Varkala, touted as the ‘next Goa’, is an offbeat getaway as well-known as a wellness retreat as it is as a beach destination.This coastal town situated in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala packs many diverse experiences in itself, including tranquil beaches, hills, the beautiful Kappil lake, the Janardhana Swamy Temple, Varkala Cultural Centre and much more. True to its malleable identity, the place is also famous as a Hindu pilgrimage destination. So if you’d like an escape from the usual tourist spots and have a truly enriching travel experience, head to Varkala now.
Why Should You Visit Varkala?
The Cliff And The Sandy Beaches
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Varkala beach is one of the few Indian beaches with cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea. This natural anomaly lends a gret flavour to a visit here, with great views, food and shopping opportunities thanks to the cliff. Take a sunbath, swim or go surfing. If you want to see sunrise try to get there early in the morning and enjoy various shades of the sky. You can also observe and interact with many fishermen in action here; and probably learn the tricks of the trade from them. The place is not too crowded and it’s great for relaxing.
The place takes on an energetic, exhilarating aspect at night. After the sunset, all the shops on the cliff adjoining the beach are lit up with decorative lights and candles. While you won’t find pubs and discs here, but the few beach shacks and the many beach & clifftop restuarants come alive with music and partying. It’s no surprrse the nightlife here is a big hit with foreign tourists. It’s a great idea to walk along the beach under bright moonlight.
India’s Best Sunset
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The view of the sunset from the beach is one you will never forget. Varieties of shades orange, red, yellow make the sky colourful and vibrant. If you love photography, this would be the time to dish out your fancy camera and capture these fleeting moments of brilliance. Photographers from entire world visit Varkala to capture this colorful sunset.
Where To Eat In Varkala
If you are looking for cheap and authentic food visit Sreepadman, near Janardhana Temple. The dosa and south Indian thali served here are very well known.
While this is not a real temple, it could well be a pilgrimage for coffee lovers. A great place for breakfast and lunch at the top of the cliff near the Varkala beach, here you will find heavenly freshly-brewed hot and cold coffees with morning newspaper, tea, smoothies, veg and nonveg breakfasts, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and Mexican food; and free WiFi. Enough said?
Very famous with the foreign and expat crowd, Cafe Bluemoon is frequently recommended for the food as well as the view from here. While the place offers great seafood, the menu of this place has a wide variety of continental as well as Indian fare. Do visit for a laid-back experience- relaxed conversations over fish and smoothies, with a clear view of the Arabian Sea.
How To Reach Varkala
By Air –Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport, at a distance 51 Km.
By Rail –Varkala Railway Station, that is 3 km away from Varkala.
By Road – Varkala Bus Station is well connected to all major cities of India by road. Varkala is just 47 km away from NH 47.
Best Time to Visit – September to March
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