Varkala is a coastal town, situated at 50km north-west of Thiruvanathapuram (Trivandrum) and 37km southwest of Kollam city in Kerala. Only in Varkala, cliffs are adjacent to the Arabian sea. This unique feature of Varkala makes it differ from any other place in Southern Kerala and also it is very popular among the geologist as Varkala Formation.
The main attraction of Varkala is its 2000 year old Janaradhana Swami Temple which is a significant Vaishnavaite shrine in India and commonly known as Dakshin Kashi. Sivagiri Mutt is also a very famous place in Varkala which has been established by a famous social reformer Sree Narayan Guru. The Beach of Varkala is also known as Papanasam Beach, added to the marvelous beauty of Varkala. Anyone can arrest in the dazzling view of evening sunset and pleasant climate.
Varkala is filled with many incredible temples that are famous for their exotic temple festivals. These festivals take place in the month of February-March every year. The spectacle of elephants and glorious ornaments are the main attractions of these festivals. The people of Varkala have very well preserved their ancient culture. Kathakali- the classical dance form and Kalaripayathes are one of the ancient martial arts on the earth.
No doubt Varkala is truly a 'HEAVEN ON EARTH'.