Janardhana Swamy Temple, located on the beach road at Varkala
, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu
. The Arattu festival at this temple is celebrated every year in
(March-April) commencing with Kodiyettam
(Flag hoisting) of Krithika day ending with Arattu on Uthram day. A colorful procession led by caparisoned elephants is one of the prominent features of the festival.