Still flying under the tourist radar, serene and picturesque Kappil is the one of the few beaches in Kerala that hasn’t been inundated by shops and eateries. The secluded beach is at the confluence of the Kappil Lake and the Arabian Sea, and is also one of the cleanest in the state. Visitors can take a boat on the backwaters adjunct to the ocean; stroll on the bridge that runs across the lake; or even climb up the Kodi Cliff for a panoramic glimpse of the Arabian Sea.
Almost all of Varkala is really beautiful , you will find backwaters , a lot of churches , lighthouse , helpful people , places full of nature . But still here i am mentioning some places that you can visit .1. Varkala Beach
Kappil beach is about 7 kms north of Varkala. It is a beach – backwater destination.Kappil is not just another tourist spot. It is a must visit place, especially if you are spending time at Varkala beach.In reality, they are waters of different natures.The west is the true blue Arabian Sea and the east is Edava Narayana Lake, which takes on a greenish tinge at times.The road runs as such for about one km.One of the best places for a bird’s view is the bridge across the lake. Not too far, the backwater drains into the sea. Splendid!The lagoon- coconut- sand strip of Kappil is a stunner. What if I say these are some of the most photographed coconut trees in Kerala? Either true or it is a shot close to truth any way.You can even walk from Varkala beach to Kappil. There is a beach side walkway from Varkala, to start with. It is built by the government, with tourism in mind. However, you will have to find your own path after a while.If you proceed through the beach side, Edava sands comes first followed by Kappil beach.The beaches at Vettakada, Edava and Kappil are gorgeous in appearance while being limited in scope. So they remain as local beaches where you could sit by the sea side and relax.These beaches feature a rocky barrier, a harsh reminder of the powerful tides of the swollen sea. And these rocks stand up to the onslaught of waves quite regularly, protecting the beach side road and nearby settlements. By the way, Kappil beach has its fishing community.The true fun of Kappil is the backwater ride. There are not many boats. And there are not many people too.There is also the choice to take mini boats for a ride. Row and pedal boats are available for hire at the boat club.The local shrine, Kappil Bhagavathy temple, is a regionally famous temple. The shrine is attractive, but this is a place of worship and not a sightseeing location. Darshan (worship) inside is limited to Hindus.
Kappil BeachIf you travel a little further north from Varkala town, you will reach the Kappil Beach where one side you have the ferocious sea and the other side the calm backwaters. It was one of the most idyllic road stretch with Arabian Sea and backwaters running parallel interspersed with land in between. You can also enjoy boating and other water activities in the evening at the beach.Where to EatThe cliff is lined with eateries and cafes, each providing with stunning views over the ocean along with equally amazing food. We spent our time idling in the cafes for hours with a book in hand, classic rock music playing in the background and eating to our heart’s content. Some of the restaurants not to be missed-Darjeeling Café – Friendly staff, amazing views of the sea and very inviting.The Coffee Temple – the coffee is to die for and also one of the favorites breakfast placesCafé Del Mar – European cuisineCafé Italiano – for the roof top views and the huge library below
9 Km away from Varkala is Kappil Beach. The best thing about the beach is that the road you will be traveling divides the sea and the backwaters. So the raging sea on one side and the calm backwaters on the other with the breeze swaying the coconut trees makes you realize the true meaning of God's own Country. Do not forget to try the banana fritters and beef roast from the small shacks beside the beach.