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Best places to visit in Varkala. 

One of the most stunning locations in Kerala's southern region is Varkala.

Varkala is renowned for having wonderful beaches along the Arabian Sea, and it is becoming a more and more popular tourist destination in Kerala.

Varkala is known as "The Goa of Kerala."

There are so many things to see around Varkala, one day is not enough!!!.

So I prefer homestays in Varkala.

The nearest railway station to Varkala is "Varkala-Sivagiri Railway Station."

And the nearest airport to Varkala is "Trivandrum International Airport," which is 55 km away from Varkala.

Varkala has a lot to offer travelers, including historical and religious sites and naturally beautiful views.

Here are some details on how to go to Varkala as well as some of the interesting tourist attractions in Varkala.

1. Varkala Beach (Papanasam)

This beach is a sight to see and is Varkala's top tourist attraction.

At this beach, you may take in the peace of nature without the noise and congestion of Kerala's other popular commercial beaches.

It is the best location in Varkala because it is surrounded by cliffs and has a lengthy Arabian Sea shoreline.

Varkala Beach, which is only 2.6 km from the city center, offers many sports like parasailing and paragliding.

All of these elements combine to make this beach a superb travel location where you can unwind and have exhilarating activities simultaneously.

Timings: Open 24 hours.

2. Varkala Aquarium

One of the noteworthy Varkala tourist attractions is the Varkala Aquarium, which is housed in a three-story building with a spiral staircase between Black Beach and Odayam Beach.

The aquarium is home to large populations of foreign species like koi, angelfish, scorpionfish, and the native karimeen.

The spiral walkway is lined with marine species. The aquarium has extensive information sections that make it quite instructive, especially for children.

All the species are kept in an open tank on the building's top floor.

The Varkala Aquarium is three kilometers from the city.

Timings: 10 am to 6:30 pm.

3. Chilakkoor Beach

The natural charm of rural Kerala life and casuarina woods combine delightfully at this beach.

This location, which is approximately 4.5 km from Varkala, is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

4. Varkala Cliff   

This is the place to go if you enjoy being captured on camera or are a photographer.

The most picturesque location in Varkala is the cliff that overlooks the beach.

The laterite cliff is climbable, and from the top, you can see the beach and the Arabian Sea.

The Geological Survey of India has designated this cliff as a geological monument due to its unusual formation.

You wouldn't want to miss seeing the sunset from the top of this cliff on Varkala Beach.

From the town, it is 2 kilometers to the Varkala Cliff.

Timings: Open 24 hours.

5. Thiruvambadi Beach

This is just a small sample of what Thiruvambadi Beach has to offer, including black sand beaches, lush coconut palms, and a lack of the people found at commercial beaches.

The position of this beach, which is near Thiruvambadi Road, is noteworthy.

The beach is surrounded by Varkala's north cliffs, so you may take in breathtaking views without being bothered.

You can unwind and relax at this place without the rush of visitors due to the quirky nature of this beach.

Only 3 kilometers separate the location of this beach from the city's center.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

6. Ponnumthuruthu Island 

Ponnumthuruthu Island is 9 kilometers away from Varkala.

Take a country boat from Nedunganda and explore the backwaters, which feature gorgeous greenery ideal for birdwatching and nature walks.

A century-old Shiva Parvathi temple on this island, also known as "Thuruthu kshethram" by locals, is well-known.

Timings: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

7. Odayam Beach

Between the lovely Thiruvambadi beach and Cliff beach, Odayam Beach is a clean stretch of smooth sand located 4.5 kilometers from Varkala.

In less than two hours, you may reach Kappil Beach by walking along the shore.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

8. Edava Beach 

One of the unexplored and cleanest beaches in the area is Edava Beach in Varkala.

The least amount of human intervention is feasible on these beaches to preserve their natural state. It's a great spot to unwind and take some time to consider your life.

So, be sure to visit Edava Beach if you're looking for peace of mind.

Just 6 kilometers separate this beach from Varkala's city core.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

9. Kappil Beach 

A small area of land separates Kappil Lake from Kappil Beach.

With the neighboring Kappil Lake and the crystal-clear Arabian Sea, the rocky Kappil Beach is another unusual tourist destination.

Soak up a lengthy walk on the beach and take in the beautiful scenery.

Kappil Beach is 8.8 kilometers away from Varkala city.

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset.

10. Varkala Tunnel 

The Varkala Canal or Varkala Thurapp are other names for the Varkala Tunnel System, which is located in the Trivandrum municipality of Varkala.

It is one of the area's historical landmarks and architectural wonders.

It is 3.6 kilometers from the town.

Timings: Open 24 hours.   

11. Anjengo Fort 

The East India Company's first permanent outpost on the Malabar Coast was Anchuthengu Fort.

The business received this fort as a gift from the queen of Attal, and local legend has it that the British mispronounced the name of the fort, giving it the names Anchuthengu and Anjengo.

The fort was built in Anchuthengu, which is now called Anjengo.

The distance from Varkala town to Anjengo Fort is 12 kilometers.

Timings: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.

12. Kapil Lake

Do you know where the backwaters and the Arabian Sea meet in Kerala, a state known for its backwaters? Where it's at is Kappil Lake!

Kappil Lake, a stunning backwater lake near Varkala, is separated from the Arabian Sea by a short, road-equipped sliver of land.

This area is quite picturesque, and a nearby bridge allows you to see the precise position where the backwater meets the sea.

This is one of the most interesting tourist spots in Varkala and one of the best locations for photos.

Just 8.3 kilometers separate Varkala's city center from this stunning lake.

Timings: 12:00 am to 10:00 pm.

To conclude,

These are the most beautiful places that you have to visit when you come to Varkala.

There are so many other places to visit in Varkala.

If you want to explore Varkala, you should at least stay there for 3 days, and I prefer homestays in Varkala.