Top 10 Things to do in Varkala, India

January 3, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Let the beautiful coastal town of Varkala melt your worries and tensions away. Varkala’s peaceful seaside cliffs adjoin the Arabian Sea, setting the scene for several water spouts and wellness spas. The waters lapping at Papanasam beach are considered to have holy, sin-cleansing properties, and the nearby Ayurveda treatment center will cleanse what the ocean missed.
Restaurants in Varkala

1. Varkala Cliff

Varkala, India +91 96000 17031
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Varkala Cliff

Reviewed By scott j - Melbourne, Australia

Nice view of the ocean and beach along the cliff. A very touristy strip full of shops selling the same things and restaurants selling overpriced food from around the world to varying degrees of quality. Certainly not an Indian cultural experience along here, but if you've just come to relax and enjoy the scenery and Beaches it's not to bad.

2. Varkala Beach

Varkala 695141, India
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Varkala Beach

Reviewed By Glyn W - Melbourne, Australia

Love this beach, beautiful sand and crashing waves overlooked by the dramatic cliffs. Really nice at sunset when more crowds gather, especially on weekends. Otherwise lots of local lads walking around gawking at the inappropriately dressed Westerners

3. Janardhana Swami Temple

Beach Road | Near Papnashnam Beach, Varkala, India 2607575
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 270 reviews

Janardhana Swami Temple

Reviewed By Nithya18 - Gurugram (Gurgaon), India

Beautiful and ancient temple. Went in the evening when we saw all the lamps lit up. Worth a visit. Note - men have to remove their shirts in the inner sanctum. Women can wear salwar kameez and enter.

4. Kappil Lake

Varkala, India +91 96000 17031
Excellent
42%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
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4 based on 134 reviews

Kappil Lake

Reviewed By JojijosephTDPA - Kochi (Cochin), India

The Kappil lake near Varkala is a perfect place to spend a day or evening and the awesome beauty of the lake and surroundings and the serene atmosphere will definetely relieve the tensions and relax our mind and body. Kids too will have a good time when we go for boating in the calm lake. The view from the bridge itself is mindblowing and to explore more we can venture into a boating. Last time we visited Kappil Lake it was not very crowded and we spend almost four hours there. The Lake merges to the Arabian sea and even when we travel by train we can see the lake and surroundings.

5. Sivagiri

Sivagiri Road | 3 Km from Varkala, Varkala, India +91 470 260 2807
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Sivagiri

Reviewed By Chandra B

Sreenarayanaguru who lived for the poor and whose main words, 0ne caste, one religion, one god is now well spread across the globe. It is very difficult to narrat what he has done for the wold. Go to sivagiri and try to understand about it in detail

6. Papasnanam Beach

Thiruvananthapuram District, Varkala, India +91 44 6531 5613
Excellent
38%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 146 reviews

Papasnanam Beach

Reviewed By travel-lover-6f - Tirupati, India

Papasnanam Beach os well maintained and known for it cleanliness. There are life gaurds at the shores. Auto ricksaw is available here. Small hotels restaurants and cafes are available. Many danger zones are here. Must watch for safety.

7. Varkala Light House

Thiruvananthapuram District, Varkala, India
Excellent
47%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Varkala Light House

Reviewed By Sanil M - Pune, India

You should ideally hire a 2 wheeler for 1 day to visit all the places near Varkala. And this lighthouse must be on that list. It is only open for 2 hours every evening (I think between 1530-1730) so plan accordingly.
It's about 200 steps till the top but the views are breathtaking. You have to remove your footwear at the bottom as it's a working lighthouse and must be kept clean. All you have is 10 mins on top so enjoy every minute!

8. Asparagus

Papansam Beach - Temple - Road | Rose Garden building,, Varkala 695141, India +91 97478 11942
Excellent
95%
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5 based on 34 reviews

Asparagus

Asparagus is sustainable clothing store based in Varkala. We offer ecological textiles and handicrafts from Kerala. Asparagus has become a thriving business for the discerning customer,offering bespoke garments, produced from naturally dyed organic cotton (Ayurvastra and Kalamkari).On site is a master tailor who can adapt and interpret interpret your personal designs and requirements.

Reviewed By Kat R

Asparagus is different from all other shops in Varkala!
The choice of high quality fabrics, dyed with only natural colours is beautiful !
You choose your favourite and the tailor will make you a customized dress, blouse, skirt...... i always order at least one piece when i am in Varkala !

9. Vishnu Temple

Nr. Varkala Beach, Varkala, India
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Vishnu Temple

Reviewed By EuropeanDiversity - Cologne, Germany

The Vishnu Temple is one of the several building that you will find on the premises that also host the old Janardhana Swami Temple. hence, it is not necessarily a sight of its own but one building to appreciate along with the others.

10. Kappil Beach

Varkala, Varkala, India +91 93834 55740
Excellent
36%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
10%
Terrible
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4 based on 47 reviews

Kappil Beach

Reviewed By Manee997 - Mumbai, India

The beach is very neat and clean. Not sure of activities on beach but it's very good place for relaxing and keeping all tensions away.

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