Varkala is a coastal suburban town in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The nearest airport to Varkala is Thiruvananthapram International Airport which is 55 kilometres away from the town. Varkala is one of the few places where cliffs are found adjacent to the vast sea. The town is famous for Sivagiri mutt and the 2000 year old Janardana Swany Temple.
Although it is an important tourist destination in Kerala, Varkala is not very crowded. You will find awesome fun activities near the beach. The place offers good Ayurvedic massages and many cultural programmes. All in the family will enjoy their stay at Varkala.
Varkala is a small quiet settlement in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram district. The town of Varkala has received much attention because of its attractive beach, the 2000 year old Vishnu temple and Sivagiri mutt. One of the legends of Varkala says that a Pandyan King was instructed by Lord Brahma to build a temple at this very place to redeem him of his sins. The waters of the Varkala beach are considered as 'holy' by many people.
The Varkala beach is clean and well-maintained offering a beautiful ambience blended with tranqullity. The beach proposes a variety of mood lifting elements like paragliding, water skiing, surfing and boating. The water in the Varkala beach is known for its natural spring water which has many curative values. The Varkala cliffs nears the beach is now a geo-heritage site. Sivagiri mutt, another tourist attraction is a famous ashram founded by phillosopher Sree Narayan Guru. Varkala offers great accommodation facilities for tourists and is becoming a popular health resort for its many Ayurvedic massage centres.
The town is at an altitude of 190 metres( 623 ft) above mean sea level.
The temparatue is usually on the warmer side throughout the year with pleasant winters and extremely hot summers.
During winter season that starts in December and continues till February.
Varkala does not have an airport of its own. However, Trivandrum International Airport is just about 55 Km awayfrom the town. A cab ride of 1 hour 30 minutes should get you to Varkala.
Varkala Railway Station is 3 Km away from the main area. Travelling by train can be a faster and cheaper option in and around the state. Additionally, almost all major trains pass through the Varkala railway station.
Varkala bus routes are efficiently connected with the other prominent places of Kerala as well as Tamil Nadu. Kerala state transportation has ample number of well maintained, air conditioned buses intersecting major junctions every half an hour.
Kerala fish soup, fish tikkas and other fresh sea food prepared in the tandoor.