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Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in South India. Situated at a distance of 51km from hiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The beach lying on the south west coast of India is also known as Papnasam beach and is an important Hindu center of pilgrimage. Hundreds of Hindu devotees perform 'Vavubali', a ritual performed for the ancestors soul to rest in peace, on the new moon day of the Malayalam month Karkidam. There is a belief that a dip in the holy waters of this beach will purify your body and soul, washing out all your sins.

Varkala Beach is an ideal location for those looking for a relaxed and quieter holiday. It offers its visitors a perfect beach holiday plus Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga and meditation courses. The beach with its brown sand, panoramic landscape and seascapes is a tropical paradise. Today, this beach attracts hundreds of locals, as well as tourists, all year round. Swimming can be fun here. But the waves are quite strong and usually break very close to the beach. Apart from swimming and sunbathing, the beach offers a variety of beach activities including volleyball, water sports such as Parasailing, Scuba diving, wind surfing etc.

The major attraction of the beach is that it provides lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The sunset at Varkala Beach is completely amazing with the sun dipping slowly down the horizon and the sky filled with red and orange hues. The beach is surrounded by high rocky cliffs and coconut groves. There are two main cliffs, the North and the South. The cliffs are steep and rugged and are made of red brown stone. Waves crash on the off-shore rocks. The blend of the cliffs, brown sand and the sea makes the beach an outstanding sight. The stone blocks on the beach protect from erosion and the invasion of the grounds by water.

How to reach:

Rail : The railway station is 3 kms from the beach.

Road : Varkala is 54 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km from Kollam. Varkala is 90 minutes away on the bus and a pleasant convenient place to stop for a night or more or an afternoon when travelling between Alappuzha or Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.

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