Land of sand, beaches & clear blue water
Varkala is small town in Kerala, South
India. If you're looking for beaches and are fed up with the crowds & prices
at Kovalam, then its well worth checking out Varkala. The best times to go, are
of course in the season, when the beach extends out all around the cliff face
for 500 meters.The beaches around this area are excellent and if you're
looking for a cheap holiday Varkala should definitely be on your list. In the
off season its really mellow and relaxed, swim & sleep & chill out. Only
in December does it get really busy and prices start rocketing till
January/February, when it starts to quieten down. But remember most 'tourist'
locations in India with beaches will be busy during December, if you want to
miss the crowd, head for the hills in Kodiakanal-Tamil Nadu. Varkala has been a Hindu pilgrimage site
since the 12th Century. The Janardhana Temple was built during this period and
many Hindu's still visit Varkala to this day, for this very reason.
main beaches and tourist area are located at the cliff top, which is about 7
minutes walk from the Temple. The 'cliff-top' is where most of the hotels &
restaurants are located, over looking the Arabian Sea. The main
season starts from Dec 1st- March 31st, with December & early January
experiencing the biggest rush. If you want to go out of season, then you can
stay very cheaply and of course avoid the crowd .
: 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city and 37 km south of Kollam,
Thiruvananthapuram district, south Kerala.
Attractions: Beach, mineral watersprings, the Sivagiri Mutt and a 2000
year old Vishnu temple.