The Kerala coastline is quite flat with little or no elevations along it, except for the area of Varkala beach. With cliffs jutting out into the Arabian Sea, the Varkala beach area is important geologically. It is called the Varkala formation and is complete with rather interesting rock formations and natural water springs. The entire area has a surreal feel to it, although the environment around the place is serene and peaceful. Added to this is the religious significance of the area for the locals.
Commonly known as the Papanasam beach, which translates to ‘the destruction of evil’, the Varkala beach is very popular with pilgrims who believe that a dip in the waters here will absolve them of their sins. A visit to the beach will show you the mix of holiday revelers and the devout both enjoying a dip in the ocean, albeit for different reasons. Close to the beach is the Sivagiri Mutt, which also draws throngs of pilgrims. For those looking for a excursion, there is loads to do at the beach from playing games on the sand, to taking a swim; from reading a book to hiking up the cliff; from eating at the small shops here to just lazing around and soaking the sun. There are establishments that let you have beach umbrellas and deck chairs at a small hiring price. The best time to visit the Varkala beach is from October to February, when the sea is ideal for swimming and the area is covered with the lush greenery post monsoon.
|Entry Fee||No entry fee|
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|