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Janardhana Swami Temple, Varkala

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Located on a tabletop-shaped hill, Janardhana Swami Temple represents a jewel of Keralan architecture. Embark on the moderately difficult climb up the stairs to the top of the hill, where you'll see the richly colored gate to the temple. Admire the two idols that guard the gate and proceed into the beautifully built and decorated site, where you'll find another idol of Sri in the main shrine. Take a break after the hike by the temple’s pond and well, which brims with clear water. You can’t take photographs inside the temple, but you can take plenty of great snaps from the outside. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Varkala holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Janardhana Swami Temple and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It was a divine experience seeing this 2000 year old temple. looks like it was in the sea a few centuries ago. A beautiful piece of our ancient heritage and a must visit if you are a hindu.  more »
  • This might not be the biggest temples in India, but it has an old worldly charm. The inside of the temple is peaceful and the temple is still following traditions related to dressing/attire. The main ...  more »
  • Said to be over 2000 year old. Some neat stone carvings inside the shrine. Photography is prohibited inside the shrine. They have short ceremonies all throughout the day and one should plan to see it....  more »
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  • Beatiful krishna nija rupa darsama as janardhana swami
  • Idol got from papanasam beach, dasavadaram as muzhukkappu, balitharpanam are major attractions
  • One of the Abhimana sthalangal of Mahavishnu. Presiding Lord is Janardhana swami. Many other dieties are found in the temples. Forigners and non Hindus are allowed insive this Government/Travacore Devasom Board controlled temple. Araat is the main festival held in around April where the lord is taken on procession on elephant.The temple pond has medicinal values. There is a natural freshwater source for drinking , bath and wash opening into the pond . This spring acts as a constant water source for the pond as well as keeping the water clean by its regular uninterupted water flow. Varkala has a excellent beach called Papanasam beach which is considered very holy and Bali Dharpanam day is very auspcious here.The cliff and beach are a fabulos sight attracting tourists from all over the world. Varkala is a big town and Taluq Headquarters with all amenities Hotels , BusTerminal , supermarkets Police Station etc .. The Varkala Railway station connects the international airport at Trivandrum-TRV 50kms away .
  • My experiences of this place were mixed as they do not share my feelinfs of religious tolerance. Only hindus are allowed into this place which is not conversant with my idea of religion. As a place its a beautiful temple on top of a small hill.
  • great place to see, be aware of the opening hours or you land up waiting. evening opening hours aftr 1600 hrs +

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Where to stay in Varkala

An increasingly popular health and beach resort, Varkala offers a range of accommodations to cater to its growing number of visitors. Hotels cluster along the beachfront, ranging from budget to four-star deluxe, while luxurious resorts sit atop the cliff. A variety of inns and bed & breakfasts scattered throughout town cater to the majority of tourists, but you can also rent a cottage or lodgings offering ayurvedic massage treatments. Home-stays with basic amenities found along the beach cater to budget-oriented travelers.
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