Varkala- sun, sea, spirituality and more….
Varkala, the "new Goa" is a well known beach destination in Kollam. Apart from being a favored destination of beach enthusiasts, Varkala is also a famous religious destination where Hindus perform obsequies for the departed souls. Varkala beach caught up the fancy of foreign tourists around 6 years back as an isolated and uncrowded beach that was free from mass tourism footfalls unlike the many other popular beaches like kovalam. Today, even though Varkala beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations, it has gracefully remained charming and unspoilt . The ideal time to visit Varkala Beach is from November to March.
stands out for its unique hot mineral springs and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes in the form of tall rocky cliffs and strange land formations that majestically preside over the vast stretches of clean white sand. These cliffs that are curiously named as Varkala Formation are graded as geological monuments by the Geological Survey of India.
beautiful beaches of Varkala, the most popular one is the Papanasanam Beach. Varkala tourism has developed tremendously over the years and has succeeded in offering the requisite infrastructure to the tourists who touch town in scores to experience the exceptional charm and tranquility that not many other destinations can offer! There are several big and small restaurants in and around Papasnanam beach apart from a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. From home stays to budget lodges and resorts, there is something for every pick in Varkala.
The bucolic settings of Varkala are equally alluring as its sea coast. The vast expanses of soft green paddy fields and sleepy villages make it a truly enchanting mosaic of natural beauty.
Varkala sight seeing options do offer something special for everyone. One of the most important places to visit in Varkala would be the Sree Janardana Swami Temple, or Dakshin Kashi, which dates back to over 2000 years. Sivagiri Mutt founded by Sree Narayana Guru, is another popular destination in Varkala. Sivagiri Pilgrimage is held every year between 30th December and 1st January
Anjengo Fort, which is listed as a national heritage monument is another must see spot in Varkala sight seeing. Anjengo Fort was built in the 17th century by the Dutch to safeguard the coastline from foreign invasions. The strategic importance of this fort made it a vulnerable target for foreign powers for several centuries. Boat cruise along the estuary between Edava and Kappil is another popular tourist activity in Varkala.
The boom in tourism industry has brought in an impetus in the traditional ayurvedic treatments as well. Varkala has many authentic Ayurveda and yoga centres, some of them near the beach, that offer holistic wellness solutions to the tourists. No matter whether you are here for culture or spirituality or the pure indulgence of a beach holiday, Varkala beach would never let you down. Set out on a well planned Varkala holidays and the irresistible charm of this beautiful beach destination would bring you back soon!
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at a distance of 46 km far from Varkala.
Varkala is well connected by road to all places in Kerala. The place is well linked to the cities like Thiruvananthapuram (54 km) and Kollam (37 km) by road.
Varkala has a railway station located at a short distance of about 3 km from the beach.