Welcome to Varkala

And despite its traveller vibe, Varkala remains essentially an important temple town: the main Papanasham Beach is a holy Hindu spot, overlooked by the ancient Janardhana Temple. About 2km east of here is busy Varkala town.

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$41 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer from Trivandrum Airport to Varkala Hotel

Welcome by our chauffeur at Trivandrum International airport and transferred to your hotel in Varkala on our neat & clean AC Sedan car. Our drivers are experienced and local knowledge whom we trust and smoothly organise all our transportations. Varkala beach is a serene quiet sea resort that is rich in mineral water springs. It is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The quiet and secluded Varkala Beach is a haven for sunbathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth witnessing. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach. The hilltop mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru is one of the most famous monuments in Kerala.

$590 Weddings & Honeymoons

Kerala Honeymoon Tour Package: Alleppey, Varkala and Trivandrum

Day 1:Alleppey Lagoon resortArrive at Cochin Airport or Railway Station.Proceed towards Alleppy. (60KM/1-2 hours), commonly known as the Venice of the East.put up in a Lagoon Resort.In the evening, you can enjoy pedal boating, fishing, canoe riding etc inside the resort.You can also go for the sunset cruise in a motorboat.Day 2:Backwaters of AlleppeyJust after breakfast, go for a short village walk. It is a great experience as you see the lives of the people around the backwaters.After that check into a gorgeous fully-AC Houseboat.Welcome drink greets you.Relax in the Houseboat as you ride through the Alleppey Backwaters, Paddy fields, Coconuts lagoons and villagesExplore the Vembanad LakeEnjoy fresh fish for lunch and snacks.Dinner and Overnight stay in HouseboatDay 3:Alleppey to TrivandrumProceed towards the world famous Kovalam Beach of Trivandrum.(160 KM/3-4 hours).Take lunch on the beaches of Kovalam.Take a walk on the beautiful beach and enjoy sunset from your hotel balconyDay 4:Trivandrum SightseeingEnjoy the backwater and beaches of Trivandrum.Visit the famous Padmanabhan Temple of Trivandrum.Day Trip Varkala Drive down to Varkala. (50 km/1-2 hours) via the beautiful Kappil Lake.The sea beach has a stiff cliff, which adds to the beauty of the place,Return before evening after sunset.Day 5:Day trip to KanyakumariDrive to Kanyakumari in the morningTake the ferry ride to the famous Vivekananda Rock in Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of the Indian peninsula.Return by eveningDay 6:Varkala TripAfter breakfast, visit the beautiful Visit the beautiful Kappil Beach. It is a very relaxing beach.In the Kappil Lake, you can enjoy boating.Have lunch at Trivandrum and check-out from Hotel

$885 Multi-day & Extended Tours

The Complete Kerala Luxury Package

Day 1:Sunset at Kovallam beach Trivandrum • Pick up from Trivandrum/Cochin. • Proceed towards the world famous Kovalam Beach of Trivandrum. • Take lunch on the beaches of Kovalam. Day 2:Trivandrum Local • Enjoy Kovalam Beach. • Today, you can also go to Kanyakumari in the morning and return by evening, • You can take the ferry ride to the famous Vivekananda Rock in Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of the Indian peninsula. Day 3:Day trip to Varkala • After breakfast, visit the beautiful Visit the beautiful Kappil Beach.  • lunch at Trivandrum • Post lunch visit the Elephant Orphanage Centre  • Leave for Trivandrum in the evening. Day 4:Trivandrum to Alleppey • Drive from Trivandrum to Alleppey and put up in a Lagoon Resort. • In the evening, you can enjoy pedal boating, fishing, canoe riding etc inside the resort. Day 5:Village walk & houseboat • Just after breakfast, go for a short village walk.  • Relax in the Houseboat as you ride through the Alleppey Backwaters, Paddy fields, Coconuts lagoons and villages • Explore the Vembanad Lake • Enjoy fresh fish for lunch and snacks. • Dinner and Overnight stay in Houseboat Day 6:Alleppey to Munnar • Check out of the Houseboat after breakfast and proceed towards Munnar Tea Gardens. • Walk through luxuriant tea estates wrapping the mountain ranges here. • Accommodation in a Tea Estate Day 7:Munnar to Thekadday • Take a tea plantation tour. • Visit the Kannan Devan Tea Estate and see how the tea processing in done. • Post lunch take a relaxed boat ride on the Mattupetty Dam. • Leave for Thekkady • If you reach Thekkady before evening you can also watch the cultural show scheduled in the town’s auditorium. Day 8:Thekadday to Cochin • Wake up to the twittering of the birds. • Visit the Periyar Lake. • Take a boat ride on the Periyar Lake early morning to see elephants, bison and deer come to the waterbody to drink water. • Post lunch, visit a spice plantation. Know how the different peppers are processed. how a turmeric and cardamon plant looks like and many such interesting things. • Leave for Cochin. • Watch the sunset behind the famous Chinese Fishing Net. Day 9:Depart Cochin • Visit the Fort Cochin  • Check-out of the hotel during lunch and depart Cochin.

$1100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Trivandrum and Kanyakumari - 7 Days Beach,Wildlife,Hill,Backwater,Heritage Tour

Royal Travancore Special - 6 Nights 7 DaysDay 1 : Day at : Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala, Night at : VarkalaThiruvananthapuram / Cochin Airpot Pickup , Intercity: Thiruvananthapuram to Varkala Visiting: Varkala Beach , Papasnanam Beach Day 2 : Day at : Varkala, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Night at : KovalamVisiting: Janardhana Swami Temple , Intercity: Varkala to Chadayamangalam Visiting: Jadayupara (jadayu Rock) , Intercity: Chadayamangalam to Thiruvananthapuram Visiting: Shanghumukham Beach Day 3 : Day at : Thiruvananthapuram Night at : KovalamVisiting: Ponmudi Hills , Kallar River , Meenmutty Water Falls Day 4 : Day at : Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari, Night at : KanyakumariVisiting: Elephant Rehabilitation Centre , Neyyar Dam , Neyyar Wild Life Sanctuary , Intercity: Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari, Visiting: Thirparappu Waterfalls , Padmanabhapuram Palace Day 5 : Day at : Kanyakumari, Poovar Night at : Poovar IslandVisiting: Vivekananda Rock , Thiruvalluvar Statue , Bhagavathi Amman Temple , Triveni Sangam , Mahatma Gandhi Memorial , Intercity: Kanyakumari to Poovar, Visiting: Poovar Island Boating Day 6 : Day at : Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam, Night at : Kovalam Visiting: Hawa Beach , Lighthouse Beach , Intercity: Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram, Visiting: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple , Kuthiramalika Palace Museum , Napier Museum , Shri Chitra Art Gallery Intercity: Thiruvananthapuram to Kovalam Day 7 : Day at : Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram/CochinIntercity: Kovalam to Thiruvananthapuram/ Cochin Airport Drop

$1869.15 18-to-Thirtysomethings

North to South India on a Shoestring

From the hectic pace of northern Delhi to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi, this epic journey packages the subcontinent’s highlights into three well-paced weeks. Watch the sunrise at Savitri temple in Pushkar and explore the canals of Alleppey on your way to a homestay with a local family. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure. Pack your trip with everything you want — and nothing you don't. What are you waiting for? Lush hills, bustling cities, and mouth-watering curries await!

$524.25 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Kerala Beaches & Backwaters

Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through the tranquil backwaters, and rise at dawn to see the sunrise. This seven-day tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of south India. Unwind with some yoga in your free time. Meet the locals and spend the night with a local family on a tour that's all about authentic cultural experience.