The 2 km long red cliff of Varkala Beach provides a stunning contrast to the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and the clear blue sky above. Varkala lies 50 km northwest of Thiurvananthapuram and 37 km off Kollam in Kerala. With its swaying palm trees and soft sand at your feet, the isolated Varkala Beach promises a rejuvenating holiday experience for the travelers. There are mineral water springs on the beach which are supposed to have medicinal values and a lot of tourists bathe in them to get rid of their body ailments.
Some people believe that a dip in the mineral springs of the beach cleanses them not only of their skin ailments but also their sins and purifies their souls. These mineral springs are centered on the north edge of the beach in Varkala, hence this edge of the beach is also known as "Papanasham" or the eliminator of the sins. There is an old Shree Janardhana Swamy temple at the north end of the beach in Varkala which is visited by thousands every day.
Varkala beach is thronged by large number of devotees on new moon day when people come here to dip in the holy mineral spring waters of the beach to get rid of their sins and bodily diseases. The southern end of the beach is known as Thiruvambady Beach. There is also a Nature Cure Centre at the beach which is one of the draws of the beach as tourists come here to get Ayurvedic massage and also to get some medicines made from rare herbs.
Dive deep into the waters and watch the wonderful marine life of the beach. The colorful world of coral life, fishes and shells will leave you amazed. Enjoy adventure sports like scuba diving, wind surfing and parasailing that will have the adrenaline gushing into your veins. The silent ambience of pristine Varkala Beach provides you a rare opportunity to connect with yourself. Hear the lullaby of water waves that slowly move to you, kiss your feet for a while and then retract back to the vast expanses of blue waters.
Kappil beach is the place where you can enjoy a houseboat ride in the world famous Kerala backwaters. The exotic flora and fauna would be a great attraction for you and you won't be able to resist yourself from clicking some great pictures of exotic bird and mammalian species of the region. At the Beach Bazaar, you can shop for some souvenirs, handicraft, trinkets and other curios. You can also relish some delicious sea food varieties at the beach.
Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies are available in the beach side resorts for the tourists. There are some outlets which will dish out some Chinese and Italian specialties to you. Anjengo Fort and Varkala Tunnel are other attractions of the beach. Ponnumthurut Island is an ideal location for nature exploration. You can reach to the island by boat only.
Varkala Beach is 180 km from Kochi International Airport and 138 km from Kanyakumari. The beach town is well connected by trains and buses with Ponmudi (88 km), Sabarimala (140 km), Thekkady (186 km) and other neighboring cities.