Location : 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city and 37 km south
of Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram district, south Kerala.
Attractions: Beach, mineral watersprings, the Sivagiri Mutt and
year old Vishnu temple.
Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts
of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist
interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000 year old Vishnu temple
and the ashramam - 'Sivagiri Mutt' a little distance from the beach.
At the serene Varkala beach is a quiet sea resort rich in mineral
water springs. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed
to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Hence
the name 'Papanasam beach' .
A two thousand year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple, stands
on the cliffs overlooking the beach, a short distance away.
The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer and Philosopher
Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928) is also close by. The Samadhi (the
final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees
every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days - 30th December to
1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: "
one caste, one religion and one god", in a society torn by
the taboos of caste system.
Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for the tourist
and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic
Nearest railway station: Varkala.
Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram international airport, nearly
57 km away.