Varkala a natural paradise for tourists is a small seaside town located just fifty four km from Tiruvanthapuram in Kerala. It is an attraction for its unlimited potential and infinite charm where tourists enjoy a wide range of pursuits like boat riding, sun bath and exposure to ayurveda. The town is a famous pilgrimage centre of the Hindus known for the last resting place of Sri Narayan Guru. The town is also known for its beautiful white beaches, rocky cliffs and spa. It is the best spot along Kerala coast for watching sunset. The sight of the sun melting into the sea would blossom your poetic sense. If you are looking for a cheap beach holiday with lesser crowds, then Varkala is a perfect destination. However, if you want to stay away from the crowd then avoid going there during the pilgrimage period which lasts from December 31st to early January. Another interesting thing about Varkala is it is also an important religious place for the Hindus.
The Papanasam Beach at Varkala is a quiet, secluded beach known for its white silvery stretch of sand, mineral springs and rocky cliffs. The final resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer of Kerala, is near Varkala atop a hill named Sivagiri. High cliffs with mineral springs rising majestically are a scene typical of Varkala. The mineral water coming from the hill is believed to have medicinal properties. What makes the coastline of Varkala exceptional is its landscape. The towering cliffs that stand like silent sentinels, guarding the sparkling waters and the beach. Highly unusual land formations, the sheerness of the cliffs, and the view from atop are breathtaking. High red rocks, coconut trees lined along the Arabian Sea coastline are an attractive sight.
Since Varkala is known as a Hindu pilgrimage destination, it makes sense that you begin your trip by paying a visit to the famous Janardhan Swamy Temple. Like numerous other pilgrimage destinations in India, this temple too has a legend attached to it. Visit this 12th century temple and listen to the pious story that also gives the Papnasham beach and even Varkala their name. The spring that originates from the cliff here is supposed to have curative properties. On the new moon day, it is better not to visit the beach if you are not very religious because it is full of devotees. A dip here is believed to carry away all the sins of soul and purify it. This one boosts the adventure streak within you. Additionally talking about Varkala it presents you an opportunity to enjoy water sports like parasailing, scuba diving and windsurfing and even deep sea fishing. You will be totally excited when you dive deep into the water and view the colorful worlds of fishes, corals and shells. The fun of parasailing is again a stunning experience.