Varkala Beach on a Cliff with its Springs, Spas & Traditional Food

Varkala Beach is a famous beach along the Arabian Sea coast, near to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state, India.

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The beach at Varkala 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 word Papanasam 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.

There are many restaurants near waterfront. Many of the restaurants at the waterfront serves mouth-watering Kerala style Fish curry and Fish fry. In conclusion, you will come across some of the best waterfront restaurants in Kerala, here at Varkala Beach.

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.

Harminder Sahib in Punjab

Punjab’s Cuisine, Culture & History

Punjab is a north Indian state sharing its borders with Pakistan. Its culture and hospitality is unique and Punjabi’s carry this wherever they go. You get one of the best Indian food in this state. Punjab’s Cuisine, Culture and History needs to be experienced, at least once, in your lifetime.

Punjab's Cuisine, Culture, History
A photo of Harminder Sahib (The Golden Temple) and the surrounding Sarovar (Sacred Pool).

A Punjabi sees a Guest as a representative of God! Each village have separate place to receive guests and provide them with Pubjabi food.

Punjabi Dhabas are famous eateries serving hot delicious Punjabi food dishes. A Dhaba normally serves traditional food. Punjab is known for its mouth watering local foods. Dhabas can be seen in India and Pakistan, which are owned by Punjabis. Dhabas are typically open 24/7.

Punjab is the land of Warriors, the land of battlefield and the land of Gurus; a land that is mystique! A land with a long history of Culture.

Punjab literally means ‘land of five rivers’. It’s fertile lands feeds millions across India. One of the most hard working, industrious and agricultural workforce is seen here.

The ancient Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 5000 years back, tells the history of the state. Punjab is the home of Sikh religion. The Punjabi shrines, temples, etc, tells the magnificence of Sikh architecture. Amritsar Golden temple is the epitome of Sikh architecture.

Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Memorial in Punjab

Jallianwala Bagh memorial
Jallianwala Bagh memorial at the Jallianwala Bagh massacre site.

Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden at Amritsar established after Indian independence, to commemorate the ‘Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ of 1919, is of prime national importance.

Waugh Border Ceremony or Beating Retreat Border Ceremony at Punjab Border

The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan International Border
The evening flag lowering ceremony at the India-Pakistan International Border near Wagah.

The Wagah border with Pakistan, the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, is in Punjab. This border village serves as a link between India and Pakistan.

There is a ceremonial function at the border gate before sunset each day called ‘Waugh border ceremony‘. It is a daily event conducted by the security forces of  India and Pakistan. The border gates are opened and one soldier from each country stands at ‘attention’ on each side of the gate. Then a perfectly coordinated lowering of the two nation’s flags are conducted. The flags are folded and each soldier shake hands with the other. Then the border gates are closed. It is called ‘beating retreat border ceremony‘ in international parlance. It is a practice followed since 1959.

How Do I Go to Punjab?

Punjab is situated very close to the capital city of India, New Delhi. Its well connected by road, train and flights.