Varkala Beach

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Varkala Beach
Sunset at Varkala Beach
A natural water spout in Varkala Beach
'Karkidaka Vavu Bali' ritual being done at Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach, is a cliff beach situated in the Varkala town of Thiruvananthapuram District, India. The beach skirts the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. Other beaches in the town include Varkala Black Beach, Odayam Beach, Kappil Beach, and Aliyirakkam Cliff Beach. The word "papanasham" means to wash away sins.

Varkala Beach is situated 39 km north of the capital city Thiruvananthapuram and 28 km south of Kollam. The nearest airport to the beach is Trivandrum International Airport.

Evening at Varkala beach


Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.[1] These cliffs are of tertiary sedimentary formation, and named by geologists as Varkala Formation. They are a geological monument as recorded by the Geological Survey of India. Water spouts and spas occur on the sides of these cliffs.

Nearby attractions and activities[edit]

The Janardana Swami Temple is situated near the Beach. It is known for a 10-day festival held twice a year, called Arattu. [2]

Sivagiri Mutt is another attraction, located atop the Sivagiri hill. Train service is available at Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station.

Panoramic view of Varkala beach cliff

Varkala beach has adventure and leisure activities such as boat riding, parasailing, jetting, and horse-riding. There are also restaurants and cafes; alcohol is not served.[3]


Varkala is located at 8°44′N 76°43′E / 8.73°N 76.71°E / 8.73; 76.71.[4]


Uber's co-founder Travis Kalanick once said that he spent weeks here writing code. [5]


  1. ^ Archived 2010-03-10 at the Wayback Machine | Details of Varkala
  2. ^ "Arattu Festival, Janardhana Temple, Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - Kerala Tourism". Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Head Straight to Kerala, God's Own Country, for a Perfect Vacation". Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Maps, Weather, and Airports for Varkkallai, India". Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ "'Fight for something you believe in but don't be a jerk': Uber CEO Travis Kalanick | Gadgets Now". Gadget Now. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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