someday. I figured out that the winter season would be the best time to travel to this region to see the beauty of the area. Thus, last winter, my friends and I made a plan to visit the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu in South India. We made a long list of the places we wanted to visit in Tamil Nadu. What came as a surprise to me was that my friends also wanted to visit these Nagercoil tourist places. When they confirmed that they too wanted to visit this place, my happiness knew no bounds.

We took the Kanyakumari Express from Kolkata, and we reached the district in around 48 hours. Nagercoil is approximately 18 km from Kanyakumari by road, so we took a cab to reach our final destination. The road journey was spectacular as we travelled through the beautiful areas around Kanyakumari. We had pre-booked a homestay in Nagercoil, and we reached there in a few hours. The train journey was a bit tiring, so we rested for some time once we reached. After that, we went for a walk around the nearby areas to imbibe the essence of the place. Once back, we booked a car for our three day trip around this town. The places that we visited in and around this town were marvellous and made our long journey worthwhile. So, here I am listing all the places that you can visit if you ever plan to visit Nagercoil town.

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What are The Best Nagercoil Tourist Places?

Nagercoil is a beautiful, peaceful and serene town in the state of Tamil Nadu. This town lies in the southernmost part of the famous Kanyakumari district and is situated at the tip of India. Nagercoil is also the farthest town in the southern region of India. The town of Nagercoil is slowly gaining popularity among travelers as Mother Nature has blessed this small town with scenic beauty. There are several fantastic places to visit in Nagercoil and its neighboring areas that are sure to make you fall in love with this quaint southern town. A few of these Nagercoil tourist places are:

Top 20 Tourist Places to visit in Nagercoil:

  1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  2. Muttom Beach
  3. Ullakarvi
  4. Keeriparai Reserve Forest
  5. Government Museum Kanyakumari
  6. Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary
  7. Udayagiri Fort
  8. Vattakottai Fort
  9. Kumari Amman Temple
  10. Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary
  11. Thanumalayan Temple
  12. Thiruparrapu Waterfalls
  13. Tsunami Memorial
  14. Thengapattinam Beach
  15. Gandhi Mandapam
  16. Suchindrum Temple
  17. Thirunandhikarai Cave Temple
  18. Our Lady of Ransom Church
  19. Rajas Picture Palace
  20. Nagaraja Temple

1. Vivekananda Rock Memorial

This place has a famous rock which rose from the sea. The famous Swami Vivekananda meditated on this rock in 1892 before starting his philosophical journey around the world. One can even see a single footprint on this rock. Many believe that the print is the mark of Devi Kumari. To commemorate this rock, the government built the memorial in 1970. One can take ferry rides at around INR 20 per person, and the entry fee for each person is around INR 10 on all days of the week.

2. Muttom Beach

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This is rocky seashore famous of its mighty caves. This place is surrounded by fishing villages making it the ideal destination for weekend getaways. This is one of the cleanest beaches in our country. One doesn’t need to pay any entry fees to visit this place.

3. Ullakarvi

This place will satisfy the adventurous soul in you. This place is located around 18 km from the town and leads down to a waterfall. People can trek down this path to reach the waterfall, which often remains covered with small bushes and plants along with rocks. If you are lucky, you may witness the two waterfalls present here. 

4. Keeriparai Reserve Forest

Keeriparai Reserve Forest

This is one of the must-visit Nagercoil tourist places. Located around 30km from the town, this place is home to elephants, lions, bears, and pythons. This place also has a massive reserve of different varieties of medicinal plants. One of the species of plants grown here is used in the preparation of ayurvedic medicine, Siddha. Do not forget to carry a bottle of drinking water while visiting this forest. One needs to pay a token fee of around INR 4 to enter this place.

5. Government Museum Kanyakumari

This place is open on almost all days, and you need to pay a minimal entry fee to visit this place. This museum is famous for its collection of stone statues and sculptures that date back to the 15th century. You can find the famous Nataraja bronze sculpture from the 7th century here. Apart from these, one can also view  a vast collection of historical artifacts and old coins in this museum. The relics kept in this museum can give you a birds eye view of our ancient Indian history. 

6. Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary

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This sanctuary has a vast reserve of endangered tigers, Sambar deer, Bison, Python, etc. Along with such animals, this place also has a vast collection of exquisite species of the plants of the Western ghats.

7. Udayagiri Fort

This fort is built on giant granite rocks and has a beautiful old chapel of the Dutch battalion. This place has immense historical value because this place was a part of a defense plot of a king to manufacture guns and weapons. The government recently turned this place into a biodiversity park which has become home to many species of flora and fauna.  

8. Vattakottai Fort

This place lies between the waves of a blue sea and the lush green coast of the Western Ghats. This has gained a lot of popularity among visitors for being a perfect picnic spot with marvelous views of nature.  

9. Kumari Amman Temple

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Kanyakumari is famous for the omnipresence of Goddess Devi Amman felt here. People say that often sailors confuse her nose ring to be a lighthouse which is visible far from the sea. People worship this deity in this temple, and many religious people seek this place for its peace and tranquility.

10. Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary

This bird sanctuary lies around 13km from Kanyakumari district. This place is ideal for nature lovers. You get to view a considerable number of species of birds like geese, storks, terns, etc. here. One can find migratory birds like pelicans, darters, and egrets in this sanctuary. One can also see the astonishing purple lily and pink lotus blooming through the area. One can visit this sanctuary from 12 pm to 5 pm from Monday to Sunday.

11. Thanumalayan Temple

This temple is a temple of delights and surprises showcasing the diverse nature of Hindu religion. You can find a beautiful Nandi here made out of conchs and ground shells. The famous “Vigneshwari” statue of Ganesh in a female avatar is present here. The huge statue of Hanuman here is believed to be very powerful and is famous for fulfilling the wishes of the visitors.

12. Thiruparrapu Waterfalls

Located around 45 km from the town, this 300 feet waterfall is a must-visit place in Nagercoil. Recently the government has built a swimming pool for kids to enjoy around this waterfall.

13. Tsunami Memorial

The authorities built a memorial on the beach of Kanyakumari to honor the people who died in the Tsunami of 2004. Shri B. Kanagaraj Cangan built this 16 feet statue out of steel.

14. Thengapattinam Beach

This beach is lined with coconut and palm trees which offer the perfect picnic spot for visitors. You can also visit the 1200-year-old mosque located here.

15. Gandhi Mandapam

You can study the beautiful architecture of this temple built in the memory of the great Mahatma Gandhi here. Huge celebrations and programs are organised on the 2nd of October to celebrate the legend’s birthday. 

16. Suchindrum Temple

A religious place known for its exquisite collection of wall carvings and giant musical pillars, this temple was built around the 17th century and is quite famous among the Hindu devotees. 

17. Thirunandhikarai Cave Temple

This cave temple is a tourist attraction located around 5km from the Thirparappu falls of the Thirunandhikarai village. This place is an old cave ideal for adventure seekers and god lovers alike. 

18. Our Lady of Ransom Church

This isn’t the usual church that we come across in India. Mother Mary stands tall wearing a sari showering her precious blessings on all. This church is beautifully made with colourful glass paintings. One can enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset from the church premises.

19. Rajas Picture Palace

This is a theatre palace known for its entertainment values. This place is ideal for visitors looking to spend some quality time with their loved ones. There is a small canteen here which has delicious snacks available for the visitors.

20. Nagaraja Temple

This place is famous among devotees for the belief that it remedies faults in the “sarpa doshas.” People believe this condition may lead to infertility and short span of life. Every Sunday, people visit this place to offer milk to the deity here to get his blessings for prosperity in their lives.

Apart from these, there are many amazing Nagercoil tourist places scattered all over the district of Kanyakumari. Few such notable places to visit are Chakravarthy Cinemas, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Sanguthurai Beach, Guganathaswamy Temple, Koilvilai Temple Garden, etc. The best time to travel to this town is the winter season, but it’s beautiful all year round!

Nagercoil town will always have a special place in my heart. This trip made me realise how we can be happy with the small things around us. I learnt that nothing remains forever except the beautiful memories that we make in our lifetime. So, as I left, I promise to come back again to experience the serenity of Mother Nature in Nagercoil.

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