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Varkala tourism - A Memorable Experience of Lifetime

Located in the district of Trivandrum, Varkala is most renowned for being a beach resort. It will give you a proper feel of what it is to be in a place where both land and sea trespass each other's boundaries. VarKaLa, in short, is a delectable toss of sea, sand, rocks, cliffs, creeks, lagoons and estuary. Varkala, though it possesses a beach-resort atmosphere, is not entirely like the other beaches. It is different from Kovalam in many respects - be it topography or ambience. Though visited by a fairly large number of tourists every day, Varkala still harbours a calm ambience and is devoid of the hustle and bustle that is usually associated with Kovalam.

One of the key factors that set apart Varkala from other beaches of Sothern Kerala is the fascinating stretch of cliffs. Kerala coasts are generally flat in nature. Varkala alone is the only beach in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. "The Varkala Formation" as it is called by the geologists is declared by the Geological survey of India as a geological monument. On the sides of these cliffs we can see several beautiful spouts and spas. Apart from holding the charms of a quiet beach, Varkala is also a major pilgrim destination with the presence of Sivagiri Mutt and various ancient temples.

What to See....

Janardhana Temple Janardhana Temple is about 2000 years old and one of the major tourists attractions in Varkala. The temple does not allow the non- Hindus to enter the inner sanctum. It was orginally a Vishnu shrine and was destroyed by tidal waves. A Pandyan king rebuilt the shrine afterward.

Sivagiri Mutt Sivagiri Mutt just 3 kms from the Janardhan temple was founded by Sree Narayana Guru (1856 - 1952).The mutt is the headquarter of Sree Narayana Dharma. Sivagiri Pilgrimage which is held every year between 30th December and 1st January

Varkala Tunnel Varkala Tunnel was constructed in the 19th century .The tunnel is 924 ft and took 14 years for completion. Popularly known as 'Varkala Turuthu', this tunnel was built under the supervision of Divan Sheshaya Sasthri and was extensively used for ferrying of goods.

Kappil Lake Kappil Lake invites tourists to enjoy the scenic world of backwaters of Kerala. The lake is situated on the outskirts of the hill town.

How to reach....

The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International airport, which is about 46 km from Varkala.

The Varkala railway station links the tourist destination of Varkala with other places like Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam.

The tourist destination of Varkala can be reached from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Varkala is about an hour's drive from Thiruvananthapuram.

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