Varkala Beach

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Varkala Beach
Sunset at Varkala Beach
A natural water spout in Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach is a beach in Varkala municipality of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasham means wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasham Beach washes away all the sins in one's life.


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 are on the sides of these cliffs.

Nearby Attractions & 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. Varkala railway station is known by the name of 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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