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 a 2000
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
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 massage
Nearest railway station: Varkala.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram international airport, nearly 57 km away.