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Varkala Travel Guide Bookmark and Share
Varkala has now emerged as a hot spot destination of Kerala. Being in Varkala is very momentous for tourists who intend to spend time leisurely in the beaches of Kerala. This beach destination is an absolute favorite for tourists, as it is here that one can spend time doing absolutely nothing while holidaying. Varkala is basically a small town perched at a distance of 55 kms in the north of Thiruvananthapuram. However, Varkala is so quaint that there is no indication that this town can also be on many a tourist itinerary.

The landscape of this amazing town is what makes the coastline of Varkala exceptional. The beach has towering cliffs that stand like silent sentinels, guarding the sparkling waters. The visitors of Varkala are simply astounded by the unusual land formations, the sheerness of the cliffs and the view that the rocky cliffs offer from its top. Besides, the shining white sands, the sky touching the blue water of the sea, the red soil of the hilltop, yellow green paddy fields and green coconut trees together make a composite picture of the beautiful and awesome nature of Varkala. The pristine glory of the beaches of Varkala remain so untouched that one literally has to climb down the cliff or scramble over rocks in order to reach the secluded parts of the beach.

Area - 1414 sq.km
Population - 157,342

Access
Air - Nearest International Airport is Trivandrum (55 Kms).
Rail - Alleppy & Quilon is the nearest rail route to Varkala.
Road - Varkala is 54 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km from Kollam.

Places to Visit
Papanasam Beach (Varkala Beach)Papanasam Beach (Varkala Beach)
16 kms away this Internationally renowned Beach Resort has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The Southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple
Sree Janardhana Swamy temple is a pilgrim centre for Hindus who visit this temple in huge numbers. This temple is built on a hill top that has become a sobriquet for the region. Non-Hindus, however, are not permitted entrance in the inner sanctum but can hang around in the temple.

Sivagiri Mutt
Sree Janardhana Swamy TempleThis Mutt is a religious site, founded by Sree Narayana Guru (1856 – 1952), the famous philosopher and social reformer of modern Kerala. This Mutt is also the headquarters of a religious organization, the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangham, established by the Guru to propagate his idea of ' One Caste, One Religion, One God'. It is between 30th December and 1st January that 'Sivagiri Pilgrimage' is conducted every year.

Anjengo Fort
Anjengo Fort is the main garrison of the Dutch East India Company and is situated very close to Varkala town. This fort still reminisces the powerful position the East India Company in the state.

Varkala Tunnel

Varkala also has long a tunnel, the construction of which began in 1867 and completed 1880. Popularly known as 'Varkala Turuthu', this tunnel was built under the supervision of Divan Sheshaya Sasthri and was extensively used for ferrying of goods.

Nature Cure Center
Situated near the Varkala beach, this is an excellent destination for relaxation and rejuvenation of the body.

Excursions
Kappil Lake (6 kms north of Varkala) : Situated at the outskirts of Varkala town, the lake gives way to the pictorial world of the Kerala backwaters. The scenic beauty of the estuaries of the lake is mesmerizing.

Mineral Springs : Located near the Varkala beach, the mineral springs are believed to have medicinal properties. A large number of people throng this place every year to drink and bathe in the water of the mineral springs.


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