Varkala is a calm and quiet hamlet that lies on the outskirts of the Thiruvananthapuram district. The small town is popular for its hippie culture, shacks on the cliff serving great seafood, and the global music scene. Flaunting one of the best cliff beaches in Kerala, Varkala is a paradisiacal destination that attracts several travelers and backpackers every year. You’ll easily find all sorts of accommodations that suit different kinds of travelers. There are a variety of budget rooms, luxury resorts, and backpacking hostels. If you’re looking for some budget-friendly options, here are some of the best hostels in Varkala for your next expedition to this beachside town.
HostelExp’s location is one of the biggest selling points of the property. It is situated only 300 m from Varkala Beach and Varkala Cliff. The hostel is a stunning bungalow and the rooms have been converted into dorm rooms. It is a beautiful structure with columns, tiled rooftops, and a front porch. The reception area has a beautiful mural, and several walls in the bungalow flaunt stunning, floor-length wall paintings. The property also has a small, rustic wooden cottage, which serves as a single room.
The establishment offers several options in accommodations, ranging from six-bed mixed dorms to four-bed female dorms to deluxe queen rooms. Each of the rooms is fully furnished and equipped with all the necessary facilities. Interestingly, the property has a wooden paddle boat on its grounds that you can take out to the sea. Surrounded by a beautiful garden and swaying coconut trees, there is ample space outdoors for guests to lounge around in the open air. HostelExp also earns brownie points for being pet-friendly. So feel free to bring along your pet pal and have a memorable vacation together!
Food Availability: The hostel has a shared kitchen where you can cook by yourself or mingle with fellow travelers and cook together. Several guests find the shared kitchen an attractive facility as they can share experiences and a warm meal together!
Accessibility: The closest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is 42.5 km away. From the airport, you can hire a cab to reach the hostel, which will take you about one and a half hours. And in case you’re traveling by train, the closest major railway station is the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station, which is located 45.3 km away from the hostel. A cab ride from the station takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to the hostel.
Ideal For: Professionals on a workcation, backpackers, and solo travelers.
Rate: The rates at HostelExp start at INR 890 per night.
Location: Hostel EXP, Varkala Helipad Road, opposite Chembakam Super Market, Varkala, 695141.
Zostel Varkala is a backpacking hostel surrounded by a horde of coconut trees on three sides and the Arabian Sea on the front. This pastel green and blue building offers a stunning sea view from the rooftop and all the rooms. The hostel is decked with elaborate and vivid wall art of the men and women living on the salty shores. A veranda circles all the rooms here, giving the guests the mandatory balcony space to watch the sun go down. Exploring the hostel premises will also be fun as it has a fancy rooftop with patio loungers and ample spots to work, snack, paint, and create.
Zostel is facilitated with mixed dorms, female dorms, and private rooms; each of which follows a rustic wooden design along with large windows and wrap-around balconies. Each of the rooms is decked with beautiful wooden furniture and has an elegant, clean vibe. Backpackers linger over at the rooftop for an energizing game of Jenga and cards or a soothing guitar jam, keeping the vibe warm and cheerful! Other than being a great socializing spot, the rooftop is also perfect for simply savoring captivating sunrises and sunsets that bring out the violet and crimson skies.
Food Availability: The hostel provides a vegetarian breakfast on an à la carte basis. Zostel also has an in-house café that serves delicious beverages and snacks. Other than this, you’ll easily find several restaurants and eateries nearby.
Accessibility: The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is 37.8 km from the establishment. The closest railway station is the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station, which is about 46.3 km away. The fastest way to get to the hostel from both the airport and station is via cab, taking about one and a half hours in both cases. You can also take a bus from Trivandrum Central to Varkala Road, from where the hostel is a 10 min drive away.
Ideal For: Unmarried couples, bachelors, working professionals, backpackers, and solo travelers.
Rate: The rates at Zostel Varkala start at INR 500 per night.
Location: Cliff Beach Hospitality, Sea Breeze Building, North Cliff, Zostel Varkala Rd, PO, Varkala, 695141.
