One of the most sought-after destinations in Kerala, Varkala is located 50 km north-west of Thiruvananthapuram. The small town is known as Kashi of South India due to 2000 year old Janardana Swami Temple, which is a one of the holiest shrine for Vaishnavaite. Now a day it emerges as major tourist destination in Kerala. The place is home to Shivagiri Mutt, established by Social reformer Shree Narayana Guru.
Varkala Beach- it is heaven for sunbathing and swimming. The evening view of sunset enhances the beauty of the pristine beach. You can taste some tasty Keralian cuisines available at beach side restaurant and snack shops.
Kappil Lake- located just 4 km north from Varkala town, the serene lake passes through dense coconut grooves before falling into Arabian Sea. The bridge over the lake is the focal point to explore the enchanting beauty of backwaters. Boating is another way to enjoy romantic holidays in the tranquil surrounding of the place.
Anjengo Fort- Situated near Varkala, it occupies major position in Varkalas tourist map. It has seen rise and fall of several colonial settlements such as the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the English, in the town. The fort, now, is managed and protected by National Heritage Monuments.
Varkala tunnel- built in 1867 by T.Mahadeva Rao, the Dewan of Travancore, it is another notable attraction of the town,. The 924 feet tunnel has taken in 14 years for completation.
Janardan Swami Temple- it is another significant Vaishnavite temple, built 2000 year ago. The Papasnanam beach, where devotees have their bath for the purification of soul and body, is just located before the temple. It is one of the most visited temples of south India.
Shivagiri Mutt- It is one of most famous heritage site in Kerala, established by Shree Narayan guru, a renowned social reformer. You can find his tomb inside the Mutt. It was established in 1904 and attracts thousand of followers of Shree Narayan Guru.
Sarkara Devi Temple- Located at Chirayinkeezhu, it is considered as one of the oldest temple in Kerala. The temple is notable for the Kaliyoot festival celebrated on the Malayalam month of Kumbham (March).