Sights in VarkalaEdit This
Travelers 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.
Tourist Hot Spots
One hot spot for tourists visiting Kerala is the romantic Kovalam Beach that lies south of Kerala’s State Capital Trivananthapuram. Another is Varkala, situated 50 km north of Trivananthapuram, and though more difficult to access, the extra efforts and the strain of reaching it will certainly prove highly rewarding.
Varkala – Beaches, Rocks and Temples
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 mention the splendid sight of the long Arabian Sea coastline. The highlight of Varkal sights, however, are 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 who had made Varkala his place of stay.
Varkala sightseeing includes a visit to the fascinating Papanasam Beach with white, silvery sands, where one can watch the splendid 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.