Varkala Beach Kerala

Varkala, Kerala 695141
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Varkala is a town steeped in history dating as far back as the Cenozoic Age.

Varkala is a town steeped in history dating as far back as the Cenozoic Age.

Varkala, a quiet and calm hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several tourist attractions that include a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple, and the Ashramam – Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach.

The Papanasam Beach (likewise called Varkala Beach), which is ten kilometers from Varkala, is renowned for a natural spring. Which is considered to have medicinal and healing properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name ‘Papanasam Beach’.

A two-thousand-year-old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach, a short distance away. The Sivagiri Mutt, established by the great religious reformer and philosopher Sree Narayana Guru (1856 – 1928) is additionally close by. The Samadhi (the final resting place) of the Guru here attracts thousands of devotees every year during the Sivagiri Pilgrimage days – 30th December to first January. Sree Narayana Guru propagated the ideology: “one caste, one religion and one God”, in a society torn by the taboos of the caste system.

Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for tourist and is fast becoming a popular health resort with numerous Ayurvedic massage centers.

Best Time to Visit- September to March

Tourist Attractions of Varkala:-

  • Janardhana Swami Temple
  • The Sivagiri Mutt
  • Papanasham Beach & Cliff
  • Anchengo Fort & Light House
  • Sivagiri Tunnel

For Accommodation:-


  • Varkala Bus Station is well connected to all major cities of India. Varkala is only 47 km far from the NH 47. However, this place is connected with all cities and towns.
  • Varkala Railway Station is the closest railhead that is 2.9 km far from Varkala.
  • Trivandrum International Airport is the closest airport, which is at the distance 41.7 Km from the destination.

Varkala is a town steeped in history dating as far back as the Cenozoic Age. The formidable and unique ridge exposing sedimentary rock formation famously known as Warkalli formation in geology is an important tourist attraction in Varkala. The ridge has also been announced as a geo-heritage site in 2015 by the Geological Survey of India and the Ministry of Mines, Government of India. The sand of Varkala beaches is said to contain thorium oxide, a radioactive material.

Legends tell the stories of the birth of the town – one story claims that a group of pilgrims approached the sage Narada requesting help to demolish the sins they had committed. Narada, in response, flung his loin fabric (valkalam), and it landed at this site, consequently, naming it Varkala. The pilgrims were requested to pray to redeem themselves at Papanasam (reclamation from sins) thus giving birth to the beach and its age-old custom of dipping in its holy water to wash away one’s sins. Another myth claims that King Pandyan was requested that by Lord Brahma to build a temple at this site redeem himself, which was the Janardhan Swami Temple that is 2000 years of age.