Varkala is perched like a magnificent eagle on the edge of dizzy cliffs. The naturally stunning beauty of the location and the enchanting stretch on the top of the cliff offers a serene location to watch the day turn into night. From the cliff, you can look at the thin thread of golden sands that lie beneath it. A walk on the sun kissed beach will show you why this is one of the most popular ones in India. The calm ambience of the beach is a stark contrast to the glorious cliffs that surround it. In Varkala, the craggy rocks stretch out into the sea while the sea visits the mainland through the myriad estuaries and creeks. The pristine sands and the frolicking waves call out to you to enjoy with them. When tired, a blanket or serenity will comfort in you as you stare at the wonderful sight in seclusion.
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram Airport located 36 km away. It is well Connected both internationally and domestically.
By Rail :
It has its own Railway Station named as Varkala Railway Station which is connected to all the major cities of Kerala,Tamilnadu,Karnataka.
By Road :
Buses are available from both Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.
Nature has given an abundance of gifts and blessings to the stunning Varkala Beach. The waves crashing against the beach where the palm groves line the cliff surfaces makes an incredible sight. The exciting cliff formations are unique to the region and geologists call them Varkala formations. The beach supposedly has mystical healing properties. Hindus believe the waters of this fantastic beach have the power to cleanse a devotee of sins. Prayers and rituals are held by Hindus for their departed ancestors and relatives. Near the beach are some beautiful water sprouts rich in minerals. The lack of tourists in this handsome place creates a languid atmosphere. You can laze around the entire day drenched in serenity lulled to sleep by the soothing sound of waves crashing into the shore.
The stunning Janardhana Temple stands humbly welcoming you inside as you walk up the steep slope. The sheer splendor of the Janardhana Temple will make you wonder how it could have been created in the 12th century. In fact, the original temple was devastated by tidal waves. The architecture of the structure follows the traditional Kerala style. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here in all his glory. The roof of the temple is adorned with some exquisite paintings carved on to the surface.
The simple Mutt humbly stands welcoming all visitors to enter. It is a fitting tribute to a saint. The Sivagiri Mutt holds the burial vault of the scholar and visionary Sri Narayana Guru. The Guru is revered throughout Kerala. He fought against the rampant religious intolerance in Kerala. He propagated the belief of a single caste, a single religion and a single god for all men. As expected from this somber place, the atmosphere is serene and perfect for a spiritual experience.