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The Southernmost Tip of India – Kanyakumari

Nov 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

View off the "Land's End"This week I got some rare American interaction when fellow Fulbrighter, Henry, visited me in Madurai. His project is on the genetics of camel breeding, an easy topic to make conversation about! Henry’s Indian home is in Rajisthan, but he was visiting southern India to attend another friend’s wedding. As he was so far from home anyway, I guess he wanted to make it all the way to the southern tip of India, Kanyakumari, which is only four hours away for me. One can see both sunrise and sunset over the sea… three seas meet in Kanyakumari, the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea.

So we met at the Land’s End of India; there are a few interesting things there, like the Thiruvalluvar statue, and the Vivekananda. We also enjoyed walking around town and checking out the shoreline. Unfortunately for us, the locals prefer to use the beach as a toilet rather than for sun bathing or picnicking! There is also a government museum in Kanyakumari, but after through examination, which took less than an hour, its probably not worth the 100 rupees they charge foreigners (5 rupees for Indians).