Top things to do in Varkala

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Soul Food Cafe

Fresh local ingredients fuel inspired, artfully prepared dishes at Soul & Surf's beautifully located clifftop garden cafe, where zingy mezze platters arrive with mini pappadams and slithers of chapati, coffee is…
Fort in Varkala

Anjengo Fort

Fringed by colourful fishers' houses, 12km southeast of Varkala, this laterite-and-concrete fort was built by the British East India Company in 1695. Anchuthengu village was one of the earliest British trading posts…
Hindu Temple in Varkala

Janardhana Temple

Varkala is a temple town and the Janardhana Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, is the main event – with its roots dating back to the 13th century, this technicolour Hindu spectacle hovers above Beach Rd, reached by steep …
Beach in Varkala

Kappil Beach

About 8km north of Varkala, this long, beautiful and (so far) undeveloped stretch of golden sand is also the beginning of a mini network of backwaters. A two-hour seaside walk leads here along a gently undulating pa…
Island in Varkala

Ponnumthuruthu (Golden) Island

Around 10km south of Varkala, this acacia-filled island in the middle of a backwater lake conceals a Shiva-Parvati Hindu temple also known as the Golden Temple. The vibrantly coloured, century-old shrine is usually …
International in Varkala

Darjeeling Cafe

With giant dreamcatchers and tiered candlelit tables strewn with flower petals, Darjeeling is always packed with travellers. Snappy, cheerful service complements cocktails (₹250; with metallic straws), fresh juices,…
International in Varkala

ABBA

Halfway along the North Cliff, this relaxed and welcoming terrace spot with a handy book exchange remains firmly popular for its inventive salads (perhaps carrot, beetroot and mint, or with lashings of halloumi) and…
International in Varkala

Coffee Temple

At the southern end of the North Cliff trail, this leafy terrace cafe-restaurant remains a firm favourite for your morning coffee fix. Freshly ground beans accompany free water refills and breakfasts of muesli bowls…
Multicuisine in Varkala

Trattorias

Trattorias sounds Italian and does indeed rustle up decent pastas, pizzas and European breakfasts, but the menu is equally pan-Asian and Indian (with seafood platters and Keralan fish dishes) and the food consistent…
Ashram in Varkala

Sivagiri Mutt

Just east of central Varkala, Sivagiri Mutt is the headquarters of the Shri Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust, devoted to Shri Narayana Guru (1855–1928), Kerala’s most prominent guru and a leading social reformer. It's …