Varkala is a town in the south Indian state of Kerala. It is on the Arabian Sea and known for Varkala Beach, backed by palm-covered red cliffs. Just south, Papanasam Beach is believed to have holy waters. On a nearby hill, the ancient Janardanaswamy Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Vishnu. Farther inland, the Sivagiri Mutt monument memorializes the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, who is buried here.
Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach is a beach in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasham means to wash away sins.
Janardana Swami Temple

Janardana Swami Temple is a 2000-year-old temple situated in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram. It is also known as Varkala Temple. Janardana Swami is a form of Lord Vishnu.

Ponnumthuruthu is a tranquil, uninhabited island popular for scenic day trips, picnics and you can visit a small temple.
Sivagiri Mutt

The hilly and quaint reaches of Varkala are home to one of the holiest sites in all of God's Own Country, the Sivagiri Mutt. Here lies the headquarters of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham, an organization built by Sree Narayana Guru's disciples and followers, honoring one among the world's finest social reformers and crusaders for justice.
Kappil Lake

Kappil Lake, located at a distance of 8 km from Varkala, is dotted with coconut groves. This serene estuary rolls gracefully and merges with the Arabian Sea.
Anjengo Fort

Anjengo Fort is forever remembered in the pantheons of history as the location of the first trade settlement of the East India Company in Kerala.
Varkala Tunnel

Varkala Tunnel is 151 years old popular tourist highlight. It was a 924 ft long tunnel built in 1867 by Sir T. Madhava Rao the dewan of Travancore and took 14 years to complete. Varkala Lighthouse is another tourist highlight in the vicinity.
Varkala Cliff

Varkala cliff overlooking the Varkala beach a unique sedimentary geo-morphological structure in an otherwise flat Kerala coast and the surrounding areas are on course to become India’s first national geopark under a Geological Survey of India (GSI) initiative to preserve geologically important sites in the country.
Papasnanam Beach

Papanasam Beach also called Varkala Beach, which is ten kilometers away from Varkala, is renowned for a natural spring.
Varkali Light House

Light House and other sights at Anchuthengu. Apart from the Anjengo fort, there are many important landmarks that throw light into the place's tryst with European colonial powers in Anchuthengu.
Best Time To Visit Varkala

The best time to visit Varkala is from October to March. The average temperature in summers is 23°C to 35°C, as it remains hot and humid. The time is not favorable for sightseeing, so it is not a recommended time for the tourists. This prolonged monsoon season comes after summer, bringing relief from the heat. Varkala receives a heavy amount of rainfall, with an average temperature of 20°C to 28°C. Summer, as well as monsoon, does not witness much of tourists because of the heat and humidity. It is an ideal time to visit Varkala, the temperature decreases after the monsoon and makes the climate pleasant. The beauty of the place is enhanced, post the monsoon season, it looks vibrant and fresh. The temperature in the wintertime ranges from 22°C to 28°C, making it suitable for sightseeing and activities at the beach. The devotees can also pay homage at the temple at peace.

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