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The latest hot-spot
destination in Kerala, Varkala is must for those who prefer to do absolutely
nothing while holidaying. Due to a spillover resulting from the over saturation
of Kovalam, Varkala is a favorite with tourists who travel to Kerala.
At the Varkala platform, there is no indication that this town is on many
a tourist itinerary.
What makes the coastline
of Varkala exceptional is its landscape. Towering cliffs that stand like
silent sentinels, guarding the sparkling waters, back the beach. Highly
unusual land formations, the sheerness of the cliffs, and the view from
atop, simply astound the visitors. Shining white sands, cloudless skies
touching the blue water and the red soil of the hilltop, coupled with
yellow-green paddy fields, and green coconut trees, make a composite picture
of the beauty and awesomeness of nature. Nature in its pristine glory
remains so untouched that to get to the secluded part of the beach, one
has to either scramble over rocks during high tide or climb down the cliff.
With constant use, a path of sorts has been worn into the hill face.
Sivagiri Mutt is the
samadhi (memorial) of Shri Narayana Guru, spiritual leader and social
reformer of Kerala. A man much ahead of his times, he propagated the idea
of one caste, one religion, and one God. His discourses were conducted
mainly in and around Varkala. Located about 2.5 km from the town, on the
banks of the Thiruvananthapuram-Shornur canal, Sivagiri Mutt is visited
by thousands of Hindu pilgrims, annually. Most people, who visit Sivagiri,
also make it a point to go to Janardhana Swami Temple. This temple is
situated close to Varkala's beach.
much before Varkala became known, internationally, for its sandy stretch,
the beach, named Papanasam, was already well known to pilgrims in Kerala.
Considered an auspicious site, during the season of Karkkidakavavu, special
pujas for invoking departed souls are conducted here. Varkala and its
3 km stretch of beach beckons the jaded and the travel weary.
their holidays in Varkala can reach it from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital
of Kerala. Varkala is about an hour's drive from Thiruvananthapuram. The
Varkala railway station links the tourist destination of Varkala with
places like Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. There are several hotels,
beach resorts, motels and inns catering to tourists coming for vacation
in Varkala. As per your budget you may take your pick from luxury to budget
hotels in Varkala.
Varkala though does not have an airport of its own; the most convenient
airport is Trivandrum is nearly an hour's drive from here. Trivandrum,
being the capital city of Kerala, has a very good air network and is connected
to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Kochi and Kolkata.
Varkala is just 47kms off from the National Highway No: 47. A good network
of roads connects the city to Trivandrum. Trivandrum in turn is the linked
by road to all the prominent cities in South India. So one can easily
reach Varkala from any part of the country.
By Varkala has a railway station of its own. Regular trains ply between
Trivandrum and Varkala. Trivandrum again has train connection to the major
places throughout the country.
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