Island in Varkala

Ponnumthuruthu (Golden) Island

About 10km south of Varkala, this island in the middle of a backwater lake is home to the Shiva-Parvati Hindu temple, also known as the Golden Temple. It's closed to non-Hindus but the main reason to venture down he…
Hindu Temple in Varkala

Janardhana Temple

Varkala is a temple town and Janardhana Temple is the main event – its technicolour Hindu spectacle hovers above Beach Rd. It’s closed to non-Hindus, but you may be invited into the temple grounds where there is a h…
Aquarium in Varkala

Varkala Aquarium

Varkala's new aquarium, between Black Beach and Odayam Beach, has large tanks, viewed from a spiralling walkway, that are full of exotic species including piranha, sea snakes, scorpion fish and the local karimeen. A…
Ashram in Varkala

Sivagiri Mutt

Sivagiri Mutt is the headquarters of the Shri Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust, the ashram devoted to Shri Narayana Guru (1855–1928), Kerala’s most prominent guru. This is a popular pilgrimage site and the resident swa…
Beach in Varkala

Kappil Beach

About 9km north of Varkala by road, Kappil Beach is a pretty and, as yet, undeveloped stretch of sand. It's also the start of a mini network of backwaters.
Hindu Temple in Varkala

Durga Temple

Hindu temple near the northern cliffs.