Places to Visit in Varkala

Places to See in Varkala

Tourist attractions in Varkala lie in its beautiful pristine beach and the idyllic landscape. The secluded beach, craggy rocks and the hint of undulating backwaters make it a fantastic vacation spot.

Varkala Beaches

The silvery stretches of sands along the Arabian Sea offer a tranquil retreat of the beach lovers. The backdrop of rocky cliffs provides a perfect contrast to the lapping waves. Papanasam is one of the prominent beaches in Varkala. Absence of touristy crowd is an important feature in the beaches of Varkala. Sleep, swim or laze around - you are sure to have an uninterrupted leisure.

Janardhana Temple

Built sometime in 12th century, the Janardana Temple is another important tourist attraction in Varkala. From the cliff top where most of the hotels and restaurants are located, the temple is a short walk away. The original temple, a Vishnu shrine, was destroyed by the tidal waves. Many years past, when a Pandyan king did penance to Lord Brahma, was instructed to rebuild the temple. Non-hindus are not allowed to enter the inner sanctum sanctorum.

Sivagiri Mautt

The headquarter of the Sree Narayana Dharma Sangham Trust, founded by Sree Narayana Guru is located just 3 km away from the Janardhana Temple.

Varkala Tunnel

No description of the tourist attractions in Varkala is complete without the mention of Varkala Tunnel. The 924ft tunnel took nearly 14years to complete in 19th century. The tunnel was used for ferrying several type of goods.

Kappil Lake

At the outskirts of Varkala town, the lake gives way to the scenic world of the Kerala backwaters.

Kappil Lake

At the outskirts of Varkala town, the lake gives way to the scenic world of the Kerala backwaters.

Edava Beach

Edava beach is located in the Edava village and is the apt location for tourists who are fond of lush green vegetation and lagoons. Tourists can visit the beach during the monsoon season. During this time of the year, the water from lagoon flows to meet with the Arabian Sea. This is the perfect destination for the seafood lovers.

Anjengo Fort

Located at a distance of 12 km from Varkala at Anjengo, the specialty of this fort is that it was built in 17th century. The National Heritage monuments take care of this fort.


This is more famous as Golden Island and situated 20 km from Varkala. The main attraction of this island is the 100 year old Shiva Parvathi temple. Tourists can take a 30 minute backwater ride to Ponnumthuruthu from Nedunganda.

Last Updated on : December 17, 2016