Varkala going students can have their industrial visit at Thiruvananthapuram; Thiruvananthapuram offers industrial attraction to almost all streams of professional education ranging from Architect to Space science, There are around 20 government owned and 60 privately owned medium and large-scale industrial units in Thiruvanathapuram. The major employers are the KSIDC, Milma, Keltron, Travancore Titanium and Hindustan Latex, all government owned. The city contributes 80% of software exports from the state, and was selected as the fourth hottest IT destination in India. Other industrial attraction in Thiruvananthapuram includes Oracle Corporation, Infosys, ITC Infotech, TCS, HCL, Visual Graphics Computing Services, Ernst & Young Global Shared Services Center, Allianz Cornhill, RR Donnelley, UST Global, Tata Elxsi, IBS Software Services, NeST Software, SunTec Business Solutions at Technopark and BrahMos Aerospace, Chithranjali Film Complex, Kinfra Apparel Park, Kinfra Film and Video Park, Kerala Hitech Industries (KELTECH), Kerala Automobiles Limited and the English Indian Clays Ltd in and around the city.
A famous beach destination in southern Kerala, Varkala comes lauded as a sacred pilgrimage center too. Like the white cliffs of Dover, the pink cliffs at the Varkala Beach offer sensational view of the Arabian Sea. Mineral water springs originating from the cliff is believed to possess medicinal properties.
A dip in the holy waters at the beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name ‘Papanasam beach’. The place is home to 2000-year-old Vishnu Shrine of Janardhanaswamy. The Sivagiri Mutt established by the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru is another start attraction of the place.
Sights to See
Located in close proximity to Janardhanaswamy Temple, the Sivagiri Mutt was founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 – 1928). The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days – 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: “one caste, one religion and one god”, in a society torn by the taboos of caste system.
A famous tourist attraction in Varkala, this 924 ft long tunnel took almost 14 years to complete. It began in 1867 under the supervision of Travancore Diwan Sir. T Mahadeva Rao and was completed only in 1880, at the time of Diwan Sheshaya Sasthri.
Kappil Lake (6 km)
The serene and scenic Kappil Lake is flanked with coconut groves and trees and this tranquil estuary roves gracefully and merges into the Arabian Sea. Get on the bridge that is built across the lake and you will get the most fascinating view of the lake pacing toward the blue horizon. The more adventurous can go for boating to enjoy the beauty of this lake. The Department of Tourism has arranged a boat club from where one can hire pedal boats which is another way to browse this tranquil waterway. The serene atmosphere here, without the hullabaloo of town or a crowded tourist spot, is sure to calm your nerves.
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Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort (12 km)
Anchuthengu, formerly known as Anjengo, is a place situated en route to Kadakkavur. It is another coastal town in Thiruvananthapuram District and is known as an old colonial settlement. The island is very small in area, sandwiched between the sea and backwaters, but it has high relevance in the history of India, with various colonial powers – The Portuguese, Dutch and the English – tried to occupy the place.
The major landmark at Anchuthengu is Anjengo Fort, which is situated between the sea and backwaters. Travellers can also see some ancient tombstones and a garden on the fort premises.
Sarkara Devi temple (13 km)
Sarkara Devi temple at Chirayinkeezhu is one of the major pilgrim destinations in south India. It is situated south of the Chirayinkeezhu Taluk. The main deity of the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. The idol is installed facing the north.
Ponnumthuruthu Island (12 km)
You can board a country boat from Nedunganda and take a tour through the backwaters for about 30 minutes to reach Ponnumthuruthu. You can find a temple on this island.
How would you like to travel?
- 57 km from Thiruvananthapuram
- 140 km from Sabarimala
- 88 km from Ponmudi
- 186 km from Thekkady
- 138 km from Kanyakumari
- 180 km from Kochi
- 375 km from Kozhikode
- 695 km from Bangalore
- 713 km from Chennai
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