Lying 50km north to Trivandrum District of South kerala, Varkala is an amazing beach and seaside resort of the state. And also it is home for a fascinating Hindu temple and hence become a major pilgrimage center for Hindus. Named as the geological monument by Geological Survey of India, High rocky cliffs having abundant mineral resources are formed adjacent to its costal line making the place unique from other beaches, Geological Survey of India named it as a geological monument. There are various water sports and spas on the sides of this rocky area. Popular discovery channel ranked Varkala as one of the 10 top seasonal beaches in the world. The high season of Varkala beach continues from Dec 1st- March 31st. Tourists will flock in large numbers in December and early January.
The beautiful beach destination is home for numeric Hotels, spas, Resorts, Restaurants and Homestays, which attracts visitors in bulk. The 2000-year-old Hindu Temple-Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple is the major attraction here. And also world-class spas and nature care centers are found here and these are best to get into relax mood. Tourists will have Ayurvedic and Yoga treatments here. One can enjoy sun-bathing, swimming and beautiful views of the sunset at Varkala. During the high season, Kathakali dances will be performed here for visitors. Numerous small shops are found along the line of the cliff-top, one van buy both local and fancy attire here.
Sight-Seeing Places of Varkala Beach:
Tourists will have a dip in the waters of this fresh water spring at the Varkala, Papanasanam Beach, as they believe that it will wipe away all their sins.
Janardhana Swamy Temple:
The important holy temple for Hindus at Varkala is Janardhana Swami Temple, where people worship God Vishnu. It is one of the oldest temples of Kerala. This temple dates back 2000 yrs old and it is the key place to perform homages to the ancestors. People belonging to other religions, other than Hindus, are not allowed into the main area,
Located around 15kms to the south of Varkala, Anchengo (Anchuthengu) is a fisher men village and it has its own historical importance. This village lies across the costal line of Arabian Sea. Belongs to British time, Anchengo Fort is worth-watching.
Build by regional rulers of Attingal Palace, the Sivagiri Tunnel too has its importance in the history. It opens to a canal which flow on the side of Sivagiri mutt.
Travel to Varkala Beach:
The neatest airport to it lies in Trivandrum, which is offers flight services from all the big cities of south and north India. Varkala has a Railway Station, trains coming from Trivandrum and Cochin passes through this spot. From here, one can hire Taxis or Auto Rickshaws to reach the beach. The place is well-linked by state and national highways. State Transport Buses are available from capital city, Kanyakumari and many parts of South Kerala.
Accommodation at Varkala Beach:
There are numerous hotels, resorts and Homestays suiting all budgets in and around Varkala to offer comfort accommodation for tourists.