West Coast Road Trip India

A West Coast Road Trip from Mumbai to Kanyakumari covering a distance of approximately 1,800 kilometers offers an exciting and diverse journey through some of India’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy the picturesque Western Ghats, explore the stunning beaches of Goa, and relax in the serene backwaters of Kerala along the way.

Some of the must-visit places on the way from Mumbai to Kanyakumari include the beaches of Goa, ancient temples of Kozhikode, and the serene backwaters of Kerala. Whether you’re a nature lover or a history enthusiast, the journey from Mumbai to Kanyakumari is a memorable experience that offers a glimpse into the diversity and beauty of India.

Mumbai >> Ratnagiri >> Panaji >> Murudeshwar >> Mangalore >> Kannur >> Kozhikode >> Alappuzha >> Kanyakumari

Embark on a breathtaking West Coast Road Trip from Mumbai to Ratnagiri, packed with stunning sights and experiences.

The driving distance between Mumbai and Ratnagiri is 331 km. The main places covered during the journey from Mumbai are Kolad, Mahad, Chiplun & Hathkhamba.

  • Kolad, nestled in the Sahyadri Hills is a small village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This place is famous for adventure water sports like River Rafting and in monsoons you can enjoy the natural beauty. The majestic valleys and scenic environment make Kolad a treat to the eyes. You have to experience the fourteen kilometer stretch White River Rafting in the river Kundalika River.

  • Mahad is considered as the Land of freedom fighters and this town lies on the banks of river Savitri. The most popular tourist attraction in this place is the holy shrine of Shri Varad Vinayak Temple. This shrine is one of the ‘Ashta Vinayak’ shrines in the state of Maharashtra. This place is a stop-over for tourists travelling to Konkan and Mahabaleshwar.

  • Chiplun is famous for Malvani Cuisine. The top sightseeing places in Chiplun are Vashishti River, Marleshwar Temple, Guhagar Beach, Sawatsada Waterfalls, Lord Parashurama Temple and Koyna Dam.

Indulge in the mouth-watering flavors of Malvani cuisine on your West Coast road trip.

Malvani Cuisine, Credits – Curly Tales

Ratnagiri, a charming coastal town on the west coast of India, is famous for its beautiful beaches, historic forts, and delicious seafood. A must-visit destination on any West Coast road trip, Ratnagiri offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Ratnagiri is famous for Haapus Aam (Alphonso Mango). You can also buy Cashews, Aam Panna, Kokum Sharbhat, Sandan and Amboli.

Explore the scenic coastline, visit the centuries-old forts, and savor the local delicacies for an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss the chance to add Ratnagiri to your itinerary for your next West Coast road trip adventure!

These are some popular traditional foods from Konkan, the range includes seafood and meat too.

  • Khaproli – A thick pancake made from rice, lentils, and spices eaten dipped in sweetened coconut milk.

  • Kismoor – A Goan side dish made with toasted dried prawns, onion, grated coconut and spices.

  • Ras Shirwale – Freshly made rice noodles dipped in coconut milk that has been sweetened with jaggery.

  • Kaakdichi Tausoli – A sweet cake made with cucumber, grated coconut and broken rice.

  • Ratambi Che Sarbat – Pulp of ripe fruit is used for making sharbat, and dried rind of fruit is used as a substitute for tamarind.

  • Ukdya Tandlachi Pej – Tandalachi Pej is a healthy rice porridge where rice grains are cooked in water with some salt.

  • Patoli – A rice cake filled with grated coconut and jaggery before being steamed in a turmeric leaf.

  • Olya Kajuchi Usal – Tender cashew nuts in a spicy curry (Vegetarian).

  • Kombdi Vade – A Konkani dish made of Chicken & Rice Dumplings.

Kombdi Vade

Kombdi Vade, Credits – Anita Mokashi

The top attractions to visit in Ratnagiri are Ratnadurga Fort or Bhagawati Fort, Ganapatipule Beach, Jay Vinayak Temple Jaigad, Kunkeshwar Beach, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, etc.

Experience the beauty of the Konkan coast on an unforgettable West Coast Road Trip from Ratnagiri to Panaji

The driving distance between Ratnagiri and Panaji is 236 km. The main places covered during the journey from Ratnagiri are Rajapur and Oros.

