Varkala Varkala Beach (or Papanasam beach) is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. It is one of the most popular tourism destination in Kerala. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over. The cliff and the beach houses a lot of resorts, restaurants and other shops. The cliff has a long stretch of small shops which goes on for over a kilometers. It is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins, and is also an important Ayurveda treatment centre.
Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India.
Another major landmark in Varkala is the Sivagiri Mutt, a hill-top mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru – one of the most famous monuments in Kerala.