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Varkala

Varkala

Weather

Varkala experiences a tropical moderate climate just like any other Kerala destinations. Summers (March to May) are very hot and humid with temperature ranging between 30 degree Celsius and 35 degree Celsius. The sea breeze is a big relief from the heat. Heavy rains occur here during June–August due to southwest monsoon. Winter starts in the month of December and lasts till February with pleasant days and cool nights. Varkala is ideal for visits at any time except monsoons.

How To Reach

By Road:

Varkala is well linked by road to all places in Kerala. The nearest cities are Thiruvananthapuram (54 km) and Kollam (37 km).


By Air:

The airport closest to Varkala is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at a distance of 46 km from here. Kochi International Airport is located about 176 kms from Varkala. Both airports are well connected with all major Indian cities and countries of Middle East.



By Rail:

Varkala railway station located 3 km from the beach connects Varkala with the rest of Kerala. Varkala is not a major railway head in Kerala. The nearest major railway heads are Thiruvananthapuram 41 kms and Kollam 37 kms. Both these are well connected in all major Indian cities.


Overview

This beach town located about 41 km north of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala is synonymous with sea, sun, ayurveda and spirituality. Situated in Kollam district of Kerala, Varkala is equally famous as a religious destination, as thousands of Hindus of Kerala come here to pray for their departed souls.

 

Varkala became a hot tourist destination very recently as the pristine beaches and serene atmosphere of the place caught the fancy several foreign visitors who have been earlier confined just to the beaches of  nearby Kovalam.  Today Varkala beaches ranks high in the tourism map of Kerala, but still the atmosphere here is pristine and charming. Varkala is now visited by people from all over the world who would like to get soaked in nature and tranquility.                                    

 

The pristine town of Varkala with lots of paddy fields and greenery is as charming as its beaches. Due to the tourism boom, Varkala is now equipped with several world class resorts and infrastructure offering authentic Kerala experiences. Right from home stays to luxurious resorts, there is something catering every taste in Varkala.

 

The hot mineral springs of Varkala beaches are studded with unique and majestic rocky cliffs. The cliffs of Varkala beaches are known as Varkala Formation and are categorised as a monument of geology by the Geological Survey of India. The exotic boat cruises along backwaters is also another attraction Varkala offers.

 

Tourism in Varkala has been impetus for the traditional Ayurvedic treatments practiced here. Varkala houses several authentic beach side Ayurveda and yoga centers, thereby catering to both beach lovers and spiritually inclined holidays.

 

Varkala is also a favourite shopping destination for foreign travellers who love to purchase Kerala handicrafts especially the accessories and curios made with coconut shell and the coir products. The numerous beachside shacks sell clothes, accessories and several handcrafted items.