Kerala Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Kerala - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Anchuthengu Beach and Anjengo Fort

The pristine Anchuthengu beach, 12 km (7½ miles) south of Varkala, is the location of a lighthouse and the ruins of the British Anjengo...

Kappil Lake

Eight kilometers (5 miles) north of Varkala lies Kappil Lake, where sand and ocean meets the backwaters. There's a beach, pedal boats...

Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum

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The 18th-century Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, or Horse Palace, has carved rosewood ceilings and treasures of the royal...

Napier Museum and Trivandrum Zoo

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In an 80-acre park at the north end of M. G. Road are the many attractions of the Museum and Art Gallery Complex. Each part of the complex...

Odayam and Thiruvambady Beaches

Sparkling Odayam, the next beach north of Varkala, is considered part of the town but is about 2 km (1 mile) away. It's quieter and even...

Padmanabhapuram Fort and Palace

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Believed to be the largest wooden palace in Asia, this magnificent, 17th-century, carved-teak palace, set in nearly 7 acres, and with...

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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The handsome Padmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, has a seven-story gopuram (entrance tower) that's as wide as it is tall to...

Puthankulam Elephant Camp

If you journey to the village of Puthankulam, in the Kollam district and 13 km (8 miles; 20 minutes) from Varkala, you will arrive at...

Sree Janardana Swamy Temple

Varkala is a major center for the worship of Vishnu—it's known as Dakshin Kashi, or the Varanasi of the south. At the Sree Janardana...

Varkala Beach

Varkala beach, a pristine strip of sand backed by a steep cliff, is probably one of South India's prettiest yet most happening beaches.