Located almost mid way between Nagercoil and Kanyakumari Suchindram is a very famous pilgrim center. At just 7 kms from Kanyakumari Suchindram is famous for the Thanumalayan Temple. Thanumalayan Temple built in the 17th century and is famous for its sculptures and is known for its quality of workmanship.
There is an Hanuman statue which stands at 22 feet carved of a single granite block just outside the temple.
Suchindram is famous for the Thanumalaya Perumal temple which is also called Suchindram Anjaneyar Temple. Known for its sculptural grandeur the temple has a majestic seven-storeyed white Gopuram which is visible from quite a distance. Its 40 m facade is covered with intricately carved sculptures of Hindu dieties.
The Hanuman statue in Suchindram was buried in 1740 AD fearing an attack by the Tipu Sultan and was forgotten. It was rediscovered in 1930 and restored for public viewing.
One of the legends of Suchindram is related to chastity of Anasuya, wife of Sage Atri. The legend is that the trimurtis appeared in front of Anasuya as begging brahmins. When she was about to serve they imposed a condition that they would eat only if she served in the nude. Through the power of her chastity she converted the three gods into babies and suckled them. On the plea of godesses Anasuya restored the dieties. On the same spot a linga sprouted which still exists.
A fine example of South Indian temple architechture this temple in Suchindram has a 'Linga' which represents Shiva, Vishnu & Brahma as the principal diety. The statue of Hanuman and the musical pillars are the main attraction of the temple.
Men should be bare waist-up and women should be traditionally dressed to enter the temple premises. Devotees are not allowed to carry anything inside the temple except wallets.