Varkala Beach Overview

Ranked 1 of 18 sightseeing in Varkala

Varkala Beach, also known as the Papanasam Beach, is located in the Varkala town of Thiruvananthapuram District. The beach is an ideal location for sunbathing and swimming. Surrounded by lush green areas and golden sands, the beach lies in South Kerala at the north-end border of the district.

Renowned for its small shops and flea markets, the beach also attracts people for its beautiful views of dusk and dawn. It is also known for a fresh water spring, which is located at a cliff. People take a holy dip in this water as it is believed that it helps in cleansing away the sins.

Besides all this, some sections of the beach are also used by the local people for scattering the mortal remains of their relatives and friends into the sea. It is believed that the holy properties of the sea water will help the souls to reach heaven.

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Nice place to sit and relax!

Nice place to sit and relax!  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Bivash Barua
30th Sep 17

Varkala cliff beach

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Varkala Beach

Ruhees Shahid
2nd Dec 17

Cleanest beach of Kerala

Cleanest beach of Kerala  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Snehalata Jain
21st Nov 17

Best Beach in Kerala on a cliff

Best Beach in Kerala on a cliff  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Vinod Nair
20th Nov 17

Varkala Beach ,Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)

Varkala Beach ,Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Deepa Nair
20th Nov 17

Beautiful beach with a huge set of restaurants

Beautiful beach with a huge set of restaurants  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Kanishka Batra
20th Nov 17

Beautiful beach with lot of hangout options

Beautiful beach with lot of hangout options  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Gaurav Verma
20th Nov 17

Beautiful cliff at Varkala

Beautiful cliff at Varkala  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Dilkhush Shah
20th Nov 17

Fabulous beach with a great stretch of shops

Fabulous beach with a great stretch of shops  Video Review

Varkala Beach

Ramit Batra
20th Nov 17

Relaxing beach

Relaxing beach  Video Review

Varkala Beach

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20th Nov 17

What travellers are saying about Varkala Beach

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  • Excellent 10
  • Good 3
  • Average 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Ullas Wadhwa

Ullas Wadhwa5.0/5

1 review

#Varkala beach .. 2nd Home to me ..

I got the chance to visit Trivandrum for my training. The very first week I visited Varkala and I really felt that Yes, I am in God's Own Country. I still get goose bumps when I think about that place. Nostalgia Overpowers me. Place was so lively and swarming with people of every cast and race. Hill View was just amazing as you could see ocean meeting sky at some infinite distance.Beach was shallow one so you could go up to 150 meters in water and water was waist-deep. Resorts were just awesome. Restaurants there had live music in nights and thus making dining time a bliss. I wanna relocate to that place again ...

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Girish choudhury

Girish choudhury4.0/5

1 review

Perfect Holiday Destination at Sea Bay

Nice place to feed your hunger for beauty, party and Party.You can try paragliding and beach sports.And a superb destination for all sea food lovers.
  • Perfect Holiday Destination at Sea Bay
  • Perfect Holiday Destination at Sea Bay

Sneha Bachani

Sneha Bachani3.6/5

24 reviews

Serene Varkala

I took a solo trip to Varkala this onth. After a stressful month of work in my city - Mumbai, I desperately needed a short break for a little peace of mind and unwind. Each time Kerala has taken my breath away with its calmness and beauty. This time was Varkala. The beach had its own untouched beauty in various parts. It offered various Ayurvedic treatments and yoga clases which was just exactly what I needed on my short vacation. I felt completely relaxed rejuvenated and energized after my holiday here. I wish to explore entire Kerala step by step.

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Pankaj garg

Pankaj garg4.3/5

3 reviews

Amazing location

It is a very beautiful location. Long beach with cliff on one side. There are several restaurants on the cliff. One can enjoy long walk along sea shore. A must visit beach of Kerala and definitely one of the best. Although I visited the beach in the morning but I am pretty sure that it will be more beautiful in the evening during sunset. There is also old Vishnu temple on the beach.

Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran3.6/5

225 reviews

Fantastic beach.

One of the best beach in south Kerala. Its located in the Varkala from railway station it will take 2 km. We can go in the morning or evening ... Evening sunset is super. Also this beach is one of the main pilgrimage center for Hindus.
  • Fantastic beach.
  • Fantastic beach.
  • Fantastic beach.

Manmohan Totala

Manmohan Totala5.0/5

20 reviews

Clean beach with a good view

Imagine a place with red cliffs and clear blue water separated by clean golden sand. That is Varkala beach for you. Scenic, beautiful, awesome are few of the words you can use to describe the place. Although none of them can match what it exactly is. Experience it to know it. You wont regret.

Shruti Gotarkar

Shruti Gotarkar4.3/5

5 reviews

Be there to watch the sunset

This is a very clean beach and shallow too. You can go there at night and during day time. The beach is divided into North cliff, Middle Cliff and South Cliff. In the South and North Cliff people practise and teach surfing. Yeah if you want to learn surfing you can plan for Varkala. They said 1 1/2 hours of training for 2, 300 Rs. Which is an off-season rate. If you are lucky you can catch Dolphins jumping in and out of the sea, but make sure you go early morning. Early morning and sunset is the best time to go to Varkala beach.

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Febin P abraham

Febin P abraham4.3/5

25 reviews

Best view

I have to say, this is the only place where you can get such a view of sea. View from a cliff. Its tempting. Its also an ideal place for photoshoot also ...

Amresh kumar das

Amresh kumar das4.3/5

2 reviews

Amazing Beach

One of the best place in Kerala to visit. Breathtaking view combining cliff and beach. Good offers for stay and unlimited option for food and beverages. At least stay for 2-3 days. For a single day visit best time would be around evening, enjoy.

Gaurav Vashistha

Gaurav Vashistha5.0/5

12 reviews

Best beach in Kerala

It is one of the best beach I have visited, you must visit here. Best time is during sunset. There are quite a few people. The beach is really long and wide, so it feels enough space for everyone. The good thing is that the restaurants are really close to the beach. Best place to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

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Varkala Beach, Varkala

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Varkala Beach, Varkala
Varkala Beach, Varkala

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Vijay Anand

Varkala Beach, Varkala
Varkala Beach, Varkala

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Varkala Beach, Varkala
Varkala Beach, Varkala

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