Varkala, a new destination in Kerala, is for those who prefer to do absolutely nothing while holidaying. Due to a spillover resulting from the over saturation of Kovalam, foreigners started coming to the town about six years ago. The trend that started as a trickle became a steady flow within two years. Today, there is a constant stream of visitors. However, because of the area’s comparative inaccessibility, a large influx of ‘outsiders’ has not happened here. At the Varkala platform, there is no indication that this town is on many a tourist itinerary.

Place To See :

Papanasam Beach:
Also popular as Varkala Beach, it is internationally renowned and is very popular among the tourists. Offering picture perfect views of the mighty Arabian Sea, this beach is ideal for the water adventures and also to cool off. This beach is indisputably one of the most outstanding places of tourist interest in Varkala.

Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple:
It is one of the most venerated pilgrim centres for the Hindus who visit this temple in vast numbers. This temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and Hanuman and is located on top of a hill that has earned the sobriquet for the region.

Sivagiri Mutt:
This is also one of the important tourist attractions in Varkala and was founded by Sree Narayana Guru, who was a well-known philosopher and social reformer of modern Kerala. This particular Mutt also serves as the headquarters of a religious organization and is thronged by a huge number of religious people each year.

Anjuthengu Fort:
This colossal fort served as the major garrison of the Dutch East India Company and is located in close proximity to the Varkala town. This fort still evokes the commanding status of the East India Company in the state.

Varkala Tunnel:
It is a civil engineering marvel and is long a tunnel also known as ‘Varkala Thorapp’. This particular tunnel
was mainly used for ferrying of goods.

 

Sivagiri Mutt – Sri Narayana Guru Samadhi

Sivagiri

is a pilgrimage centre in Varkala, India where one of its social reformer and sage Sree Narayana Guru’s tomb is located and place where guru was enlightend and got the salvation. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days 30 December to 1 January.

The Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904, is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala. Even decades after the guru breathed his last here in 1928; his samadhi continues to be thronged by thousands of devotees, donned in yellow attire, from different parts of Kerala and outside every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days – 30 December to 1 January.

The Sivagiri Mutt is also the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organization of his disciples and saints, established by the Guru to propagate his concept of ‘One Caste, One Religion, One God’. The Guru Deva Jayanti, the birthday of the Guru, and the samadhi day are celebrated in August and September respectively every year. Colourful processions, debates and seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts, group wedding and rituals mark the celebrations.

 

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