Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari

19 feet high, the Thiruvalluvar Statue was carved using a single stone.

19 feet high, the Thiruvalluvar Statue was carved using a single stone. | Photo credit: Ramanathan Kathiresan/flickr

Thiruvalluvar Statue Overview

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Thiruvalluvar was a noted poet and philosopher, known for his contribution to Tamil literature. He is globally renowned for his work Thirukkural, which is a collection of 1330 Tamil couplets. The Thiruvalluvar Statue was built in the memory of this great man and stands atop a small island rock, about 400 metres away from the coastline of Kanyakumari. The creator of this marvellous statue was Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, who also made the Iraivan Temple. This spot was opened to public on 1st January 2000, and since then, it has been attracting people from near and far.

The overall height of this structure is 133 feet (symbolic of 133 chapters in his book), including 38 feet high pedestal and 95 feet tall sculpture. Interestingly, the statue of Thiruvalluvar represents wealth and pleasure while the pedestal on which it stands depicts 38 chapters from the Thirukkural based on 'Virtue'.

Another interesting fact about this statue is that its 19 feet high face (including nose, ear, forehead, eyes and mouth) is made using single stone, carved by hand. Surrounding the three-tier pedestal (also called Atharapeedam) is an artistically constructed mandapa, known as Alankara Mandapam. Inside the mandapa, 140 steps lead visitors to the feet of Thiruvalluvar.

  • Opening Closing Time 8 am to 4 pm (Daily)

  • Photo Opp

    The magnificent view of the sea and mainland from the top of pedestal (on which the statue stands) is stunning and worth clicking.

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Kanyakumari, 629702, Tamil Nadu