District: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Varkala Papanasham Beach is located 5 minutes drive from Varkala town, The word Papanasam means washing away of sins. A dip in the Papanasham sea is considered holy. Stunningly picturesque Varkala beach provides a peaceful alternative to other commercialized beaches. The setting of this beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of red laterite cliffs bordered by coconut palms and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of beautiful beach, reached by steps leading down from the top of the cliff . A natural spring, said to have curative properties, originates from the cliff is also here. The cliff-top is an ideal place to watch the spectacular sunset. Thiruvambady & Kappil are another nearby beaches.
Janardhana Temple: Varkala has been a Hindu pilgrimage site since the 12th Century. The Janardhana Temple was built during this period and many Hindu’s still visit Varkala to this day. The temple, dedicated to Vishnu and Hanuman, atop the hill has brought a sobriquet for the region, Southern Kasi (Benares).
Sivagiri Mutt: Sree Narayana Guru (1855-1928), saint, social reformer, philosopher and leader of Ezhava community, made Varkala his headquarters. Sivagiri mutt, instituted by Sree Narayana Guru, is another major pilgrim centre here.
How to Reach:
Nearest railway station: Varkala, 2 K.ms
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram (TRV), 54 K.ms