Cliff and Coral is essentially a beachside hostel, located only 350 m from the breathtaking Varkala Beach. The expansive Kerala-style house has been converted into a hostel set-up with bunk beds and separated dorms. The spacious, white-painted bungalow exudes a relaxed and refreshing atmosphere due to its pristine white walls and minimalistic furniture choices. The property has two structures that offer a wide range of accommodation options, as well as an outdoor dining shed. Cliff and Coral have an expansive space surrounding the property with hammocks and swings tied beneath majestic trees. The dining area’s set-up is quite rustic and the coconut-leaf thatched roof adds to the beachside charm of the place.
The property offers its guests options between eight-bed and six-bed mixed dorms, four-bed female dorms, deluxe double rooms, deluxe king rooms, family rooms, and a budget-friendly double room. The rooms follow the pristine white theme of the hostel. The all-wooden furniture and vibrant colored pillows stand in stark contrast to the walls, adding character to the rooms. You will also find several teal-colored furnishings like benches and doors at the hostel, along with some single walls painted in teal, which add to its charm.
Food Availability: The hostel has an in-house café that provides its guests with delicious coffee and light meals. The café offers a limited menu, but the guests vouch that it’s lip-smacking good! If you’re in the mood for something homemade, the shared kitchen has all the essentials to get you cooking.
Accessibility: The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is at a distance of 36.7 km from the hostel, and is the closest airport. The Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is 45.3 km away. A cab ride from both these locations to the hostel will take you approximately one and a half hours. You can also get a bus from Trivandrum Central to Varkala, from where the hostel is a 5-min drive away.
Ideal For: Adventurers, solo travelers, unmarried couples, bachelors, and working professionals.
Rate: The rates at Cliff and Coral start at INR 985 per night.
Location: Varkala Helipad Road, Varkala, 695141.
The Lost Hostel is a franchise chain for accommodation located at destinations like Goa, Munnar, Madurai, Fort Kochi, and Varkala. The hostels provide both private and dorm accommodation for backpackers from India and all over the world. The Lost Hostel, Varkala is located just a stone's throw away from the famous cliffs and beaches. It provides a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere with unique facilities. The beautiful ochre yellow and white bungalow, with tiled rooftops, has equally beautiful and spacious rooms. You can choose from a range of accommodation options available at the hostel, from six-bed and eight-bed mixed dorms to single-bed dorms and deluxe rooms.
The rooms and the hostel itself are well furnished and equipped with all the necessary amenities. What adds to the charm of this property is the outdoor area surrounding it. There is an outdoor play shed with a table tennis set-up and carrom boards. Guests can also indulge in yoga sessions and biking as The Lost Hostel encourages fitness and health. The sun terrace is the perfect spot to be perched upon while enjoying the gorgeous view of the beautifully landscaped gardens. As it’s a popular choice of stay for travelers from across the country and the world, you’ll definitely have the opportunity to socialize and share an anecdote or two!
Food Availability: The hostel offers a shared kitchen space if you’re in the mood to cook for yourself. Unfortunately, they don’t provide meals during the stay. But no need to worry, the property’s location brings with it several cafés and restaurants that serve a great variety of dishes and cuisines.
Accessibility: The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is 42.6 km from the premises, while the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is 45.5 km away. You can get a bus from Trivandrum Central that will take you up to Varkala Road, from where the hostel is about 6 minutes away by cab or auto. You can also directly hire a cab from the station or airport to the hostel, which would take about one and a half hours from either of the locations.
Ideal For: Backpackers, solo travelers, and working professionals.
Rate: The rates at The Lost Hostel start at INR 985 per night.
Location: Varkala Helipad Road, Varkala, 695141.
Located in the small beachside town, Molly’s Hostel is a rustic beauty nestled in a patch of greenery. The cottage-like hostel stands like a white beacon amidst the sprawling greenery surrounding the property. The coconut-leaf thatched rooftop and front porch add to the charm of the bungalow. Even on days when you don’t wish to step out of the property, you can spend time in the property’s well-kept garden. It has a wide variety of trees and plants, and a hammock tied beneath two coconut trees as every tropical beach picture would portray! With large paned windows and spacious rooms, Molly’s exudes a breezy and easy-going charm that is preferred by all guests for a relaxing vacation.
The main lobby has beautiful, floral wall art stretching from the entrance all the way to the end of the lobby. The hostel offers accommodation options from four-bed mixed dorms to double rooms with balconies. Each of the rooms has a minimalist decor and the actual beauty is the stunning garden view offered by all. Since the establishment is only 100 m from Aaliyirakkm Beach, it has provisions for kayaking. Molly’s is truly a place to stay bundled in the grove of nature and is a great spot for nature lovers.
