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

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This 2000 year old temple is must visit when in Varkala. If possible visit it early morning at 5ish or late night, to have a glimpse of the rituals. The presiding deity is a form... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This 2000 year old temple is must visit when in Varkala. If possible visit it early morning at 5ish or late night, to have a glimpse of the rituals. The presiding deity is a form of Lord Vishnu called as Sri Janarthana Swami. The predominantly stone temple is typical of Kerala Hindu temples with oil lamps light all over. Do... More 

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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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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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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