Situated in the midst of the Indian Ocean at a short distance from the Indian mainland, the Vivekananda Rock is probably one of the must visit destinations in Tamil Nadu. Built on a stone suspended in the ocean, the rock memorial was opened in 1970 to honor Swami Vivekananda. Tourists flock to the place to catch the rising sun from the rock’s behind, slowly witnessing the sun illuminating the entire sky. The rock memorial is a blend of conventional and contemporary architectural styles and has meditation halls inside. The breeze that hits you is unparalleled and once on the rock, you can actually the confluence of the three mighty water bodies, separated by different hues of blues – the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
The place also has a temple of Kumari Amman, the glitter of the nosering of whose served as a lighthouse to the then explorers and ships. There is also the statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar located next to the Rock Memorial. Together, they make for a scenic background on the ocean.
Being a memorial for Swamy Vivekananda and house the imprints of Swamy’s foot. It is also known for its scenic beauty.
How to Reach
You have to reach Kanyakumari to visit the Rock Memorial. Depending on where you are, you can take a train or a bus to Kanyakumari. While trains can cost you around Rs. 400 for a sleeper class ticket per person approximately, buses can cost you approximately Rs. 600 per person. Once in Kanyakumari, you can easily reach the jetty on foot or an auto.
Though there is no cost to enter the memorial, tourists have to take a ferry to reach the place located at around 500 meters from the mainland. The ferry rides can cost you approximately Rs. 60 per person.
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Since you need to take a ferry, be extra careful when seating and commuting in the ferry. It goes on a water body that has fierce currents. Wear the lifejacket they provide even if it is a ride for not more than 15 minutes. Take your camera with you as the ride is thrilling and scenic.