Varkala, a peaceful and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. Varkala is famously known for its seacoast resort and spa. It’s additionally a very important Hindu centre of pilgrimage as it’s the final resting place of the good social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru. The place is situated close to Varkala on the top of a hill known as Sivagiri. The place has so many high cliffs with mineral springs rising majestically from the coastline. This stunning beach destination is been ranked one among the top ten high seasonal beaches in the world by Discovery channel.
The Papanasam beach also known as as Varkala beach is 10 Kms from Varkala, is famous for its natural spring which is believed to possess medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and also the soul of all sins; thus its aptly named as ‘Papanasam’ .A 2000 year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple stands on the cliffs close to the beach. As a renowned business enterprise destination, Varkala has a number of Hotels, Resorts, Home stays and Restaurants.