Papanasam Beach - Varkala


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Distance (From Kollam): 26 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: This place can be visited along with Janardhana Swamy Temple - Varkala (0.5 Kms), Kappil Beach (5 Kms).

At a distance of about 26 km from Kollam & 48 km from Trivandrum, Papanasam Beach is located in the coastal town of Varkala in Kerala. It is one of the popular beaches near Trivandrum, and among the major Kollam tourist places.

Varkala is the second-best Kerala beach resort after Kovalam. Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach, is a cliff beach situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Often called the Pearl of the Arabian Sea, this is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are of tertiary sedimentary formation and are named by geologists as Varkala Formation. They are a geological monument as recorded by the Geological Survey of India.

The beach is renowned for its natural spring which is considered to have medicinal and curative properties. It is believed that a dip in the water destroys all kinds of sin, hence the name 'Papanasam Beach'. People prefer this shore for their offering of VAVUBALI in honor of ancestors and relatives whose souls are in rest.

Papanasam Beach is a quiet and clean beach. This beach is very famous for its spa, mineral springs, and ayurvedic centers, offering the best treatments and therapies. It is a perfect spot to relax with a laidback atmosphere during Kollam tour. Popular for beach activities like swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers striking sunset views.

Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM

Entry: Free