Varkala

Overview

Varkala is a town located approximately fifty kilometers north of the capital city of Thiruvanathapuram.  Varakala is also a tourist destination in Kerala. Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. Blessed with sun kissed beaches, placid lagoons and silvery sands, Kerala is one of the internationally known destinations for beach tourism. Both the northern and the southern parts of Kerala draw tourists with their sun-drenched beaches. While Kappad, Darmadam and Muzhapilangad are the major beaches in Northern Kerala Kovalam and Varkala are the major ones in Southern Kerala.

Though visited by a fairly large number of tourists every day, Varkala still harbours a calm ambience and is devoid of the hustle and bustle that is usually associated with Kovalam. Apart from holding the charms of a quiet beach, Varkala is also a major pilgrim destination with the presence of Sivagiri Mutt and various ancient temples including Janardhana temple.

One of the key factors that set apart Varkala from other beaches of Sothern Kerala is the fascinating stretch of cliffs. Kerala coasts are generally flat in nature. Varkala alone is the only beach in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.  “The Varkala Formation” as it is called by the geologists is declared by the Geological survey of India as a geological monument.  On the sides of these cliffs we can see several beautiful spouts and spas. This beach in Varkala is one of the most attractive beaches in Kerala and a favorite place for beach lovers. This place is also ideal for newly married couples wishing to spend their honeymoon and there are Kerala Honeymoon Packages to popular tourist spots in Kerala.

 

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Attractions and Places to Visit

Janardhana Swamy Temple

This is a famous temple in the vicinity, which is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. It is 2000 years old temple and the festivals are celebrated here with great zest. It's one of the major centers for doing homages to the ancestors.

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The Sivagiri Mutt

The Sivagiri Mutt is located at the distance of 2.5 kms from Varkala, this ashram is dedicated to Sree Narayana Guru, who urged against inequity and was always in the favor of one religion, caste and one god for humanity.

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Papanasham Beach & Cliff

With white sandy beach, golden sunset, pristine waters and towering cliffs, the breathtaking Papanasham Beach is a popular haunt with tourist. It's also a major heritage center that has so many historical values. From the cliff, you can view the fresh water spring at the beach. Taking bath over here is very important as it is believed that it will clean away all your sins.

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Varkala Lighthouse

It is the distance of 15 km to the south of Varkala, this place has its own history with British ruling. This light house is maintained by the Kerala Tourism development corporation.

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Ayurvedic Spa and Yoga Center

There are  many Ayurvedic spa and yoga centers in and around Varkala. These centers provide ayurvedic massage also.  Some of the Ayurvedic program varies from one week to one month.

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Angengo Fort

It was constructed by Dutch east India company during the 18th century. This Fort used to protect the trading interests of Dutch. The name originated from Anjuthengu which means 5 coconut trees that was present on the land given to the Dutch.

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Kappil Lake

This  is an estuary about 6 km from Varkala town. Here it is possible to see the backwaters which are surrounded by coconut trees everywhere.

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