Explore the top tourist spots along the Ratnagiri to Panaji route – Make your journey unforgettable with the best places to visit
  • Rajapur town situated on the banks of river Arjuna. There are many interesting places in Rajapur such as Aryadurga Temple, Ambolgad Beach, Bakale & Madban Beach, Godwane Beach etc.

  • Oros lies on the NH-17 in the Malvan / Sindhudurg area of Konkan region few kilometers ahead of Kasal. The most popular tourist destinations are Sindhudurg and Tarkarli Beach. Tarkali Beach is one the most beautiful beach in India and this beach has finest white sand.

  • Panaji, also known as Panjim, is the state capital of Goa, located in the banks of Mandovi River. Places to visit in Panjim are Basilica of Bom Jesus, Fort Aguada, Casino Royale, Goa Archaeological Museum, Se Cathedral, Reis Magos Fort etc.

Discover the top beaches in Goa – Experience the ultimate tropical paradise with our guide to the best coastal destinations

The beaches of Goa are some of the most beautiful and iconic on the west coast of India, making them a must-visit destination on any West Coast road trip. With over 50 beaches to choose from, there is something for everyone – from the party vibes of Baga and Anjuna to the serene beauty of Palolem and Agonda.

Experience the thrill of water sports, soak up the sun on the golden sands, or simply relax with a cold drink and watch the sunset over the Arabian Sea. The beaches of Goa are also known for their shacks serving delicious Goan cuisine, fresh seafood, and cocktails.

Don’t miss out on the chance to explore the stunning beaches of Goa on your West Coast road trip.

Explore the historic Basilica of Bom Jesus on your West Coast road trip for a glimpse into India's colonial past.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

  • Calangute Beach – Calangute is a town in North Goa, famous for its beach. Normally it’s a little crowded but try and explore the shack and beach located away from the main beach.

    You can have a lot of fun as there are good water activities and food joints.

  • Palolem Beach is situated in Canacona in southern Goa. Palolem is well known for its famous “silent” discos, which are held directly on the beach or in some bars.

  • Agonda Beach – The long and isolated stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect for those wanting to relax and do nothing. There are restaurants and beach shacks around for drinks & snacks; the sand & water is good too.

  • Butterfly Beach – After Palolem Beach or Agonda Beach get a boat ride to Butterfly Beach. If you wish, you can trek through the thick forest, when the sun is up, along with a guide from the Agonda side of the island. Otherwise, boat rides are the only option to reach Butterfly Beach.

Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

  • Baga Beach – Baga a seaside town in Bardez, Goa. Baga has become the most happening beach on North Goa. One can have a drink at the beach shacks or can just simply sit at the beach and enjoy the drink.

  • Anjuna Beach is in North Goa, 22.2 kilometers from Panaji. It is a beautiful stretch of coastline and the site of a noted flea market. Bars and other eating hubs were available to have a party.

Indulge in the flavors of Goa – Explore the must-try local cuisine with our guide on what to eat in Goa
  • Ros Omelet is a snack and street food in Goan cuisine. In Konkani, Ros mean “gravy” and this gravy is based on chicken, chickpeas, or coconut milk.

  • Fish Thali – Fish is a staple in Goa and Fish Thali is one of the favorite dishes of every Goan.

Savor the mouth-watering Goan Fish Thali, a must-try dish on your West Coast road trip.

Goan Fish Thali, Credits – Foodies in Mog

  • Fish Recheado is prepared by giving slits to the fish and stuffing a special traditional masala in it. Then the fish is coated with semolina and then shallow fried in hot oil.

  • Pork Curry – The traditional Goan coconut-based curry flavored with salted pork.

  • Prawns Balchao is a fiery dish from Goa that is almost like a pickle.

  • Chicken Xacuti is a curry prepared in Goa, with complex spicing, including white poppy seeds, sliced or grated coconut and large dried red chilies.

  • Bebinca is a type of pudding and a traditional Indo-Portuguese dessert with layers of cake made with plain flour, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), egg yolk, and coconut milk.

Fish Recheado

Fish Recheado, Credits – What_To_COOK

Quench your thirst with the best drink in Goa – Our guide recommends the top beverages to try during your visit
  • Feni is a favorite local drink in Goa and has been a part of Goan food tradition. This drink is made either from cashew or coconut palm sap, which is then fermented and distilled.

  • King’s Pilsneer Beer – King’s beer has 0.5% less alcohol content than normal beers and has no after taste as all other beers have.

