Papanasam beach of varkala is believed to be Holy, with a dip in this holy water will be free from the all the sins and body will be fresh. It is in Trivandrum district. It is 42 Kilometer from Trivandrum and 160 Kilometer from Cochin. Varkala is the most clean and calm beach with one side Cliff . Another specialty of Varkala is its natural spring.
The water is very pure with natural minerals in it. Sightseeing places are the main Varkala Beach, