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About Varkala
Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.The beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over. varkala, about 50 kms in the northern part of Thiruvananthapuram is one of the quietest places on earth, where every sound is musical! Sand, sea, sun and seclusion make Varkala an ideal package for a relaxing vacation. Unlike Kovalam, Varkala is less crowded and hence, immensely popular amongst tourists looking for some secluded corners. Picturesque beach dotted with swaying coconut trees, miles of shimmering sand, musical ballad of the waves, breathtaking landscapes at the background, what else does one need to feel recharged?
 
History Varkala, Kerala India
 

The history of Varkala or the Benaras of South is very interesting. A popular Vaishanvaiteshrine is said to be 3500-years-old. There is a mythological story behind its origin. It is said, Narada -the saint according to Hindu Mythology was approached by a group of pilgrims to confess the sins they had committed. Narada in order to help the pilgrims threw his Valkalam (cloth made out of the bark of a tree) . The Varkalam fell near the seashore and Narada gave instructions to his devotees to offer prayers. In due course of time, the place was called Papanasam' which means ' to get rid of sins'. Gradually, the mythological place came to be known as Varkala’.

During the colonial rule, the ancient place got a face-lift. The British built the famous 924-foot-long tunnel in the 19th century which took about 14 years to get completed. The main purpose of constructing the tunnel was to ferry people and goods from Kollam to Trivandrum during the colonial reign.

The history of remains incomplete without mentioning the role of Sree Narayana Guru, a multi-talented personality who scripted some important chapters in the evolution of the ancient city. Sree Narayan Guru was a social reformer, saint, philosopher and leader of Ezhava community famous for propagating the concept of 'one caste, one religion'. The Sivagiri Mutt set up in 1928 was his contribution.

Brief Summary of the history of Varkala:

Derived its name from 'Valkalam' of Narada
A famous Vaishanvaiteshrine with a history of 3500 yrs
Establishment of Sivagiri Mutt in 1928 by Sree Narayana Guru
Construction of 924-foot-long tunnel in the 19th century by the British
Popularly known as Dakshin Kashi
 
 
 
Varkala Beaches, Kerala India
 
 
Dotted by thick coconut groves and rocky cliff , the magnificently beautiful Varkala beach transports the tourists to the world of tranquility. Since it is not as crowded as the Kovalam beach, it is gaining popularity amongst the tourists for being less explored Those who love sand, sea and sun, the bewitching sight of the sun taking a dip into the Arabian sea can effortlessly rejuvenate every exhausted mind and soul. For any newly wed couple, the romantic sunsets over the Arabian sea is truly mesmerizing. Thrilling beach activities like wind surfing, scuba diving, para sailing are some of the popular attraction for the beach lovers. Apart from the main beach, there are some tiny beaches known for offering complete seclusion to the tourists.
Climate of Varkala, Kerala India
Varkala has a typical tropical and humid type of a climate where summers are warm. The temperature during the summer season remains around 35 degree celsius and marked by humidity.Winters are more enjoyable as the temperature remains around 15 degree celsius.

The monsoon season begins with the advent of Southwest as well as Northeast monsoon marked by heavy downpour. June to August is the season when the place is hit by worst kind of rainfall. Even October to early December experiences worst weather conditions, certainly not the right time to visit the place.


Summer : Mar - May
Monsoon : Jun-mid - Sep
Winter : Sep - Feb
 
Best time to visit :  
Late December to March as the weather is quite enjoyable.