Located 7 kms from Kanyakumari, Suchindram is famous for the Thanumalayan Temple. Thanumalayan Temple, built in the 17th century, is famous for its sculptures and its quality of workmanship. There is an Hanuman statue which stands at 22 feet carved of a single granite block just outside the temple.
Suchindrum means the place where Indra attained 'Suchi' i.e., purification. The Sthalapurana has it that Indra suffered a curse from sage Gowthama and offered worship to Lord Shiva at this place. Relieving Indra of his curse, Lord Shiva granted him of his wish that the place where he attained purification should henceforth be called 'Suchindrum'.