Tourism in Varkala

A trip to Varkala will take you to the very summit of Karela’s splendid beauties hidden between the twirling ranges of mountains, lakes, rivers and natural flora that mesmerises your senses at every turn. Varkalais also called the Kashi of Karela due to the religious important it holds.

Varkala is a harbour for swimming and sun-bathing. There are many small restaurants and food joints alongside the beaches which draw the maximum visitors both for holidays as well as for religious reasons. Apart from pristine beaches, Varkala also has a lot of architecture to draw tourists towards it. Experience the fresh breeze, untouched beaches covered by hills, springs and fisheriesat one of the best destinations to visit in Kerala.

So if you are planning your vacation to Varkala, here is a comprehensive guide for tourism in Varkala that will ease all your planning stress.

Best Time to Visit Varkala

Summer (March to June) : Summers remains hot and humid with the temperature around 45 degree Celsius. The humidity in the month of May and June is unbearable, so it is the least advisable time to plan a trip to Varkala.

Monsoon (July to September) : June marks the beginning of the monsoon season here. Varkala receives heavy rainfall because of the tropical climate. You can plan a budget trip to Varkala during this time. It is also an ideal time for sightseeing as the area turns lively and beautiful owing to the heavy rainfall.

Winter (October to February) : Winters is the ideal time to plan a trip to Varkalaowing to the pleasant climate. The temperature during these months ranges from 22 to 26 degree Celsius, making it suitable for sightseeing and fun activities at the beach.

How to Reach Varkala

By Air : Trivandrum International Airport isat a distance of 39 km and is the nearest airport, which operates several international and domestic flights from major cities of India.

By Train : Varkala Railway Station is the nearest railway station that serves as a convenient connecting point between the town and other parts of the country.

By Road : Varkala Bus Station is well connected to all major cities of Karela. As it is connected to all the major cities and towns, so you can hire a taxi as well to reach your destination.

By Water : Visitors from Colombo, Lakshadweep, Mumbai and Goa can reach the city through waterways by boarding a ship or by hiring a ferry. Varkala has regular boat services.

Best Places to Visit in Varkala

  • Varkala Beach/Papanasham Beach

Listed as one of the ten best beaches in the world by Discovery Channel, it is among the top sightseeing places inVarkala. Varkala Beach has an extraordinary beauty of landscapes, brown sand and sea.

  • Bekal Beach

It is a picturesque beach for strolling, especially during sunrise and sunset. The beach is clean, and beautiful, covered with coconut palms, which makes it a tropical paradise and one of best tourist attractions in Varkala.

  • Varkala Cliff

It is a unique geo-morphological structure in a completely flat Kerala coast. The cliff harbours numerous resorts, shops, restaurants and beach houses and offers almost everything the tourists are looking for. The view of sunrise and sunset from here is an exotic treat to watch.

  • Ponnumthuruthu Island

This beautiful island is known for its water boat rides and pleasant atmosphere. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea and Anjengo backwaters, the island is a stopover for many migratory birds. One can also visit the 100 years old ancient shrine of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The site is easily accessible by boats and jetty rides.

  • Anjengo Lighthouse

It is another major attraction of Varkala. It has reference to many historic events and links related to the British reign in the area. Located in the territory of Varkala town, the lighthouse is believed to have been constructed 200 years ago.

  • KappilPozhi Lake

Dotted with coconut groves and trees, this stunning estuary rambles elegantly and merges into the Arabian Sea. Get on the bridge built over the lake for a picturesque view of the lake towards the blue horizon.

  • Janardhanaswamy Temple

One of the oldest temples in Kerala, it is a must visit place in Varkala. The 2000 year old temple is located on a steep hill. The temple is situatednear the Papanasam beach and is also known as DakshinKhasi.

  • Sivagiri Mutt

The murky slopes of gorgeous Varkala are host to one of the holiest sites in Kerala, the beautiful Sivagiri Mutt. Spread across 200 acres, it is the resting place of the legendary leader, saint and social reformer of Kerala.

Experiences Not to Miss in Varkala

  • Attending Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments is one of the popular things to do in Varkala. There are many centres and instructors offering yoga training to travellers.
  • Indulge in parasailing at Varkala beach as the temper and waves of the ocean make it an ideal destination for water sports.
  • A short-term Scuba diving experience at Varkala Beach is one of the best experiences, not to be missed in Varkala.
  • Hire a bike or scooter and go on to take an authentic feel of Kerala.
  • Varkala is a haven for seafood lovers. Savour mouth-watering seafood like legendary prawn curry, karimeen, fish moilee and authentic Kerala cuisine on your Varkala tour.
  • Do not forget to visit the local flea market for traditional art and craft such as artefacts, made of shells coconut, and oysters and traditional paintings, jewellery, spices, local tea and wallets, which are very popular among tourists.
  • Catch a traditional Kathakalidance performance at the Janardhanaswamy Temple.
  • Enjoy backwaters tour in a houseboat at The Edava Lakeside and witness the rich flora and fauna surrounding the region.

We hope that our Varkala travel guide helps you plan the desired vacation to this serene destination. Get in touch with Travel Bug India to check out amazing Varkalatour packages.

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