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.
Nearest International Airport is Trivandrum
Alleppy & Quilon is the nearest
rail route to Varkala.
Varkala is 54 kms from Thiruvananthapuram
and 37 km from Kollam.
Places to Visit
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.
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
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 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
Nature Cure Center
Situated near the Varkala beach, this is an excellent destination
for relaxation and rejuvenation of the body.
Kappil Lake (6 kms north of Varkala) :
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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