Mundanthurai is in the mountains near the border with Kerla.
The closest railway station is at Ambasamundram, about 25 km to
the north-east, and buses run from here to Papanasam, the nearest
village, from where you can catch another bus to the Forest Department
As the name implies, this is principally a tiger sanctuary though
it's also noted for chital, sambar and the rare lion-tailed macaque.
The best time to visit is between January and March, though it is
open any time of the year. The main rainy season is between October
and December. Tiger sightings are extremely infrequent and in addition
the Forest Rest House is very basic.
About 135 km north-west of Kanyakumari at the base of the Western
Ghats, the village of Kuttralam is a popular 'health retreat' for
Indian families who come to stand and wash under waterfalls believed
to be rich in minerals and capable of curing almost anything. Of
the nine waterfalls, the only one in the village itself is the 60
m high Main Falls, a sheer rock face is carved with old Hindu insignia
that is visible only during the dry months of January and February.
Other falls, mostly accessed by shuttle buses, are up to eight km
20 km away from Kanyakumari has the famous Nagaraja temple.
Nagaraja is the presiding deity and the images of Lord Shiva and
Lord Vishnu are also enshrined here. The entrance to the temple
resembles Chinese architecture of Budha Viharas and the temple contains
images of Mahavir and Paraswanatha, the Jain Tirthankaras.