Varkala Tourism

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Chetana Siddagangaiah5.0/5

34 reviews

Off beat beach destination

Varkala beach is known for being cool, calm and relaxing beach destination. The place is vacation home for many tourists from other countries who come and stay here for weeks. There are a lot of resorts and homestays near to the beach. The Varkala beach or cliff beach or Papanasam beach houses many resorts, restaurants and shops. We visited in december 2017. Other beaches we visited are odayam beach(less crowded) and kappil beach(lake meets sea in rainy season). We went for a boat ride near kappil beach and walked back till odayam beach (4 km) through the walkway beside the sea. Varkala is high on business from Nov to April as many tourists visit the place during this time. It's not very cold not the air is humid.

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Vinod Nair3.6/5

149 reviews

Kerala's Best Beach with an Awesome Cliff

Varkala Beach at Trivandrum near to Kovalam Beach is undisputed the Best Pristine Beach of Kerala.
You get a feel of Goa Beaches more like Vagator for its Cliff and beach as such is so similar to Palolem Beach. Super clean serene and calm waves.
You will be spoilt for food as everything from local to continental cuisines are available in restaurants lined up on top of the cliffs. And what views from these restaurants. Somehow there is a strong influence of Tibetan cuisines in the little Tibet restaurants here, so try out the Momos when you are here.
Nearest airport is Trivandrum is almost 2+ hrs of road travel from the airport. But it's worth the drive definitely.
Must visit place when in Trivandrum.

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Varkala Video Reviews

Nice place to sit and relax!

Varkala cliff beach

Cleanest beach of Kerala

Best Beach in Kerala on a cliff

Varkala Beach ,Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)

Beautiful beach with a huge set of restaurants

Beautiful beach with lot of hangout options

Beautiful cliff at Varkala

Fabulous beach with a great stretch of shops

Relaxing beach

I am heading to Varkala

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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