Varkala is one of the calmest and mesmerizing beaches in Kerala, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram City. Well-known for its natural abundance, Varkala is one of the major attractions of southern India. Varkala beach is also known as Papanasam beach, which is considered as holy. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name ‘Papanasam Beach’. Varkala with its high cliffs, mineral cliffs, scuba diving, paragliding and much more is very popular among foreigners s as its tourism offers many exciting pursuits such as sunbath, boat riding, and Ayurvedic rejuvenation.


Varkala shoreline is famous for its rock cliffs, blemishing sands, blue waters and mineral springs. The pleasing cliff extends to shops, eateries, resorts and shoreline houses, giving everything a vacationer is searching for. The perspective of dawn and dusk from the Varkala shoreline is a fascinating treat to watch.

Varkala is a peaceful and confined sandy expanse where you can have an unwinding beach holiday without the crowd and clamor of some of the busier shorelines in Kerala like Kovalam. The mineral springs close to Varkala Beach are considered to have medicinal values, and many people come here to drink and to shower in the spring. The landscape in Varkala is one of a kind, with a high-rough cliff ending abruptly and a stretch of clear sand extending down to the sea. The contrast between the cliffs, sand, and sea makes Varkala Beach a striking and memorable sight.

What else to do!

Swimming in the ocean is an experience in itself! Truth to be told, Varkala has a portion of the greatest, curliest waves in the entire of India, which makes it simply ideal for surfing and body boarding. You can lease surf sheets from the shoreline for the royal whole of 2,000INR for 4 hours, in spite of the fact that it’s conceivable to trade them down to around 1,500.

There are many resorts, who helps to route you, if you are dedicated to surfing, the most well known of which is Soul and Surf, south of Papanasam Beach. In case you’re into both yoga and surfing then this is essentially paradise!

At the south end of North Cliff by the helipad (yes, helipad!) you’ll discover the starting zone for some quite stunning paragliding. The warm air ascending from the shoreline along the precipices makes air streams which can be ridden for a considerable length of time.

Mouthwatering delights, tattoos, and spa centers are other attractions of this hippie heaven in Kerala.


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  • Ponnumthuruthu Island also known as Golden Island
  • Munroe Island


The average temperature in Varkala (in Celsius).

  • Summer(Humid): Mar – May: 25°c-33°c / Summer Max: 35°c.
  • Monsoon(Cloudy): Jun-mid – Sep: 21°c-27°c / Winter Min: 15°c.
  • Winter(Pleasant): Sep – Feb: 22°c-28°c.
  • Rainfall: 310 cm.



Kerala, India

51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city and 37 km south of Kollam, south Kerala.

Nearest roadways:

Varkala is linked by state and national highways to all the major cities in Kerala, Tamilnadu, and Karnataka. Efficient, government-run, air conditioned, low floored buses run from Stand 19 at Trivandrum’s brand new (2014) bus terminal opposite the train station. Services supposedly run every hour, although this report is unconfirmed; price – 90Rs. Bus services are also available from Varkala to many parts of South Kerala and Kanyakumari

Nearest airport

The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport (50km, 1hr 15 min drive).

Nearest Railway station

Varkala is also connected by the rail network. If coming from Trivandrum and Cochin, the faster but more expensive and less regular (250 Rs) option will be coming by train. In the meanwhile, it will be much cheaper by train if you are traveling second class. (Trivandrum to Varkala: Rs. 30, Cochin to Varkala: Rs. 65 as per the newly revised fares) Almost all trains passing by a call at Varkala Station. From Varkala Railway Station, taxis and auto rickshaws can be hired. Papanasam Beach is around 5km from Varkala Railway Station (Rs 40/50 by auto rickshaw).

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