Varkala Tourism, Kerala

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About Varkala - Kerala Tourism

Varkala, a coastal town located 50 km north-west of Thiruvananthapuram, is beautiful beach town that is highly popular among international tourists. The most unique feature of Varkala beach is that the beach is surrounded by two cliffs that are located adjacent to Arabian Sea.

The northern cliff is lined with restaurants and shops that provide some of the best cuisines in world. Tourists will love the experience of sitting in one of the restaurant on the cliff and watching the sun setting in the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are very interesting geological formation for geologists known as Varkala formation.

Varkala is also famous for the 2,000 year old Janardana Swami temple, an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India. There is an old bell in this temple that was presented by the captain of a Dutch ship that sunk here without any causality. There is also the famous Sivagiri Mutt close to the town that was founded by the Hindu reformer and philosopher Shri Narayana Guru. Another important tourist attraction here is the Varkala tunnel, which is a 924 ft long tunnel built in the year 1867 and took 14 years to complete.

The main beach of Varkala is known as ‘Papanasam beach’, as it is believed to clean the soul of human beings from all sins. There are also options for Ayurvedic massage and Yoga center in this town for tourists.

Another beach that is a must visit for travelers is Kappil beach (4 km from Varkala), which provides a breathtaking view with this small strip of beach surrounded by Arabian sea on one side and Kappil lake (backwater) on other side.

Travelers must also visit a Portuguese fort known as Anjengo fort near Varkala, which was built by the Portuguese to protect from any sea side invasion. There is also a lighthouse near Anjengo fort that provides a majestic view of the surroundings covered with the backwaters, sea and coconut trees.

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