The History and significance of the Majestic Marundhuva malai Kanyakumari

Maruthuva Malai, which is also known as Marunthu Vazhum Malai interprets as Medicine living Mountain. Huddled in the majestic Travancore Hills, distances north of Cape Comorin, it makes for a charming region with diverse paddy fields blanketing the plains and the foothills of the Western Ghats as a silhouette in the evening sky. As you travel by the NH4, you can’t refrain the magnificent mountain as it stands up to the sky in its entire rocky glory.

Every time you visit, Nagercoil or Kanyakumari, Just plan to ascend this mountain further. It is a 500-meter tall mountain (Just over a considerable portion of a km altitude). It takes an hour to achieve the top for average climbers. The professional trekkers can reach the top in mere 40 minutes. This is yet one of the few trekkers most loved places in India. As you go through the trek, you will understand why it is the especially beat in for largest loved point list for most Indian trekkers.

Maruthuva Malai is among the major mountains in the Hindu mythology. Shree Narayana Guru, a famous social reformer, is deemed to have meditated in a cavern in Maruthuva Malai.

This rugged mountain swarms in medicinal plants and is a vital source for Ayurvedic curative herbs. The elevation is 830 feet high and can be reached by a trek through the mesmerising scenery.

The antiquity of Maruthuva Malai is a legend on its own. The tale is that Maruthuva Malai is a section of the Sanjeevani Mountain, which Lord Hanuman brought to Sri Lanka to heal Lakshmana when he was wounded by Ravana’s son, Indrajit. A part of the mountain is assumed to have dropped here, at the place where the Medicine Mountain is now.

Maruthuva Malai is an exceptional spot for trekking and hiking thanks to the wonderful surroundings. There is an unusual little Shivan Temple at the peak shielded by a canopy of trees. Ideally, visit the temple at dawn or dusk to soak in the breathtaking view of the sun’s rays showering over the valley subsequently. The magnificent sights from the mountain add the bay of the Manakudi Lake, temples, paddy fields and the coastal area from Leepuram to Muttom.

Agasthya Cave:
when you Climb up to the peak of the mountain. There’s a cave there where Sage Agasthya is deemed to have existed in. Maruthuva Malai has nine theerthams – Shiva, Agasthya, Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Palar, Devendaran, Brhama and Kalidhasan.

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The History of the famous Kanya Kumari amman temple

Holy Bhagavadhi Kumari Amman Temple:

One’s Kanyakumari journey will be unfinished without visiting the divine Kumari Amman temple. The holy temple is 3000 years ancient and is dedicated to pure and virgin Goddess Kanya Kumari. There was a mythological story of goddess Kanya Kumari, The devotion of Devi Kanya Kumari dates back to the ancient period of kumari kandam. Kanyakumari is located on the southernmost tip of Tamilnadu. She is a virgin goddess. As Lord Siva didn’t fulfil his promise to marry her on one special day, she was very shocked and furious and her anger was redirected to kill the demons.

she continued as a virgin and did repentance. once the demon lord got power over Devas and began abusing and killing Devas. Devas performed Yagna to defeat the evil power! Goddess Parasakthi appeared in Kumari in the formation of a virgin girl and started her penance. Later, when Banusura tried to overcome the Goddess by his power, she killed him with her Chakra and rescued the Devas from difficulties.
In this temple, the deity of the goddess is Faced east and the key entrance is through the Northern entrance and the Eastern entrance remains shut most of the times besides some festivities.

Later entering through the Northern entrance, guests stroll around the outer hallway and visit the Navaratri Mandapam and later proceed to the second hallway where after praying to the Kala Bhairava, the followers reach to the Dhwajastambha and devotees can get a bright appearance of goddess Devi Kanya Kumari.

After worshipping the Goddess, visitants arrive at the inner hallway, where they can have the darshan of Indra Vinayak. A small statue is also found; devoted to Tyaga Sundari. The Devi resembles a beautiful young girl, pose with a rosary in her right hand, and shiny nose ring with glistening light composed up of Bluestone.

It is assumed that Devi’s glistening nose ring is formed of Ruby as its illumination can be seen from far away. Visitants are being asked to share ₹10 as a contribution to enter the interior area, where picture-taking is strictly forbidden and men have to remove their shirts and wear a conventional costume before accessing the temple.

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Mayapuri Wax museum and The 115 feet tall Mathur AquaDuct

Mayapuri – Wonder Wax:

Is a wax museum customarily houses personalities made of outstanding waxwork. These are often figures of well-known actors and personalities. The Kanyakumari Wax Museum is found near the railway station of Kanyakumari and is famed for holding India’s one of a kind wax museum.

It was first begun at Baywatch Amusement Park in 2005. Guests are in for being totally rolled over by the intricate waxwork of remarkable talented Indian craftsmen. Within, you will find wax statues and sculptures of Indian minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, dancing sensation Michael Jackson, scientist Albert Einstein, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, American presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Actor Jackie Chan, Tamil superstar Rajnikanth among others.

These seem alive and almost too real to believe! You can click loads of photos in this photograph zone. The kids will have an excitement posing next to their beloved superstars. It may also be a good informative tour for them, tell them about all the scientists and politicians housed as statues at the museum. An added attraction of Kanyakumari Museum is the 3-D landscape hall. The paintings set here seem three dimensional.

Mathur Aqua Duct:

Covering a kilometre in length and 115 feet in elevation, Mathur Aqueduct or Mathoor Hanging Trough is amongst the longest and highest trough bridges in Asia. This impressive structure was constructed in 1966 over the Parazhiyar River (also called Pahrali) in Mathoor – a small settlement in Aruvikkarai.

