With its long windy stretch of cliffs that are flanked by swaying coconut and palm trees, Varkala presents a stunning view to the visitors. Nestled on the bottom of cliffs is the beautiful Varkala Papanasam Beach which offers a relatively peaceful ambience to the nearby crowded destinations like Kovalam beach. Golden sand beaches of Varkala are protected by soaring bluffs and long trail of sensational cliffs.
The seaside town is located 54 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The beige sanded and unpolluted Varkala Beach has 100 m cliff lined alongside the groove of swaying coconut trees that lend an unworldly touch to this beautiful beach destination. Varkala is a great destination where you can unwind and rejuvenate your senses. It is a good hangout destination for those who want to avoid the rush of popular beachside resorts. You can go for the sightseeing of its natural panoramas or simply soak the beauty of its white beaches for hours and days during Varkala tour.
Varkala has interesting tide pattern. During monsoons, Papanasam Beach is completely immersed in water while Black Beach remains accessible. Once monsoons retreat, the process gets reversed, i.e. Black Beach is immersed in water while Papanasam Beach becomes accessible. Varkala is also known as a pilgrimage destination as the Samadhi of Saint Sree Narayana Guru is situated here.
Varkala Tourist Attractions :
Papanasam Beach : Literally meaning the "Destroyer of the sins", the beach is divided into two parts. Northern stretch of the Papanasam beach is for tourists which also has a mineral spring while its southern part stretches to Janardhana Swamy Temple where Hindus come to perform the last rites for their dead.
Shree Janardhana Swamy Temple : This 2000 year old temple is a major Hindu pilgrimage destination. Janardhana Swamy temple is situated atop a hill and dedicated to Vishnu and Hanuman deities.
Sivagiri Mutt : A pilgrimage center, founded by Sree Narayana Guru
Edava Beach : The serene beach is ideal for sun bathing. Travel further to Kappil and you will find picturesque blue lagoons and charming backwaters during Varkala tour.
Varkala Tunnel : The 924 ft long tunnel was built in 1867 by T. Mahadeva Rao, the then Dewan of Travancore princely state.
Anjengo Fort : Anjengo Fort was built by the Dutch in 17th century.
Thiruvananthapuram is 40 km from Varkala. The vibrant capital city of Kerala is known for its eclectic mix of history and modernity. Varkala is well connected with Thiruvananthapuram with railways and bus services.
Nearby Varkala Tourist Attractions :
Play : Cricket, football or volleyball at Black Beach
Ayurvedic Massage : Get soothing massage done in traditional ways on your body but be mindful of fraudsters
Yoga : There are few quality yoga centers around where you can practice some Yoga postures
Kathakali Dance : Watch traditional dance performances of Kerala at evening
Arattu festival is celebrated here during the month of Meenam (March-April). The 10 day long festival is celebrated with grand elephant processions, lot of colors and delicious delicacies.
By Air : Thirvanathapuram International Airport is closest to Varkala, 50 km away
By Train : Varkala Railway Station is well connected with Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and other nearby cities.
By Road : Regular bus service is available for Varkala from Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari and other nearby cities