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SREE JanardhanA SWAMY Temple and Papanasam beach


Distance from Vishram Village :  4 kms

Mode of Transport : Taxi or Rickshaw

Duration of the excursion: Departure 10:30 Am, Returns around 4 Pm

Brief of  excursion  Janardhana Temple: History and culture

 Papanasam Beach:  Place of pilgrimage, natural resources and leisure activities

Season:  Throughout the year

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Janardhana Temple


The Temple is 2000 years old; it is dedicated to the God Vishnu. The history tells that the original temple was gobbled up and destroyed by torrents. Years later, king Pandyan came on the site to make redemption for Brahma for a sin which he had committed. The Lord forgave king and in exchange would have asked to king to build another temple on the same site. The history says that in a dream he was informed about the place of the original idol which was profoundly lying in sea. By means of the fishermen, king resumed the idol in the temple. The legend also says that Brahma appeared and finished the rites. The non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the internal sanctuary of the temple, but it is authorized to walk around the sanctuary and the enormous banyan tree. The festivals of the temple are colored with shrill parades.




Papanasam Beach is a beach of Varkala  Arabia Sea. ‘Papanasam’ means: wash away the sins. It is believed that immersion in waters of the Papanasam beach washes all the sins.


There is a red cliff perched along the coast of Varkala. It is the only place in the southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.


These cliffs form a geologic characteristic on the coast of otherwise flat Kerala; it is known among the geologists that the forming of Varkala is a monument geologic such as declared by the geologic Committee of India.


A mineral spring springs from the cliff in the south extremity of the beach it is famous for its medicinal properties.

Paradise for sun bath and swimming, beach of Papanasam is known at the same moment for the leisure activities and for the religious reasons


Varkala cliff and beaches


Distance from Vishram Village:  6 km

Mode of Transport: Taxi or rickshaw

Duration of the excursion: Departure 09.30 back around 4 Pm

Brief of the excursion: Relaxation, leisure activities and shopping

Season: All seasons

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The setting of this Beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top. The outside of restaurants are a pleasant rest place in a day of walk and bathing.

The picturesque beaches of Varkala are a peaceful shopping place. The aesthetics of these landscapes of red sand and cliffs is rather striking.



One of the beaches of the North Cliff is made by black sand, this color is due in it volcanic rock which composes it.



During the monsoon the sea floods the beach. Then it is possible to walk by the  paved path which goes along the cliff, lined with coconut palms and which leads to the beach of Kappil where we can appreciate the sandy beach between sea and lake.


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 eco tourism around vishram village

MODE OF TRANSPORT-TAXI OR RICKSHAW


Auto-rickshaw is a hybrid between car and motorcycle. It is possess three wheels and a cockpit. It contains a seat in the front for driver, rear three for the passengers.


Golden Island and Sivagiri temple

Distance from Vishram Village:  5 km

Mode of Transport: Taxi

Duration of the excursion: Departure 10:30 Am, Returns around 4 Pm

Brief of excursion:  Golden Island: natural Landscapes and history

 Sivagiri temple: History and culture

Season:  Throughout  the year

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Golden Island is a natural reservoir and has a temple in it. Country boats take you through quaint tree-lined canal to the backwaters to reach


 The very scenic and placid location. Island is so quiet and divine; people believe that it has remained untouched by mankind for ages. The virgin beauty of the island has maintained a wonderful ecosystem which abodes immense varieties of flora and fauna. The calm and beauty of the place is pleasantly broken by the melodious sounds of nature like the rustling of palms, twittering of birds or gurgling of water.

A myth attached to this temple as well as the island, says that this was supposed to be the island where the Travancore's royal ladies used to hide their jewels and ornaments. The   Shiva Parvathi temple protected their precious belongings from all evils. Henceforth, the place was given the name of Golden Island.

Meditate, take photos, absorbed the life on backwaters, is a serene experience.



The Sivagiri Temple is situated at 3km on the hilltop of Varkala. It is dedicated to the Guru Sree Narayana. His philosophy of 'one caste, one religion and one God ' attracted large amount of followers among the lower castes. His followers are called the Ezhavas. He even installed idols in temples to prove that the authority to perform religious rites does not exclusively belong to the Hindus, specially the Brahmins. The Sivagiri atop Varkala hill has now become a place of pilgrimage.

The birthday of the Guru, and the Samadhi day are celebrated respectively in August and September every year. On these occasions, colorful processions, seminars, public meetings, cultural shows, community feasts and special rituals are observed with much fervor.Thousands of devotees make the pilgrimage to sivagiri  last week of December  every year.

                                                     


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