The sivagiri mutt is dedicated to a former social worker , sree narayana guru, in kerala. he fought against the difference in caste among hindus. Sivagiri mutt is a famous pilgrim centre for hindus. Number of pilgrims are visits sivagiri during guru jayanthi(birthday of sree narayana guru) and guru samathi (death day). Sree narayana guru believed in ‘one religion ,one god’. The sivagiri theerthadanam starts on January 2. the mutt is situated at varkala ,about 40 km north of trivandrom.
The janardhana swamy temple is 2000 years old. The temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu. It is believed that the original temple was destroyed by tidal waves the present temple was constructed by pandyan king. The mythology says that , the location for this temple was informed to the king , in his dream. Non hindus are not allowed to enter into the temple. The famous festival here is vavu bali. The main pilgrim season starts form December . thousands of pilgrims are coming every year.
Papanasam beach is located at varkala in trivandrom . it is a holy beach .it is believed that the water springs come out from the cliffs have medicinal qualities. Beautiful paddy fields are occupied on two sides of beach road. The mythology says that the sage narada was threw his valkkalam here., later this place is known as varkala. The major attraction in this beach is mineral springs and rocky cliffs.
Varkala is a small city located in south India, it is about 45 km away from the state capital trivandrom. Varkala is one of the famous pilgrimage centre in kerala. the best known attractions in varkala are papasnanam beach and sree janardhana swamy temple. Famous varkala temple built during 12 th century. The tourist places and beaches are at the cliff top , these are located very near to this temple.
Major tour places around varkala
It is also known as varkala beach. It is an idle spot for watching sunset.
Sree janardhana swamy temple
This temple is a famous hindu pilgrimage in kerala. the temple is dedicated to lord ayyappan.
Sivagiri mutt founded by sree narayanaguru , a social reformer in kerala. the headquarters of sree narayana dharma paripalana sangham located at sivagiri.
Near by tourist attractions : tivandrom, kollam, kochi, kovalam
Tourist season: September to may
Varkala is a small town situated 50 km away from thiruvananathapuram. It is one of the major hindu pilgrimage in kerala. varkala has a beautiful beach , which is facing towards Arabian sea. Another attraction in varkala cliff formation. A famous temple ,janardanaswamy temple is an important landmark in varkala. Tourists reviews relieves that varkala is an amazing tourist destination in kerala. it is rated top among beach tourism. Varkala offers the facilities of elephant ride, ayurveda treatment ,yoga, para gliding etc.
Some attractions in varkala
Varkala beach is excellent place for sun bathing and swimming. From here you can see sunset . papasnanam beach and vettekkada beach is also located near to this.
It is a major tourist highlight in varkala. The tunnel is about 924 ft long . built in 1867 .
Varkala light house is also a tourist destination.
The island have a famous siva parvathi temple , you can reach here by cruise boat.
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