Kanyakumari District is one of the smallest districts in the state having an area of 1584 sq.kms. of which 1541-3 sq.kms are rural and 42.7 sq.kms are urban. The district lies between 77 degree 05* and 77 degree 36* of the Northern latitude. The district is bounded by Tirunelveli district in the north and north-east, by Kerala state in the north-west and cofluence of Arabien sea and Indian ocean in the west and south. The coastline extends over 58 kms, and is almost regular except for some points and land projecting in to the sea at Kanyakumari. Kaniyakumari is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, is where the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet, A place from where one can see spectacular sunrises and also colourful sunsets! on balmy evenings, one can watch the sun set while full moon is rising in another part of the sky.
Kanyakumari district came in to exixtence in the year 1956 as a result of re-organisation of stateson the basis of vernacular and added in the map of Tamil nadu. It was known as the granary of Travancore due to its vast stratches of Paddy fields, rich forests and abundant mineral sands. This district has a pleasant climate and has the advantage of both the South-West as well as North-East monsoons. The city has many a charming spot, best being the Cape-comerin, the place of meeting of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian sea. The meeting point of the ocean is the where "Continent ends in a swan-song of broken rocks and mingling oceans". It was a faith that Kanyakumari district has been named after the Goddess Kanyakumari Amman, who is a well known diety of this district and over throughout the country. The legend is that the Goddess Parvathi is one of her incarnation as 'Devi Kanya' did penance on one of the rocks of this land's end to obtain the hand of Lord Siva.
On a little rocky island just off the coast is the memorial to that great Indian philosopher - Swami Vivekananda. He is supposed to have sat here in deep meditation in 1892. On the island one canalso see the Shri Pada Parai - the footprints of the virgin goddess. The Gandhi Memorial at Kanniya Kumari is located at the place where his ashes were kept before immersion. It is so designed that on 2nd October, his birthday, the sun's rays fall directly on the spot.