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Varkala is the beautiful coastal town of Thiruvananthapuram, and is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. With its peaceful seaside cliffs adjoining the Arabian Sea, Varkala makes for a perfect holiday destination. The place boasts of many beautiful attractions, such as immaculate beaches, soaring hills, shimmering lakes, majestic forts and stunning lighthouses.

The most popular attraction of Varkala is the Varkala Beach. Situated on a secluded location, the beach makes for a perfect weekend getaway. The southern area of the beach is known for its Janardhana Swamy Temple, whereas the northern region has earned popularity for its natural mineral spring.

Another popular retreat here is the Thiruvambadi Beach. It is known for its black sand. Nestled with lush coconut groves, the beach’s shoreline is perfect for leisurely strolls.

The peace seekers can visit the Sivagiri Mutt, a popular ashram of Shri Narayana Guru. The ashram was constructed around 1904, and is mostly visited by devotees during 30 December to 1 January, which marks the grand annual festival of the temple. Many debates, vibrant processions, seminars, public meetings and cultural shows are also organised here.

Apart from these, the Janardhanaswamy Temple is a major attraction of Varkal, and also holds great importance among the locals here. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple dates back to 2000 years.

Other major attractions in Varkala are:

  • Kappil Lake
  • Papasnanam Beach
  • Varkala Light House
  • Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort

How to Reach Varkala:
By Air: Trivandrum International Airport is the closest airport to the town (45 km from the town) catering both domestic and international flights.

By Rail: Varkala Railway Station is well linked to all the major cities.

By Road: Frequent KSRTC buses are accessible from both Kochi and Trivandrum.

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