Varkala beach is
bordered by high cliffs.
If you want
a cheap holiday, Varkala is the place to be. In the off season, the
is mellow and relaxed and hotel rates drop to a couple of hundred
In November, the season starts and prices soar. The season continues
March-April. During the monsoon, Varkala beach disappears almost
to gradually emerge during the tourist season.
is friendly and it is organised some elephant rides, backwater trips
other such activities. It also arranges overnight trips. Surfing boards
are available for hire at the beach.
beach and the tourist area are located at the cliff top, just 10
walk from the Janardhana Temple.
Janardhana Temple is said to be 2000
old and has a Vishnu shrine. It is said that the original temple was
and destroyed by tidal waves. Years later, a Pandyan king came to the
to do penance to Brahma for a sin he committed. The Lord pardoned the
and in return, asked the king to build another temple at the same site.
The story goes that in a dream he was informed of the location of the
idol that was lying deep in the sea. With help of fishermen, the king
the idol and reinstalled it in the temple.The legend also says that
appeared and completed the rituals. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter
the inner sanctum of the temple, but are allowed to walk around the
and stroll around the huge banyan tree. The festivals of the temple are
colorful with noisy parades. Another Hindu ritual to be watched is the
'vavu bali' performed on the beach on the new moon day of the month of
Karkkidakam' (Malayalam Era)
is the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust. The
is devoted to Sree Narayana Guru (1855-1928), whose followers, the
form a large group of Kerala population. Guru preached the doctrine,
caste, one religion, one god for humanity' and attracted a large
among the lower castes. Thousands of followers visit the Mutt each
Every afternoon,'sadhya' is served.
Ayurveda, & Massage
are numerous centres for yoga and massage. One-week to one-month
are available. You can also attend meditation classes taken by the
of the Sivagiri Mutt. There is also a nature cure centre near the beach.
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