Why Choose Varkala Vacation
Varkala is a major commercial, industrial and tourism region in the Thiruvananthapuram district, situated in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the northern suburb of Trivandrum City. Varkala is also a taluk headquarters. In 2019, Varkala Beach was selected as the second most stunning cliff beach in the world. It is located 36 kilometres north of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), which is the capital and largest metropolitan city of Kerala, 15 km northwest of Attingal town and 28 km south of Kollam City. Varkala consist of Varkala municipality and the 7 panchayats of Edava, Elakamon, Vettoor, Madavoor, Navaikulam, Pallickal, and Chemmaruthy, which is managed by the development authority called Vision Varkala Infrastructure Development Corporation. The corporation has implemented various types of projects such as public-private partnership, joint-venture, private, and public, by mobilizing funds from the government, financial institutions, etc. It is a fully government-owned company formed under the Department of Planning & Economic Affairs. Varkala is the only place in Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These Cenozoic sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and are known among geologists as Varkala Formation. The cliffs have been declared a national geological monument by the Geological Survey of India for their protection, maintenance, promotion, and the enhancement of geotourism. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. In 2015, the Ministry of Mines, the Government of India, and the Geological Survey of India (GSI) declared Varkala Cliffs a geo-heritage site. Varkala is under Varkala police jurisdiction. Varkala is also known for the 2,018-year-old Janardana Swami Temple, which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South). The temple is located close to Papanasam beach, which is an Ayurveda treatment centre. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties. Another major landmark in Varkala is the Sivagiri Mutt, established by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.
Varkala is located in the state of Kerala in India. You can explore here 24 things to do for your memorable trip. Explore Varkala, one of the beautiful Indian destination which is unique for its diversities in culture, language, religion, cuisines, landscapes, water bodies, and climate. Varkala cuisine boasts of having a large variety and is famous with many vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian dishes which are made out of local herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Varkala witnesses all four seasons and each climatic condition of Varkala is a different experience.