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Here are the top 22 tourist attractions to see in Varkala:

1. Water Sports in Varkala

Water Sports in Varkala

4.0

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Varkala is a beautiful coastal town in Thiruvananthapuram district. It lies in the southern part of Kerala. It is the only place in Kerala where the hills come close to the sea. The uniqueness of the place is the merging of cliffs with the Arabian Sea. Varkala Beach is a popular beach where you can ...

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2. Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach

4.4

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Set amid a beautiful setting, about 10 km away from the calm and quite hamlet of Varkala, Varkala Beach is a beautiful beach renowned for its solitude unlike other commercial beaches of Goa.

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3. Edava Beach

Edava Beach

3.2

5 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Untouched and unspoilt by tourist activities, the Edava beaches are the virgin stretches circling a blue lagoon where sea and backwaters run parallel divided by a more-than-one km of straight road. There is also an estuary that connects the sea with the backwaters here.

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4. Thiruvambadi Beach

Thiruvambadi Beach

3.2

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Lying 1 km off Thiruvamdabi road, this black sand beach adjacent to the North cliff is an ideal picnic spot amidst lush coconut groves to relax and unwind.

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Top Hotels in Varkala

  • InDa hotel

    Staring from INR 720

  • Ashiyana Cliff and Beach Resort

    Staring from INR 700

  • Seawin beach resort

    Staring from INR 500

5. Anjengo Fort

Anjengo Fort

3.2

9 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Anjengo Fort, situated 12 km off Varkala at Anjengo, is believed to have been built in 17th century. Presently the fort is protected by the National Heritage monuments.

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6. Sivagiri Mutt

Sivagiri Mutt

3.3

2 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Located at Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala is the one of the popular ashrams of Shri Narayana Guru, Sivagiri Mutt. This ashram celebrates Guru Deva Jayanti (in August) and the Guru Deva Samadhi (in September) every year.

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7. Ponnumthuruthu

Ponnumthuruthu

3.2

5 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Ponnumthuruthu, also known as Golden Island is located 20 km from Varkala. It is popular for its 100 year old Shiva Parvathi temple situated amidst thick coconut groves stretched over the sandy beaches.

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8. Janardhanaswamy Temple

Janardhanaswamy Temple

3.2

1 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Located in Varkala, Janardhanaswamy Temple is 25 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the Arattu festival celebrated here every year is attended by thousands of devotees.

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9. Varkala Cliff

Varkala Cliff

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Varkala CLIFF is a geologically important site in the region. The cliff is formed by laterite and overlooks the Varkala beach. It has been declared as a Geological monument by the Geological Survey of India but the stunning view of the golden beach and the playful waves that it offers is worth a vis...

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10. Vishnu Temple

Vishnu Temple

3.2

8 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Vishnu Temple is an ancient temple dating back to around 2000 years. It is located very close to the Varkala Beach in Thiruvananthapuram.

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11. Kaduvayil Juma Masjid

Kaduvayil Juma Masjid

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Kaduvayil Juma Masjid is dedicated to a Muslim Saint, Saint Kaduvayil Thangal who is believed to have magical powers. It is one of the important Sunni Pilgrimage Centres in the region but its beautiful architecture also attracts tourists. The well maintained structure possesses a divine vibe that ca...

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12. Varkala Lighthouse

Varkala Lighthouse

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Varkala Lighthouse was built in 1684 by the British to assist the navigation of ships coming from Britain. It stands 130 feet tall on the Varkala Beach and attracts tourists for a mesmeric bird's eye view it provides of the Arabian sea and the backwaters. It, therefore, is a perfect attraction for p...

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13. Kappil Lake

Kappil Lake

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Kappil Lake is a mesmerising estuary famous for being a tranquil picnic spot surrounded by dense coconut trees. It further becomes a part of the Arabian sea and offers a breath-taking view that can be witnessed clearly from the bridge over the lake. The lake is also famous for pedal boating. The boa...

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14. Papanasam Beach

Papanasam Beach

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Papasnanam Beach/ Papanasam Beach is a scenic seashore famous amongst beach lovers. The beach is called Varkala Beach and is famous for spiritual/ religious purposes. People believe that taking a dip in the sea washes one's sins away. The water also washes the plants nearby, most of which have medic...

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15. Asparagus

Asparagus

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Asparagus is a store in Varkala where one can find ecological handicrafts and textiles that are dyed with natural dyes. Tourists can purchase artefacts and fabrics that are unique to the region. The friendly salesmen ensure the customers get the best products they have. They also have an in-house ta...

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16. Vishnu Temple

Vishnu Temple

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Located close the Papanasam Beach, Vishnu Temple is a 2000 year old temple dedicated to Janardan Swami who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu._The traditional Kerala Temple architecture with a dome made of copper sheets, beautifully carved Navagrahas on the wood and the copper plated ro...

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17. Kappil Beach

Kappil Beach

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Kappil Beach is a strip of land by the Kappil Lake. The beautiful beach is lined with coconut trees and offers a beautiful view of the backwaters. A bridge used to cross the lake also is a good location to get a stunning view of the backwater including the point where the backwater enters the splend...

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18. Varkala Aquarium

Varkala Aquarium

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Varkala Aquarium has a decent collection of fishes in a number of large sized that can be viewed from a walkway that spirals upwards. One can find a number of species including Karimeen, Pirahnas, Eels etc. The aquarium also has a 3D theatre where information about more species of fishes is given us...

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19. Varkala Tunnel

Varkala Tunnel

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Varkala Tunnel is an old tunnel built in 1867 by Sir T. Madhava Rao who was also the Dewan of Travancore during that time. This took about 14 years to build the tunnel that runs a little over 900 feet and allowed traders to halt before proceeding with their journey towards Thiruvananthapuram. This h...

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20. Saint Sebastian's Pilgrim Church Moongode

Saint Sebastian's Pilgrim Church Moongode

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Located on the banks of the backwaters of Varkala, Saint Sebastians Pilgrim Church Moongodu is an important pilgrim centre for the Christians. It was built by the Portuguese Missionaries and is famous for Feast procession of Saint Sebastian which is held every year in the month of February when the ...

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21. Sarkara Devi Temple

Sarkara Devi Temple

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Sarkara Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. It is famous for the Kaliyoot festival which is celebrated every year in March (the Malayalam month of Kumbh) and Meenabharani Festival which is held during Attavishesham. Kaliyoot is a presentation of the legendary figures Bhadrakali and Darik...

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22. Chilakoor Beach

Chilakoor Beach

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Places To Visit in Varkala

Chilakoor Beach is located at a distance of about 15 kms from the town of Varkala in Kerala. Lined with gorgeous casuarina groves, the drive to the beach takes you through traditional coastal villages which lets you have a glimpse of the rural Kerala life. The beach is also popular for its serene en...

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