  • Urak is a popular name in goa during summer season. Urak is the first distillation obtained from the fermented cashew apple juice.

Indulge in the unique taste of Goan Feni, a popular local spirit, on your West Coast road trip.

Goan Feni, Credits – Go Goa Now

  • Kokum Juice or Sherbat is not only delicious but it also has several health benefits.

  • Port Wine also known as Vinho do Porto, was first brought to Goa by the Portuguese in the 16th century AD. This is typically the sweet, red wine, and is often served as a dessert wine.

  • Armada is One of Goa’s first spiced liqueurs. This is prepared by using Brazilian sugar, Indian spices and Portuguese fruit, made without any artificial flavor or color it has 30% alcohol.

  • Sol Kadi is a famous and evergreen Goan drink. Freshly prepared from Kokum or Aamsol and Coconut Milk.

Discover the top attractions on the Panaji to Murudeshwar route – Our guide recommends the best places to visit for an unforgettable journey

The driving distance between Panaji and Murudeshwar is 220 km. The main places covered during the journey from Panaji are Gokarna and Honnavar.

Discover the top attractions on the Panaji to Murudeshwar route
  • Gokarna is a favorite among travelers who seek a peaceful vacation and this place is more laid back and less commercialized than Goa.

    The beautiful weather, adventurous trekking experience, plenty of rocks and sparkling clean sand at beaches etc. makes Gokarna Special for the tourists. Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Half Moon Beach, Paradise Beach, Namaste Café, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mirjan Fort, Koti Tirtha, Nirvana Beach, Bhadrakali Temple etc. are the most popular places to visit in Gokarna.

Kudle Beach

Kudle Beach, Gokarna

  • Honnavar is a port town in Coastal Karnataka. Apsarkonda Waterfalls, Eco Beach, Hanging Bridge, Kodlamane Shree Vishnumurthy Temple, Apsarakonda Beach etc are the top attractions in Honnavar.

  • Murudeshwar, a picturesque coastal town located on the west coast of India, is famous for its stunning beaches, ancient temples, and scenic landscapes. A popular stop on any West Coast road trip, Murudeshwar is home to the iconic Murudeshwar Temple, which boasts of the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue.

    The town is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides, offering breathtaking views and opportunities for water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling.

Explore the iconic Murudeshwar Shiva Temple, a must-visit destination on your West Coast road trip.

Murudeshwar Shiva Temple, Karnataka

Travel from Murudeshwar to Mangalore – Experience the beauty of the Western Ghats on an unforgettable journey

The driving distance between Murudeshwar and Mangalore is  155 km. Udupi is one of the popular destinations that comes on the way to Mangalore from Murudeshwar.

Discover the top tourist spots on your Murudeshwar to Mangalore journey – Our guide highlights the best places to visit for a memorable trip
  • Udupi is famous for Krishna Temple and also popular for Udupi cuisine. Kosambari (dal salad), Koddelu (sambar), Avalakki Upkaari (red chilli poha), Holiges (sweet pancake) and the master piece Masala Dosa are the famous cuisines everyone must try in Udupi.

Visit the historic Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, a cultural gem on your West Coast road trip.

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple,
Credits – Rohan Hiremath

  • Kaup Beach & Malpe Beach are the must place to visit when you are in Udupi.

  • St. Mary’s Islands, Four small islands together form the St. Mary’s Islands. Each of these islands is interconnected and have their specialty. Coconut Island, North Island, Darya Bahadurgarh Island and South Island are the four islands that comprise St. Mary’s Islands. Tourists can reach St. Mary’s Islands only through the ferries from Malpe.

Indulge in the flavors of Mangalore – Our guide recommends must-try dishes and the top places to eat

Mangalore, located on the west coast of India, is a food lover’s paradise and a must-visit destination on any West Coast road trip. The city is famous for its unique and delicious cuisine, which blends the flavors of South India with influences from the coastal region. You must and must try Anjal Tawa Fry (King Fish), Korri Roti (Chicken), Bangude Rava Fry, Fish Curry & Rice, Prawn Ghee Roast, Chicken Ghee Roast, Kane Fry and of course try the boiled Rice & Ganji.

Satisfy your taste buds at Machali Restaurant, a food lover's paradise on your West Coast road trip.

