Varkala is situated at about 30Km north of Trivandrum on the sea coast. The Trivandrum Kollam railway line passes through the centre of the town. It is also accessible by road from Kallambalam on NH-47. Kerala's newest travel destination that is Varkala. It is a perfect place for those who like to holiday in a calm and serene atmosphere. The town is bound by Sivagiri Hills on the East, the Arabian Sea on the West, Edava Panchayat on the North and Vettoor Panchayat on the South. Varkala is a seaside tourist resort and spa offering massages, cuisines and what not in the calm and quiet environment of Kerala. A small town 55 km north of Thiruvananthapuram, it is also one of the most important religious place for the Hindus.
The Papanasam Beach at Varkala is a quiet, undiscovered beach known
for its white, silvery stretch of sand, mineral springs and rocky
cliffs. It is the final resting place of Sree Narayana Guru ( One of
the great social reformer of Kerala), is near Varkala atop a hill
named Sivagiri. High cliffs from mineral springs rising is a scene
typical of Varkala. There is a nature cure centre, resturants and
hotels right adjacent to the beach.
The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are
the two of the main attractions of Varkala Beach. High cliffs
borders the excellent beach its like they are protecting the beach
from being discovered.
Varkala is a beautiful beach that has a more than 2000 years old
shrine of Lord Vishnu. This beach of Kerala is rich in mineral water
springs that are known for their medicinal value. A dip in the holy
waters of Varkala beach is believed to clear the body and the soul
of all the sins hence the name 'Papanashini' (Killer of Sins) has
been given to this shore. At the break of dawn following the new
moon in the Malayalam month of 'Karkidakam', thousands offer 'Vavu
Bali', a ritual that is believed to help the souls of the ancestors
rest in peace.