Experience the hippy life by the Varkala cliff and beaches while pursuing your Yoga passion at our chilled out hostel which is a 15 minutes walk from the beach
Varkala, also referred to as the 'hippy town/beach'of Kerala, has its roots deeply entrenched in Ayurveda and Yoga. Depending on seasonality, Varkala is a paradise for travelers who are into surfing. If not anything, one can always enjoy a dip in the sea or get lost in books and thoughts by the cliff/beach and also catch mesmerizing sunsets.
Varkala, situated at a 40 kilometres drive north-west of Trivandrum, is the only place in Southern India where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The formidable cliff ridge exposing the sedimentary rock formation consists of clayey sandstone, white and variegated clay and carbonaceous clay containing thin lenses of lignite. This unique geological phenomenon is famously known as Warkalli formation. Varkala ridge has been declared as a geo-heritage site by the Geological Survey of India and the Ministry of Mines
Legend has it that a group of pilgrims approached the sage Narada asking for help to atone their sins. Narada flung his valkalam (a loin cloth made from the bark of a tree) which happened to land at a place near the sea shore, thus naming it ‘Varkala’. The pilgrims were asked to pray to redeem themselves at the site thus giving birth to the Papanasam (translates to redemption from sins) beach and its age old custom of dipping in its holy waters for atonement.
It is also believed that a Pandyan King in his dreams was asked by Lord Brahma to build a temple at this site to redeem him of his sins, which was the Janardhan Swami Temple. Owing to this temple, Varkala is also known as the Southern Benares (Varanasi) or Tenkasi. The temple, an important Vaishnavite shrine, has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck which happened near Varkala without any casualties and donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel.
Varkala also holds place in ancient history, particularly during the Sangha Dynasty rule where it became an important trading port. It has found mention in many traditional and classical texts. Varkala goes by the name of ‘Balita’ in ancient Greek manuscript called ‘The Periplus’ by Ptolemy.
Varkala flourished as an important port for European trade and reached its peak with the coming of British. Before 1947, Varkala was actually part of the state of Travancore. Varkala was also referred to as Udaya Marthandapuram to commemorate the contributions of the then Travancore King Udaya Marthanda Varma. In 1956, upon the formation of the state of Kerala, Varkala became its part.
The famous Sivagiri mutt is one of the major landmarks in Varkala. Established by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, it is believed that Varkala is where Guru believed himself to be enlightened. He did the prathishta of goddess Sree Sarada at Sivagiri mutt which is octagonal in shape in 1912. According to Indian mythology, goddess Saraswathy (Sarada) is the prime goddess of knowledge, however Kerala has very few temples with Saraswathy consecration. The three day annual Sivagiri Pilgrimage, which happens from 30th December to 1st January attracts thousands of devotees every year.
Building a community of travelers and story-tellers through social and experiential accommodation. We live by three principles in life - TRIP, TRUST and TRIBE. We are looking for certified Yoga teachers who are passionate about pursuing their passion teaching the same to fellow travelers.
We will be providing one bunk bed/mattress. We have an open kitchen in our hostel along with all other basic necessities including WiFi, laundry and 24x7 hot water.
We will be providing Indian breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared at the hostel for the hosts (including us) and the volunteers. However, we do have an open kitchen in-case they want to cook/prepare something on their own.
You can take a stroll by the Varkala cliff facing the beach where you can catch beautiful sunsets while having delicious food by a cafe facing the beach. Kaapil beach has an unique topography with beach on one side and backwaters on the other side. Couple of relatively quieter beaches are Black beach and Odayam beach.
One can always choose between a variety of options including but not limited to Ayurvedic treatments, surfing, catching sunsets and simply lazing around by the beach. For culture lovers, Varkala has a 2000 year old temple by the beach (Janardhana Swamy temple) and Sivagiri Mutt.
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