Papanasum beach in front. Varkala beach up
Varkala is a coastal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram district situated in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the suburban town of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum city). It is located 50 kilometres (approx. 32 miles) north-west of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and 37 km south-west of Kollam (Quilon).
Varkala cliffs and beach
Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins, and is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.
Another major landmark in Varkala is the Sivagiri Mutt, established by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. The hill-top mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru is one of the most famous monuments in Kerala. Source : Wikipedia
Just south of Varkala beach (the same beach in fact), Papanasum beach is a small "village" where tourists also love to stay. More quiet, at the sea level, life and the energy are cool. There is where is held Satheerthya clinic.
Situated at about 2 km from Papanasum and Varkala beaches, it is possible to find anything usual at town. Buses and rickshaws are available anytime to go.
Banks and ATM
ATM counters are available in Varkala town only as well as banks. Some currency exchange counters can be found around the beaches but the rates will be low…