Located atop a small island in the town of Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu is the famous Thiruvalluvar Statue. This 133 feet (40.5 m) tall stone sculpture is dedicated to the renowned Tamil poet and saint Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural. The statue is located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. It was installed on 1st January, 2001 and since there, has been a major tourist attraction in the state.
Standing upon an 11.5 meter pedestal, the Thiruvalluvar Statue rises up to a height of 95 feet (29 m) and looks every bit imposing. Weighing a massive 7000 tons in total, the statue has the combined height of 133 feet (including the pedestal) which signifies the 133 chapters in the Thirukkural. Sculpted by the well-known Indian sculptor Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, the statue evokes the memories of the famous dancing pose of the Nataraj.
Now a major tourist spot in Kanyakumari, the Thiruvalluvar Statue features among the largest statues in India and looks towering from every angle. Visitors need to rise up 140 steps in the mandapam to reach the feet of the scared statue. You can take ferry rides from the mainland to reach this celebrated statue. Come and explore Kanyakumari and marvel at the architectural finesse of the Thiruvalluvar Statue.