Kanyakumari is India’s lands end. Kanyakumari is also known as Cape Comorin and lies at the southernmost tip of mainland India. The town is a popular destination for Indian pilgrims who come here to do ritual ablution in the sacred meeting point of the three great water bodies, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. It was also an area of great trade and commerce. It was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks. Later it became a part of the Travancore Kingdom and remained under them till independence. In 1956 Kanyakumari district was joined to Tamilnad. Kanyakumari came into prominence when Swami Vivekananda travelled here and meditated on the last piece of Indian rock on Christmas eve, 1892. At Kanyakumari, Vivekananda had a “vision of one India” and went on to represent India at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago next year.