Kerala to Kanyakumari- The Best Roadtrip in South India

Road trips are simply exciting. Only a few things compare to the freedom and exhilaration that comes along with it and a road trip from Kerala to Kanyakumari is just what you need to layaway those blues!

A road trip that involves driving across two states? Even better, imagine a drive through the coastline, savouring the smorgasbord of its scintillating topography. Such road trips, without a doubt, marks the beginning of an epic journey.

Today, we have brought for you one such journey; an experience good enough to find a place in the golden sheets of your memory book.

Start From Trivandrum


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Trivandrum (or Thiruvananthapuram) is at the southernmost tip of Kerala, and is the closest to Kanyakumari. A 3 hour drive from the capital would take you directly to the ‘Cape Comorin’ in Tamil Nadu. It’s a total of 90 kms through the West Coast Road, and the visuals on either side of the route will surely maintain your moods high all throughout the journey.

Start Early

When you are on a road trip, it is always best when you start early. The frequent trippers would agree with this as one of its biggest advantages is that you would escape the city limits before the traffic starts. By the time the city wakes up, you would be off and away, on the highway!

So, better start as early as 5:00 AM.

The Route

You have two main routes to reach Kanyakumari from Trivandrum. One is the Pazhaya Uchakkada Kanyakumari West Coast Road, and the other is the SH91. There are numerous main roads and byroads that join with these main routes, but the most beautiful, and the most perfect one is via the famous Kovalam Beach.

Kovalam and Poovar

Kovalam and Poovar are two of the main tourist spots on your way to Kanyakumari. It’s actually a shame if you don’t take a pit stop at both the places as they can serve as a great source of motivation for the journey ahead.

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An early morning stroll through the shores of Kovalam beach has something magical about it. The calm, cool, and refreshing sea waves that lap at your feet as you walk along the shore will sooth your body and relax your mind.

Once you leave Kovalam, your next major stop will be Poovar which is just 15 kms away, and en-route to Kanyakumari. Poovar is a confluence of river, lake, backwaters, and sea.

poovar backwaters

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If you are not in a hurry to reach Kanyakumari, then spending a few hours cruising through the backwaters on a small boat wouldn’t hurt much!

Off To The Final Destination

Right! So, it’s time to say goodbye to these two Kerala beauties, as the Virgin Sea Goddess (Kanyakumari) is waiting for you with a plate full of amazing surprises.

From Poovar, you have two route options in front of you. Let’s look into each, and you take your pick.

Pazhaya Uchakkada Kanyakumari West Coast Road

It’s a scenic route that takes you through the interiors of Kerala – Tamil Nadu border.


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Along this route is the spectacular Padmanabhapuram Palace, which is located in Thuckalay, a town close to Tamil Nadu. The Palace is famous for its 17th century wooden construction. You can take a pit stop here, and have a guided tour to the museum on site.

Driving through SH91

If you want to experience a straight stretch of uninterrupted driving, then this is the route for you.

Take the newly upgraded SH 91 route from Kovalam, and just drive! The road is wide, smooth, and contains minimum traffic. This route will take you directly to the beautiful windmills of Aralvaimozhi, a town in Tamil Nadu.


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The visuals on either side of the route is straight out of the paintings, as you see a horizontal stretch of green land with scores of windmills planted here and there.

 With the backdrop of the towering Western Ghats, it’s truly a sight to behold.

Finally, Kanyakumari!

Both routes would eventually join with the MDR 113 (Main District Road) which is another 38 minute drive that would take you directly to Kanyakumari Beach.


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Now once you are at Kanyakumari, you have plenty of things to watch. From the great Vivekananda Rock that outlived the massive Tsunami in 2004, to the glorious sunset that will forever stay incomparable, you will be left spellbound by the mystical beauty of this Virgin Sea Goddess.

Curated By: Kiran Reghunath