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Kanyakumari: Life In A Day (In Pictures)

At the southernmost part of India is located the town of Kanyakumari, where India concludes its boundaries, almost gracefully, surrounded by the mighty Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal – from all its directions.

Known for its mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, Kanyakumari entertains hundreds of Indian tourists flocking in here, every day. But when it comes to the life of locals who are living in Kanyakumari, everything becomes much usual and far more ordinary.

Here, life in Kanyakumari in a day, for tourists and locals, alike:

sunset5:50AM The city wakes up, as dawn starts breaking over the horizon, shell pink and faintly gold.

people kanyakumari8:00AM A bunch of tourist figuring their way in Devi Kanya Kumari Temple – looking a bit confused.

kanyakumari sea9:00AM Little boy chasing his dreams, or perhaps shaping them, by taking inspiration from the majestic and the endless sea.

street hawker12:00PM A street seller awaiting his first customer of the day, during the wee hours of the noon.

parrot man12:00PM “He is very intelligent, always choose the correct card,” says a tarot card reader, trying to persuade me, a tourist, and make a few quick bucks.

conch painting1:00PM An artist carefully holding a conch in his hands and gently stroking it for a noticeably impressive makeover – so focused in his art.

kanyakumari tourists2:00PM A group of school kids waiting for the next ferry to Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

old lady drinking water3:30PM An old lady drinking water at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, as the angry sun left her a little cotton-mouthed, more clammy, and all weak.

kanyakumari vivekananda rock3:40PM A nun looking at the endless sea from from the backside of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, trying to feel the power that Vivekananda might have felt, the time he meditated here.

vivekananda memorial3:50PM Tourists exploring The Vivekananda Rock Memorial, in their own confused, but charming manner.

people india4:00PM Long and tiring queues again, as tourists waited to board the next ferry from The Vivekananda Rock Memorial to the mainland Kanyakumari.

kanyakumari4:50PM Ferry taking people to and from The Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue. The last ferry leaves at 5 pm, exactly when The Vivekananda Rock Memorial shutters its doors for the day.

coconut seller5:00PM A coconut seller peeling off its perfect skin.

tattoo india 5:30PM A tourist upholding the Kaleidoscopic charms of India as he tries to get himself inked on the street.

kanyakumari beach6:00PM One of the many crowded beaches in Kanyakumari — that never finds itself running short of new and excited tourists.

tiger claws6:00PM A street seller forcing me to buy a pair of (possible) fake tiger claws. Initial price offered was Rs 1,200 for a pair, but a 30-second conversation, andthe price dramatically dropped to Rs 300 a pair.

beach talking6:00PM Two men engaged in an arresting conversation by the seashore.

kanyakumari kids7:00PM 12-year old Abhishek poses for his perfect move with a teetotum, which he loves playing — more than helping his father prepare fishing nets.

kanyakumari streets7:30PM Cramped but colorful markets, offering people with short (and periodic) glimpses of the sea.

kanyakumari boats7:30PM A stock of private fishing boats, with many ready to go on a short hunt, during the wee early-night hours.

kanyakumari night9:15PM Streets find themselves hopelessly deserted as the clocks hit their usual 9PM mark.

Have you been to Kanyakumari? How did you find it?

Further Reading: My First Impression of Kanyakumari

Filed under: India, Travel Photography


After my couple of years of corporate career, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in a backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to spend your life working at one place, and that's what inspires me to remain footloose and fancy-free for the rest of my life!


  1. Nitin says

    All the pictures are so beautiful and very well written.Thanks for the effective information.

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