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Things to see and do in Varkala
Varkala is a calm and quiet village with a beautiful beach, a 2000 year old Vishnu temple and the ashram 'Sivagiri Mutt' a short distance from the beach.
Villa Jacaranda is just a short walk away from the beach. Enjoy the elegant environs of the villa, admire the many photographs that decorate its walls, and sip a cup of tea while you take in the view of the well tended tropical garden.
A dip in the holy waters at Varkala beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins, hence the name 'Papanasam ("sin-cleansing beach").
A two thousand year old shrine, the Janardhanaswamy Temple, stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach. The Sivagiri Mutt was founded by the great Hindu reformer and Philosopher Sree Narayana Guru. The Guru preached the ideology of One Religion, One God - in a society which is divided by caste and religion.
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