Sights to See
Located in close proximity to Janardhanaswamy Temple, the Sivagiri Mutt was founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1928). The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days - 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: "one caste, one religion and one god", in a society torn by the taboos of caste system.
A famous tourist attraction in Varkala, this 924 ft long tunnel took almost 14 years to complete. It began in 1867 under the supervision of Travancore Diwan Sir. T Mahadeva Rao and was completed only in 1880, at the time of Diwan Sheshaya Sasthri.
This two thousand year old shrine stands on the cliffs overlooking the Varkala beach. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the shrine is also called Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South).