Carnival at Cape Comorin
Kanyakumari Travel Blog› entry 11 of 22 › view all entries
The 230km to KanyaKumari was largely "Four- Laned" already, and took about 4 hours, mainly through a boring flat scrubby landscape. However as we neared our destination, we passed through a vast wind farm, 100s of turbines turning. Somehow surreal.
KanyaKumari is the Indian Land's End, its southernmost point at Cape Comorin. To the east the Bay of Begal, the south the Indian Ocean, the west the Arabian Sea. There's a large fishing fleet of small boats, and the fishing families live in a warren of narrow streets on the Bay of Bengal side. It's an attractive, if scruffy, area - in Europe it would have been prettified by now and full of second-homers or knick-knack shops. Now fishermen tended nets or sat, women played a ludo like board game in the road, some men played cards.
High above is the tourist town of concrete hotels, car parks, souvenir shops, travel agents, small restaurants, and stallholders. We joined the crowd to watch the sunset at the Cape. It was a carnival atmosphere. Two white horses provided rides. School parties went to the water's edge, young people played in the waves. Most, a good few hundreds, just watched the red ball sink into the Arabian Sea. Then they left the beach to eat, shop or go.
As it's the thing to do, we also got up to see sunrise over the Bay of Bengal.
KanyaKumari has been a fun place. Indians come to their Land's End as tourists and pilgrims to have a good time.
For us, in 2007 we reached the northernmost point foreigners can go in India, in Ladakh. Now, 2009, its southermost. We've ticked them off. (But still haven't done Land's End or John O' Groat's)