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Address: NH 47 | Near Papnashnam Beach, Varkala, India

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Hindus only temple, but not over strict on this. Smallish village temple but of some importance. Peaceful - unless there is a festival on!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Hindus only temple, but not over strict on this. Smallish village temple but of some importance. Peaceful - unless there is a festival on!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Absolutely gorgeous - a very special visit. Wonderful to see many people practicing the day we visited.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Walk from beach and get away to see a lovely temple. Free to enter although non-Hindus cannot enter temple itself.

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Gorey, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I'm not qualified to lecture about the history but this is a very atmospheric temple to visit. It wasn't too busy with tourists either, which made it feel more normal. Much cooler earlier in the morning. I found it very soothing to watch people so fervent in their worship. However, I often feel uncomfortable watching on. On your right just... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

One of the ancient temples in Kerala, the Janardhana temple is a major pilgrim spot in Varkala. The temple, which has a history of some 2000 years, is located on a steep hill, at the entrance of the beach road. Festival The main festival of the temple Arattu, falls in March/April and it attracts a lot of visitors. Karkidaka vavu... More 

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Hellendoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I love temples. So also this one, I did pay a small fee to make pictures. There are a couple of other small buildings on the place for other 'gods' I also saw a tree in which a lot of toydolls were hanging. Was a bit strange :)

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Joshua Tree, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a very special temple to visit. Especially during evening prayer called arathi.make sure you get a chance to light the candles,many 1000s some night

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We wnet at dusk as the candles were being lit. It was very atmospheric and peaceful. I was fascinated by the banyan tree that was hung with dolls. Recommended.

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A beautiful temple, very serene. Loved our visit, made to feel welcome but expect to pay a small fee to be able to take photos.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I come from a Muslim background but adopted Hindu ways (yoga, meditation) as a youth and am aware of the fact that Hinduism predates Islam by millennia so this site is ancient rather than just historical. The architecture of the Temple induces wonder and awe, as with the great cathedrals of Europe. Well worth a visit but approach it as... More 

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