Varkala is an important and well known tourist place in Kerala. Varkala is a beautiful town situated adjacent to the bank of the Arabian Sea. It is located at the distance of 29 Kms away from the capital city of Kerala, which is Trivandrum, earlier known as ‘Thiruvananthpuram’. Malayalam is the official language that is spoken here. Varkala is the only place in Southern India to have cliffs. The cliffs of Varkala is the unique feature of this place. Varkala is also a pilgrimage center due to the prescence of the ‘Samadhi’ of Kerala’s Saint ‘Sree Narayana Guru’. If you are devasted by the city life full of crowd and pollution, then you must head to Varkala, this place leaves you mesmerized by its clean and pleasant atmosphere. Enjoy your holidays in Varkala in a quite, calm and peaceful aatmosphere. The beaches of Varkala are in excellent condition. The city of Varkala is home to several tourist attractions including the gorgeus Varkala Beach, Vishnu Temple, Sivagiri Mutt, Janardhan Swamy temple ( which stand on the cliff ).
Best Season to Visit Varkala
Winter Season is considered as the best time to visit Varkala. The months between October to March are ideal for trip to Varkala. Monsoon season is also preferred for a vacation in Varkala, while the Summer Season should be highly avoided due to the climatic condition of this place.
How to Reach Varkala
Varkala is situated at the distance of 11 Km from the National Highway 66. State Highway 64 also connects between Varkala and Madathara.
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which lies 39 Km away from Varkala.
The nearest Railway station to reach Varkala is Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station. Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station is well connected with all the major places in India.
Spots to Visit in Varkala
Varkala Beach can be called as a paradise for people who love beaches and sun bathing. Varkala Beach is one of the best beaches found in Kerala. The beautiful views of sunset and sunrise will leave you mesmerized with its beauty. You can sight many restaurants and resorts.
The Varkala Tunnel is very famous amongst the tourists and it is about 151 years old. It took 14 years of time to built this tunnel. The Varkala Tunnel is 924 ft long. Another Tourist attraction of Varkala is the Varkala Lighthouse.
Janardhan Swamy Temple:
Varkala is quite famous for its Janardhan Swamy Temple, which is said to be 2,018 years old. The Janardhan Swamy Temple is also called as Dakshin Kashi. The Papanasam beach is nearby to this place. The devotees take a bath in the Papanasam Beach to wash away their sins.
Sivagiri Mutt was established by Sree Narayana Guru, who was a social reformer. Sivagiri Mutt is a famous Ashram situated in Varkala. There is a Masoleum of Sree Guru Narayana at the top of a hill, which is also quite popular.
Attingal is famous amongst the visitors due to its beauty. Anchuthengu Fort is another ancient fort that is famous, it is 10 Kms away from the main town of Attingal. The famous Temple Avanavanchery Sri Indilayappan Temple is also situated in the Attingal District.
Kadakkavur is a developing town in the district of Varkala with many religious centres.
Cheerayinkuzhu is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Sarkara Devi Temple is located in Cheeryinkuzhu and It is famous for two festivals that are celebrated there. The Kaliyoot festival and the Meena Bharani Festival.
Navaikulam Sankaranarayana Swami Temple, Changattu Sree Bhagvathi Temple, Varkala Cliffs, Kallambalam Chira are one of the attractions of this place.
Paravur is another beautiful asset of Varkala. It’s quite famous for the back waters and is located at the distance of 13 Kms awat from the mainland of Varkala. It shares its border with Trivandrum. Paravur is famous among the visitors due to its beautiful lakes and back water cruises. The Paravur lake meets the sea and it makes a beautiful view.
Kalimannor is an important business centre. There are many other places that attracts the visitor’s attention like Kilimanoor Palace, Raja Ravi Varma Art Gallery, Meenmutti Waterfalls and many more places.
Kappil Lake is 4 Kms away from the mainland of Varkala. Kappil Lake is all surrounded by the beautiful coconut Trees. Kappil Lake merges into the Arabian Sea. Visitors can indulge in the activity of Boating. This lake is quite popular due to its picturesque beauty of nature.
Anjengo Fort is located near the Varkala district. Anjengo Fort is famous for its beauty and its historic value. Anjengo Fort is a great place for explorers who want to explore every corner pf this place and don’t mind walking so much. Anjengo Fort was used by the East India Company to establish their first trade settlement in kerala. The Anjengo Fort is now protected under the protection of National Heritage Monuments. The wonderful picturesque lake named as Muthalapuzhi Lake is located near the Anjengo Fort.
Panayara Triporittakkavu Bhagavathi Temple
Panayara Triporittakkavu Bhagavathi Temple is a quite famous temple in all Kerala. This temple restores the beauty and heritage upto this era. Anakottile is one of the most important statues of this temple.
Sarakara Devi Temple
Sarakara Devi Temple is one of the most famous temples in Kerala. Sarakara Devi temple is widely known for its ‘Kaliyoot’ festival. The Kaliyoot festival is generally celebrated in the month of March.
Sree Saraswathy Temple
Sree Saraswathy Temple is located in the district of Venkulam. Sree Saraswathy Temple is famous for Vijayadesami vidyaramban and Navarathri Sangeetholsavam.
Kaduvayil Juma Masjid
Kaduvayil is located on the NH47 , connecting Kallambalam and Attingal.