Places I visited In Varkala -
- Varkala Beach
- Varkala Aquarium
- Sivagiri Mutt
When I was planning to go to Kerala as most of us travelers do I did some research about the places to see and tourist spots etc. The one among them was the Varkala Beach and it was near to my hometown too. So, I thought to check it out.
I wanted to explore new places and I wanted to know why it was so famous among tourists so here my journey begins. We took a ride for Varkala beach which was around one and a half hour distance from Pandalam district.
The journey was pleasant as it was a rainy day. We reached Varkala and we went to a restaurant near the beach called Kerala Coffee House as we were hungry and it was raining so how can I miss having a tea. So we had our meal and some tea which wasn't that good though. Disappointed! But the food was delicious. So yeah, all in all, it was okay kinda restaurant. Then we head to the beach.
The first thing I noticed when we reached the beach was the waves it was monsoon season in Kerala. The waves were strong and harsh. Yet it looked really beautiful.
As we came closer to the beach area I saw some strange things. It was sand collected in different places in grave-like structure and some holy rituals done near it. At first, I couldn't understand a thing. Why there is a grave at this famous tourist spot. How it's still so famous around people. I didn't take any pictures of it as I thought that wouldn't look appropriate.
I thought of asking my mum about it as she is much known about the rituals. Then she told me that it is not a graveyard it is just sand collected and molded in the shape of a grave by the family members of the people who died.
Then I came to know that actually this beach is also called Papanasham Beach. The word Papanasham means to wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasham Beach washes away all the sins in one's life. So the locals come here to flow away from the ashes of the dead people so that the dead person's soul can attain salvation.
There's is a famous Janardana Swami Temple near the beach where the people first worship and then come to the beach to flow away from the ashes into the sea. That was interesting to know. So now I knew why it was famous around locals. But still, the question of it being a famous tourist place remains.
So then I came to know another interesting fact that Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. This is also the reason why it is so famous. There is a numerous number of waterspouts on the sides of this cliff which flows fresh rainwater. The locals consider it as holy water and they drink it and take it home too.
After all the spirituality we finally did what we really came for "Enjoying the beach". As it was a rainy day the water level of the sea was high and we were not allowed to go inside the sea for swimming.
Varkala beach is also known for adventure and leisure activities such as boat riding, parasailing, jetting and horse-riding but we couldn't enjoy any of it because of bad weather.
Still it was fun to take a long walk on the beach and enjoying the beauty of this mesmerizing beach. After a while the rain stopped and we thought to go near the water and enjoy the waves touching our feet.
After enjoying the beach for a while we head to the cliff as it holds the beautiful view of the beach and of course "Perfect Picture Location" 😛 On the cliff you can find many luxury hotels and restaurants ,spas and yoga center too.
And the view from the cliff is just breathtaking. They have put benches there to sit and enjoy this beautiful view.
On the cliff and around the beach area we saw the board of Varkala aquarium which was around 2.7 km from Varkala beach so we thought to check that out too. This aquarium had a variety of sea creatures fishes, turtles, crabs etc. It was a fun experience in knowing different species of fishes. And from here also you can get a beautiful view of the sea it was almost sunset time when we reach here.
The last destination to check out was the Sivagiri Mutt which is a pilgrimage centre in Varkala where the tomb of the social reformer Sri Narayana Guru is situated. The town is also the place where Guru believed himself to have become enlightened. It was located about 4.6 km from the beach.
This place was so peaceful. I could hear the birds chirping and wind blowing with everything else being so silent.
This whole area is covered with trees and nature goodness. People irrespective of their cast can visit the mutt. Sivagiri gives an insight to the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru and if one wants to stay there can book the guest house, also they offer breakfast and lunch there at low prices.
It is situated on Sivagiri hill . So you need to climb few steps to reach the temple of Sri Narayana Guru. While climbing the step you can read quotes and concepts of Sri Narayana Guru written on boards and hanged over the trees.
This was the last stop of our journey and I know more about Varkala and why it is a famous tourist attraction now so did you guys if you read it :p Varkala is a good place to check out when you are in Kerala not many hype places still a decent amount of tourist attractions I would say.
What To Expect At -
- Varkala Beach - Long Walks, adventure and leisure activities such as boat riding, parasailing, jetting and horse-riding.
- Varkala Aquarium - Variety of sea creatures and different species of fishes. Best to go with family and especially children's. Cost- Rs. 30 per person and Rs.10 for mobile photography or cameras.
- Sivagiri Mutt- Hilly area with peaceful and calm ambiance. Sri Narayana Guru temple and mutt.
Hope you enjoyed reading the article. Please leave a comment if you like it or have any queries related to traveling to Varkala. I would love to help 🙂