What distinguishes Varkala from other beach resorts of Kerala is the unique occurrence of natural springs. It is also the only area in south Kerala to have cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea. The cliffs house many mineral springs. Ayurvedic tourism finds great mention in this area. Varkala is known for its ayurvedic resorts, massage centres and spas.
In and around the city there are lots of things to see and do. The proximity of the beach, many temples and backwaters provide a lot of entertainment and travel experiences to the traveller.
As most of the hotels are located near to the Papanasam beach tourists can go for walks and swims. It is also nice to sit on the sands and the sun rising or setting. A lot of activities take place in evenings. Families and children huddle around in groups, hawkers try to sell their wares and eateries welcome people into their shacks and huts.
Varkala is also known for its backwaters. There are regular boats and houseboats to Trivandrum, Kottayam and Kollam. It is a fabulous experience to go on a houseboat. There are many packages you can pickup.
Top Rated Hotels in Varkala 2011-2012
Clafouti Beach Resort | County Inn Beach Resort and Spa | Sea Pearl Chalets
The Hotel Green Palace | Hill View Beach Resort