It was due to the attempts of the former Chief Minister Thiru K. Kamaraj that this overpass was constructed for agricultural development and as a dryness relief measure. This concrete construction is supported by 28 huge columns and provides water for irrigation from Pattanamkal Canal (from one side of the hill to another).

Mathur Aqueduct is separated into two parts, a ditch canal and a road. Partly covered with cement slabs on top, the channel structure is 7.5 feet in width and 7 feet in height. Owing to its fame among tourist and locals alike, a flight of stairs was built here to make it available for guests to reach the overpass. A children’s park and numerous bathing platforms have also been produced in this area

Being on this bridge, guests will get pictorial views of the Western Ghats, flourishing vast expanse of greenery. Every individual view that you get from this point is worth taking.

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VattaKottai – Oddly named Rectangular Fort of wonder.

A waterfront fort, Vattakottai Fort is constructed in the 18th century through the rule of Travancore kingdom. It is without a Doubt one of the popular travel places in Kanyakumari. Built for the purpose of coastal protection, this fort was the last seaside fort that was built by Travancore kingdom. It was under the guidance of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, while the rule of Travancore King Marthanda Varma (1729- 1758) this fort was constructed.

Vattakottai Fort has been listed as a protected site and come under the jurisdiction of Indian archaeological department. It has been renovated and developed as a tourist fascination.

Its beautiful construction and historical significance are worth travelling when on a Kanyakumari tour. Another fascinating character that you will come across while your visit to this fort is the black sand shores which are found nearby.

The mesmerizing view of the fort is an added reason why you should prepare a visit to Vattakottai Fort. The scene of the vast range of clear ocean on one side and the majestic Western Ghats on the other side is unquestionably eye-catching, making your visit to the fort worth memorizing.

The architecture of Vattakottai Fort :
Against to the name, Vattakottai fort, which indicates circular fort; the shape of this is boxy shaped fort is spread over an area of about 3.5 acres of ground. The fort is enclosed by majestic walls of 25-26 feet elevation. The front walls of the fort have a width of around 29 feet, while on the side depth is around 18 feet and at the rear, it is 6 feet.

Vattakottai Fort, offering an impressive architecture, within its strong walls has observatories, weapon rooms, and many other sectors to explore and appreciate. It is built of granite stones. The walls of the fort are engraved with themes of fish. The fish subject was largely used by the Pandya Kingdom.

It is also said that in beginning days one can certainly see Padmanabhapuram Palace from the height of Vattakottai Fort. There was also a hidden path into a tunnel of around 4 feet broad, combining Vattakottai Fort to Padmanabhapuram Palace. But, finally, the path was blocked.

There is a small pond in the centre of the Fort, presenting an ideal location to sit and enjoy the view of the ocean in front. The raised parade ground of the fort is the best place to get a view of the surrounding area and the sea.
The fort opening timings of Vattakottai Fort are from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Reaching Vattakottai Fort from Kanyakumari:
Vattakottai Fort is about 7km away Kanyakumari. It resides in the Agasteeswaram Taluk. Visitors can hire a cab from Kanyakumari, and arrive the fort without any trouble. For those who want to commute by buses, there are also numerous buses that transport from Kanyakumari to Vattakottai.

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The Southern most Tip Of India – Kanyakumari

The word Kanyakumari in Sanskrit means the virgin girl. The city obtains its name from the goddess Kumari Amman since the temple is located here. This is the southern endpoint of country India and has two exciting stories attached to it. One describes the appearance of so many small rocks near the shore and the other concerns about the appearance of medicinal and therapeutic plants at a nearby hill. With reverence to the first myth, it is said that the Kanya Devi, one of the manifestations of Goddess Parvati, was to marry Lord Shiva but she disappointed him without showing up on the day of the wedding.

As a result, the rice which was stored in the pot stopped to cook and later converted into small rocks, which are present to date. With regard to the presence of a number of herbal therapeutic plants, it is said that when Lord Hanuman was soaring over this place bearing the mountain of herbal medicines, one of the rock from the mountain fell down hereabouts. This place has also meant referred to in the Ptolemy’s stories for being a place of active trade.

With these fascinating legends and facts, stunning views of sunsets and sunrise, panoramic scenes of the sea and plenty of temples of idols, forts and palaces, Kanyakumari draws tourists from far and deep. The hotels in Kanyakumari cater to the lingering needs of these visitors. Since the place is little, you can transverse into the width and breadth of this city irrespective of wherever you are staying. Besides, you can enjoy all kinds of foods in Kanyakumari hotels, vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian, and north as well as south Indian.

Kanyakumari has a variety of sightseeing avenues for travellers. The figure of Thiruvalluvar looks majestic during the night when it is fully lighted. Vivekananda Rock Memorial is two stone islets off the shore which were constructed in 1970. Ferry rides are available for entering these destinations. There is stone called Dhayaan Mandap which is used for meditation. The Kumari Amman temple is the Shakti Peeth which is the primary landmark in this area. The Gandhi Memorial is another important tourist fascination which was used for putting the urn having ashes of the Father of Nation before they were dissolved in the ocean.

The rocky Muttom beach is popular among the fun-loving visitors who are seeing to relax and unravel on the coasts of the beach or simply sit on the stones and get into a meditative mood hearing to the music of sea waves smashing against the boulders.

The hotel booking in Kanyakumari is a breeze since hotels are open for booking all over the year. Many online sources provide the ability to book hotels online including the websites of hotels themselves as well as travel companies. You do not have to face the troubles of looking for proper service after arriving there.