Food Availability: You can enjoy Kerala-style authentic breakfast and lunch, and a variety of hot drinks at the hostel. The garden and terrace are great spots to relax with a book, tea or coffee, and a variety of snacks.
Accessibility: The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is located 41.3 km from the property, while Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is 44.1 km away. It takes approximately the same amount of time to reach Molly’s from both these locations, which is about one and a half hours via cab. If you’re planning to travel by bus, you can get one from Trivandrum Central to Varkala Road, from where the hostel is a 5-min auto ride away.
Ideal For: Working professionals, backpackers, and solo travelers.
Rate: The rates at Molly’s Hostel start at INR 830 per night.
Location: South Cliff, Kochuvila Mukku, Varkala, 695141.
Up next on our list of best hostels in Varkala is the Piggy Hostel. Previously known as the Short Giraffe Hostel, this is a 55-year-old traditional Kerala heritage house, which is now converted into a hostel. The property is expansive and is surrounded by tall coconut trees and lush greenery. You wouldn’t have to depend on local transportation for nearby sightseeing as Varkala Beach is just a 4-minute walk away while the Varkala Cliff is about a 10-minute walk away from the property. With so much to offer, Piggy Hostel is no less than paradise with well-maintained facilities, lavish greenery, and stunning, scenic locations nearby.
The rooms are quite spacious with private patios and a modern vibe. The common lounge room encompasses the spirit of traveling in its true sense, with beautiful wall art of maps and several picture frames dotting its walls. Don’t forget to check out the common room that is stacked with numerous indoor games for guests to enjoy as ice-breakers. The hostel grounds have numerous hammocks and bamboo swings tied underneath the tall trees or the spacious porch. If you’re going in a group, you can also enjoy the outdoor barbeque and dining facilities, and if you’re traveling solo, you can use the opportunity to mingle with other guests.
Food Availability: Unfortunately, Piggy Hostel does not provide the guests with meals. But they do have provisions for a barbeque grill if you plan for a bonfire and barbeque night. Since the property is located in one of the well-connected parts of the town, you’ll find several restaurants and cafés like InDa Café, Coffee Temple, The Juice Shack, and God’s Own Country Kitchen.
Accessibility: If you’re planning to fly to the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Piggy Hostel is 42.5 km away, and can be reached within one hour and 15 minutes by cab. If you’re traveling by train, the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is 45.4 km away and it will take you approximately one and a half hours to reach the hostel from here via cab.
Ideal For: Small groups, backpackers, working professionals, and solo travelers.
Rate: The rates at Piggy Hostel start at INR 6,000 per night.
Location: North Helipad Cliff, Varkala, 695141.
Not just the name, but the charm of this hostel is unique too. Situated at a one-minute walking distance from the beach, The Lungi Vibe Hostel graces the guests with captivating views of the sunrise and sunset. You can also feel the cool salty sea breeze flowing in as you walk around the hostel. The property has a particularly vibrant charm, with numerous colorful tires and colorful pieces of furniture scattered around.
Surrounded by tall coconut trees and bamboo plants, the establishment has a healthy dose of greenery adding a streak of freshness to its charm. It offers accommodations like deluxe rooms and mixed dorm rooms, to suit all budgets. The fully furnished rooms have an urban vibe with decadent wall art and sleek furniture. You will also find an outdoor dining area that displays several printed tapestries of Hindu Gods and mythology. Overall, the vibe of this place will let you experience the culture of Varkala to quite some extent.
Food Availability: The establishment provides its guests with home-cooked, traditional Kerala-style meals at affordable prices. They also offer European and Continental cuisines, as well as barbeque facilities.
Accessibility: The closest airport to the establishment is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is 43.2 km away, while the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is 46 km away. A cab ride from either of these locations will take approximately one and a half hours. You can also get a bus from Trivandrum Central to Varkala, which takes about 45 minutes, and then an auto ride to the hostel from the bus stop.
Ideal For: Solo travelers, backpackers, small tourist groups, and professionals on a workcation.
Rate: The rates at The Lungi Vibe Hostel start at INR 815 per night.
Location: North Cliff, Varkala, 695141.