Machali Resturant, Credits – Shirin

Embark on a scenic journey from Mangalore to Kannur – Explore the beauty of the Malabar coast on your route

Embark on a scenic West Coast road trip from Mangalore to Kannur and experience the stunning beauty of the Indian coastline. The route offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, charming coastal towns, and verdant landscapes.

The journey from Mangalore to Kannur is approximately 150 kilometers and can be covered in four hours, making it a perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Plan your West Coast road trip itinerary now and embark on a scenic journey full of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and culinary delights.

Explore the historic Bekal Fort in Kerala, a must-see attraction on your West Coast road trip.

Bekal Fort, Kerala

Discover the top tourist attractions on your Mangalore to Kannur route

The main places covered during the journey from Mangalore are Bekal and Chirakkal.

  • Bekal, a small town in Kerala which is renowned for its beaches, backwaters, and forts. Bekal Fort & Beach, Kappil Beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Nityanandashram Caves etc. are the popular places to visit.

Experience the best of Kannur’s attractions – Our guide highlights the top sights for an unforgettable visit
  • Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach – Muzhappilangad is considered to be the longest drive-in beach in Asia. It is a wonderful experience driving through the white sanded beach which is 5 km long.

  • Rajarajeswara Temple, where women are allowed to enter only at night, is a Shiva Temple located in Taliparamba in Kannur district of Kerala.

    The temple is one amongst the 108 Shiva Kshethrams to be built by Parashurama and is considered a Shaktipeetham. It’s believed to be the place where the head of Goddess Sati fell off.

Muzhappilangad Beach, Rajarajeswara & Parassinikkadavu Temple; Credits – Kerala Tourism

  • Parassinikkadavu Temple located on the banks of the Valapattanam River. Visitors offer alcohol to Lord Muthappan. This temple allows entry of people from all caste and religion that makes it unique. Even dogs are allowed to enter this temple, as this temple is the only temple of Kerala with the entrance gate having embellishment of dog’s statues on both the sides.

  • Palakkayam Thattu is the one of the hill station in Kannur and this is the best choice for people who are interested in adventure activities.

  • Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple – The principal deity of this temple is Sri Subramanya. The massive temple pond is world-famous.

  • Payyambalam Beach is one among the five beaches that is collectively known as Kannur Beach. They are Payyambalam Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Adikadalayi Beach, Baby Beach and Thayyil Beach.

  • Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temple is a prominent Shiva temple in Kerala, located on the banks of Bavali River. This temple is also known as Dakshina Kasi and the Vaishaka Festival at Akkare Kottiyoor is world famous. This Temple is open only for 27 days for Vysaka Festival (which comes approximately from 15th may to 15th June).

Credits – Kerala Tourism

Indulge in the flavors of Kannur’s famous cuisine – Our guide recommends the must-try dishes for an unforgettable culinary experience

Travel from Kannur to Kozhikode – Explore the stunning beauty of the Malabar coast on an unforgettable journey

Traveling from Kannur to Kozhikode on the West Coast road trip offers a scenic and memorable journey through the picturesque coastal region of Kerala. The route takes you through lush green landscapes, pristine beaches, and charming coastal towns.

The journey from Kannur to Kozhikode is approximately 90 kilometers and takes around two hours.

Experience the spiritual significance of Lokanarkavu Temple on your West Coast road trip.

Lokanarkavu Temple, Credits – agesh

It’s a perfect day trip or weekend getaway, offering a glimpse into the beauty and culture of Kerala’s West Coast. Plan your West Coast road trip itinerary now and experience the best of Kerala’s coastal region.

Discover the must-visit destinations on your Kannur to Kozhikode route
  • Vatakara – Lokanarkavu Temple, Kunjali Marakkar Museum and Kunjallur Narasimha Murthi Temple are the top attractions here.

  • Koyilandy – Kapad Beach and Vythiri are the best tourist attractions in Koyilandy.

Kozhikode is situated on the southwest coast of the Arabian Sea. Kozhikode beach is on the Western side of Kozhikode and this beach is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. This is the best place for trying out seafood delicacies like Squid, Prawns, varieties of Fishes, etc.

Kozhikode is famous for HALWA. Mittai Theruvu/SM Street – The Sweet SPOT of Kerala is an ideal place to buy Halwa. Earlier this street was famous for Kozhikkodan Halwa, now one can buy anything and everything including Kozhikkodan Halwa, banana Chips and a variety of other sweets, etc.

