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					Varkala Best Tourist Place in Kerala




Situated in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in south India, Varkala offers relatively untouched and
clean beaches that are increasingly difficult to find in God’s Own Country. Situated 51 km north of
Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km south of Kollam, Varkala is also a pilgrimage centre for Hindus. The
2000-year-old Janardhana Swamy Temple is located in Varkala. Thousands of Hindus converge on
Papnasam Beach on Karkidavavu Bali held during the Malayalam month of Karkitakam (Jul-Aug) to pray
for their ancestors.

HISTORY

Several myths abound about the construction of Varkala temple and the town. According to one myth,
the temple was constructed by a Pandyan King at the instructions of Lord Brahma to redeem him of his
sins. According to another legend, when a group of people requested the sage Narada to show them a
way to get rid of their sins, Narada threw his valkalam (loin cloth made from tree bark). The place where
Narada’s valkalam landed, came to be known as Varkala. Narada told the pilgrims to pray for their
redemption at Papanasam, which literally means redemption from sins.

CULTURE

Visit the Varkala Cultural Centre to watch Kathakali performances which are organised every evening
during tourist season. The shows are held from 6.30 PM to 8 PM. The Centre charges an entry fee of Rs
175 per head. Watch the martial prowess of Kalaripayattu masters at the Sudarsana Kalari Sanghom
situated at Mundayil. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art practiced in several parts of Kerala.

SHOPPING

Varkala is not a shopping destination. Shops mainly stock products for the visiting tourist. Traditional
handicrafts, coir products and little knick-knacks can be purchased in Varkala. Artifacts made of coconut
shells are also popular things to buy. Tibetan expatriates also sell artifacts from Tibet.



WHERE TO STAY

Varkala offers a plethora of options to stay. Budget hotels, resorts, luxury hotels and homestays are
available to suit every budget and choice. Some of the homestays are located close to the beach. While
several homestays offer en-suite bathrooms, wi-fi connectivity, Ayurvedic massages and easy access to
the beach, some even offer yoga classes. Budget hotels and homestays are priced under Rs 1000, tariffs
at mid-range hotels start at Rs 1500.

WHERE TO EAT

Varkala offers a lot in terms of places to eat. However, most of the places-to-eat are seasonal and spring
up during the tourist season. Being a beach town, Varkala is a sea-food lover’s paradise. Many
restaurants and eateries display in front seafood caught by the local fishermen. Select your food, get it
prepared and savour it watching the sunset. While the ubiquitous Kerala food is easy to find, one can
find restaurants offering Continental, Mexican, Italian and even Tibetan cuisine. Thattukadas (street
vendors) are also a common sight and some offer the best porotta and beef curry. Even though non
vegetarian restaurants are common, pure veg restaurants are not hard to find.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Climatic conditions in Varkala like other parts of coastal Kerala, is generally hot and humid. October to
March is best time to visit.

TIPS

Varkala beach has very strong currents and there have been instances where even experienced
swimmers have been swept away.

Children should not be allowed to enter the water alone.

It is always advisable to make your hotel reservations in advance.

Varkala is a laidback beach town; hence, things to do are limited to spending time on the beach or
tasting fresh catch from the sea.

Visit the temples in and around Varkala.

				
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