If you are looking for a cheap holiday, then surely this beach will be there in your list. Varkala is the home of the popular Papanasam beach. Paganism beach is one of the lovely and stunning beaches in Kerala, which has rocky cliff ends from where the visitors can watch the awesome views overlooking the Arabian Sea. Comparatively, this beach is less crowded and smaller in stretch than other prominent beaches in Kerala and it is ideal for swimming too. Visitors can play cricket here, volley ball and even it is possible to practice yoga. And if you are lucky, you will get a rare opportunity to sight a naughty dolphin. This beach is renowned for its mineral spring. It is considered to have mineral and curative properties. Many peoples are coming here to take bath in and drink the water from this spring because of the belief that it will wash away all the impurities and the sins they have. The view of sunset in the Varkala beach will be an unforgettable one for everybody.
Janardhana Swami Temple is a 2000 year old temple situated in Varkala. It is one of the ancient temples in Kerala. This temple is a major pilgrim spot in Kerala with Lord Shiva as Prathishta. It is also known as Varkala Temple located close to Papanasam beach, 25 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. This temple is well known for its architectural elegance which includes tiled roof, arched high entrance, circular sanctum Sanctorum surmounted by a conical dome of copper sheets, the wooden Mandapa etc. There are some inscriptions which provide certain hints regarding the renovation of the temple during different periods in the history are available.
The main festival of the temple is Arattu which falls in the month of March or April attracts a lot of visitors. Karkkidaka vavu Bali, also known as Bali Tharpanam is an important sacrificial ritual observed by Hindus in Kerala in memory of their departed ancestors. This temple is one of the important places where this ritual takes place.
Sivagiri is a pilgrimage center in Varkala and the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust. Sivagiri mutt is situated 3 km away from the Janrdhana Temple at the top of the Sivagiri hill. This mutt is founded in 1904 by the great social reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru, who proclaimed the thought “One Caste, One Religion and One God.” The Samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru is located here. Thousands of visitors reach the Mutt each year. Thousands of followers from different corners of Kerala and outside see this mutt as a sacred after the last breath of Guru in 1928; these thousands gather here every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days observed from 30 December to 1 January. The Birthday and Samadhi day of the Guru are also observed in the Mutt with much relevance.
The Golden Island is also known as Ponnumthuruth Island locally. It is located 12 km south of Varkkala and takes about half an hour drive from the town. This island is a perfect gateway for those who seek a lovely air. The main attraction is an old Shiva and Parvathy temple which is very famous at the center of the Island. The amusing ride in the country boat will be much pleasing and unforgettable. On the way back you can see a lot of coir weaving units and can see lots of amazingly finished coir products. The island is a must see for bird watchers and nature lovers as this island is the center of many flora and fauna, including many herbs, eagles, gulls, and many other water birds. An evening view of the island from the ferry will be surely mind-blowing for nature-lovers.
This is the wonderful place where the sea and backwaters can be seen together. Kappil boat club is emerging as a top backwater tourism destination in Kerala. It is definitely a must visit location in Varkkala. Kappil is about 7 km north of Varkala and 55 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. The people traveling in trains and buses through the area can enjoy the scenic beauty of the estuary in between Edava and Kappil. It is spectacular and fascinating. The islets with many coconut trees; commuting and fishing using country boats by people in Kappil and many others will be special for anyone who travels from Trivandrum to Kollam and reverse.
You will be at the height of majesty when you are at the top of an elephant riding through the village. Your elephant will follow the instructions from the mahout and take you to the wonderful sceneries of village. The elephants are all sheltered in a village called Puthenkulam which is about 25 minutes drive from Varkala. We arrange our guest a rare opportunity to experience the safari on an elephant. If you wish to have a thrilling close view of various unknown wild lives, then Elephant Ride is the best option. The slow and steady movement of elephant enables the visitor to travel through and explore many inaccessible densest places and difficult terrains in the forest. During your ride, you can also watch the wild elephants taking bath in the water bodies. If you are a fond of photography, then you can easily capture those fascinating moments. This jungle ride will be definitely an unforgettable experience. Elephants have an incredible role in the festivals and ceremonies in our culture from very older days. When you visit Kerala, you don’t miss the opportunity to have an elephant safari. Totally the ride with you seated on the elephant back will be a unique experience.
The tale of Varkala is incomplete without the great tunnel popularly known as'Varkala Thurappu'. The construction of the 924 ft long tunnel began in 1867 under the supervision of Divan sir. T Mahadeva Rao of Travancore. It was completed in 1880, at the time of Divan Sheshaya Sasthri. The tunnel was extensively used for ferrying of several kind of goods.
Anjuthengu Fort is just 4 Km away from padmasree tourist home. Anjuthengu Fort also known as Anjengo is a place of significance in the history of Kerala which dates back to 1864. An area between five coconut trees, 'Anju' means five and 'Thengu' means coconut tree. The land was given on lease to the English East India Company who engaged mainly in spice and cash crops, built a fort between the five coconut trees. The remains of the fort can still be seen in the scenic seaside spot. The place is inherited by the local fishermen and the trading of the catches happen in the beach from early to mid-morning.
Perumathura Pozhi is just 5 Km away from padmasree tourist home. If you seek a calm and cool place for spending a weekend this is the right Â place to be in.The water is calm. The sky a faint ocher, illuminating the coconut palms on the fringes of the land..The two villages are ideal to laze around on a holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nature has endowed lavishly to the beauty of Perumathura. The golden sand beaches, Muthala pozhi, the backwaters, the traditional way of ladies spinning coir, the coconut groves, coconut trees with multiple trunks, snake boats and 'kettuvallams' are the most important attractions. This is a place free of environmental pollutions. So come to Perumathura, to savor the simple, clean life and the rich scenic beauty with which God has so lavishly endowed this land.