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Varkala Travel Guide is to give you a quick idea about the destination. Although Varkala is a famous Hindu pilgrimage center, it has been recently opened for tourism and therefore the town is still undiscovered by tourists. If you are looking for a less crowded beach in India then a trip to Varkala, near Kerela is the best choice.

Overview

Varkala is a small seaside town located just 32 m/54 km from Tiruvanthapuram in Kerala. The town is a famous pilgrimage center of the Hindus known for the last resting place of Sri Narayan Guru. The town is also known for its beautiful white beaches, rocky cliffs and spa. If you are looking for a cheap beach holiday with lesser crowds, then Varkala is a perfect destination. You can visit the town any time as the climate remains pleasant throughout the year. However, if you want to stay away from the crowd then avoid going there during the pilgrimage time which lasts from December 31st to early January. Reaching Varkala is quite easy as it is well connected with road and train services with all the major cities in India. The nearest international airport is at Tiruvanthapuram. Once inside the town it is easy to get around on foot as the town is spread on just few kilometers. Auto-rickshaws are also available for commuting.

Sightseeing

The most attractive site of Varkala is the Papanasham beach. Tourists love the serene, clean, white sandy beach of Varkala. The beach is also famous for mineral water springs whose waters have medicinal powers. It is a must visit place for the pilgrims. As far as beach activities you can enjoy volley ball, football in the sand or go swimming and snorkeling in the sea. Apart from the beach the town also has a 2000-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, The Janardhan Temple. Sivagiri Mutt is another must-see place here which is the main center of Sri Narayan Guru Dhrama Sangam Trust. Lots of devotees visit here every year. Other most enjoyable activity here is the relaxing and rejuvenating Kerala Massage and Spa.

Accommodation

With the development of tourism the accommodation needs of the tourists visiting here has also been taken care of. Hotels range from luxury, economy to budget accommodations. Compared to other beach cities in India the accommodation here is fairly cheap. If you are visiting during peak season then reservations must be made in advance to avoid any problems. During other times of the year it is easily available.


Varkala Travel Guide is to give you a quick idea about the place. Although Varkala is a famous Hindu pilgrimage center however, it has been recently opened for tourism and therefore the town is still undiscovered by tourists. If you are looking for a less crowded beach in India then trip to Varkala, kerela is best choice.

Overview

Varkala is a small seaside town located just 54 km from Tiruvanthapuram in Kerala. The town is a famous pilgrimage center of the Hindus known for the last resting place of Sri Narayan Guru. The town is also known for its beautiful white beaches, rocky cliffs and spa. If you are looking for a cheap beach holiday with lesser crowd then Varkala is a perfect destination. You can visit the town any time as the climate remains pleasant throughout the year. However, if you want to stay away from the crowd then avoid going there during the pilgrimage time which lasts from December 31 st to early January. Reaching Varkala is quite easy as it is well connected with road and train services with all the major cities in India. The nearest international airport is at Tiruvanthapuram. Once inside the town it is easy to get around on foot as the town is spread on just few kilometers. Auto-rickshaws are also available for commuting.

Sightseeing

The most attractive site of Varkala is the Papanasham beach. Tourists love the serene, clean, white sandy beach of Varkala. The beach is also famous for mineral water springs whose waters have medicinal powers. It is a must visit place for the pilgrims. As far as beach activities you can enjoy volley ball, football in the sand or go swimming and snorkeling in the sea. Apart from beach the town also has 2000 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, The Janardhan Temple. Sivagiri Mutt is another must see place here which is the main center of Sri Narayan Guru Dhrama Sangam Trust. Lots of devotees visit here every year. Other most enjoyable activity here is the relaxing and rejuvenating Kerala Massage and Spa.

Accommodation

With the development of tourism the accommodation need of the tourists visiting here has also been taken care of. Hotels range from luxury, economy to budget accommodations. Compared to other beach cities in India the accommodation here is fairly cheaper. If you are visiting during peak season then reservations must be made in advance to avoid any problems. During other time of the year it is easily available.







Travellers spend some time at the popular Kovalam beach, south of Thiruvanathapuram.
Varkala, north of the state's capital, is less easily reachable, but always worth that extra effort. High red rocks, coconut trees,  unspoiled sea with good waves, retaurants, one holy hindubeach and that is the wonderful sight of the Arabian Sea coastline.

However, it seems to be that Varkala is turning into a new Kovalam beach. Or maybe even a new Goa! It is quite touristy these days: there is a train station and there are many hotels... Quite some female travellers feel at ease in this 'new Paradise' to such an extent that they don't take into consideration anymore the beach dresscodes in India (remember that Varkala still is a place where Indian families spend their day off). Defenetly a place worth visiting for anybody, cause everybody is there.

Travellers eager to know about the much talked-about   Varkala sights   may be surprised to hear that Varkala is just a calm and tranquil hamlet in the State of Kerala in India and notably renowned for its overall scenic beauty and the picturesque beach.

Hotspot for Tourists Visitng Kerela

For long, the hotspot for tourists visiting Kerala was the romantic Kovalam Beach that lies south of Kerala’s State Capital Trivananthapuram. Varkala is situated 50 kilometers north of Trivananthapuram and though less easy of access, the extra efforts and the strain of reaching will certainly prove highly rewarding.

Varkala – Beaches, Rocks and Temples

It needs to be stated that Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming and swimmers are allowed to freely roam around without any dress code restrictions.

Most tourism operators opine that Varkaka has usurped the place of Kovalam as the foremost beach resort of Kerala.

One can see the fascinating rugged red rocks, vast coconut groves and the roaring sea with lashing tidal waves - not to speak of the splendorous sight of the long Arabian Sea coastline. The highlight of Varkal sights, however, is the steep cliffs seen around the beach with the extraordinary geological formations having natural springs - familiarly called the Varkala Formation.

Tourists coming to Varkala can ill-afford to miss the 2000-year old awe-inspiring Janardhana Temple atop the hill with shrines for Lord Ayyappan and Sri Hanuman. Sree Narayana Guru, a highly revered Hindu saint and well-known social reformer had made Varkala his place of stay and the Sivagiri mutt founded by him draws hosts of pilgrims all year round.

Varkala sightseeing includes a visit to the fascinating Papanasam Beach with white, silvery sands, wherefrom one can watch gazing at the western horizon, the resplendent Sunset in all its colorful glory.

It is also a fact that Varkala is a key center for Ayurveda (an alternate branch of medicine), and the district hospital there is renowned for providing high quality Ayurvedic treatment.  Besides there are spas and private Ayurvedic clinics ubiquitously found all over Varkala. This is yet another reason why tourists flock in large numbers to Varkala to avail of the popular rejuvenation therapy.

Varkala may be a temple town but to many tourists – both domestic and foreign – it is a stress-free beach resort with an all-pervading healthy air. The beach continues to remain unpolluted and the water is warm and clean, and the golden/beige sands are truly romantic. The charm of the place is further enhanced by the   100 meter cliff lined with green palm trees that lends the entire beach an unworldly effect.



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