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Varkala Kerala

The seaside town of Varkala occupies a position 55 km north of Thiruvananthapuram, Keralaís capital city. Besides being an important beach destination, Varkala is also a popular pilgrimage destination. Hindus hold the place in high regard because it is the resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, one of Keralaís greatest social reformers. Varkala is among those few destinations that promise a tranquil holiday in the midst of silvery sands, rocky cliffs and verdant fields and coconut palms. In addition, the town also offers a nature cure centre, located just at a stoneís throw away from the beach. All in all, a holiday in Varkala will prove to be one of the most rejuvenating experiences of a travellerís life. Plan you travel to Varkala between the ideal time of October and March.

Activities to Do in Varkala
Spend some time around Varkala and then move on to the closely located Papanasam Beach. At the beach, you can enjoy some quality time with your family and friends, feast your eyes on the scenic landscape and also visit the mineral springs.

The mineral springs possess medicinal characteristics. You can easily notice tourists and locals drinking and bathing in the water of these mineral springs.

Cover a distance of just 6 km north of the town to reach the Kappil Lake. The lake is situated on the outskirts of Varkala and affords wonderful views of Kerala backwaters. The estuaries at the lake are also worth seeing.

Get to the nature cure centre at Varkala. The centre offers a wide range of Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies. Consult the experts of Ayurveda and enroll yourself in a short rejuvenation program. Relax your body and mind and return home all recharged and renewed.

In and Around
Since Varkala is a pilgrimage centre, it would be nice to begin your sightseeing tour with a visit to Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple. Sitting on a hilltop, the temple attracts a lot of travelers as well as pilgrims. Though no-Hindus are not allowed into the sanctum sanctorum, you can view the temple from outside. Next, you can pay a visit to the Sivagiri Mutt, the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Sangham. Then itís time to dig into the colonial history at the Anjengo Fort, redolent with the memories of the East India Company. Before you end your sightseeing tour, do not forget to see the much popular Varkala tunnel, built in 1867.

Where to Stay
Hindustan Beach Resort, Golden Beach Resort, Hotel Sea Pearl Chalet, Varkala Marine Palace, Raja Park Beach Resort, Hotel Ganga, Ananda Tourist Home, Hotel Green Palace, Cliff House Hotel and J.A. Tourist Home are some affordable stay options in Varkala.

Varkala Air / Rail / Road Link
Fly down to the Trivandum International Airport, at 55 km from Varkala town. Later, you can take a drive to reach the town. If you are coming by rail route, you need to get down at either Alleppey or Quilon railway stations. Kollam is just at a distance of 37 km from Varkala.