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12 Facts About Varkala
Varkala is known for the 2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple, which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi.
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Varkala is an important place as far as geology is concerned as it exposes sedimentary rocks belonging to the Cenozoic age, popularly known in the geological literature as the Warkalli formation.
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Varkala Municipality has 33 wards under it and has 6 standing committees that take care of basic amenities such as water, sewage, roads, taxes, and other such city or local government functions.
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Varkala is an important hub for neighbouring places like Attingal, Kadakkavur, Chirayinkeezhu, Kallambalam, Paravur, and Kilimanoor.
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Varkala is situated along the Trivandrum - Kollam coastal highway.
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Varkala is connected to National Waterway 3 through Varkala Tunnel, which passes through the heart of the city.
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An island called Ponnumthuruthu is close to Varkala and is a tourist attraction.
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Varkala Beach, or Papanasam Beach, is a heaven for sunbathing and swimming.
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The black part of the sand on Varkala Beach contains Thorium-oxide, which is a radioactive substance.
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Sections of Varkala Beach are used by Indians to scatter the ashes of their cremated relatives into the sea.
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Sivagiri Mutt is a famous ashram in Varkala, founded by the philosopher and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.
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