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We were in Varkala near the beach for 2 days. The beach is not the cleanest (as mentioned in some... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hyderabad, India

Lovely stretch of a sand beach. Red cliffs abut from the one side. The beach itself has golden... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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“the cliff” (421 reviews)
“beautiful beach” (117 reviews)
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Varkala 695141, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were in Varkala near the beach for 2 days. The beach is not the cleanest (as mentioned in some reviews). It is crowded as well. Every day, early morning, you have pundits who sit on the beach and people come there probably to take...More

Thank Samik77
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely stretch of a sand beach. Red cliffs abut from the one side. The beach itself has golden colored sand and is black tinged at places from the granite. In the mornings it is abuzz with religious activity. Priests perform rites for departed family members...More

Thank KANewYork
Reviewed 4 days ago

The place is overrun with hotels and restaurants. The beach is dirty, littered with garbage and sewage and the water isn't clean either. It has potential be a great beach but it's actually quite horrible. And, the crowds that throng here on weekends make this...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place good view Have good resturants and parking. Less crowded and nuce place to sit and relax.

Thank Savitha B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach is outstanding. It's clean and there are lifeguards for your safety and almost only tourists except on weekends. There are no people trying to sell you sunglasses and stuff like in Goa. Varkala beach means peace! You can feel free and relax. The...More

Thank Coco N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Varkala beach also known as Papanasam beach is famous for doing last rites for dead ones. Its a tourist place situated in Kerala Trivandrrum. Good view and sea facing restaurant. Cant find enough tourists as its famous for doing last Rites for parents or ancestors.

Thank K Prem Kumar M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Varkala beach is very beautiful beach and you will absolutely love this place. There are so many romantic restaurants on the beach offering delicious sea food and candle light dinner. Highly recommended during Kerala visit.

Thank Jiten G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing beach with lots of restaurant options and the view from the cliff is fantastic. Not a place where you can swim since the waves are quiet violent.

Thank Samir85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went during low season and a hindu holiday. Some people might not be aware of the religious aspect of this place. It's very important and the way the people who come there tolerate the tourists shenanigans are admirable. We loved how their were only five...More

Thank Charlie E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Swimming is not allowed and also sunbathing is not appropriate since the beach is holy to the people and they go to "puja's" very often. You can but you might be starred at.

Thank Crescdom
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22 July 2017|
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Response from GS R | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about Parasailing, as the tides would be high. But August would be a cool time to visit with a combination of rain and sun and a bike rides along nearby places could be certainly enjoyed. I had visited the... More
10 June 2017|
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Response from Parthasarathi2016 | Reviewed this property |
I saw people renting. But as I did not do it myself, not sure.sorry.
10 June 2017|
Response from MegzZoomer | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure of this but I've seen other water activity essentials given on rent.

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