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Varkala

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Varkala

Papanasanam Beach:

The Papanasanam beach or Varkala beach is the most famous among the beaches of Varkala. Studded with cliffs and palm groves, the Varkala beach is blessed with a beauty of its own. This beach is very lively and is lined up with several beach side restaurants and cafes offering varieties of sea food dishes. There are ample opportunities for exciting water sports like speed boat rides and water scooters. Many come here to get soaked in the beautiful sets amidst palm grooves and cliffs.

 

Hindus in Kerala believe that the beach the powers to wash down sins. They conduct prayers and offerings here for their departed souls. The Malayalam month of ‘Karkkidakam’ (July-August) witnesses heavy crowd of believers here. The beach is also known for its mineral water sprouts.  

 

Janardhana Swamy Temple:

This 2000 years old temple is adorned with a charming Kerala architectural style. The main diety is Lord Vishnu and the temple is nicknamed as Dakshin Kashi due to its popularity. The roof top of the temple is adorned with Kerala murals and exquisite carvings. The huge banyan tree in front of the temple is adorned with Serpent God idols. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, but can enjoy the tranquillity of the premises by strolls around. The Arattu festival of the temple held in the month of March-April is witnessed by thousands of devotees. The temple maidan filled will colourful processions, caparisoned elephants and percussion ensembles are a big crowd puller.


Sivagiri Mutt:

This is the burial vault of the famous Keralite scholar and visionary– Sri Narayana Guru. This spiritual centre houses several public meetings, seminars, spiritual workshops etc preaching the teachings of Seee Narayana Guru who taught the ideology- ‘one caste, one religion and one god for men’. The birth day and the death anniversary of Sree Narayana Guru are celebrated here with great pomp.  This is apart from the annual pilgrimage- ‘Sivagiri Theerthadanam’ held here during the month of December. 


Varkala Tunnel:

There is a 924 ft long tunnel in Varkala, which is a major attraction of this town. This tunnel built during the colonial days to usher the seafaring trades between the neighbouring districts of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram is a perfect construction. 

 

Kappil Lake:

This less-explored, serene and scenic backwater is a popolar picnic spot in Varkala offering boat cruises. The relaxing cruising along the backwaters and Kapil Lake enjoying the beautiful landscape is an unparalleled experience which could be experienced only in Kerala.

 

Anjengo Fort:    

This is a strong bastion of the British in the coastal belt of Kerala against the foreign attacks and invasions. It was built during the 17th century and is now protected as a national heritage monument. The fort and its premises are ideal for a morning or evening walk enjoying the beautiful landscape around.

 

Kasi Yoga Anushtana Kendram:

This is an ideal place for a spiritual retreat. Training is offered here for yoga and meditation.

 

Sarkara Devi Temple:

An ancient temple located near Varkala, the temple is famous for its rustic and peaceful atmosphere.