Plan a one day Historical Trip to Pechiparai dam and visit udyagiri fort on the way

Pechiparai Reservoir:

The Reservoir is located 43 kilometres from the city of Nagercoil, closer to the village of Pechiparai in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India.

The reservoir was formed by the development of the Pechiparai Dam, which was built across the Kodayar River about 1.6 km below the convergence of the Kallar, Chittar and Kuttiyar rivers. It was built in the period 1897 – 1906 during the European settlement in Kanyakumari an engineer named, Mr Minchin,(called as mookanthurai by the local town people) during the rule of the Travancore Maharaja Moolam Thirunal.

The primary cost of construction of the dam was 216.1 Lakhs Indian Rupees in the late 19th century. The catchment section of the reservoir is 207.19 km2, and the depth is 48.0 ft. The dam is a direct gravity type workmanship dam 1,396 ft long and 396 ft high above the lowest foundation. There is no inquiry gallery.

Water passing through the gate of Pechiparai dam:

The water from the reservoir is used for both irrigations of crops and for drinking as well, which has led to a disagreement between farmers who want to use all the water for their crops, and local governments, who don’t have a different place as a source of drinking water from, for supply to the municipal areas. The dam is enclosed by hills of the Western Ghats. and makes a great viewing point.

Udayagiri Fort:

The fort is composed of huge granite blocks encompassing a hidden hill.

The graves of the Dutch Admiral Eustachius De Lannoy, and of his wife and son can still be found inside a partly ruined chapel in the fort. in whose praise the fort was once called Dillanai Kottai perse- De Lennoy’s Fort.

Within the fort and a chapel was built where the admiral was buried. De Lannoy’s tombstone lies inside the walls of the wrecked chapel. The engravings on his stone are both in Tamil and in Latin. His wife and his son were buried along with his side.

Latterly, officials of the Department of Archaeology found a hidden tunnel within the fort.

Shortly, the fort has been transformed into a bio-diversity park by the Tamil Nadu forest department, with places of historical significance, such as De Lannoy’s tomb, continuing as protected archaeological sites supported by the Archaeological Department of India

These two historical monuments of the European period adds a great deal of value to the deal of value to Kanyakumari. the pechiparai dam is an hour and a half travel where you can visit the udyagiri fort which is on the same route. and make a day of it when you choose to stay at the hotels in Kanyakumari near beach or any other hotels in Kanyakumari

Tsunami memorial to pay homage to the Deaths in 2004 in Kanyakumari

Tsunami Memorial Park is found very near to Bhagavathy Amman Temple in Kanyakumari Town. Kanyakumari the southernmost tip of India, was one of the several affected areas in the Tsunami that shook the world in Dec-2004. It was announced that around 10700 people from the state of Tamil Nadu, and with around 800 people from Kanyakumari lost their lives in the mass destruction that occurred from the enormous waves of the tsunami.

The Tsunami Memorial was later built on the seashore of Kanyakumari, in the remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the 2004 Tsunami. The Kanyakumari Tsunami memorial statue was designed and constructed by Shri. B. Kanagaraj Cangan. It is 16 feet raised blue stained sculpture made from steel. The statue shows a giant wave (tsunami wave) that is contained its position by a hand, while the other hand carries on to a lamp (similar in appearance to the south Indian lamps that are lit in Diwali in India). This lamp presumably indicates the lamp of hope that is kept from suppression from the tidal wave.

The plate below the figure recites ‘In memory of those who lost their lives in Tsunami on 26-12-2004’. Thousands of people visiting Kanyakumari pay homage to the Tsunami martyrs at this masterpiece when they visit the area. Tsunami Memorial is certainly a very special memorial in honour of the people who lost everything under the devastation destroyed by the enormous waves.

Take a stroll in the area; you will feel a feeling of total calm – and an understanding that nature ultimately predominates. Kanyakumari Town is well attached to major cities by road/ rail/air across India. Kanyakumari is positioned at about 20 Kms from Nagercoil, 13 Kms from Suchindrum, 33 Kms from Thuckalay, 47 Kms from Marthandam, 100 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 245 Kms from Madurai.

Tsunami Memorial Park is found about 1.5 Kms from Kanyakumari STC Bus Stand. Tsunami Memorial Park is found at about 1.3 Kms from the Railway Station. Tsunami Memorial Park is well reachable from Bus Stand and Railway Station by Buses, Taxis and Autos as well. Tsunami Memorial Park is located at about 100 Kms from Trivandrum International Airport and 240 Kms from Madurai International Airport.

Being one of the best 2-star hotels in Kanyakumari near beach hotel temple citi is your best stay. the memorial is just a 7-minute walk from the hotel. you can take an evening stroll to the park and enjoy the evening sunset of Kanyakumari and pay your homage to the dead and enjoy the rest of the evening on the beach.

Thanumalayan Temple for Your Spiritual fullfillment

The Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is a famous Hindu temple found in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Thanumalayan is one of the Few Temples in India that is Dedicated to both Shaiv bakthas and Vishnu bakthas alike, as the name Stanumalaya denotes The Trimurtis; “Stanu” means Siva; “Mal” means Vishnu, and the “Aya” means Brahma.

Suchindrum located 13 km from Kanyakumari and is a major pilgrim centre. Suchindrum known as Gnanaranya is well known for its sculptures. Engravings said to be of the 9th century are discovered in this temple.

The 134-foot-tall gopuram houses the travellers from a long distance. On the east corridor is the reliquary of Guru Dakshinamurthi Right next to Konnayadi. The Navagrahas are carved on the dome. On the outer prakaram, there are several shrines for Cheravasal Sastha, Rama and Lord Muruga. On the north corridor, there are four musical pillars cut out of individual granite sections.

Suchindram Anjaneyar Temple is also known as Thanumalaya Perumal temple, Hanuman temple. It’s believed that Lord Shiva visited Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. Suchindrum is found 6 km south-east of the district capital Nagercoil and it’s about 13 km from Kanyakumari. Suchindram is resting between Nagercoil and Kanyakumari main road. This Hanuman Temple located in a village of Suchindram and is famous for its Sculptures and tall towers known as “gopurams”. This gopuram is very large, white coloured, with a lot of sculptures and about 40 meters in height.

There is a huge Hanuman statue is the chief fascination in the temple and “vada mala” pooja is appropriate for this Hanuman. The statue is 18 feet in height and depicts ‘visuvaroopam‘. Hanuman Temple is dedicated to Sri Thanumalayan.

There are two major festivals each year; one is in the Tamil month of Markazhi (December/January) and another one is in the Tamil month of Chiththirai (April/May). When the Markazhi festival, there is a festival on the 9th day; the deities are taken out around the city in procession around the streets on three festival cars.

To have a great experience in Kanyakumari and feel the spiritual power of these great gods visit this temple which is great for family tours. This temple is just 20 mins away from our hotel by a car which will be provided by the hotel on request. Being one of the best Budget hotels in Kanyakumari it’s a great deal to visit places like these.