The town of Varkala is ideal for a beach holiday in Kerala. The destination is best for enjoying sunbathing and swimming along with spending evening hours on the cliffs looking up to the magnificent sunset. Varkala is the main religious centres of Kerala so those seeking sacred places in this city may head towards an ancient Vishnu Temple and Sivagiri Mutt. For shopping visitors can head to the North Cliff of Varkala where raw silk fabrics and other items like sarongs, trinkets, mixed western music CDs, spices, tea masala, and different types of coffee can be bought. There are Tibetan shops, Khadi Stores and Beach Bazaars where one can buy plenty of things at reasonable prices. Foodies can enjoy authentic Kerala food on a banana leaf.
All local delicacies like curry paste, Kerala dal, poppadum, banana curry, okra can be savoured at many eateries here. Surfing at Varkala Beach is one of the best things to do in Varakala. There are many surfing schools where one can learn to paddle. Apart from this, the visitors have the chance to waken their mind and body in the early morning and go for Yoga Sessions. Those interested in sightseeing, Varkala has plenty of attractions like Varkala lighthouse, English Fort, Varkala Tunnel and Ponnumthurut Island, which can bewitch with their uniqueness and grandeur. One can also pamper or refresh himself at Ayurvedic Massage Centres here, which offer full body massage and spa.