41 Kms From Thiruvananthapuram City, Kerala
Attractions: Janardana Swamy Temple
Popularly Known as: Papanashini
Significance: The Beach has a 2000 Year Old Shrine of Lord
is a sea side resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of
pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise
majestically from the coastline.
The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre are
the two main attractions of Varkala Beach. High cliffs border the
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 purge the
body and the soul of all the sins hence the name 'Papanashini' for
this shore. At the break of dawn following the new moon in the
Malayalam month of 'Karkidakam', thousands offer 'Vavu Bali', a
ritual believed to help the souls of ancestors rest in peace.
HOW TO GET THERE
Rail: The railway station is 3 kms from the
Bus: Varkala is 54 km from Thiruvananthapuram and
37 km from Kollam. Varkala is 90 minutes away from the bus and a
pleasant convenient place to stop for a night or more or in
afternoon when travelling between Alappuzha or Kollam and