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Sunset over Varkala Beach

Sunset over Varkala Beach

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Varkala is a coastal town in the state of Kerala and located about 50 kilometres north of Trivandrum. Varkal is a great and somewhat quieter alternative to the busier Kovalam beaches.



Sights and Activities

  • Papanasam Beach
  • Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple - A 2,000-year-old Hindu shrine.
  • Varkala Tunnel - Built by the British in 1880.



Getting There

By Plane

The Trivandrum airport is about an hour away.

By Train

There are regular connections to/from Trivandrum and Cochin. The railways station is about 5 kilometres from Papanasam Beach.

By Bus

Buses travel regularly to Trivandrum and places in Kerala.




  • Rock n Roll Cafe, North Cliff, Varkala - Offers something for everyone, local specialities include freshly caught tandoori fish, fish in banana leaf or coconut crab curry. But they also do great pizza and pasta, fish & chips, and a large range of vegetarian dishes. They are open all day until late with a large cocktail menu, have free wifi, boardgames, interesting magazines to read, and great music playing. A great place to relax and refuel.





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Keep Connected


See also International Telephone Calls


India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: 8.74082
  • Longitude: 76.714417

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