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How to Reach Varkala

How to Reach Varkala by Air

The nearest airport is the Thiruvanthapuram Airport located 36 km away. It is well connected both internationally and domestically and flights from South East Asia, Middle East and all major Indian cities operate to and from here. Some of the major international airlines that serve this airport are Emirates, Air Arabia, Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, Singapore Airlines and Oman Airways etc. and the national airlines are Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Indian Airlines.

Trains, taxis and buses are easily available from the airport to get to Varkala

How to Reach Varkala by Rail

Trains coming from Thiruvanthapuram and Kollam like Ernakulam Express, Parasuram Express, Kerala Express, Bangalore Express and Kanyakumari Express make a bee-line for Varkala Train Station, just 2 km from the Varkala.

However Varkala Station does not have a very wide network of trains, thus the major accessibility is provided by the Trivandrum Rail Strip. Rapti Sagar Express, Nagercoil Express and Himnsagar Express are some of the trains which serve this station.

How to Reach Varkala by Bus

Buses are available from both Kochi and Trivandrum. KSRTC buses are frequent and the can be boarded from the respective main bus stands. Buses may be crowded and are generally not very comfortable. You can also hire a taxi or drive down to this town.

Getting Around Varkala

Varkala is spread over 5 km which can easily be traversed on autos and taxis. Motorbikes and two-wheeler scooters are available on hire on producing something for security and a valid driver’s license.


Beware that many drivers will try to shoehorn you into the hotel that pays them the highest commission – it’s often best to be dropped off at the Helipad and walk to your chosen hotel.

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