Located at a distance of 54 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram is the Varkala Beach, one of the most secluded beaches of Kerala. With feathery, swinging palms above and soft sands beneath, the beach guarantees a rejuvenating vacation for people looking to escape the doldrums of daily life.
The beach is divided into two parts - North Cliff and South Cliff, where beach games, like volleyball are a common sight. Activities, like surfboarding, are available for the adventure enthusiasts seeking a thrilling experience.
The shrill whistles of the patrolling guards will keep you from going in too deep into the waters. After a swim, the cafes lining the North cliff serve delectable Israeli, Chinese, Continental and Italian food will happily satiate a hungry stomach.
Close to the Varkala Beach is a wealth of attractions waiting to be explored. A spring known for its healing, medicinal properties nearby is considered sacred and many people come here to drink and bathe in the water.
The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple makes this beach an important centre for Hindu pilgrims. A Nature Centre is another famous tourist spot on the beach.
The best time to visit Varkal beach is during November to March, when the weather is at its most pleasant, offering unbridled views of glorious sunsets.