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Looking for some peace and quiet? Visit Varkala, a beautiful hamlet located close to the fringes of the Thiruvananthapuram city. Besides the beautiful beaches at this location, you can also enjoy visiting attractions like the famous Vishnu Temple, the Sivagiri Mutt and more. The USP of this destination is its untainted beauty that beckones you to explore its hidden beauty. You have a lot to explore and enjoy at this lovely destination.

Places to Visit

Tourism is flourishing in Varkala and the major places to be seen here are-

Varkala Beach

If you are a beach buff, visit the Papanasam beach (Varkala beach), which is about 10 km from Varkala. It is also considered as a natural spring. This spring is considered to cover medicinal, healing and curative properties. This beach is given the sobriquet of Papanasam beach because a single dip in the sacred waters of this beach is supposed to cleanse the impurities of the body and all the sins of the soul. The beach houses many resorts, shops, ayurvedic centres.

Paravur Lake

It is one of the major tourist attractions in Varkala and comprises of beautiful, glittering backwaters, waterways and lakes. This is the land of beautiful beaches, estuary and waterways, perfect destination for enjoying some lovely time with your soulmate.

The Sivagiri Mutt

Sivagiri Mutt is an ashram or a pilgrimage which is devoted to the most popular guru of Kerala- Shri Narayana Guru. You will feel a lot of peace and serenity in your surroundings.

Kappil Beach

This pretty and undeveloped area is located around 9 km away from Varkala. The boats can be hired from a club called the Kappil Lake boat for short and nice trips to the backwaters and lake.

Ponnumthuruthu Island

This island is located to the south of city Varkala and about 10 km away, in the midst of a backwater lake known for its boat rides to and fro the island. The island is abode to the Shiva-Parvati Hindu Temple and is further renowned for its religious significance.

Janardhana Temple

A 2 thousand years old famous Janardhana Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi, is an attractions for the people with religious bent of mind. The temple is close to the Sivagiri Mutt and the Papanasam beach as well, bringing pleasure with a sense of divinity. Varkala offers opportunities for excellent accommodation services, accompanied with numerous Ayurvedic massage centres which are all included in the best deals of tour packages.

When to Visit

From September to February are the best months to visit Varkala and at this time, you can enjoy this little green temple town’s ambience.

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How to Reach Air

You can reach this place by air and the Trivandrum International Airport is the closest of all the airports to Varkala which is approximately 43 km away from the city.

How to Reach Road

Many private and regular buses run from Varkala and connect the national highways. It is easy to reach here from Thiruvananthapuram as well as from Kochi

How to Reach Rail

Varkala railway station is the closest (almost 4 km away) to Thiruvananthapuram and is well connected to the other main places.

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