Kozhikode Halwa

Kozhikode Halwa

Explore the top tourist attractions in Kozhikode
  • Kozhikode Beach is one of the most popular attractions of Kozhikode, which gives an unforgettable sunset sight to our eyes. The best part of beach is crystal clear water and some great street food.

    The Dolphin’s Point, Marine Water Aquarium, Lighthouse and Lion’s Park are other attractions that make the beach worth a visit.

Kozhikode Beach

Kozhikode Beach, Kerala

  • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary lies in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala. This bird sanctuary spreads over a cluster of islands where Kadalundipuzha River flows into the Arabian Sea.

  • Thali Maha Shiva Kshetram is a 14th Century built Hindu temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The main deity here is a Shiva linga, which is believed to have been installed by an avatar of Parasurama, the person believed to be the creator of Kerala. This temple was destructed by Tippu Sultan during their invasion of Kozhikode and was later renovated.

  • Beypore is a fish market and an ancient port town. The charming beach is just like a treasure of peace and calmness with its scenic atmosphere.

  • Mananchira Square – A scenic park with beautiful lawns, fascinating sculptures, musical fountain and traditional Kerala style buildings make Mananchira Square the most visited spots in the area.

Take a leisurely walk through the scenic Mananchira Park, a tranquil oasis on your West Coast road trip.

Mananchira Park, Kozhikode

Discover the must-try famous dishes in Kozhikode – Based on reviews, our recommendations promise an unforgettable culinary experience

Explore the scenic route from Kozhikode to Alappuzha – Discover the beauty of the serene backwaters on your journey

The driving distance between Kozhikode and Alappuzha is  233 km. Guruvayur, Kodungallur, Ernakulam, and  Cherthala are the popular destinations that come on the way to Alappuzha from Kozhikode.

Credits – Kerala Tourism

Discover top tourist destinations on the Kozhikode to Alappuzha route – Our recommendations highlight the best places to visit for a memorable journey
  • Guruvayur, a temple town is famous for Guruvayur Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Guruvayurappan, one of the most revered forms of Lord Vishnu.

  • Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, Chavakkad Beach, Chowalloor Siva Temple, and Punnathur Kotta (Elephant Camp) are the other top sights near Guruvayur.

  • Cherthala town is well known for Karthyayani Devi Temple, located in the center of the town. Other attractions are Thiruvizha Sree Mahadeva Temple, Arthunkal Beach, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, and Kanichukulangara Devi Temple.

  • Alappuzha is often termed the “Venice of the East”. Alappuzha is famous for backwaters, beaches, lagoons, paddy fields, local toddy etc.

Experience the best of Alappuzha’s attractions – Our recommendations showcase the top tourist spots for a memorable trip
  • Alappuzha Beach is one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala. This beach is a famous picnic spot having an old lighthouse nearby.

  • Marari Beach is one of the perfect locations for holidaying with family and friends. This beach is 16 km away from Alappuzha. The sea water is very clean and ideal for swimming.

  • Andhakaranazhi is a coastal village which is 31 km away from Alappuzha. This place is still unexploited and it’s a good place to visit with your family and friends.

  • Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple famous for the ‘Palpayasam’, a delicious sweet pudding made of rice and milk. The idol of the deity is linked to the idol of Lord Parthasarathy’s form of Lord Vishnu. The history of this temple relates to Guruvayur Temple, Thrissur.

    Fearing the raid of Tipu Sultan the sacred idol of Guruvayur Temple was brought to the Ambalapuzha temple and kept it safe for 12 years. This is one of the highly recommended places to visit.  

  • Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple – This temple is also known as Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple. This temple is situated at the heart of Alappuzha city. Inside the temple, you will get to witness the 20 feet tall idol of the goddess.

  • Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient and internationally known center of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). This temple is famous for “Uruli Kamizthal” (an offering done by the childless couple). Mannarsala’s heart and soul is Valia Amma (Mannarsala Amma).

Mannarsala Amma

Mannarsala Amma, Credits – Kerala Tourism

  • Chettikulangara Temple is one of the most renowned Hindu temples in Kerala and the main deity is Sree Bhadrakali, who was born out of Lord Shiva’s third eye.

