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Varkala is a coastal town in the southern part of Kerala. Varkala is famous for its golden sand beach and is also known as papanasham beach, and belief is that taking a holy dip here cleanses away all your sins.Varkala is also known for Jardana Swami Temple. This sacred shrine believed made nearly 2000 years ago. This place is an absolute blend of greenery, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea largest cliff hight is around 15 meter. Varkala has some of the best pristine beaches, hills, lakes, forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries and springs - all of this together makes this destination a little paradise. Varkala Lighthouse is one of the ideal spots from which we can enjoy a complete view of the surroundings. Varkala is offer facilities for sunbath, boat riding, swimming, adventure sports and ayurvedic treatments.

Varkala Beach

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Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam Beach, is a beautiful long stretch of sand. The beach is famous for the unique feature that it has the striking cliffs that fringe one end. The water of Varkala Beach regarded to own medicinal and curative properties. Dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to remove the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the beach known 'Papanasam Beach'. Sunsets at the Varkala Beach are mostly pristine, and it is a mind-blowing experience and call for a serene walk along the beach. There have a lot of food stalls nearby, and it offers some of India's best moth watering and affordable food.

Janardhanaswamy Temple

It is an ancient temple built around 2000 years before—the temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Hanuman. Arattu festival celebrated here thousands of devotees attend every year. This temple Often referred to as the Varanasi of the South. A banyan tree stands on the grounds of this Varkala temple and is adorned with idols beneath. A majority come here to perform the final rites for their loved ones. This temple is also famous for architectural splendour. The temple faces Papanasam beach this beach offer holly dip. Non-Hindus aren't allowed inside the inner sanctum but can explore the grounds and see the front of the temple.

Ponnumthuruthu Island

Ponnumthuruthu, also known as Golden Island, is located 20 km from Varkala. This Island is an unspoiled green space that's perfect for nature walks, and bird-watching, exotic migratory birds, rare water birds and other wildlife make this paradise for birds lovers. The Island also has a century-old temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati.  It situates amongst thick coconut groves. During Shivratri, a lot of devotees gather in the temple to spend the night in prayers. The only way to get here is to hire a boat from Nedunganda Village; the cruise to the Island is in complete harmony with nature and keeps people rejuvenated.

Varkala Lighthouse

Varkala Lighthouse was built in 1684 by the British. This lighthouse built to assist the navigation of ships coming from Britain.  It stands 130 feet tall and has around 250 stairs located on the Varkala Beach. This lighthouse offers mesmerizing bird's eye view of the Arabian Sea and the backwaters. It is a perfect attraction for photographers and beach lovers. The lighthouse is open for just a couple of hours. It is the best point for those who love to explore adventure

Water Sports

Water sports are the best things to do in Varkala near the beach. Water sports are offers unlimited fun, entertainment and adventure. It is truly a heaven for the adventure seekers. The uniqueness of the place is the merging of cliffs with the Arabian Sea. These rocky cliffs are the perfect one for water sports activities. Jet skiing, banana boat rides and parasailing are some of the most exciting things to do in Varkala. Several water sports operators found along the beaches. It is the best place for enjoying parasailing and paragliding.

Varkala Aquarium

Varkala aquarium situated between two beaches, Black beach and Odayam beach. Varkala Aquarium displays a large variety of fish and other aquatic organisms. The aquarium also has a 3D theatre where information about more species of fishes given using the 3D technology. This aquarium helps to witness the various species of fishes in the aquarium which viewed from a walkway that spirals upwards. One can find several species including scorpion fish, angelfish, koi and more. It is the best place for marine lover and kids 

Anjengo Fort

Anjengo Fort situated 12 km from Varkala. Anjengo Fort is one of the historical monument of European architecture and offers inspiring views of the sea, hills and greenery from the lighthouse.  Anjengo Fort was built in the late 17th century by the East India Company and was gifted to the company by the Queen of Attingal. The National Heritage monuments protect the fort. This place has majestic architectural marvel, situated in a picturesque setting. Compared to the other forts in Kerala, Anjengo fort lacks some typical look and characteristics of a fort. The Island is very small in area, sandwiched between the sea and backwaters, but it has high relevance in the history of India.


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