Varkala Beach is a famous beach along the Arabian Sea coast, near to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state, India.
Varkala beach India is also known as Papanasham Beach. It is believed that the one can wash away his or her sins by taking a dip in this beach. The name Papanasam which means salvation from sins in the local language, Malayalam.
There are many cliffs close to sea shore at Varkala, which is very rare in South India. This cliff formation is a unique geological feature and is called Varkala Formation. There are a large number of water spouts, spas, etc, along these cliffs. Geological Survey of India is in the process of declaring this as the 27th geological monument of India.
How do I Go to Varkala Beach?
Varkala Beach is connected by roads to near by cities. Parippally Town, on the Salem – Kanyakumari National highway No. 544 (previously called NH 47), is the major nearby town at around 9 kilometers from the Beach at Varkala.
The nearest railway station is at Varkala and is called Varkala Sivagiri railway station. Thiruvananthapuram City, the capital of Kerala state, is at around 50 kilometers from Varkala. The nearest airport is the one there at Kerala’s capital city. Kollam is a another nearby major town at 35 kilometers away., where almost all trains stops.
Kovalam Beach in God’s Own Country is at around 55 kilometers away from Varkala Beach.
Is accommodation Available near to Varkala Beach India?
Varkala beach India has many hotels; The Gateway Hotel at Janardhanapuram (also known as Taj Varkala) is a good Varkala hotel from Taj group of hotels. Akhil Beach Resort, Hindustan Beach Retreat, Clafouti Beach Resort,Palm Tree Bungalow,Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort,Palm Tree Heritage,Varkala Marine Palace, WoodHouse Beach Resort,Blue Water Beach Resort,Rajapark Beach Resort, etc, are some of the Varkala beach resorts.
Puthooram Ayurvedic Beach Resort, Krishnatheeram Ayur Holy Beach Resort, etc, are some of the leading Varkala ayurvedic resorts.
Tomb Site of The Great Social Reformer and Sage, Sree Narayana Guru, Sivagiri Mutt or Sivagiri Ashram
Famous Sivagiri Mutt, spread over 200 acres of land, where the tomb of ‘Sree Narayana Guru’ is situated, is one of the most popular pilgrimage center in the state. Sree Narayana Guru practiced the ‘Advaitha Philosophy’, “One caste, One religion and One God for man“. Sivagiri Mutt or Sivagiri Ashram is situated at 3 kilometers distance from Varkala Town.
Goddess Saraswati, the deity at the Sharada temple, was consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru himself. There are no ‘tantric’ rituals at this temple. The temple has windows, unlike other Indian Hindu temples. Sharada temple has high hygienic standards set by Guruji (Sree Narayana Guru) himself, which is still adhered to. All of these makes the Sharada temple unique in many ways.