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Varkala is categorised as Beachside / Pilgrimage

Sarkaradevi Temple (Photo Courtesy: Binoyjsdk)
Kappil Lake (Photo Courtesy:
Janardana Swami Temple Entrance (Photo Courtesy: Raji.srinivas)

Reasons to Visit
  • Varkala is a relaxing beach destination at 60 kms north of Kovalam and home to ancient Janardhana Swamy temple.
  • Varkala is quite unlike Kovalam and has mostly budget and mid-segment hotels and resorts located around the Cliff area.
  • Cliff here providers stunning views and an atmosphere like no other beach in Kerala.
  • Varkala has its share of small restaurants and curio shops all perched on the cliff overlooking the beach below and Arabian Sea along with the Hotels.
  • Varkala beach area is where two luxury hotels are situated viz. Gateway Hotel and Hindustan Retreat.
Access Information

Varkala has 11 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

Type of HotelsCount
Wellness Resort1

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3 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Varkala

Getaway (1-3 nights)1
Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)1

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List of Holidays for Varkala


  • Varkala Beach Getaway (2 Nights)

Short Break

  • Kerala Hindu Pilgrim Break (4 Nights)


  • South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary (9 Nights)

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Varkala has 2 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Trivandrum to Ashtamudi Lake and Varkala Day Visit and backRs. 6112

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Trivandrum and Drop to VarkalaRs. 4223

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Varkala has Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

5 Travel Ideas listed for Varkala. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Beaches in Kerala - Marari, Varkala, Kovalam, Bekal
  • Experiences in Kerala
  • Padmanabha Swamy Temple Pilgrimage
  • Varkala Getaway
  • Varkala Pilgrimage

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Krishna
    Papanasam Cliff beach is where a lot of mid-segment hotels and guests houses are located on a cliff. The view from the cliff is awesome. The beach is a steep walk down and is kind of secluded as tourists don't have a direct access except via narrow lane full of restaurant and curio shops.
    View Point
    Sea or Ocean or Beach
    Sivagiri Mutt was established by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru and is one renowned monuments in Kerala.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Kappil Lake is about 4 kms from Varkala. Here waters meanders through dense coconut groves before merging into the Arabian Sea, thus a scenic view point for tourists.
    View Point
    Lake Views, Sea or Ocean or Beach
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    In the year 1684, the English East India Company chose Anjengo to establish their first trade settlement in Kerala. Fort right now is in ruins and of interest to heritage / off-beat travellers
    Heritage Site
    Kaduvayil Juma masjid is situated on NH47 is a renowned pilgrimage centre for sunni sect. The moque is attracted local Muslims and Hindus.
    Mosque or Dargah
    Jatayu Nature Park is a park and tourism centre near Kollam (38 kms). Jatayu Nature Park holds the distinction of having the world's largest bird sculpture (200 feet long, 150 feet broad, 70 feet in height and having 15,000 square feet of floor area) of the mythical bird Jatayu.
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Sarkaradevi Temple is a Goddess Bhadrakali temple and one of the most important temples in South India.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple

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