Varkala is a coastal town in Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. The cliffs in Varkala, adjacent to the Arabian Sea are a rare geological feature in the mostly plain coastline of Kerala. The Geological Survey of India has termed them as Varkala Formation, a geological monument. The town is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Banaras of South) for the ancient Janardana Swami Temple located here. The Papanasam Beach is believed to have holy waters that wash away one’s sins. The word Papanasam means ‘redemption from sins’. There are several Ayurvedic treatment centres around this beach.
The pleasant weather, beautiful and unperturbed beauty of this town attracts many tourists. Another major attraction of this town is the fact that tourists do not have to shed too much from their pockets. The town of Varkala is not very crowded and offers a peaceful escape from daily life. Some nearby places like Paravur can also be visited for enjoying at beaches and backwaters.
40,048 as recorded in 2011.
The official languages are Malayalam and English.
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October to March.