Things to do
Angengo Fort Visit - Though not in the greatest of shape, the Anjengo fort holds a very important part in the history of the Malabar coast. A mere 12-kilometre drive from Varkala town is the small coastal town of Anchuthengu. Serene palm-enclosed backwaters close to the sea with a century-old convent school, Portuguese-era churches, tombs of Dutch and British sailors and a very old fort make up this historic town.
Boat ride at Kaapil - With its varied geography, Varkala has plenty to offer for every kind of traveller. A 6-kilometre drive out from Varkala takes you to the serene Kappil lake with its dense green palm grove border. A fascinating pedal-boat ride on the still waters of this lake offers unmatched solitude, a feeling so rare in today's world.
Heritage trail of Travancore Kingdom - Just 42 kilometres south of Varkala lies the capital of Kerala. The glorious legacy of the kingdom of Travancore can be seen, quite literally, around every corner here in Trivandrum.
Surfing in Varkala - Life is short and there isn't enough time to master every art. Don't let that stop you from trying out whatever is out there though! Ever wondered how those surfers on your television screen master and ride the huge waves?
Best time to visit September to March
For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.
Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.
Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.
Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport at Thiruvananthapuram located around 42 km away from "The Beach Town". Trivandrum International Airport serves over 40 national and international flights every day. Trivandrum International Airport connect Thiruvananthapuram to many major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi (Cochin), Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. Trivandrum International Airport is also connected to several destinations in Middle East. You can take cab from the airport to reach Varkala.
Varkala lies on the rail line connecting Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam. However, all trains do not stop at the station. Thiruvananthapuram is the major railhead located around 45 kilometre from Varkala. Thiruvananthapuram is connected by rail to several Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Bengaluru. You can take cab or bus from the Thiruvananthapuram to reach Varkala.
The state-government run KSRTC buses regularly from Thiruvananthapuram. You should take cab from the Thiruvananthapuram to reach Varakala because buses can get crowded and the journey can get a tad tedious.
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