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Varkala: The tranquil hamlet for a peace lover
Varkala is located at a distance of 51 kilometers north of Thiruvananthapuram city. A paradise for peace lovers, Varkala is an amazingly beautiful holiday destination, if you want to spend some time away from the hustle bustle of the city life.  There are many interesting attractions in Varkala which will make your holiday a memorable and fun filled experience. Here you can enjoy the relaxing beach experience, dip into the history and culture or get the mesmerizing memories of the cultural richness.

The history about the city of Varkala: A holiday in Varkala offers you an insight to the amazing history. When in Varkala do visit the shrine in the Janardhanaswamy Temple which is an ancient one. According to the locals it is 2000 years old. There is Sivagiri Mutt, which was founded in 1856 – 1928 by Sree Narayana Guru who was a philosopher and a well-known Indian reformer. "One caste, one religion and one god", was the philosophy of the guru who was against the caste system.
There is an ancient Varkala temple in the town and some myths are there related to the construction of this temple. It is said that a Pandyan king constructed this temple as Lord Brahma asked him to do so in order to get rid of the sins. There is another story and it states that Rishi Narada asked some people to construct this temple if they wanted redemption from their sins.

Things to do in Varkala and places must for visit:
Varkala is a small town where you can enjoy the rustic charm and there are many temples and beautiful beaches here. Scroll down to check out must not miss attractions of Varkala.

Janardana Swami Temple: It is said that the Janardana Swami Temple of Varkala is more than 900 years old. The association of this temple with the Vaishnavaite sect of the Hindus makes it a place of great importance for pilgrims who make a visit here every year.  This temple is also popularly known as “Dakshin Kashi” or "Benares of the South," and it is located very close to the famous Papnasam beach. It is said that having a bath in this beach can wash off the sins.

Varkala’s Tunnel: Another attraction which is a must not miss here is the Varkala Tunnel. This tunnel is a part of the Trivandrum-Shoranur Canalsince the 18th and 19th centuries.

Kappil Lake:  This Lake is located at a distance of 4 Km from the city of Varkala. You can enjoy the backwater boating in this lake. The beach of the lake is covered with coconut tree. The lake meets the Arabian Sea and this point is worth watching to enjoy the scenic view of the nature.

Anjengo Fort: Must for visit for those tourists who prefer to walk down for the urge to explore the beauty of the place. Muthalapuzhi Lake is located just beside this Fort

Sarkara Devi Temple: One of the oldest temple of Varkala city is Sarkara Devi Temple, located at Chirayinkeezhu region. Kaliyoot festival is celebrated in large scale in this temple during the month of March every year.

Kathakali performances in Varkala: we will recommend you to check out the Kathakali performance which takes place in the Varkala Cultural Centre. During the tourist season, these traditional dance performances take place every day from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. You can also watch ancient Indian martial, Kalaripayattu performances at the Sudarsana Kalari Sanghom.

Varkala Beach: Spending some time in the Varkala beach will refresh your mind and it will surely give you a relaxing experience. The Varkala beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and clear water. It is surely a fun filled place where you can enjoy some time with your loved ones.

Revamp your soul and mind with Yoga in Varkala:
If you are in search of peace and harmony, Varkala is just the best place plus taking some yoga lessons here will add great experience to your holiday. There are many yoga gurus in Varkala and you can take some lessons here. We will recommend you to check out the yoga ashrams here for a great experience.

Items to Shop in Varkala:
Varkala is not dream destination for shopaholics, but it certainly offers some amazing handicrafts and souvenirs. From the local markets of Varkala you can traditional handicrafts products, goods made up of coir and the artifacts made up from coconut shells. 
Dont miss the chance to explore this beautiful city of Kerala.


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