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Situated along the Southern side of Kerala Varkala is a city in Trivandrum District. With its pristine beaches and the cliffs, Varkala is a tourist destination visited by a lot of tourists every year. The beaches, water sports, seafood, and ayurvedic resorts are the main attractions among the people visiting here.
Varkala beach or the Papanasam beach is ranked as the second most stunning cliff beaches in the world, in 2019. The only place with cliffs that are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea is Varkala. The Geological Survey of India considers these cliffs as National Geological Monument. Papanasam Beach is believed to have holy water that can wash away all our sins.
The other two main highlights of Varkala are the 2000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple and the Sivagiri Mutt of the great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.
Ponnumthuruthu Island is a nearby attraction from Varkala. The Varkala lighthouse, Anjengo Fort, Kappil Beach, Edava Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, etc are other nearby places.