Another beautiful bungalow converted into a hostel, Bla Bla Hostels is a stunning property with various amenities to offer to its guests. The yellow and white bungalow with a tiled roof and a wrap-around terrace is surrounded by tall trees and plants just as any other Kerala house. In addition, does the idea of a morning walk along the beach at sunrise sound amazing to you? You can easily indulge in the same as the property is located 750 m from the beautiful Varkala Beach. Considered to be one of the best hostels in Varkala for backpackers, you’ll have a healthy dose of socializing and some amazing experiences to indulge in during your stay here.
Bla Bla Hostel has a super vibrant and poppy vibe with breathtaking wall paintings and vibrant artwork. The house is decked with numerous photographs and vintage wood furniture that simply adds character to the premises. They offer accommodation options like deluxe rooms and mixed dorms. It also has a good collection of books and indoor games for all the home cats simply looking to curl up on the terrace with a good read. The property boasts a tranquil and rejuvenating ambiance, hidden away from the city center that attracts numerous explorers and backpackers to its doors.
Food Availability: The hostel has a well-equipped kitchen where you can cook your own meals. If you’re not in the mood for cooking, there are numerous restaurants and cafés located nearby like Café Del Mar, Coffee Temple, The Juice Shack, and God’s Own Country Kitchen.
Accessibility: Thiruvananthapuram Airport is the closest airport to Bla Bla Hostels, and is 42.6 km away. You can hire a cab ride from the airport, which will take about one and a half hours to reach the property. And if you’re planning to travel by train, the Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is the most viable option. It is 45.4 km from the hostel and takes about 1.30 hours to reach by cab.
Ideal For: Unmarried couples, adventurers, working professionals, and solo travelers.
Rate: The rates at Bla Bla Hostels start at INR 550 per night.
Location: PPP4+HC2, Varkala Helipad Road, Next to Mango House, Varkala, 695141.
The exquisite surroundings and laidback vibe of Varkala make it one of the most peaceful getaways, especially for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of work and simply unwind. Staying in some of the best hostels in Varkala means pocket-friendly accommodation, great scenic views, and of course a fun-filled vacation! From hostels alongside the beach to ones right in the heart of the city, you have some great options to choose from.
Why Is Varkala Famous?
Varkala is famous for its pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries, and springs. The 2000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple and the Sivagiri Mutt attract a steady stream of visitors all year. Varkala is the perfect blend of scenic beauty and rich history.
What Is The Best Time To Visit Varkala?
The best time to visit Varkala is during the winter months between October and February, as the temperatures are relatively low and the weather is pleasant. Unlike the sweltering summer heat and the heavy monsoon rains, the winters offer a pleasant and comfortable climate for exploration.
How Do I Get To Varkala?
You can reach Varkala either by air or train. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest airport located 41.5 km from Varkala. From here you can hire taxis or buses to reach Varkala via National Highway 47. If you’re traveling by train, the Varkala-Sivagiri Railway Station is connected to Thiruvananthapuram and other major cities through daily inter-city trains.
What Are The Lowest And Highest Prices Of Hostels In Varkala?
Hostels in Varkala range from budget-friendly dorm rooms to more luxurious houses with deluxe rooms. The prices in Varkala range from as low as INR 500 to as high as INR 6,000 per night.
Is Staying In A Hostel Better?
Usually, hostels are more budget-friendly and are more basic. They'll have fewer amenities than hotels do, which cuts down on costs. Hostels are well-suited for people who don't need high luxury but are still extremely comfortable and include all basic amenities.
How Many Days Are Enough In Varkala?
Around 3 to 4 days will be good enough for exploring the beaches in Varkala, Varkala Cliff, and the places near Varkala Beach. If you wish to indulge in Varkala’s famous ayurvedic spa treatments or spend some rejuvenating time amidst nature, then you can bump up your stay to a week.
How Can I Go To Varkala From Trivandrum?
The fastest way to get from Thiruvananthapuram to Varkala is to take a train that will help you reach the location in less than 40 minutes. There is a direct train departing from Thiruvananthapuram Central and arriving at Varkala, which runs every day.
How Far Is Varkala From The Nearest Airport?
The distance between Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV) and Varkala is about 41.5 km by road and can be reached by bus or cab in 1 to 2 hours.