VARKALA


http://wikitravel.org/en/Varkala#b

The place to be in varkala is the northcliff.Sun-sea- sand- food– juice bars and ayurvedic massages all at one point. As you move towards the helipad  and face the sea you will find the north cliff to your right and the south cliff to your left.The Papanasam beach lies directly below in between the two beaches.The most happening place is north cliff which is also nicknamed as “mini goa”. One can enjoy a lovely meal at north cliff at KERELA CAFE.

Varkala beach (also known as papanasam beach) is situated on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram District.  Varkala beach is called Papanasam beach because it is believed that a dip in the water destroys all kind of sin.  Hence, people prefer this shore for their offering of “vavubali” in honour of ancestors and relatives whose souls are in rest.  After the offering of “vavubali”, people visit Sree Janardhana temple and get done ‘Thilakahoma”, a pooja done for the sublimation of the departed souls.  The 2000 years old Sree Janardhana Swami temple and the mineral springs are the main attractions of this place.  Sree Janardhana Swami is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu.  The mineral spring near the beach is considered to have medical and curative properties and the people who visit here, never come back without drinking the holy water from the spring.  Sometimes they like to have a dip in the holy water too.

NAMASTHE IS A GENUINE AYURVEDIC MASSAGE CENTER AT NORTH CLIFF. Before going in for a treatment or  a rejuvenating massage kindly check with the doctor,enquire as to how many years of experience does the masseur have,how long will the treatment be, and also take some local knowledge too.The various kinds of massage information are on the link given below.In my  personal opinion i would recommend:SHIRODHARA,ABHYANGAM and NJAVARAKIZHI  FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS AS A KERELA MASSAGE EXPERIENCE.

http://www.ayurvedaschool.in/Ayurvedic-Panchakarma-Treatment.html

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