Varkala, 50 kms away from Trivandrum is the dwelling of famous Papanasam Beach. The sensational cliffs of this tourist hotspot over the time period has witnessed drastic developments and now has become a most popular tourist attraction of South India. The beaches lying over its surface are cosseted by high bluffs, whereas the whole on-land action is balanced perilously but wonderfully.
This well known tourist place holds a glorious past. In the Sangham era, it generally had been a foremost harbor called 'Balitha'. One can find its references in Ptolemy's Periplus. The ancient fort as well as national heritage, Anjengo Fort situated near its land effectively states about the bygone age of trade settlements executed by the Portuguese, the English and the Dutch. This fort got constructed during the time period of 17th century by the Dutch to safeguard its coastline. Prior to India's independence the city was under the control of Travancore but in 1956, it became a region of Kerala.
Summer Temp: 22°C to 40°C
Winter Temp: 12°C to 33°C
Best time to Travel this Place: October to March
By Train: The city of Varkala is also has well train connectivity. If you head towards this city from Cochin and Trivandrum then train will be the best means of transport to reach there. Almost all major trains pass through Varkala railway station. From its railhead you can hire any private taxi or other local means of transport to each to your destination.
By Air: Trivandrum is the nearest airport, which is 50 kms far away from Varkala.
By Bus: From Trivandrum you can catch State Transport Buses available for Varkala to various regions of South Kerala as well as Kanyakumari.
By Car: The state highways running from Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka also link it. You can just rent any private car to get around your destination easily.
Food: The city has several eating points where you can indulge with local cuisines as well as some other mouth watering epicures of other regions. The restaurants and hotels generally offer local dishes and seafood however you can order for some other special dishes too.
Accommodation Centers: There are plenty of accommodation centers available in Varkala with all modern facilities as well as services. From luxurious to budgeted, there is no dearth of cottages, hotels, resorts, suites and beach hotels. In fact some individual bamboo huts can also provide you with best hospitality services. As compared to other beach hotels and resorts the pricing range of its accommodation is fairly inexpensive. During peak season ensure making hotel booking in advance as the city is flooded with thousands of tourists in those seasons.
While having been in Varkala you can indulge in several adventurous and enjoyable activities. These activities include:
Festivals and Celebrations: During the months of March to April, the city plunges into the vivid shades of Arattu celebration that go on for 10 days. This festivity is celebrated with impressive elephant possessions, lip smacking delicacies and lots of hues.