Udayagiri Fort Kanyakumari:
Udayagiri Fort Kanyakumari | Vattakottai Fort | Thirunandhikarai Cave Temple
Udayagiri Fort Kanyakumari was built in 17th century, then it was rebuilt in 18 century by Marthanda Varma Maharaja of Travancore. Still we can see the old foundry inside the fort, which used for casting iron guns and parts. The total area of Udayagiri Fort is about 90 acres.
Udayagiri Fort Kanyakumari is one of the important historical place, which built with granite blocks and solid stones around the hillock. Inside of the port, De Lannoy’s body was buried and still visitors can see the De Lannoy’s Tomb. There is a big park inside this fort, and you can see children play area, beautiful deer, peacock, swans, beautiful aquarium are in side the park. Udayagiri Fort is located just 2 KM away from Padmanabhapuram palace, 2.5 KM away from Thuckalay, 14 KM away from Nagercoil, about 35 KM away from Kanyakumari.
Visitors Entry Fee:
Per person – Rs 5.00
Camera – Rs 20.00
Vattakottai Fort is a beautiful attraction, situated in the seashore near Kanyakumari. Vattakottai Fort was built in 18th century by Travancore Kingdom for coastal defense fortification. The Fort was constructed by Captain Eustachius De Lannoy’s supervision. Eustachius De Lannoy was the navy officer in Dutch East India Company, later he became a Travancore Army commander in Travancore Kingdom. Vattakottai Fort is located 7 KM from Kanyakumari and 16 KM from Nagercoil town. You can see lot of coconut trees near this fort and there are many windmills around this place. Visitors are allowed to see the Fort starting 8.00 AM to 4.30 PM.
Thirunandhikarai Cave Temple:
Thirunanthikarai Cave Temple beautiful traditional Kerala style Hindu temple situated near the river “Nandhiaaru“. This temple is dedicated for Lord Shiva and Load Vishnu also there facing to Lord Shiva. North side of this temple, there is a old cave temple inside the big rock.
Now the Thirunanthikarai cave temple is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India. Research says that the King Raja Raja Chola was celebrated his birthday in this temple in 1003 AD. Thirunanthikarai cave temple is located in the village Thirparappu, just 4 KM away from Kulasekharam, 18 KM away from Marthandam, 20 KM away from Thuckalay, 33 KM away from Nagercoil, Tamilnadu, India. Even though this temple is located in Tamilnadu State, 80% of people speak in Malayalam language and only 20% of people speak Tamil language. Most of the Kanyakumari dams like Pechiparai Dam, Perunchani Dam, Chittar Dam-1 and Chittar Dam-2 are situated around this temple. Other beautiful Hindu temples around this place are Thirunanthikara Nanthishwaran Temple, Ayyavazhithangal, Peedavilai Mutharamman Temple.