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Elsie Gabriel

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Varkala beach Kerala

If you want to wash away your sins when at the southern most tip of Kerala come to Varkala Beach. It is also known as the Papanasham Beach.
It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasham Beach washes away all the sins in one's life.
It is about two hours by bus from Kovalam Kerala and has many parking spaces. It has rows and rows of hep restaurants and shops and is a heaven for sightseeing an on ocean which is clean and blue. Take the steps down from the cliff to the beach. You can swim and play ball or freezebee. Best sights are during sunset over a large glass of chilled juice. When you are here bargain for your shopping and let me tell you that you may want to stay over in one of the local hotels overlooking the beach for sure. Keralas best kept beach.

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Sharjeel ahmed

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Surreal quaint of this beach town makes you never leave

Feel like getting away from the humdrum of every day life, feel like you need a break and want to be one with nature, then this scanty little beach town nestled on two cliffs of the western ghats is the place to be.

Varkala is known for its beaches (Papanasam, South Cliff Beach, Black Beach and Kappil Beach), yoga schools and rejuvenation SPA's. This town offers peace and quaint to it's travelers and allows you to slow the time down just enough. The sounds of the waves, numerous eateries, fresh seafood and a multicultural environment makes you never want to leave.

It's located about 40 kilometers from the nearest international airport (Trivandrum) and 4 kilometers from the railway station.

Once you get to this town you want to stay and stay, the picturesque views from the cliffs to clean beaches and non intrusive locals makes this place an absolute wonder.

A must travel destination if your looking to relax and forget the world (sit on the beach, eat at temple coffee, ABBA, Cafe Del Mar, Clafouti etc.. ). The place offers accommodation for all types of travelers (Budget to exquisite). All you need are your beach shorts, sunscreen and a beach umbrella (money of course).

If you're a photographer, carry a fancy camera as you can get some great shots of the sunset from different points of both cliffs. The waters of the Arabian Sea are calm and warm.

Remember travel light and if it's rejuvenation you are looking for, then Varkala is the place to go :)

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Varkala Overview

Varkala is a famous beach destination situated in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Varkala is a small town located about 53 km to the north – west of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and about 40 km to the south – west of Quilon. Besides being a popular getaway for backpackers, Varkala is a well known religious destination also.

History of Varkala

Varkala has a glorious past. During the Sangham era, Varkala had been a major port known by the name ‘Balitha’, the references of which can be found in Ptolemy’s Periplus as well.

Anjengo Fort, a national heritage monument near Varkala, tells about the bygone era of trade settlement by the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the English East India Company. Anjengo Fort was built by the Dutch during the17th century to guard the coastline. Anjengo Fort had been the target of foreign powers for several centuries so that they could have a strong foothold in Kerala.

During the pre – independence days of India, Varkala was a part of the state of Travancore. In 1956, Varkala became a part of the state of Kerala.

Things to do in Varkala

Among the several picturesque beaches of Varkala, the prominent one is the main Varkala Beach, which is also known by the name Papanasanam Beach. The beaches of Varkala have steep cliffs, natural springs, etc. These cliffs, termed as Varkala Formation, that are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea are declared as geological monuments by the Geological Survey of India.

Varkala has witnessed great developments in its infrastructure since the advent of the tourism industry. There has been a boom in the hospitality sector in Varkala in the recent years owing to the popularity of its beaches and various religious spots in the area.

The most significant religious spot in Varkala is Sree Janardana Swami Temple. Sree Janardana Swami Temple or Dakshin Kashi is more than 2000 years old. Other prominent places of attraction in Varkala are Varkala Tunnel, Ponnumthuruthu Island, Sivagiri Mutt, Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah, etc.

With the rise in Varkala tourism, the healthcare industry here has flourished well. Varkala is a famous centre for Ayurvedic treatments. Natural therapies and spa treatments have become very popular here. Backwater cruising at the estuarine stretch between Edava and Kappil is another popular activity in Varkala. There are many Varkala holiday packages that focus on similar treatments.

Travelling to Varkala

Varkala is well connected by road to various cities. Tourists can choose to reach Varkala by buses, trains, flights and taxis. The nearest airport is located at Trivandrum, 45 km from the destination. The best time to visit Varkala Beach is from November to March.

Accommodation options in Varkala

Apart from budget hotels in Varkala like homestays and a few resorts, tourists also have luxurious options while visiting Varkala.

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