Museums and Memorials in Kanyakumari
It is said that the burnt ashes of the late father fo the nation Mahatma Gandhi was put in a pot and kept in the shore for people to see before immersing it in the tri seas. The place where the pot was placed, later a memorial place was constructed for him. The sunrays pass through the building and fall exactly where the ash pot was placed, on the particular day i.e. October 2nd. It is a testimony to modern architecture.
Kamaraj was regarded as the King Maker of India. He had influenced many a political event in the country. He was born of a humble family and then went on to become the chief Minister of Tamilnadu. He was a hard worker and a political acumen. This memorial was dedicated and built for the great freedom fighters hardwork and achievement on 2nd October 2000. This memorial is located near the Gandhi Memorial.
This museum is located on the beach road. The collection of sculptured artic rafts and crafts of South Indian temples are preserved in this museum. This is one of the tourist’s must see place.
Jeevanandam was one of the fore runners of the Marxist movement of India especially in Tamilnadu. He represented in the 1957 election contesting for washermenpet in Chennai and proved to be an emiment Parliament member. A memorial was built in respect of Jeevanandam on 19-04-1998 at Nagercoil. The memorial has the statue, the life history and photograps of Jeevanandam, displayed in it.
SAIKUTHAMBI PAVALAR MEMORIAL
Saikuthambi Pavalar was born on 31-07-1874. He had a good knowledge of Tamil grammar and literature. He performed the ‘Sathavathana programme’ in the presence of the Tamil scholars on 10th March 1907 and was appreciated. He was a freedom fighter, died on 13-12-1950. His memorial was built and opened on 26-09-1987, at Idlakkudi Kottar in Nagercoil.
VELU THAMBI DALAWAR MEMORIAL
memorial is located 30 km away from Kanyakumari. This place is of historical
importance. The great revolutionary Velu Thamby Dalawah, who was the general
(Diwan) of Travancore was born here. He rose and fought against the British
supremacy in India. His home located in Thalakulam village was ransacked
by the Britishers. He used his weapons and other belongings to fight against
the Britishers kept in this place.