Nestled amidst the serene and surreal settings of the Varkala hamlet in Trivandrum district, the Varkala Beach boasts of being one of the best and magnificent beaches in Kerala! Also called the ‘Papanasham Beach’, legends have it that taking a dip in this beach helps the devotees to cleanse their soul!
Adorned by the charm and grace of the enchanting Arabian Sea, Varkala Beach is the only sandy retreat where cliffs and sea are located adjacent to each other. Whether a leisure seeker, newly-married couple, adventure junky, or a causal traveller, this wonderful beach offers something or the other to everyone.
For the leisure seekers, they can laze around Varkala Beach in Kerala or take a stroll to delight in its miraculous beauty. Honeymooners can enjoy the romantic and heart-warming ambience around the beach and embark on a new journey of their lives. For the adrenaline junkies, this beach offers a number of enthralling activities and water sport. And the casual travellers can relax around the thatched huts around the Varkala Beach and enjoy its soothing charm and appeal.
Best Time to Visit Varkala Beach:
Varkala experiences the best of its climatic conditions from the end of summer (by September end) to the end of winter (by March end). This is in fact the best time to visit Varakala Beach as the temperature changes from moderate to mild, and then gets chilling by the end. Clear atmosphere and cool sea breezes makes September-March, the best time to visit Varkala Beach.
What To See And Do
A two thousand year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple, a short distance away from the beach. The Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 – 1928) is also close by. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days – 30th December to 1st January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: “one caste, one religion and one god”, in a society torn by the taboos of caste system.
Where To Stay
Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for tourists and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centres.
How To Get Around
How to Reach Varkala:
Varkala does not have its own airport! Visitors who prefer flying can make it to the Trivandrum International Airport which is around 51km from to reach Varkala Beach by air.
Varkala Railway Station at a distance of less than 5km serves as the ideal stoppage to reach Varkala Beach by train.
If you are planning to reach Varkala Beach by road, you should make it to the main bus stand in Varkala hamlet. The village is around 47km away from NH-47 and has regular buses from Kochi, Trivandrum, and other major cities in Kerala.