Varkala is a beautiful coastal town 51 kilometers away from Thiruvananthapuram, on its northern side. Well known for the Varkala Beach and naturally abundant, Varkala Tourism has the charm and potential to attract tourists from all over the world and Varkala with its high cliffs with mineral springs is ranked by Discovery Channel as one of the best beaches in Kerala and top 10 beaches in the world. The beach is quite popular among foreigners as its tourism offers many exciting pursuits such as sun bath, boat riding and Ayurvedic rejuvenation.
Varkala also has a shade of culture to it and is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre with the memorial of Sree Narayana Guru, at Sivagiri which is frequented by Hindu pilgrims from South India. Varkala also offers the picturesque papanasham beach surrounded by cliff and sea, together with destinations- Sivagiri, Anchengo Fort & Light House, Janardhana Swami Temple.
Sightseeing in Varkala is about a wonderful beach location looking over high cliffs with a fascinating combination of spiritual and modern values covered into one small town endowed with temples and covered with shacks in seashore.
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Varkala is a perfect location for Ayurveda, rejuvenation, and quiet contemplation, and while Kerala is sunny and warm all year round, humidity levels and prices vary.
The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Although torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, monsoon season is also known as Ayurveda season. The intense humidity creates the perfect conditions for you to get the most out of your Ayurveda treatments. If it's quiet contemplation and Ayurveda you're after, monsoon season is the one for you! It's also the perfect time to take advantage of off-season prices. Varkala is firmly on the beaten path, especially amongst beach-going backpackers, so this is an excellent chance to enjoy a quieter, more contemplative holiday here.
September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is an exceptional time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty. The coconut groves Varkala is known for will be in full flowering. Furthermore, around the August/September period Keralites celebrate the Onam Harvest Festival with Snake Boat Races, in a tradition dating back to paddy-field workers showing off their skills in the water as they harvested the rice. Today, villagers emulate them by competing against each other in beautifully handcrafted boats.
The weather is cooler and drier between October and February, with pleasant temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees. While this is the perfect time to visit Varkala, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds.
Between March and May, Kerala's summer hits its peak, with sweltering and humid weather, making conditions less than ideal for anything but doing nothing. If you enjoy hot, wet heat, take advantage of the off-season prices, and enjoy luxurious Ayurveda treatments and lush nature.
For the best Ayurveda conditions and off-season prices, avoid the masses and visit during monsoon season, but winter (December to February) is when conditions are ideal for enjoying the beach and the outdoors.
Trains are the best way to travel around Kerala, and India in general, as they are highly affordable but more comfortable than buses, and the rail networks are extensive. You can purchase your tickets online or in-person at the station booths, and enjoy a relaxing, scenic journey.
However you can reach Varkala in flight and buses as well
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|Varkala to Trivandrum||44 KMs||20 Minutes||20 Minutes||72 Minutes|
|Varkala to Kovalam||57 KMs||NA||NA||84 Minutes|
|Varkala to Alleppey||117 KMs||2 Hours||2 Hours||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
The nearest airport to Varkala is Trivandrum Airport, which serves various international and domestic flights from the Middle East, South East Asia and major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. A pre-paid taxi service can be booked from Trivandrum to Varkala. However, if you're feeling adventurous, the Varkala Cliff helipad is ready to reception helicopters at a moment's notice
Although Varkala has a train station, the nearest major railway centre is at Trivandrum, from where a taxi can deliver you to your destination. Nevertheless, there are regular train routes to Varkala from Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Kochi and Kollam. Note that Varkala Junction is two kilometres from Varkala itself, so you'll need to arrange travel between the two.
State-owned KSRTC and local buses, as well as auto-rickshaws, frequently travel between Varkala town and Trivandrum or Kochi, making this a convenient, if more uncomfortable, way to travel. Buses are likely to be very crowded, and if you are loaded with luggage or uncomfortable in close quarters, this isn't the way to go.
WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?
We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package
How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?
Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.
The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats
There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats
Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?
Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam
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