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 History

The history of Varkala can be traced from the 3, 500 years old Vaishnavite shrine, which is also referred to as the “Dakshin Kashi”. The topography of Varkala also points to the fact that it is an old geographical region and is marked by tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs. These cliffs are quite unique and offer a stark contrast to the otherwise flat land of Varkala. Among the highlights of this town, the Varkala Tunnel built by the British in the year 1880.
Another historical personality who shaped Varkala’s history is Sree Narayana Guru, who was a saint, social reformer, philosopher and leader of Ezhava community and established Sivagiri mutt as a major pilgrim centre. This famous reformer and philosopher breathed his last at this place in the year 1928. This enthralling town presently is a leading tourist destination and is a favored retreat by the seclusion and peace seekers.


 People

The people of Varkala are generally employed in the service sector. A large number of them work outside India, mainly in the Middle East, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, the USA and the United Kingdom.


 Culture

Despite invasion by many dynasties, the Keralite culture is intact which can be observed in the temples of Kerala. Same is the case in Varkala. Similarly in preserving their traditional art, the Keralites were firm. Varkala has centers for Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest living tradition of martial training and physical culture in the world, which also strengthens mind through physical exercises.


 Festival

The main festivals, Onam and Vishu are celebrated in a grandeur manner. The Kathakali, Ottanthullal and music concerts are performed in the surroundings of the old Devaswom building during December and January.Read more >> 


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