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Varkala Beach, Varkala
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Relax on the scenic sands of Varkala Beach, noted for having the only cliff on the Arabian seaside and boasting natural mineral springs. Take a dip in the clean, blue water--which according to local beliefs washes away all sins--sunbathe, or take a peaceful stroll along the sand. Climb the steps to the top of the cliff, which features a paved, coconut palm-fringed road, to enjoy a picturesque view of the beach. Put Varkala Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Varkala travel itinerary maker.
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  • My experience backs to 5 years ago.when i went Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Neyyerdom to join teacher training course. Our leader arranged a day tour to varkala beach.. i enjoyed there very much...the pic...  more »
  • Sad that the destination is still struggling to attract more traffic. People travel mostly to Kovalam. But you will have to visit Varkala once to know the place. It's simply awesome. 
  • Not swimming because of the currents and strong waves but very entertaining to watch tourists Indian family as both friends.
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  • Varkala Beach is one of the main ideal holiday destinations in Kerala for every tourist to arrange a peaceful vacation holiday tour programs with your beloved families. In this beach has a stunning beauty of landscapes, brown sand and sea. I enjoy my thrilling and memorable vacation holiday tour program. Most of the tourists choose this famous Kerala beach for creating a wonderful days.
  • Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. So it the one of most Beautiful beaches in india. Excellent lodging facilities good food options are available . Lot of restaurants and lodges are available in nearby . Very good ambience. Must go awasome place.
  • Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These Cenozoic sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. In 2015, Ministry of Mines, Government of India and Geological Survey of India (GSI) have declared Varkala Cliff as a geo-heritage site History: Varkala, a sea side town, also known as Janardanapuram, is a sacred pilgrim center situated in Thiruvananthapruam district(Kerala) and is famous for its ancient temple of Vishnu , who is popularly called as Janardana. In Sri Maha Bhavatham, mention is made that Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, visited this shrine during this pilgrimage to the Kanyakumari temple and a few other temples in the south. It is also known as ‘Gaya of the South'. Varkala has many attractions peculiar to the place and draws hundreds of pilgrims and visitors all the year round. Sage Narada, after paying his respects to Lord Narayana, left Vaikuntam to see Brahma. Enraptured by the sweet music of Narada, Narayana followed him unobserved. When Narada reached Brahmaloka, Brahma saw Narayana following his son Narada and offered salutations to Him, at which Vishnu, realizing the awkward situation, suddenly disappeared. Brahma found that the person whom he had revered was his own son, Narada. The 'Prajapathis' who were laughing at this incident were cursed by Brahma that they would be born on earth and suffer the miseries of human beings. Narada advised them to perform penance at the place he himself would select for them. Narada threw his ‘Valkalam' (bark upper garment) into the air and at the place where it fell down, they consecrated a temple for Janardanaswamy (a name of Vishnu). Hence the name Varkala is a corruption of ‘Valkala', but the name came into prominent usage. To the scientist, Varkala is well known from its geological formation and has been inspected and examined carefully by hordes or geologists and volumes of interesting literature are carefully preserved in the archives of the Government of India . Besides the enchanging sea-view, there is the backwater journey by canal hewn out of the tremendous heights of hills on either side of it. The vegetation on either side of the canal, rising in height is a magnificent sight, has given rise to a series of springs form which gushes out sparkling water throughout the year. The water in supported to have medicinal properties which cure certain ailments. Even a single bath is a tonic which no traveller or visitor should miss
  • Varkala Beach is good, better maintained clean and Safe. Long one as well it takes at least 20 min to walk from one end to other in a normal pace with someone beside you . You can play a lot, visit early morning for best effect. You can go up to 30 mtrs in to Sea, but if you don't know swimming don't try beyond 5 meters. We have security from early morning till late evenings. Avoid going there between 10AM and 4 PM, you will get tanned like hell.
  • This secluded beach is situated 54 kms north of Trivandrum. An exemplary escape from the bustling crowd of the city, Varkala is a paradise in its own right. The beach ensures a refreshing vacation with spectacular landscape, multiple international cuisines and mesmerising sunset view. [Among many marvels we see in our lives, a beautiful sunrise or sunset is the most exotic, Spend a morning at Sunrise Valley] Located at a distance of 54 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram is the Varkala Beach, one of the most secluded beaches of Kerala. It is a perfect spot for anyone who likes to escape from the noise and tensions of daily life. With swinging palms above and soft sands beneath, the seashore ensures you to have a rejuvenating vacation. Close by, there is wealth of attractions that one can explore. There also exists a spring, which is believed to have medicinal properties that can cure several health problems. The best time to visit here is between March and November, when the weather is quite pleasant.