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The temple town of Kanyakumari got its name from Kanyakumari Temple which is scenically located at the confluence of three oceans. Ptolemy, the famous Roman scholar had described the city to have been a center for fishery in the ancient times. Also recorded data claims Kanyakumari to have been an importance centre for art and religion.
Various mythological myths have been associated with the birth of Kanyakumari. This great centre of trade and commerce has been under the rule of the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandayas and the Nayaks. It was during the reign of the Venad kings that Padmanbhapuram was declared as the capital of their kingdom and the present Kanyakumari came to be known as Southern Travancore.
During the Travancore period, the city saw huge expansion, both, socially and economically. Christianity came to Kanyakumari during 52 AD, with St. Thomas, who was one of the twelve Apostles of Christ.
The battle of Colachel between the Dutch East India Company and Maharaja Marthanda Varma, saw the defeat of the Dutch. However, after the fall of the Pandya kings, Kanyakumari came under the rule of the British and remained so till India’s independence in 1947.
History of Kanyakumari boasts of the influence of almost all the religions and the various types of architectural heritage of the city today stands to its testimony.
Travel within city
Kanyakumari is a very famous tourist destination and travelling around Kanyakumari is relatively easy. There are many modes of travel available, and buses, auto rickshaws and hired vehicles are the most preferred ones.
Buses in Kanyakumari are the preferred local mode of transport, and these tend to be quite crowded normally. Buses are also the cheaper mode of travel, as bus fares will range around Rs 4 to 10, depending on the distance involved. You can opt for buses provided you know the routes beforehand, and you are well aware of your destination.
Auto rickshaws in Kanyakumari do not run on the meter, and drivers will normally quote rates that are exorbitant. You can anyhow obtain information about the fares from the locals and bargain for a good margin. Auto rickshaws can help you travel around Kanyakumari in a faster way, and fares will range around Rs 20 to 60, depending on the distance covered. There are no separate night charges, and travelling through an auto rickshaw is relatively safe, so make sure that you catch an auto ride during night time.
Bikes or motorcycles can also be rented out in Kanyakumari, and this is an effective way to get around the region. Rental charges may vary from Rs 300 to 400.
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