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Destination Details Varkala

 

Destinations » KERALA » Varkala

Varkala Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where one can find cliffs adjacent to the Arabian sea. The Papanasam Beach at Varkala is a quiet, secluded beach famous for its white, silvery stretch of sand; mineral springs and high red rocks. Its also well known for the strong tides arise at times. Varkala is also an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. The final resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer of Kerala, is near Varkala atop a hill named Sivagiri.
   
 

How to reach

 
  By Air

By Air

  The closest airport for Varkala is that of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. This airport is only about 55 Kms away from Varkala  
  By Rail

By Rail

 
  For trains from outside the state of Kerala, reaching Trivandrum ( Thiruvananthapuram) is the best and fastest way. Nearly all trains heading north or south in Kerala will stop at Varkala.  
  By Road

By Road

 
  It is located 50 kilometres (approx. 32 miles) north of Thiruvananthapuram and 37 kms from Kollam. It can be eassily accessable by road form Alleppey also  
     
 

Places to Visit

 
  Janardanaswamy Temple  
  Varkala is famous for its 3,500 year old Janardanaswamy temple, which is dedicated to lord Vishnu and built by the Pandyan King. Its is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The 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 temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties Although non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the inner sanctum of the temple, they are able to walk around the temple and the huge banyan tree  
     
  Anjengo Fort  
  Near to varkala is the site of the Dutch East India Company’s main garrison, Anjengo Fort. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the fort protected their powerful position in the state. Anjengo stands for Anju Thengu which means, ‘five coconut trees’ in Malayalam. Presently there is a lighthouse, situated very close to the fort.  
     
     
 
 
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