Varkkala Travel Guide

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Varkkala Things to Do

  • varkala beach

    the papanasham beach at varkala is a nature lovers delight. above the beach are tall red laterite cliffs and just next to the sea are freshwater mineral springs !!!!!!i have been to kovalam beach and was absolutely devastated by what i saw. the beach shows how uncontrolled tourism can play havoc with the beach. also the shops and shanties of rowdy...

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  • Janardhana Temple

    Apart from the beach, about the only thing worth visiting in the immediate area is this temple which is about 300m inland from the beach. It is a 900 year old temple, which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The main deity is Sri Janarthana Swami who is found in a standing...

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  • Varkala beach

    The beach is what makes Varkala a haven for tourists and it's the only place in southern Kerala where you can find cliffs adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The cliffs are a unique geological feature in the otherwise flat Keralan coast, and are known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological survey of...

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Varkkala Hotels

  • Villa Jacaranda

    Temple Rd W, South Cliff, Varkala, Kerala, 695141, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Varkkala Restaurants

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    by Willettsworld Written Sep 22, 2009

    There are many restaurants that stretch along the cliff top. They're all pretty much the same, offering the same kind of tourist food which will cost more than in non-tourist areas. I remember eating breakfast at Green Palace and I had swordfish at Sunrise. Beer is available but you have to keep it out of sight in case local police come by.

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Varkkala Nightlife

  • by pravdr Updated Sep 22, 2004

    the cliffs at varkala offer unmatched views of the arabian sea.

    at sunset a myriad of colors descends and paints the sky from a flaming yellow to blood red orange as the sun sets.

    try to get to the cliiftop from the beach along the stairway or alternative route.this will make you observe the freshwater springs better.

    remember to take a flashlight or torch along as it can get really dark after sunset.

    settle down into any restaurant shack on the cliff and let down your hair.have a cooooool drink and enjoy the trade winds.

    small boats and fishing vessels cutting wakes into the evening sea

    Dress Code: casual

    sunset at varkala cliffs
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    • Beaches
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Varkkala Local Customs

  • visiting temples

    the seven storied sri padmanabhaawami temple is a prominent pilgrimage landmark of thiruvananthapuram(Tiru-Ananta-puram )Tiru-Ananta-puram, which means the place of the sacred serpent, Ananta or Adisesha on which the lord of the temple Padmanabha reclines.thiruvananthapuram was formerly known as trivandrumit was reconstructed in 1729 A.D. by the...

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  • praying with folded hands

    paying obeisance at sivagiri . the picture shows us praying in front of the statue of sree narayana guru the indian system of paying respects to god or to greet each other is known as namaste. if you have flown air india or indian airlines anytime the cabin crew greets yoy with a namaste."Namas " = to bow in reverential salutation"Te" = to you....

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Varkkala Off The Beaten Path

  • visit to the golden island

    a visit to the siva temple at golden island is a must when on a visit to varkala.the serene island has some beautiful bird watching sitesin the picture can be seen the rail bridge going to kollam(quillon)

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  • sivagiri mutt

    set on the picturesque hill of sivagiri is the sharada temple and sivagiri mutt founded by social reformer sri narayana guru(1856-1928). the mutt also has his "samadhi" or the final resting place.the mutt also houses the headquarters of 'Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham'The Mutt is also the headquarter of the 'Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham', a religious...

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  • Internet & Money Exchange

    You'll find plenty of internet cafes along the cliff top plus some money exchangers which all compete with each other and so rates are very good, in fact I think I got the best ever rate of exchange during my 4 month trip in India, here. I think there was also an ATM but I can't remember for sure.

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  • what else do i want

    before embarking on my research on kerala as i always do before visiting any destination the question uppermost in my mind was what am i really looking for?well i was looking forward to a bright suuny destination with seaside and ocean fronts. but i was also looking forward to some tranquility peace and relaxation i closed my eyes and i realised...

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