Kanyakumari also known as Kanniyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The name comes from the temple, Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region.Kanyakumari District consists of those parts known locally as Nanjil Nadu and Idai Nadu. The names of the villages of the district such as Azhagiapaandipuram, Bhoothapandy, Cholapuram and Kulasekaram reveal that these places were governed by several rulers at different periods of time.Nanjilnadu was under the rule of Pandiyas till the early 10th century and then under Cheras.Since the early 1970s, tourism has been an industry in the town. Because of this it is one of the few small towns in South India where one can hear many of the different languages of India spoken in the street.There are several places of tourist-interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly surrounded by waters. On balmy, full-moon evenings (locally called Chitra Pournami), one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time.Thiruvalluvar Statue, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial, Tsunami Memorial Park, Bhagavathy Amman Temple, Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument are the interesting places in Kanyakumari.
The 'Triveni' of three seas Kanyakumari is a place considered sacred and Kanyakumari being a cape is amongst the few places in the country where you can see the sunrise and sunset.During 1947-1956, Kanyakumari was under the personal rule of Maharaja of Travancore. In 1956, Indian States Reorganisation Act was passed and according to this act on 1st November 1956, Kanyakumari District was formed. Initially Kanyakumari district had four Taluks, namely, Thovalai, Agasteeswarem, Kalkulam and Vilavancode. These four taluks were part of Travancore and was merged with Tamil Nadu.