Varkala Beach

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Overview

Varkala Beach is heaven in Kerela. Located in south Kerala at north end border of the Trivandrum. It is the perfect place for relaxing and sunbathing. The beautiful views of sunsets are just so alluring that you never want to leave that place. It is one of the best places to hang out at Kerela. The area has coconut palms and some restaurants that you can easily enjoy and have exclusive south Indian meals. The beach grew very popular recently and caught tourists eyes. It is quietly secluded, peaceful and clean. The beach is a perfect place to watch the sunset or relax gazing at the stars at night. This beach is bordered by high cliffs. below this cliff is a 500 -metre stretch beach. 

Varkala beach is commonly called as Papanasham. This beautiful beach has turned Varakala into a beautiful place. The beach is popular because it is less crowded, has fewer number of shops and beach sellers and a lesser amount of commercialization. Here one could swim, play cricket, volleyball and even manage to practise yoga. above the beach are tall red laterite cliffs and just next to the sea are freshwater mineral springs.

 

 

History of Varkala Beach

Varkala is a holy town that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Its ancient Janardhana Swami Temple is very famous around the world. The temple belongs to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god who preserves and sustains life. It has been said that the temple has been founded some 2,000 years ago, though its structure dates back to the 13th century when it was rebuilt by a Pandya king. Varkala Beach is considered sacred to Hindus. It’s another name Papanasham means "destroyer of sins" and pilgrims perform rituals for deceased relatives there. According to Hindu mythology, the beach Varkala gets its name from a garment that Sage Narada's Valkalam threw to mark the spot where a group of followers had to pay penance for their misdeeds.

 

 

Interesting Part about Varkala Beach

The ideal holiday destination Varakal Beach is very popular among tourists. This beach has been counted under top ten seasonal beaches in the world by the discovery channel. The stunning beauty of this beach cannot be described in words. The beach is quite famous for swimming, sunbathing and just laying around. The panoramic beauty of this place can not be easily described in words. Another name for this beautiful beach is Papanasham beach as it is believed that taking bath here washes away all sins.

This massive beach on the Arabian sea is quite popular for spa, mineral springs, ayurvedic centres, and it offers the best treatments and therapies. Cliff clad beaches and pretty vibrant environments give a very peaceful feel that a lot of people on their honeymoon want to spend their days here. The cliff offers captivating views of sand and sea. Holidaying in Varkala gives an unforgettable experience as many attractions flock large numbers of tourists from all over the world. It’s a marvelous destination to chill and regenerate your senses.

You can hire a boat from Kappil Beach to explore the local backwaters. Hotels on the cliff all offer backwater trips too. Ponnumthuruthu Island (Golden Island) is a popular destination along the Anjengo backwaters. It has a 100-year-old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

You can drive 30 minutes down the coast from Varkala and you'll reach Anjengo. The historical fort was developed by the British East India Company in the late 17th century. It served as the first signaling station for ships arriving from England, and as a depot for the pepper and coir trade. You can also visit Jatayu Earth's Center, which is about 50 minutes northeast of Varkala. This new park opened in 2017 and features the world's largest bird sculpture at the top of the hill.

 

 

Restaurants To Eat at Varkala Beach

Major restaurants in Varkala specialize in fresh seafood. Some very famous restaurants are Gods Own Country Kitchen on North cliff. Clafouti is the top upmarket option on North Cliff. ABBA Restaurant and Bakery Cafe at the Green Palace Hotel is renowned for its extravagant menu. Cafe Del Mar is a good option for Italian coffee and continental cuisine. Coffee Temple is another famous coffee place. Darjeeling Cafe is a trendy hangout spot. The Juice Shack is unbeatable for its impressive variety of fresh fruit juices.

 

 

Famous Hotels to Stay at Varkala Beach

  • Kaiya House
  • Akhil Beach Resort
  • Keratheeram Beach Resort
  • Mad About Coco
  • Jicky's Nest
  • Mango Villa
  • Varkala Marine Palace
  • Hill View Beach Resort
  • Cliff Stories
  • Palm Tree Heritage
  • Maadathil Cottages
  • Satta Beach Residency

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Monday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Tuesday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Wednesday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Thursday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Friday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
  • Saturday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Train : The railway station nearest to Varkala Beach is in Varkala only. It is only 3 km away from the beach. If you are coming by train, take an auto-rickshaw from the station for about 100 rupees.
  • By Flight : The closest airport to the Varkala beach is Trivandrum International Airport. 57 km is the distance between the Varkala beach and the airport. If you are opting for a taxi then Expect to pay around 2,000 rupees from Trivandrum airport.
  • By Bus : Varkala town also has a bus station that receives regular buses from Trivandrum, Alleppey, and Kollam.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Address

Varkala Beach, Kerala

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Arun Wanderlust
Arun Wanderlust
08/09/2020 10:27
Very clean and beautiful beach. Very nice calm vibe
Apoorva Goel
Apoorva Goel
08/04/2020 19:13
Beautiful beach.
Dibya Kanti Golui
Dibya Kanti Golui
07/06/2020 11:32
Cliff + Beach... It's beauty !!!
divya mundackal
divya mundackal
07/25/2020 13:13
Good place
Bijesh Biju
Bijesh Biju
07/24/2020 11:45
The heaven in the earth

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FAQs

Major restaurants in Varkala specialize in fresh seafood. Some very famous restaurants are Gods Own Country Kitchen on North cliff. Clafouti is the top upmarket option on North Cliff. ABBA Restaurant and Bakery Cafe at the Green Palace Hotel is renowned for its extravagant menu. Cafe Del Mar is a good option for Italian coffee and continental cuisine. Coffee Temple is another famous coffee place. Darjeeling Cafe is a trendy hangout spot. The Juice Shack is unbeatable for its impressive variety of fresh fruit juices.
Late December to March is the best months to visit the beach, because the weather is dry and sunny every day, and the temperature hovers around 30 degrees Celsius. You can even protect yourself from unnecessary tanning
Approximately 2-3 days of holidaying at the Varkala Beach are sufficient for enjoying. Try to book tickets for the hotel beforehand to avoid any kind of inconvenience.
Kovalam is relatively older beach, with maximum number of resorts and hence quite crowded with both tourists, merchants, locals etc. Varkala is relativey new and hence not too exploited. The beach and the water is cleaner too.
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