|The spellbinding view of the Kanyakumari beach from the Vivekananda Kendra|
|Pathways speckled with trees | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
Our second day in Kanyakumari was also our second day on terra firma in six days i.e. six days after having taken two consecutive trains – one from NewDelhi to Dibrugarh in Assam and the second from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. The use of bipedal locomotion as opposed to watching the world passing by through the window required a little bit of readjustment or so it seemed to us.
|The first sighting of a peacock | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
From smiling to myself in nature’s company a couple of minutes ago, I suddenly had the widest grin on my face. I followed my friend’s lead and tip toeing behind her when the call of another peacock stopped me right in my tracks. I fidgeted to pull my month old camera out of its casing and adjust its settings as my eyes darted about the place to match that call with the actual bird itself. Right then there was another call. Lo and behold when I turned around behind there was not one but two peacocks royally perched up on a tree no more than 15 feet away from me.
|And then some more... Peacocks perched on a tree | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|Peacock gliding along gracefully with its tail | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|The Gandhi Memorial Mandapam | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|The view of the sea from the Gandhi Memorial | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|The Vivekananda Rock Memorial from the beach | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|The Vivekanand Rock Memorial | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|View of the mainland from the Rock Memorial | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
The Vivekananda Kendra on the other hand is a sprawling complex with accommodation facilities for devotees and tourists alike. Bookings occur online. The property is a haven in itself and offers an entrance to the beach which is kept open at sunrise and sunset. Evidently, the sunrise is one of those phenomenon that cannot be missed.
|Sunrise | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|Our Lady of Ransom Church | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|Fisher folk tending to their nets | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|This one obliged for the camera | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|Walking through the lanes | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
Incidentally 2015 was a year of hat-tricks – it was my third time not just in Ladakh but also Kanyakumari which is the southern-most tip of mainland India. To have covered such an expanse in just under a month was a milestone in itself. That it was a hat-trick visit just made it even more milestone-worthy. And considering that I was in the eastern-most part of the country four days prior to arriving in Kanyakumari makes this journey around India even more epic.
|A lot like life | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
|A line up of boats in the afternoon | Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|