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    Best time to Visit Varkala: Jan,Feb,Nav,dec

    Category : Leisure: Leisure,Beaches,Family Holiday
    Nature Explorer: Nature Explorer

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Varkala is a famous coastal town of Kerala which attracts visitors both for leisure as well as for religious reasons.

    If your idea of a holiday is to relax by the beach amid peaceful surroundings with little to disturb you, then Varkala is ideal for you. Unlike Kovalam, Varkala is more quite and cheap. It is filled with pristine beaches, serene surroundings, ancient temples, holy springs many more options. 

    Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.

    Varkala is famous for Papanasam beach which is believed to wash away the sins of all those who take a dip in it.

    Varkala is known for its clean beaches, variety of beach cafes and hippie culture. There are lot of water sports activities is Varkala such as paragliding and parasailing. There are also surf instructor, if you like to play with the tides.

    Varkala witnesses some really stunning sunsets and is famous among photographers.

    The main tourist season in Varkala runs from Dec 1st- March 31st, with December and early January experiencing the biggest rush. 


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    Varkala beach / Papanasam beach

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    The Papanasam beach (also called as Varkala beach), is famous for the natural spring. It is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming; it is also famous for its breathtaking sunsets. The black part of the sand on the Varkala Beach contains Thorium-oxide which is a radioactive substance. The Janardhanaswamy Temple and Sivagiri Mutt are at a short distance away from the beach.
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      Janardana Swami Temple

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      2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Banaras of the South). The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, which was donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.
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        Kappil Lake

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        Kappil Lake is a beautiful lake which merges with Arabian sea through dense coconut groves. It is about 4 kms from Varkala Town. The bridge over the lake is a beautiful place to view the backwater stretching white and grey to the distant blue horizon. There is boating option to experience the beauty of the backwaters merging with the Arabian Sea.
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          Anjengo Fort

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          Anjengo Fort is a ruined fort situated near the beach of Varkala. It was the fort from where the East India Company initiated their first trade settlement in Kerala. Muthalapuzhi Lake is close to this fort.
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            Sivagiri Mutt

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            Sivagiri Mutt is a famous ashram in Varkala, founded by the philosopher and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, who propagated the concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God'. Sree Narayana Guru's Samadhi attracts thousands of devotees every year to this place.
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              Varkala Tunnel

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              Up until the 19th century, travelling between Varkala and Thiruvananthapuram was a bit difficult. To get over this difficulty, a 924-ft long tunnel was commissioned by Sir T. Madhava Rao, the Dewan of Travancore. Finally after 14 years, the tunnel was completed which was then used a lot for transportation of goods. It is one of the popular tourist highlight now.
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                Ponnumthuruthu (Golden Island)

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                Ponnumthuruthu island is a tiny island full of serenity located 12 kms away from Varkala. It is a beautiful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters and is accessible by boat. Ponnumthuruthu literally means the golden island. According to legends, the Queens of Travancore Royal family used to hide their gold on the island to keep it safe, and hence the name. A 100-year old Shiva-Parvathi temple, which was rebuilt a decade ago is also located on this isle. The island is home to many species of birds.
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                  By Road
                  Varkala is linked by state and national highways to all the major cities in Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka.
                  There is good bus connectivity with various neighbouring cities.

                   

                  By Air
                  The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport (50km, 1hr 15 min drive).

                   

                  By train
                  Varkala Sivagiri railway station is well-connected by regular trains from Thiruvananthapuram Central and major places in India.