Golden sands, calm waters, serene shore – when you think of beaches images like these keep popping up. Whether for leisure, recreation or fun, beaches are among the most popular choices for people around the world. In a coastal city like Thiruvananthapuram, you will come across many beaches that provide these. One beach stands out though, for giving a visitor an experience that is amazingly unique. Varkala Beach is among the most popular choices for tourists who wish to explore a complete beach experience.
The tranquil atmosphere around Varkala Beach is one of a kind. Located at the bottom of a cliff, famously known as the Varkala Cliff, the beach is blessed with abundant greenery on the shore. The clear blue water is ideal for swimming. The beach is also called ‘Papanasam’ beach due to the presence of a natural spring which is believed to have medicinal and curative properties. Taking a dip in this holy water is considered to purify the body from impurities and the soul from sins. The Janardhana Swamy Temple, a 2000-year-old shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the cliff, overlooks the beach. The Sivagiri Mutt, yet another popular spiritual attraction is located close to the beach.