Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach. It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Trivandrum & Proceed To Varkala (44 Kms - Approx 1.5 Hrs)
Welcome at Trivandrum Airport & proceed to Varkala. A calm and quiet hamlet, on the outskirts of Trivandrum. Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. On arrival check in at hotel & later out for sightseeing. Varkala has several places of interests like a Beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple & the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt. The Papanasam beach (also called as Varkala beach) is renowned for the natural spring. It is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Secondly visit the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India. The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties. The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer Sree Narayana Guru & is also close by. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days. Overnight stay at Hotel.
The tour starts by covering several places of interests like a Beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple & the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt. The Papanasam beach (also called ...
Day 2: Sightseeing Of Trivandrum & Return To Varkala (42 Kms - Approx 1 Hr)
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Trivandrum, city of the Holy Ananth which is named after Ananthan, the cosmic serpent with a thousand heads. Visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple (260 yrs old) - the most religious icon of the city built by the Travancore Royal family, here the deity Padmanabha reclines on the sacred serpent & is made from over 10,000 salagramam (sacred stones) that were transported from Nepal by elephant. Secondly visit Puthe Maliga Palace Museum - a 200 year old palace which has carved wooden ceilings, marble sculptures & imported Belgian glass. Inside you’ll find Kathakali images, an armoury, portraits of maharajas, ornate thrones & other artefacts. Later proceed to Veli Tourist Village, a beautiful & popular picnic spot well-known because of its serenity, the Lake that meets the Arabian Sea. The main attraction of Veli Tourist Village is a floating bridge that has been erected at this place. The place also has a floating restaurant that gives you an amazing array of food products which might match your taste buds. By evening proceed to Shankumugham Beach, the beach is well known for its breathtaking sunset view which is such memorable moment whose beauty will refresh your mind. The beautiful sculpture of a mermaid is a major attraction here, this giant statue is more than 35m long. Later return to Varkala. Overnight stay at Hotel.