Varkala beach is popular with tourists for swimming and sunbathing and the only place in Kerala where rocky cliffs lead down to the sands. The cliff top has a variety of good hotels and resorts with their own access to the cliffs and beach and several restaurants and small shops selling an array of essentials and fancy goods.

Varkala is also known as Papanasam beach which means “ redemption of sins”, according to legend St Narada threw his loin cloth which landed at this beautiful spot, Narada the instructed pilgrims to pray here to have their sins forgiven.

Ayurveda is strong in Varkala with many small massage and treatment centres and the District Ayurvedic Hospital, some visitors use these facilities for treating many ailments, others just enjoy a massage for a feeling of general well being.

Visit Varkala and enjoy the beach or take advantage of the activities on offer, most days there are cricket, volleyball or football fun matches on the beach. On the north cliff, evening shows of Kathakali starting with a demonstration of the complicated make up is a good opportunity to witness the traditional dance/drama of Kerala.

Nearby is the fishing hamlet of Anjengo with the remains of a British Fort and Edava beach which is quiet, tranquil and uncommercialised.
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