Gandhi Memorial or Gandhi Mandapam was built in the memory of the ‘Father of the nation’ in 1956. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot in 1948 and after cremation his ashes were to be sprinkled over different regions of the country. And the Gandhi Memorial at Kanyakumari was the place where the ashes were kept for public viewing before being immersed into the sea.
Interestingly, the height of the central dome of the memorial is 79 feet, the age of Gandhiji at the time of his assassination. It was constructed in such a manner that the sun's rays falls on the exact spot where his ashes were once laid. This occurs every year on his birthday on 2nd of October at 12 noon. Take the staircase to the terrace for a sweeping view of the sea and the town spanning the shores. Gandhi Mandapam will be open from 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M.