Our main purpose of visiting Kanyakumari was to offer prayers at the Vivekananda Rock. During our trip to Trivandrum, we went to Kanyakumari.
For me, this was the second time I was going to Kanyakumari. The first time was when my father took us all to Kanyakumari in late 1970s. We had stayed in the Vivekananda Ashram at that time.
We started from Vivanta By Taj, Kovalam early in the morning at 3 AM. We wanted to reach Kanyakumari before the sunrise. The hotel packed some sandwiches for us and provided us some bottles of juice. We had hired a car from Taj.
It took about 2 hours for us to reach Kanyakumari.
We were in time for seeing the sunrise in Kanyakumari. But that is another story.
After seeing sunrise, we visited Vivekananda Ashram and had breakfast. But this is also another story.
From Vivekananda Ashram, we could see Vivekananda Rock.
The small boats from the 1970s have been replaced by much bigger boats. We got into one and were soon on our way to the Vivekananda Rock.
I found that the system has changed since I had come here in my childhood. Now, from the ferry, we were escorted into a room. There, we were told about how to conduct ourselves on the Vivekananda Rock. Besides, we also kept our shoes in the place told to us. We were given some books as well. Then we proceed to the Temple.
Since I had come here in my childhood, there has been a major change. Now they have erected a huge statue of a Tamil Poet. It is said that they got the stones from Chennai by sea and assembled it here.
It is possible to see 3 coloured sea here. At Kanyakumari, the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea meet. All the 3 seas have different colours and it can be clearly seen here.