the papanasham beach at varkala is a nature lovers delight. above the beach are tall red laterite cliffs and just next to the sea are freshwater mineral springs !!!!!!i have been to kovalam beach and was absolutely devastated by what i saw. the beach shows how uncontrolled tourism can play havoc with the beach. also the shops and shanties of rowdy...more
Apart from the beach, about the only thing worth visiting in the immediate area is this temple which is about 300m inland from the beach. It is a 900 year old temple, which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The main deity is Sri Janarthana Swami who is found in a standing...more
The beach is what makes Varkala a haven for tourists and it's the only place in southern Kerala where you can find cliffs adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The cliffs are a unique geological feature in the otherwise flat Keralan coast, and are known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological survey of...more
Temple Rd W, South Cliff, Varkala, Kerala, 695141, India
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There are many restaurants that stretch along the cliff top. They're all pretty much the same, offering the same kind of tourist food which will cost more than in non-tourist areas. I remember eating breakfast at Green Palace and I had swordfish at Sunrise. Beer is available but you have to keep it out of sight in case local police come by.
the cliffs at varkala offer unmatched views of the arabian sea.
at sunset a myriad of colors descends and paints the sky from a flaming yellow to blood red orange as the sun sets.
try to get to the cliiftop from the beach along the stairway or alternative route.this will make you observe the freshwater springs better.
remember to take a flashlight or torch along as it can get really dark after sunset.
settle down into any restaurant shack on the cliff and let down your hair.have a cooooool drink and enjoy the trade winds.
small boats and fishing vessels cutting wakes into the evening sea
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the seven storied sri padmanabhaawami temple is a prominent pilgrimage landmark of thiruvananthapuram(Tiru-Ananta-puram )Tiru-Ananta-puram, which means the place of the sacred serpent, Ananta or Adisesha on which the lord of the temple Padmanabha reclines.thiruvananthapuram was formerly known as trivandrumit was reconstructed in 1729 A.D. by the...more
paying obeisance at sivagiri . the picture shows us praying in front of the statue of sree narayana guru the indian system of paying respects to god or to greet each other is known as namaste. if you have flown air india or indian airlines anytime the cabin crew greets yoy with a namaste."Namas " = to bow in reverential salutation"Te" = to you....more
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set on the picturesque hill of sivagiri is the sharada temple and sivagiri mutt founded by social reformer sri narayana guru(1856-1928). the mutt also has his "samadhi" or the final resting place.the mutt also houses the headquarters of 'Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham'The Mutt is also the headquarter of the 'Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham', a religious...more
You'll find plenty of internet cafes along the cliff top plus some money exchangers which all compete with each other and so rates are very good, in fact I think I got the best ever rate of exchange during my 4 month trip in India, here. I think there was also an ATM but I can't remember for sure.more
before embarking on my research on kerala as i always do before visiting any destination the question uppermost in my mind was what am i really looking for?well i was looking forward to a bright suuny destination with seaside and ocean fronts. but i was also looking forward to some tranquility peace and relaxation i closed my eyes and i realised...more