is a beautiful beach that has a more than 2000 years old shrine of Lord
Vishnu . This beach of Kerala is rich in mineral water springs that are
known for their medicinal value.The beach at Varkala grew into prominence
and caught the attention of tourists only recently. A long sandy beach,
towering red laterite cliffs and soothing mineral springs put Varkala
in the not-to-miss category. A dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach
is believed to purge the body and the soul of all the sins hence the name
'Papanashini' for this shore.
Papanasham beach at Varkala is quiet, clean and secluded unlike the Kovalam
international beach. Papanasam is a perfect place to watch the sunset
or relax gazing at the horizon.The Janardhana Temple is located close
to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters which
wash away sins, and is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre. The
area is covered with coconut palms and small restaurants that mushroom
during the season. The 500-metre stretch is right below a cliff. At the
break of dawn following the new moon in the Malayalam month of 'Karkidakam',
thousands offer 'Vavu Bali', a ritual believed to help the souls of ancestors
rest in peace.
attractions around Varkala :
This Mutt is a religious site, founded by Sree Narayana Guru (1856 –
1952), the famous philosopher and social reformer of modern Kerala.Sivagiri
is the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust.This mutt
is situated at an elavation, 3 km. east of the Janardhana temple. The
ashram is devoted to Sree Narayana Guru (1855-1928), whose followers are
the Ezhavas. Guru preached the doctrine, 'one caste, one religion, one
god for humanity' and attracted a large following among the lower castes.
Thousands of followers visit the Mutt each year. Every afternoon, ‘sadhya’
is served at the mutt for Rs 10. The Sivagiri Gurusamathi, Sivagiri Sarada
Mutt & Sivagiri Vaidika Madom are the main buidings.
Beach (Varkala Beach): 16
kms away this Internationally renowned Beach Resort has been a favourite
haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent
crescent beaches. The Southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is
the most popular Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Janardhana Swamy Temple:
Sree Janardhana Swamy temple is a pilgrim centre for Hindus who visit
this temple in huge numbers. This temple is built on a hill top that has
become a sobriquet for the region. Non-Hindus, however, are not permitted
entrance in the inner sanctum but can hang around in the temple.
Fort: Anjengo Fort is the
main garrison of the Dutch East India Company and is situated very close
to Varkala town. This fort still reminisces the powerful position the
East India Company in the state.
also has long a tunnel, the construction of which began in 1867 and completed
1880. Popularly known as 'Varkala Turuthu', this tunnel was built under
the supervision of Divan Sheshaya Sasthri and was extensively used for
ferrying of goods.
Cure Center : Situated near the Varkala beach, this is
an excellent destination for relaxation and rejuvenation of the body.