Varkala situated around 50 Kms from Trivandrum the capital city of Kerala is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in India.
The ancient port city of Balitha or today’s backpacker’s paradise Varkala has a glorious past which dates back to the famous Sangham era. The Anjengo Fort which is a national heritage monument narrates the tales of the bygone era of the Portuguese & English trade settlements near Varkala. The 2000 year old Sree Janardana Swami Temple also called as the Dakshin Kashi is the most significant religious spot in Varkala.
Resting almost perilously on the edge of the cliff, Varkala has a naturally beautiful location. The Varkala cliff is not only Kerala’s but India’s most popular backpacker hangout. The golden sand of the beach gently embraces the rocky Varkala cliff, where restaurants play addictive trance music and stalls sell everything from T-shirts, handicrafts, and musical instruments to silver jewellery. Varkala is a laidback beach village; where things to do are limited to spending time on the beach, sipping beer while enjoying the sunset or tasting fresh catch from the sea.
Despite being a backpacker’s heaven Varkala is essentially a temple town where Hindus gather on the Papanasham beach to make offerings for passed loved ones.
Varkala offers lots of options to stay. Budget hotels, star category hotels, beach facing resorts and home stays all are available to suit every pocket and choice. Some of the homestay in Varkala are located close to the beach. While several budget hotels in Varkala offer en-suite bathrooms, home cooked food, and easy access to the beach, some even offer yoga classes, Ayurvedic massage and bikes on rent.
Varkala being a beach town is a sea-food lover’s paradise. Restaurants and eateries display the fresh catch to attract customers. Though a little expensive you can get your catch made in your preferred style and enjoy it watching the sunset.
All and all Varkala is a destination where days unknowingly turns in to week and yet you are not done with it.