  • Kuttanad, the ‘Granary of Kerala’ is known as the Netherlands of Kerala. Kuttanad, lies at the very heart of the backwaters. 

  • Punnamada Lake is the longest lake in India. This lake is also known as Vembanadu Lake. This lake is renowned for the famous boat race called Nehru Trophy Boat Race.

    Cruising in a house boat for a few hours in this famous Kayal is a great relaxing and unforgettable experience.

Discover the enchanting beauty of Alappuzha, a must-visit destination on your West Coast road trip.

Alappuzha, Kerala

  • Pathiramanal is a small island in Muhamma Panchayat. The name Pathiramanal means ‘midnight sand’. A 1.5-hour motor boat ride or 30-minute speedboat trip from Alappuzha gets you here. The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is mind blowing.

Indulge in the flavors of Alappuzha’s famous cuisine
Get a taste of Alappuzha’s local drink scene – Our recommended top-rated toddy shops, based on reviews, offer an authentic and enjoyable visit

Toddy Shop Food, Alappuzha

Journey from Alappuzha to Kanyakumari – Discover the scenic route and experience the beauty of the journey

Embark on a breathtaking West Coast road trip from Alappuzha to Kanyakumari, which takes you through some of India’s most beautiful regions. The route offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea, charming coastal towns, and cultural landmarks.

The journey from Alappuzha to Kanyakumari is approximately 300 kilometers and can be covered in seven hours, offering plenty of opportunities to explore the diverse landscapes and cultural attractions along the way. Plan your West Coast road trip itinerary now and experience the best of South India‘s coastal region!

Thiruvananthapuram & Kanyakumari

Top tourist attractions to visit on your Alappuzha to Kanyakumari route – Discover the must-see destinations for a memorable journey
  • Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala and is known for the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Beaches of Kovalam & Varkala, Backwaters of Poovar & Anchuthengu and its Western Ghats territories of Ponmudi and Agastyamala.

  • Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of peninsular India. Kanyakumari is surrounded by sea on all sides, namely the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari is famous for Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Ferry service is available that runs between Kanyakumari to reach Vivekananda Rock Memorial. It was built in 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. This is an excellent place to watch the ocean and meditate. The sun rises from the horizon next to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue.

Evening sun set is very famous where the sun sets majestically with a rocky backdrop and its photographer’s paradise. Kanyakumari is famous for its Hindu pilgrim center, as well as for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunsets.

Top tourist attractions in Kanyakumari – Our list features must-visit places for a memorable trip
  • Kanyakumari Beach is located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

  • Gandhi Mandapam – Gandhi Memorial is a unique structure that was completed in 1956. It has been built in such a way that on 2nd October, which is the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi, the rays of the sun pass through a hole in the top of the building.

  • Padmanabhapuram Palace – Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the former Hindu Kingdom of Travancore. The palace was constructed by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Venad between 1592 and 1609.

    This palace is also known as Kalkulam Palace and it’s a must place for history lovers.

Places to visit in Kanyakumari

  • Suchindram Temple – This temple is also known as Arulmigu Thanumaliya Perumal Temple. It’s the only shrine where the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu & Maheshwara) is worshipped on one idol. There are a lot of shrines inside the temple complex which are dedicated to different deities.

    Outside the temple, there is an Anjaneya statue which is 22 feet tall and is carved in a single granite block. The ‘Alankara Mandapam’ of the temple is known for its 18 feet high musical pillars which were carved out of a single rock.

  • Vattakottai Fort – A costal fort, spreading over an area of 3.5 acres built in 18th century during the rule of Travancore Kingdom. It was designed by the Dutch captain De Lannoy and is an interesting fort extending to the sea.

  • Sothavilai Beach – This is the longest beach in Tamilnadu, which stretches over 4 km. This is an unexplored beach with white sand and clear water extending indefinitely to meet the horizon miles and miles away is indeed a sight to behold.

Step back in time at the historic Vattakottai Fort, a fascinating stop on your West Coast road trip.

Vattakottai Fort, Kanyakumari

Final Thoughts

A long drive through the most exotic beaches is a perfect way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. With numerous breathtaking beaches, each with its unique charm, it’s a journey that can’t be missed. 

From Kozhikode to Alappuzha and all the way to Kanyakumari, the route offers a scenic drive with plenty of opportunities to explore the local culture and cuisine. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a relaxing getaway, a long drive through the most exotic beaches is an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.