Place:Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India


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Kanyakumari District (also spelled Kanniyakumari or Kanniakumari District) is a district of Tamil Nadu state, India, and is the southernmost land area of mainland India.

The district is the second most urbanised district in Tamil Nadu — next only to Chennai and ahead of Coimbatore[1] — and is the second smallest of the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari shares it names with the town of Kanyakumari, which is at the tip of the Indian Peninsula and faces the Laccadive Sea, but the administrative capital is Nagercoil. The district is also known as "The District of Ponds" or "The Lands End."

The district has a varied topography with sea on three sides and the mountains of the Western Ghats bordering the northern side.[2] The District was rated as one of India's Six Hidden Gems by National Geographic.


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Despite being an area of a historically Tamil majority populace, It was part of the princely state of Travancore(Thiruvithaamkoor) during the colonial times prior to the nation's independenceand later part of the Travancore -Cochin State of the Indian Union (The princely states of Travancore and Cochin were amalgamated, after Indian independence, to form the Travancore Cochin State).Four of the eight taluks of Thiruvananthapuram district were separated to form the new district of Kanyakumari during the formation of the new state of predominantly Malayali Kerala, and they were made a part of the Madras Presidency under recommendations from the States' Reorganization Commission in 1956. The Presidency was later renamed as Tamil Nadu and Kanyakumari is one of the 32 districts in the state of Tamil Nadu.However, even now there is a substantial Malayalee population in the District. Traditional Kerala Hindu communities like Nairs, Ezhavas and Pulayas and St.Thomas Christian belonging to Syro Malabar Catholic Church and Syro Malankara Catholic Church are residing aplenty in Kanyakumari District.It is often claimed that the proportion of Nair population in Kanyakumari District is more than the proportion of Nair population in many districts of Kerala.The majority Tamil population and minority Malayalee population are living amiably in the district and there has been no issues, whatsoever, till date between the people on linguistic basis.

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