It is an important Hindu pilgrimage center and tourist attraction. The Papanasham beach and 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple are the prime attractions for pilgrims. Sivagiri, the resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, a social reformer of Kerala is also a pilgrim center.
The beaches have steep cliffs. The Arabian Sea makes perfect setting for surfing. You can also taste the natural mineral water spring, located at the cliffs of the beaches. This mineral water is said to be of medicinal value.
The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is about 60 km away.
There is a railway station at Varkala and well connected to Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram and other parts of India.
Varkala is 45 km away from Thiruvananthapuram and 37 km from Kollam. Regular bus services are available to Varkala from both Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
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