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Varkala Beach

About Varkala Beach
If you are visiting the Keralaís capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, you are quite close to the town of Varkala. Though it is a small town in size, none can underestimate the natural beauty that it has been blessed with. Today, the Varakala Beach has become a much frequented holiday destination in the state. Dominated by a red cliff and bordered with coconut palms, the beach has almost all the ingredients that a modern day traveler may require to make their holiday a completely exotic one. Whatís more, it is not just a beach but is also significant from both religious and medicinal point of views.

Activities to Do in Varkala
Besides featuring an exotic beach, Varkala is also a known pilgrimage destination. So, you can start your trip with a visit to the 12th century Janardhan Swamy Temple. An interesting legend is associated with the existence of this temple. Find out that legend and also get to known how Varkala got its name.

Get to the Kappil beach. Here, you can arrange for yourself a boat ride. The sail will be an excellent opportunity to explore the natural riches of the backwaters. Also enjoy the tranquility of the place with the near and dear ones.

While at Varkala beach, you can also indulge in a number of adventure sports. Adventure sports like parasailing, scuba diving and parasailing are much popular at Varkala beach. Even deep sea fishing is available and you can really have a good time here. The sea water in Varkala is rich in a variety of fish, corals and sea shells.

Tourist Attractions
Close to the beach is a legendary spring. The water of the spring is believed to have medicinal properties. Devotees gather here in large numbers on the New Moon Day to have a dip into the spring. They believe that a dip here would wash away all their sins.

In Varkala, there are other small unexplored beaches as well; these include Papanasam beach, Kappil beach and the Thiruvambady beach. Kappil beach marks the junction point where coalesce the beach and the backwaters. Do remember to visit these beaches as well to make your travel experience in Varkala even richer.

Beach shops in Varkala are an interesting option to spend some good time at. You can collect some memorable items of art and craft including trinkets and wonderful souvenirs. While in the bazaar, you can also relish a range of seafood delicacies.

Donít forget to make a visit to the much popular Varkala tunnel, measuring 924 ft in length. The project took 14 long years to finalise.

Reach the Beach
Though Varkala beach actually has a secluded location, it doesnít mean you will have difficulty in accessibility. Travellers can first fly down to the Trivandrum Airport, which has regular flights to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. After arrival at Trivandrum, undertake a road journey for a distance of around 46 km to Varkala. By rail route, Varkala remains quite well connected with Thiruvananthapuram, Keralaís capital city. Road network too has good connectivity.