Varkala Papanasam Beach Review For Travel and Stay

If you are planning to visit Kerala, one of the must-see places is Varkala Papanasam beach. It is a popular tourist place as well as a religious pilgrim center. Major attractions are the clean beach and a cliff. You can have a wonderful view of the beach from the cliff. Varkala beach is well connected and just 45 KM from Trivandrum International Airport. There are many shops and tourist homes at the cliff and which add the beauty of the beach.

If you look at the beach from the cliff, the view will be like this. The cliff is a bit high when compared to the sea level. No other beaches in Kerala can offer a cliff view like Varkala beach offers.
Top view of Varkala Papanasam beach

There are many restaurants and shops on the cliff. So, you won't find any difficulties to have food and drinks. If you are planning for a stay for daily as well as a monthly basis, you can find it easily.

There are many star hotels as well as budget hotels at Varkala. Many lodges and small hotels offer budget stay for single and family. You will not find issues with finding a hotel to stay according to your budget.

Quality of the Beach
If you check the quality of the beach, Varkala beach is clean, and the abundance of white sands add its beauty.
Sailesh B V, George Nivin Uthup

You can see the sands in this photo. There are staffs appointed to clean the beach periodically.
Siju George

This photo shows the view of the cliff from the beach. Though it looks natural, authorities should have maintained the safety of the cliff better than this.

How to Find Best Stay at Varkala Beach
Either you can book hotel rooms in advance or contact local guides to help get a budget stay. Both methods have their own merits and demerits.

If you book a room in advance, they will offer the best price for you. The problem with this method is the unavailability of online booking for most budget stays. If you are looking for a lavish stay, you should prefer online booking in advance with star hotels.


Local guides have better knowledge about the safe budget hotels and homestays near Varkala Papanasam Beach. However, they may have personal priorities.

So, it is better to ask more than one person about the rent and facilities provided by local budget stays for a tourist. Most of the local people will give honest advice to a tourist. So do not need to afraid to ask help if needed.

Sight-Seeing and Vegetation
Most of the trip reviews revealed how much tourists enjoyed the thick green vegetation and scenery at Varkala Beach.
Photos Seacliff

If you plan to swim, you should obey the instructions of lifeguards.

Best Time to Visit Varkala Beach
I recommend August to May as Monsoon starts in June. During monsoon season, the water level is high and encroach a large portion of the beach.

If you enjoy the rains, monsoon period is the best time to visit. It is also the season for Ayurvedic treatments and massages.

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Ayurveda and Yoga
There are many authorized Ayurvedic massage centers and spas at Varkala. In additions to Spas and massage centers, many high-quality Yoga centers are also here. If you are planning to try massage parlor or Yoga center in Varkala, I suggest you check the reviews by former visitors.

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How to Reach
Varkala is just 45 Kilo Meters from Trivandrum International Airport. If you board a train from Trivandrum, you can stop at Varkala railway station. The beach is very near to the railway station.


  1. Teena Joseph1:42 AM

    Visited this place. Amazing, and safe for solo female travelers.


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