Incredible India: Kanyakumari, The Meeting Point of Three Great Seas

After a 13-hour night bus ride I arrived at Kanyuakumari, the southernmost point of India and the meeting point of three great seas – the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. Keeping in mind the lessons of Pondicherry, I found a suitable guest house incredibly fast, in less than five minutes. The location was perfect too – close to the beach, to the market, to the main radio with shops, to the bus stop, and to the temples. Besides, my room was on the roof, from where I could enjoy the nice panorama. After taking a shower with enormous pleasure, I kicked off my next day in incredible India.

This time the post will be a series of pictures with commentaries below.

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A view from my lodge to the sea and to the two most famous points of interest – Vivekananda Memorial Complex and Thiruvalluvar Statue. Swami Vivekananda is considered one of India’s greatest spiritual leaders.

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The place my usual portion of tea with milk at a street food kiosk. My attitude towards street snacks evolved within 3 days as follows: avoid, consume with caution, enjoy. This place was crowded as it was raining, so many locals stayed inside sipping their tea. Among them was a nice Canadian couple who was also on a tour across Southern India, but in the opposite direction.

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Exploring the neighbourhood under my umbrella. Encountered nice Christian church. There is a relatively high number of Christian Indians in the area.  

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The whole square is full of Christian attributes.

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The church at a closer look

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Colourful houses around the square

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Unusually quiet and clean street

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Another colourful house among many

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Religion and Animal Planet

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In the afternoon I visited the two sights on water displayed in the first picture. Standing in the long queue to board the barge.

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Men and women are boarding separately.

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The barge is rusty, so safety first.

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View at the Statue from the Vivekananda Memorial

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Nice white elephants 

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Cute dustbin

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No entrance with shoes on

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Looking up the Memorial.

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Kanyakumari is left behind

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White stripes are very helpful in summer as it gets incredibly hot, and white colour absorbs less heat.

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Lions guarding the entrance

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A closer look at the Statute at the neighboring rock

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Our rusty barge used for transportation between the rocks and the mainland

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Nicely decorated door

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The Memorial 

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Box for spitting

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Black elephants this time

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Another beautiful piece of decoration

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Sunrise calendar. Didn’t figure out how to read it.

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The calendar at a closer look.

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You don’t need your watch here. Unless it rains as it did today :).

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Some lady asked to take a photo with her after I asked her to make mine. Why not? By the way, I didn’t see anyone but Indian people there. Indian tourists come there from all corners of the country.   I talked to some, and there people even from as far as Delhi.

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Some rock seen from the other side of the Memorial

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At the second ride the barge took us to the island with the Statue.

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Both rocks seen from the mainland

To be continued in the second part…

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