In most of the cities you can either see sunrise or sunset in the sea but in Kanyakumari, it is possible to see both in the sea. The Kanyakumari sunrise is spectacular with Vivekanand rock and Tiruvalluvar statue in forefront of rising sun.
Kanyakumari is at the southernmost end of the mainland of India. At Kanyakumari, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. The confluence of these three seas is also referred as ‘Thriveni Sangamam’. Sunrise is the most popular activity in Kanyakumari and the two iconic monuments add to the beauty of this.
We reached Kanyakumari from Kerala at 8.00 AM. Our hotel was on main lighthouse road across the seashore, we can see the sea from our balcony. The first day we spent exploring different monuments and places in Kanyakumari. I took a boat ride and went to Vivekanand rock and Tiruvalluvar statue.
I am crazy when it comes to watching the sunrise and sunsets. I didn’t want to miss these in Kanyakumari. I planned to watch the sunset on first day and sunrise next morning.
The sunset point is little away from the main town area. I reached sunset point 45 minutes prior to the sunset. There was a small market with stalls and they were selling different food items here. It was crowded with tourists and unfortunately, the beach was not well maintained. That day heavy clouds appeared before sunset and we could not see the setting sun. The crowd disappeared very fast and sunset point got secluded. There was nothing much around and we came back a bit disappointed.
Kanyakumari Sunrise point was 10 minutes walking distance from our hotel. I reach the sunrise point by 5.30 AM and there was already a big crowd in the area. Tamilnadu tourism department had made a special place with sitting arrangements for sunrise watching. Some people were standing at this place but some more adventurous kinds descended to sea shore by climbing the boulders. The place was welling with people before the sun started rising on the horizon. The moment everyone saw the first glimpse of sun people started clapping and shouting. I felt as someone hit a six in a cricket match or a goal is scored in a soccer match.
Sun rose close to Vivekanand rock and Thiruvalluvar statue, these two monuments makes Kanyakumari’s sunrise unique.
The position of the sun moves right to left and vice verse of Vivekanand rock /Thiruvalluvar statue depending upon the time of year due to earth’s position against the sun. It was a spectacular sunrise though there were clouds.
With this our short trip to Kanyakumari came to an end.
P.S. I could not go to Vivekanand Ashram for sunrise but my parents saw the sunrise from there also during their earlier trip and it was beautiful.