Varkala is a sea side resort, as well as an important Hindu centre of
pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the
coastline. The 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and the Nature Centre
are the two main attractions here. High cliffs border the excellent beach.
This beautiful beach also has a more than 2000 years old shrine of Lord
Vishnu. The beach is rich in mineral water springs that are known for their
medicinal value. A dip in the holy waters of this beach is believed to purge
the body and the soul of all the sins hence the name 'Papanashini' for this
shore. At the break of dawn following the new moon in the Malayalam month of
'Karkidakam', thousands offer 'Vavu Bali', a ritual believed to help the
souls of ancestors rest in peace.
Activities at Varkala
When you've had enough of lazing in the sun and are ready for some action
and fun, you can participate in any of the numerous beach activities offered
on the beautiful Indian beaches! For instance, you could indulge in any of
the exciting water sports such as surfing or parasailing, or go swimming in
the clear blue sea, or even try your hand at building a sand castle or
playing a game of beach volleyball!