Kerala Destination-Complete information on the tourist destination of Varkala in Kerala India, beach of Varkala and tourist attractions of Varkala.
Varkala - The Place:
Situated 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram Varkala, is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Kerala. Today, visitors in hundreds and thousands keep thronging the place from all over the world throughout the year.
Varkala - What Makes it Tick:
Relatively lesser traveled than the other destinations in Kerala, Varkala offers its visitors some cherished moments of peace and tranquility, far from the maddening crowds. The place is known for its beaches with high cliffs and mineral springs. Also, the site is popular as a Hindu pilgrimage spot as well. The various tourist attractions in Varkala are discussed below:
Varkala beach is the best site along the coast of Kerala for viewing the glory of sunset. Lofty cliffs that tower tall border the beach. Highly odd land formations and the view from the top are greatly enchanting for the visitors. Glistening white sands, clear blue skies reflecting on the clear waters, the red soil of the hilltop along with green and yellow tinted paddy fields, and lush green tall coconut trees project a picture of awesome beauty and splendor. You will actually have to either cross over rocks during high tide or descend down the cliff. A path has been created due to constant use. However, the state government has plans for the development for its inland waterways.
Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple:
Varkala is also considered as a leading pilgrim centre in Kerala. The 800-year old Janardhana Temple devoted to Ayyappan and Hanuman, is located on top to the hill. It is actually the ultimate resting-place of the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner chamber but can move around the temple.
The Sivagiri Mutt - a sacred site was discovered by Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928) the famous philosopher and social reformer of modern Kerala. The Sivagiri Mutt is also the head office of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangham, a religious organization set up by the Guru to spread his concept of ‘One Caste, One Religion, and One God’. The ‘Sivagiri Pilgrimage’ is generally performed between 30th December and 1st January each year.
Anjengo Fort was the main defense force of the Dutch East India Company and it is located very close to town of Varkala. This fort still brings to the mind the powerful dominance of the East India Company in the state.
Varkala also has extended a tunnel, the construction of which started way back in 1867 and completed 1880. Commonly known as ‘Varkala Turuthu’, this tunnel was built under the management of Divan Sheshaya Sasthri and was hugely used for ferrying of goods.
Nature Cure Center:
Located close to the Varkala beach, this is a wonderful tourist destination for relaxation and rejuvenation of the body and the soul.
Varkala - Time to take that Trip:
It is best to visit the town of Varkala around September to May.
How to Reach Varkala:
Air: The nearest International Airport is Trivandrum (55 km).
Rail: Alleppy and Quilon are the nearest rail routes to Varkala.
Road: Varkala is 54 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km from Kollam.
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