Varkala

Varkala Tourism

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.

Varkala Beach & Cliff

Varkala beach is famous for its rock cliffs, pristine sands, blue waters and mineral springs. The cliff accommodating stretches of shops, restaurants, resorts and beach houses provide everything a tourist is looking for.

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  • Entry Timings12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Weekly HolidayNone
  • Suitable For Everyone

Janardhana Swami Temple

Janardhana Swami temple is a 2000 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is so popular as it is the only shrine dedicated to Vishnu in the name of Janardhana in this part of the country, with the temples usually being dedicated to Krishna. The temple aptly follows and echoes the aesthetics of traditional South-Indian architecture.

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  • Entry Timings5:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Weekly HolidayNone
  • Suitable For Everyone

Sivagiri Mutt

Sivagiri Mutt, the head office of Sree Narayana Dharma Sangam is situated at a distance of 6 miles from Varkala, and is also the resting place to the very popular community reformer and thinker, Sree Narayana Guru.

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  • Entry Timings5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Weekly HolidayNone
  • Suitable For Everyone

Kappil Lake

The Kappil Lake is popular for its serene atmosphere and the coconut plantations.

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  • Entry Timings12:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Weekly HolidayNone
  • Suitable For Everyone

Anjengo(Anchengo) Fort & Light House

Anjengo or Anjuthengo originally means a bunch of five coconut trees in Malayalam. The fort here is served to the one time bastions for British East India Company, second to Bombay. Anjengo was raised as a signal station (Light House) in 1695, for ships and cruises from England.

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  • Entry Timings9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Weekly HolidayNone
  • Suitable For Everyone

Varkala Tunnel

Varkala Tunnel is a popular tourist highlight for its magnificent construction which was done by digging varkala hill in 1880. It was a 924 ft(277 meters) long tunnel built in 1867 by the then dewan of Travancore(Attingal Palace) T.Mahadeva Rao , and took around 15 years to complete at an expense of 1.7 million Indian rupees

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