Varkala Tourism

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Nice place to sit and relax!

Nice place to sit and relax!  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Bivash Barua
30th Sep 17

Varkala cliff beach

Varkala cliff beach  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Ruhees Shahid
2nd Dec 17

Cleanest beach of Kerala

Cleanest beach of Kerala  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Snehalata Jain
21st Nov 17

Best Beach in Kerala on a cliff

Best Beach in Kerala on a cliff  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Vinod Nair
20th Nov 17

Varkala Beach ,Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)

Varkala Beach ,Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Deepa Nair
20th Nov 17

Beautiful beach with a huge set of restaurants

Beautiful beach with a huge set of restaurants  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Kanishka Batra
20th Nov 17

Beautiful beach with lot of hangout options

Beautiful beach with lot of hangout options  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Gaurav Verma
20th Nov 17

Beautiful cliff at Varkala

Beautiful cliff at Varkala  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Dilkhush Shah
20th Nov 17

Fabulous beach with a great stretch of shops

Fabulous beach with a great stretch of shops  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Ramit Batra
20th Nov 17

Relaxing beach

Relaxing beach  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Mamta Narula
20th Nov 17

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Reasons to go to Varkala

1For that best beach shot ever at Varkala beach
For that best beach shot ever at Varkala beach

HolidayIQ Reviewer Spoorthi Bhat shares, “Varkala beach cliff gives you an experience of being in a different place, in a good way! It's the perfect place to relax by the beach and try out different cuisines in the many beachside restaurants...You can spend as much time as you want here, without getting bored. The places at the cliff give you a perfect beach viewing experience while you enjoy your food and company. Hence the beach viewing experience is out of the world. Must visit the place during a beach trip to Kerala.”


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2Non commercialized Soothing beach" - HIQ reviewer Isha
Non commercialized Soothing beach" - HIQ reviewer Isha

HolidayIQ reviewer SHarjeel says, "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."


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3Varkala beach - better sleep after a day at the beach
Varkala beach - better sleep after a day at the beach

A run on the beach is a great way to burn some calories and get some sun too. Frolicking in the sea or a swim is also known to relieve stress levels and help you sleep better.

“Imagine a place with red cliffs and clear blue water separated by clean golden sand. That is Varkala beach for you. Scenic, beautiful, awesome are few of the words you can use to describe the place.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Manmohan Totala.


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4Play With HDR When You’re Clicking Sunsets At Varkala
Play With HDR When You’re Clicking Sunsets At Varkala

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal from Chennai shares, “Varkala is a quite and lovely beach town. We stayed at the Gateway hotel which was half a kilometre from the beach.The Papanasam beach is a very picturesque beach though it can get a little crowded. The best attraction of Varkala, which is the 'Cliff'. This kilometre long stretch of cliff has many cafe and restaurants. It is lined with quaint curio shops. watching the sunset from a Sidewalk cafe at the cliff, sipping iced tea is a must. There are many eateries so food is not a problem. There are many Italian cafes' on the cliff. It is a relaxed place, perfect for a leisure holiday.”


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5Travel to the spectacular Varkala Beach
Travel to the spectacular Varkala Beach

55km from Kovalam, you reach scenic Varkala. The beach offers "breathtaking view combining cliff and beach" says HolidayIQ reviewer Amresh. This beach is unique as "not many beaches are free from the clutter once a place becomes famous.Varkala is one such place which still preserves its pristine nature" says holidayIQ reviewer Sakhawat. 

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Reviews (46)

Chetana Siddagangaiah

Chetana Siddagangaiah5.0/5

50 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 Nair

Vinod Nair3.6/5

124 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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  • Kerala's Best Beach with an Awesome Cliff
  • Kerala's Best Beach with an Awesome Cliff

Recommended Duration in Varkala

Number of days to spend in Varkala as recommended by our travellers.

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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.

Photos of Varkala

Varkala Beach, Varkala

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Vijay Anand

Varkala Beach, Varkala
Varkala Beach, Varkala

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Vijay Anand

Varkala Beach, Varkala
Varkala Beach, Varkala

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Vijay Anand

Varkala Beach, Varkala

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