Tourist Attractions in Varkala
Being located in the tranquility of the cliffs next to the Arabian Sea, Varkala is blessed with several Ayurvedic treatment centers and spas. The beaches of Varkala are clean and not overcrowded and have become the most admired spot. People love to relax in its serene environment. The climate of the city remains favorable throughout the year.
Varkala also holds religious importance as it has several holistic sites. There are many places that you can go to during your visit in Varkala.
1. Varkala Beach
Varkala Beach is located 54 km from the north of Thiruvananthapuram in the southern Kerala. Being one of the isolated beaches of Kerala, it serves as an ideal place for relaxation far away from the hectic schedule of everyday life. Varkala Beach is popularly known as Papanasam beach and is considered as sacred. People believe that a dip in to the waters of this beach will wash away sins.
This beach is an excellent place for sun-bathing and swimming. In the evening, you can catch hold of an enchanting view of the sunset that will keep lingering in your mind. Several restaurants and snack shops can be found in and around the beach. Therefore Varkala beach is considered as one of the major attractions of Varkala and remains thronged throughout the year.
Timings: 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM (on all days of the week).
Suggested Tour : 8 Days Kerala Backwater Tour
2. Sivagiri Mutt
Sivagiri is a pilgrimage centre located at Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. It is one of the famous ashrams of Shri Narayana Guru, a social reformer and sage. Sivagiri Mutt built in the year 1904 is situated atop the Sivagiri hills, which serves as the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham. It is an organization established by the Guru for his disciples and saints. The motive behind the building of the ashram is to spread the concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God'.
You can witness colorful processions and cultural shows, debates and seminars, public meetings, group wedding, community feasts and rituals organized to mark the celebrations of the birth of the Guru in August and the day of his Samadhi in September every year.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (on all days of the week)
3. Thiruvambadi Beach
Being at Varkala, you must visit Thiruvambady beach, which lies 1 km from the Thiruvamdabi road next to the North cliff. This beach is known for its black sand and is popularly known as Black Sand Beach. It serves as an ideal picnic spot nestled at the center of lush coconut groves providing opportunities to relax and unwind.
As it receives fewer crowds, it is a perfect place for those who want to visit secluded places far from the bustling city life. Peace seekers can have a nice time in this serene and calm beach amidst tranquility.
4. Edava Beach
Edava Beach, located in the village of Edava, in Thiruvananthapuram District of South Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the famous tourist spots situated near Varkala. Numerous tourists from all across the world get attracted to this beach with serene and dazzling backwaters.
Being on the beach, you will be able to get the breathtaking view of the lagoon meeting the Arabian Sea. Admire the untouched beauty of the beach, while getting indulged into various activities. Witness a road dividing the sea water as it runs between the sea water.
5. Janardhanaswamy Temple
Two thousand years old Janardhanaswamy Temple is located 25 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, near Varkala Beach. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thousands of devotees visit the temple during the celebration of Arattu festival every year. This temple of 12th century is often visited by the Hindus to perform rituals for the departed souls.
Timings: 4:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 5:00 to 8:00 PM
6. Anjengo Fort
Anjengo Fort also known as Anchuthengu Fort is situated 12 km from Varkala at Anjengo. This fort of 17th century is preserved by the National Heritage monuments. It lies at the seacoast of Anjengo located near Varkala Beach, which is 36 km North of Thiruvananthapuram. It holds historic importance and is blessed with amazing natural beauty.
It is an ideal destination for the ones who love to explore the hidden jewels, walking leisurely around the spot. The serene backwaters along with the coconut trees provide a dramatic view that will keep you mesmerized. It also serves as a picnic spot for those who love to hangout with friends and family as the spot is very clean. The fishing village close to the beach adds charm to the place. You can observe the activities of the fishermen at this place.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (on all days of the week)
Ponnumthuruthu, which is 20 km from Varkala is also known as Golden Island. This place is famous for its 100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. It is surrounded by thick coconut groves on the sandy beaches. This secluded isle can be accessed through boats from the harbor near Nedunganda Village.
Timings: 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (on all days of the week)