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Comorin Cape (S India)

Comorin Cape (S India)

Characteristics

Description

Cape Comorin, the S extremity of India, is low and sandy, with a small white pagoda on its extremity.

This pagoda is surrounded by a high wall, above which the top of the pagoda may be seen. A bungalow lies NW of the pagoda. A conspicuous memorial, 37m high, lies close W of the cape. The coast close W of the pagoda is barren and sandy, but is wooded NE of it. 

Foul ground extends about 0.5 mile S and SE from the cape.
An area of foul ground lies 1.5 miles offshore, about 6 miles W of Cape Comorin.
The land rises gradually N of Cape Comorin so that from a distance the cape appears as a sandy promontory. A mountain, 370m high, about 4 miles NW of the cape, appears as a pointed cone except from E or S. A range, about 9 miles farther N, with heights up to 1,041m, resembles a camel’s hump.

Cape Comorin is the most southern point in India, where 3 bodies of water meet: the bay of Bengal (E), the Indian ocean (S) and the Arabian sea (W).

At the cape is the town of Kanyakumari that is a fishing village.

Tides—Currents

The tidal currents off Cape Comorin set E during the flood and W during the ebb, but their direction and strength are much affected by the ocean currents.

The coast between Cape Comorin and Manappad Point, about 35.5 miles ENE, is somewhat higher than the remainder of the NW coast of the Gulf of Mannar, with undulating sand hills up to 60m high. The background consists of reddish soil and rises gradually to the foot of the Southern Ghats a few miles inland. Many villages and whitewashed churches lie along this coast, but landing in a ship’s boat is always difficult and dangerous.

An obelisk, 8m high, lies on the coast about 2 miles N of Cape Comorin, and serves to mark the position of a stranded wreck about 0.5 mile ESE.

Caution.—When approaching Cape Comorin from the NW during the Northeast Monsoon, a vessel sheltered by the coast as far as Muttam Point, about 14 miles W of the cape, may suddenly pass from a calm into the strength of the monsoon, even if already well offshore.

A dangerous obstruction was reported (2002) to lie about 8 miles WSW of Comorin Point.

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Sites around Comorin Cape (S India)
Flying distances - Direct line

Comorin Lighthouse (S India)

0.8nm
79°
Cape Comorin Light is shown from a square white tower, 34m high, and painted in red bands, about 0.3 mile NW of the cape. A church, 54m high, lies in a village about 0.5 mile N of the cape.
Good radar returns have been reported from Cape Comorin at 23 miles.
19 Mar 12

Vivekananda rock - Thiruvalluvar Statue

1.2nm
92°
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, India.
The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland India's southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee in honour ...
20 Mar 12

Kanyakumari Port (S India)

1.2nm
81°
Kanyakumari is a town that is at the tip of the Indian Peninsula and faces the Indian Ocean.The port is a minor port primarily for ferry traffic.
Depths in the boat basin and alongside the pier are 2.3m or less.
19 Mar 12

Muttam Point (W India)

13nm
282°
Muttam Point (Muttum Point), 35m high and with steep red cliffs, lies about 5.5 miles SE of Kolachel. The village of Muttamtura lies on the point.
A light, with a racon, is shown on the point. A group of palmyra trees on high red ground, about 1 mile N of the light structure, forms ...
19 Mar 12

Kolachel Port (W India)

17nm
288°
Kolachel (Colachel) is an open roadstead with anchorage in about 13m in the lee of four small islets. The port is important for the export of ilmenite sand.
Vessels of 10,000 15,000 grt have called here. Landing during good weather is fairly easy as the rocks off the village form ...
20 Mar 12

East Cape (E India)

16nm
62°
East Cape is prominent, and the coastal reef, with depths of 5.5m, extends about 1 mile offshore near the cape.AnchorageShelter from W winds can be found in the bight between Cape Comorin and East Cape, but during the Southwest Monsoon landing by ship’s boats should not be attempted ...
19 Mar 12

Manappad Point (SE India)

35nm
60°
Manappad Point is a high sandy promontory with a rock base. A light is shown from a white, round concrete tower with red diagonal stripes.
The village of Manappad lies 0.8 mile W of the point.
Manappad Outer Shoal, with a least depth of 6.4m, lies about 8 miles SE of Manappad ...
20 Mar 12

Kovalam Point (W India)

37nm
299°
Kovalam Point (Covelong Point) is a bluff point with a conspicuous red-roofed building on it.
Good radar returns have been reported from the point at 19 miles.
KovalamBeach is probably the best known surf spot in India.
19 Mar 12

Trivandrum port (Kerala-W India)

42nm
302°
Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), the capital city of the state of Kerala, lies about 1 mile from the coast. The ruins of a pier, extending to the LW line, are prominent on the coast S of the city.
Trivandrum is a lighterage port with no docking facilities available.Pilotage is ...
18 Mar 12

Tiruchendur Point (Tamil Nadu-E India)

43nm
54°
Tiruchendur Point is a low, rocky bluff headland, with a prominent dark-colored temple, 54m high, at its extremity. This pagoda is a useful mark and can be seen for a distance of about 15 miles.
A conspicuous chimney, 28m high, painted in red and white bands and emitting a flame, ...
20 Mar 12

Punnaikkayal (E India)

49nm
47°
Punnaikkayal, about 1 mile inland, can be identified by the ruins of a church and by a group of palmyra trees on the beach.
A 4.6m patch lies about 3 miles E of the village.Anchorage in 7.3m, can be found off Punnaikkayal, about 1.5 miles offshore, with the clump of trees bearing ...
20 Mar 12

Kariya Shuli and Vilangu Shuli islets (Pattanamarudur-E India)

67nm
39°
The town of Pattanamarudur, with some large trees visible up to 10 miles offshore, lies at thehead of this bight, about 7 miles N of Tuticorin.
The bight is filled by a flat, with depths of less than 5.5m, extending up to about 4.5 miles offshore. Kariya Shuli and Vilangu Shuli, ...
20 Mar 12
Local Area

Gulf of Mannar (SE India)

The Gulf of Mannar lies between the SE coast of the Indian Peninsula and the W coast of Sri Lanka. Its S boundary lies between Cape Comorin, the S extremity of India, and Point de Galle, the SW point of Sri Lanka. The gulf is bounded N by Adam’s Bridge, a chain of islets and rocks ...
20 Mar 12

Coromandel coast (E India)

The Coromandel Coast is the name given to the southeastern coast of the Indian Subcontinent between Cape Comorin and False Divi Point.
It may also include the southeastern coast of the island of Sri Lanka.
The coast is generally low, and punctuated by the deltas of several large ...
23 Mar 12

East Coast of India

India, or the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east.
In the Indian Ocean, India ...
20 Mar 12

Bay of Bengal

The Bay of Bengal (largest bay in the world,) forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean. It is bordered mostly by the Eastern Coast of India, southern coast of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to the west and Burma (Myanmar) and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (part of India) to the ...
20 Nov 11

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the Earth's water surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, ...
6 Apr 12

Kariya Shuli and Vilangu Shuli islets (Pattanamarudur-E India)

The town of Pattanamarudur, with some large trees visible up to 10 miles offshore, lies at thehead of this bight, about 7 miles N of Tuticorin.
The bight is filled by a flat, with depths of less than 5.5m, extending up to about 4.5 miles offshore. Kariya Shuli and Vilangu Shuli, ...
20 Mar 12
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