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Varkala 695141, India
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I shall miss this now I am home. Such a lovely beach. Hopefully they will try a little harder to keep it clean. We did notice Europeans doing a beach tidy which they do once a week. Lets hope the locals realise how important it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JoanneTait
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely clean beach with opportunity to hire surf and body boards, for 200 and 300 rupees respectively. The beach is surrounded by cliffs so you walk down a few flights of steps to reach. It's worth noting there are no beach bars/ restaurants on the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After being disappointed with Kovalam we were pleasantly surprised to find Varkala, with its pretty beach, heaps of restaurants and shops and chilled vibe.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank harl_travels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its one of the rare beaches in India where one can enjoy the beauty of hills and beach as well. There are 2 beaches in Varkala. The North Cliff Beach is less frequented by travelers where as the papanasam beach is having larger footfall. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AveekB8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As mentioned in the title, those words describes Varkala. An absolute delight for the travellers to stop by relax 1 or 2 weeks in this picturesque beach. Take a massage and meditate in front of the setting sun. Enjoy the changing colours of the beach...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beach is clean and not crowded. Waves are excellent to have some fun in the water. Nearby cliffs making this amazing place even more beautiful.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Macio77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super nice place to relax and enjoy India in a little different way.... it's almost like if you weren't in India but at the same time yes.... hard to explain... awesome place

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank apocjmlv
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice and clean bech with beach attendants watching out for you. you can rent a bed there, Negotiate the price! 400 for a day is ok. Good water, almost 25 degrees!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JohanSlaghuis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of fun with family(teen) and friends. Pleasant environment, the best place to visit, worth visiting.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sabdha1903
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live near a beach in Cornwall I just wish they could make an effort to clean the area ... it stinks Jellyfish in the water ... I got lots of stings I wouldn’t rush back

Date of experience: November 2018
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dipak k
October 23, 2018|
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Response from Ajith R | Reviewed this property |
Get to the cliff area and you will have lots of budget hotels there. Check in and lighten up. When you feel ok to go out and watch the sea...stand facing the sea and head towards your right you have an easy approach to the... More
October 21, 2018|
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Response from nathanleeharris | Reviewed this property |
The mid mornings to afternoons (11am -4pm) the beach areas are quite hot so go prepared. The good thing is the beaches aren't very crowded and the evenings are pleasant.
October 20, 2018|
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Response from annases | Reviewed this property |
I think one can arrange private fishing boats, but it might not be so simple and it would also depend on the weather
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Hyderabad, India
Varkala or Kovalam (6 Replies)
Hi, I am planning for a honeymoon trip to Kerala, I am in a fix on choosing between Varkala beach or Kovalam beach to include in my trip. Can anyone suggest which beach is better. I will be staying for a day & night in the last week of Feb. And it would be great if you can also suggest good beach resorts in the beach you would suggest. Since its my honeymoon, I have my budget a little high. Thanks, Srujan
January 07, 2012|
Response fromiTraveler_Team|
Hi Srujan, The distance between Varkala and Kovalam is just about 1 hour and you hit Varkala first, when traveling from Cochin/Alleppey/Kumarakom etc. Kovalam is relatively older beach, with maximum number of resorts and hence quite crowded with both tourists, merchants, locals etc. Varkala is relativey new and hence not too exploited. The beach and the water is cleaner too. When you take an expensive resort in Kovalam, things can be better as the resort might provide an exclusive beach...More
New Delhi, India
Water Sports @ Kovalam/Lighthouse beach (5 Replies)
Hey, I wanted to know about the Water Sports @ Kovalam/Lighthouse beach or its only available @ Varkala Beach. Please suggest the Water-Sports activities. Thanks
October 27, 2015|
Response fromJACOB P|
Apart from swimming, you can also experience parasailing, wind surfing and boat rides.
Amanda W
Leicester, England, United Kingdom
Travel on Sunday (8 Replies)
I've booked accommodation at Fort Kochi and woul plan to go to Allapey on a Sunday,and later from Varkala beach to Trivandrum on a Sunday. Now I'm wondering if I might struggle with acquiring any form of transport. Does transport availability become less on Sunday's? This is in February. Thanks
November 13, 2015|
Hi Amanda W, relay its a struggle to go in these destinations with in a single day. its better to hear a cab.If this is too expensive .you can start early morning 7 am to Alleppey reach by 9 am take a day cruise 3 hrs and then take a cab to Varkkla enjoy beach and then to Trivandram drooping. Regards KERALA DAYZ