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Varkala

The coastal town of Varkala is located between Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. It is 50 kilometers northwest from Thiruvananthapuram, and 37 kilometers southwest from Kollam. It is one of the most famous sunny beaches of Kerala, and it is not as crowded as Kovalam beaches. Varkala is a perfect place for those who want to spend time in peace away from crowded beaches.

The town is of religious importance to Hindus as well. It has a 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple, which also got Varkala a nick name Dakshin Kashi which means Benares of the South. Thousands of Hindu devotees come here every year to visit this temple. Sivagiri Mutt ashram and Sarkara Devi Temple are two other famous Hindu temples in the town.

Apart from the temples, Varkala tunnel (a 924 ft long tunnel which was constructed in 1867), Anjengo Fort, Kappil Lake, and Ponnumthurut Island are some other major attractions in the city.

Climate of Varkala

Varkala has temperate climate. Even in summers, mercury never reaches past 35 degree Celsius, which is moderate for Indian summer, and in winters sun never heats up this city enough to take the temperature cross 25 degree Celsius mark. The city gets heavy rainfall between June and August because of the southwest monsoon. The rainfall is followed by winters which starts in December and continues till February. Rest of the year, it is pleasantly sunny in here.

You can reach the town via Varkala Sivagiri railway station which gets regular trains from Thiruvananthapuram and is also connected with some other major cities in India. The nearest airport to the city is Trivandrum International Airport, which is 55 kilometers from Varkala.