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Suchindram – The Pilgrim Town


Suchindram, a mystical and tranquil land, is a famous pilgrim town part of the Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is a very popular pilgrim destination primarily because of the presence of Thanumalayan Temple. During ancient times, the town acted as a citadel for the town of Travancore.

Festive Fervour

The place is famous for celebrating two festivals; Margazhi and Chithirai. People from all over Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring states visit Suchindram to participate in the festivals. Margazhi is celebrated during the winter months, in either December or January and the celebrations last for nine days when on the last day the Hindu deities are placed on three festival cars and taken through the town in a procession. The other festival Chithirai is celebrated in April and May.

Of Temples And Gods – Tourist Places In And Around Suchindram

Although the town is famous for Thanumalayan temple, there are other temples also in the town. These are the Dwarka Krishnan Temple, the Munuthitanankai Temple, the Asramam Sastha Temple, the Karuppasamy Kovil, Thampuran Thampuratti Temple, Akkarai Temple, etc. too.

Despite the presence of all these temples, it is the Thanumalayan Temple that attracts most pilgrims because of its unique representation of three different Hindu gods - Stanumalaya - Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

The main places of interest in Suchindram are the Thanumalayan Temple and the historical town of Colachel that lies very close to Suchindram.

How To Reach Suchindram

The airport nearest to the town is in Thiruvananthapuram, and the closest railway station is the Kanyakumari railway station. However, one can take direct buses to Suchindram from any of the major South Indian cities.

Suchindram Weather

The weather at Suchindram remains the same for most part of the year except during the summers when it tends to be very hot.

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Best Season / Best Time to Visit Suchindram

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How to Reach Suchindram

  • By Road
    There are many private as well as government bus services available for the town of Suchindram. You can take buses from Kanyakumari, Bangalore, Chennai as well as from Trivandrum to reach Suchindram. Governments of Kerala and well as Tamil Nadu run regular bus services to Suchindram and at very reasonable fares.
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  • By Train
    The railway station nearest to Suchindram is at Kanyakumari. The Kanyakumari Junction is at a distance of 1 km from the main bus stand. The next major railway station near Suchindram is the Trivandrum Station that is well connected to the rest of the country. In fact, the railway station at Kanyakumari receives many direct trains from Bangalore and Delhi.
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  • By Air
    The closet airport to Suchindram is Trivandrum International Airport. The airport is about 87 km from the town of Kanyakumari. The airport at Trivandrum receives many flights from major cities of India as well as flights from Gulf countries. You can take a taxi from the airport to Kanyakumari and further till Suchindram. Taxi fares to Kanyakumari is around 1500 INR.
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