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Varkala Town

4.2
Beaches · Spas · Spas & Wellness
A calm and quiet town offering long sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea, Varkala features a variety of beach activities. Tourism in Varkala centers on its pristine beaches, while the town, an old Hindu pilgrimage site, offers a number of smaller shrines with some beach spots used to scatter ashes. Popular activities on a Varkala holiday include taking a swim at a long, rock-studded beach, visiting one of the many ayurvedic massage parlors, paddling a boat through an old tunnel built by British colonists, or enjoying water sports and paragliding. Scenes of locals playing street cricket matches complement the town's laid-back atmosphere. Discover how to plan a India trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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Varkala Beach ©
Beach
Varkala Beach
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Spas
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Varkala Cliff ©
Lookout
Varkala Cliff
4.5
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Varkala Town

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple ©
Architectural Building
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Kovalam Beach ©
Beach
Kovalam Beach Kovalam
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Lighthouse Beach
Beach
Lighthouse Beach Kovalam
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Spa
Spas Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Varkala Town

Janardhana Swami Temple ©
Religious Site
Janardhana Swami Temple
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Moon Stone Arts
Gift & Specialty Shop
Moon Stone Arts
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Shalimar Weaves ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Shalimar Weaves
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Royal Art Gallery
Gift & Specialty Shop
Royal Art Gallery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Varkala Town

Sivagiri ©
Historic Site
Sivagiri
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Varkala Light House
Lighthouse
Varkala Light House
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Vishnu Temple
Religious Site
Vishnu Temple
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Saint Sebastians Pilgrim Church Moongodu ©
Church
Saint Sebastians Pilgrim Church Moongodu
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Varkala Town

Asparagus
Factory Outlet
Asparagus
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Jewels Sky
Gift & Specialty Shop
Jewels Sky
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Caraliza Designs
Gift & Specialty Shop
Caraliza Designs
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Art of India ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
The Art of India
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Varkala Town

Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach ©
Beach
Papasnanam Beach/Varkala Beach
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Kappil Beach ©
Beach
Kappil Beach
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Varkala Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Varkala Aquarium
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes

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