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Varkala
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Varkala, a calm and calm hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It's several places of tourist interests like a stunning beach, a 2000 year elderly Vishnu temple and the ashramam- 'Sivagiri Mutt' a tiny distance from the beach.

At the serene Varkala beach is a calm sea resort rich in mineral water springs.A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Hence the name 'Papanasam beach'. This famous beach location in Kerala is known for its laid back atmosphere and its secluded beaches that are surrounded by high cliffs.

A thousand year elderly shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple, stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach,a short distance away. The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer & Philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928) is also close by. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year in the coursework of the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days - 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology:"one caste, religion & god",in a society torn by the taboos of caste technique.

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