Monday, 9 March 2015

Sivagiri Mutt

Positioned in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Indian state, Gods own Country Kerala, Varkala
is one of the famed destinations of South India which magnetizes tourists from across the globe with its spontaneous natural exquisiteness and charm. It is an idyllic place to spend with family and loved ones for rejuvenation and revitalization of mind, body and soul and is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The main thing about this place is its geographical location at the coast of Arabian Sea bounded by cliffs, which makes it a hotspot among tourists. Some of the key places of attractions in Varkala are described below in brief.

Janardana Swamy Temple

Devoted to Janardana (avatar of Lord Vishnu), it is supposed to be 200 years old and is situated nearby Varkala Beach. It is popular for Arattu festival which is celebrated for 10 days in the month of March-April. A big bell bathed up from the ruin of a Dutch merchant vessel is put on display.

Varkala Beach

Also known as Papanasam (meaning redemption from sins) the Hindus of Kerala believe that dipping in the sea will wash their sins away and is locate d at a distance of about 1.8 km from the main town of Varkala. Stretch in about 1 km of golden sands surrounded by emerald areas, it is less crowded and is a perfect spot for swimming and sun bathing. The fresh water spring near the beach is supposed to have some healing properties. It is also famed for its flea market and the view of dusk and dawn both are captivating and awe-inspiring.

Kappil Lake

It is a gorgeous lake located 5 km away from the busy town of Varkala. The union of this lake with Arabian Sea amalgamates with its surrounding of dense coconut groves to offer every visitor with a picturesque view which can be cherished and poised forever. One can also enjoy scenic and soothing vistas of the surrounding by relishing a boat lake managed by Kappil Boat Club.

Anjengo Fort

Constructed between 17th-18th centuries, it was seized by Portuguese, Dutch and lastly by Britishers making it a place of great historical significance related to the colonial regime. It is now being conserved by National Heritage Monuments and houses mortal remains of occupants of the oldest buried grave dating back to 1704.

Sivagiri Mutt

Situated 3 km from Varkala in Sivagiri Hills, it is an ashram founded by Shri Narayana Guru (philosopher and social reformer) in 1904 and after his heavenly abode in 1928, this place houses his Samadhi (mausoleum). It is popular for hosting community shows and cultural festivals. Large number of tourists visits this place 30th December to 1st January when yearly celebration is conducted.

Sarkara Devi Temple

Located at Chirayinkeezhu, it is an old aged temple prominent for the celebration of Kaliyoot festival which is celebrated in the months of March. It has gained significant importance for this festival.

Varkala Tunnel

It is a famed tunnel also known as Varkala Turuthu which was constructed in 1867 by Britishers to serve as an inland waterway. It took 14 years to complete and is 924 feet long. It represents the finest of workman ship of the people of that time.
Beside these places, there are many places in Varkala to captivate you with its fascinating beauty including; Golden Island, Krishnatheeram, Kaduvayil Juma Masjid, Edava Beach, Tiruvambadi Beach etc.

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