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Varkala Beach


Varkala Beach is one of the important beaches of Kerala district. Varkala is a coastal town located at a distance of 51 Km north-west of Thiruvananthapuram.

Located in Southern part of Kerala at Northern end border of Thiruvananthapuram District, Varkala is definitely an awesome beach. This place is moreover an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with mineral springs rise grandly from the coastline. Discovery Channel has rated Varkala Beach has as one of the 10 top seasonal beaches.

Varkala BeachVarkala Beach is a beautiful place to relax, enjoying the sunset from the Cliff side Restaurants of Varkala Beach is definitely an incredible experience, Being a well recognized destination for Ayurveda and Yoga Destination, Varkala Beach provide top class Ayurvedic and Yoga treatments for all, at Varkala you are able to enjoy of the safe beach entire day plus rent a motorbike for Village Trip.

Varkala Beach is a perfect destination for all those seeking relaxed and quieter vacations. The beach with its brown sand, superb landscape and seascapes is really a tropical paradise. As a famous tourism destination, Varkala is filled with various Hotels, Resorts, Homestays as well as Restaurants.

Legend about Varkala:

As per the legend, Lord Brahma ordered Pandyan King to construct a temple at this place to release him of his sins. It is also believed that a group of people, who has made sins during their lifetime approached Narada, son of Lord Brahma and told him that they have done sins in their lifetime and they requested Narada to tell them how they can get rid of their sins, Narada then threw his valkalam (a loin cloth made from the bark of a tree) and it landed at this picturesque place and therefore, the place was named as Varkala. Narada advised the people to pray to become free from their sins at Papanasam, which literally means becoming free from Papa (sins).

Sections of Varkala Beach (Papanasam Beach) are used by Indians to drop the ashes of their cremated dead family members into the sea. People think that the strong sacred components of the water will extend to the souls of their most recently expired. In spite of dropping ashes, the Varkala Beach is well-liked by swimmers both locals as well as foreign tourists.


Best Time to visit: Varkala Beach has a moderate climate, with heavy rains during June to August due to the southwest monsoon. Therefore, September to May is the best time to visit Varkala Beach.

Accommodation at Varkala Beach: There are a more number of Hotels, Homestays and Beach resorts in and around Varkala.

The famous Sree Janardhana Swami Temple is the nearby attraction.


Distance from Varkala Beach:

Thiruvananthapuram: 51 Km
Kollam: 32 Km
Kottayam: 132 Km
Kumarakom: 143 Km
Alappuzha: 119 Km
Ernakulam: 179 Km
Idukki: 229 Km
Thrissur: 247 Km
Munnar: 289 Km
Kozhikode: 368 Km
Wayanad: 448 Km
Kasargod: 553 Km


Other Beaches of Kerala:

Kovalam Beach: 59 Km


How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Varkala or Thiruvananthapuram

Road: Varkala Beach is well connected by road network. The place can be reached by direct and regular bus services from Thiruvananthapuram.


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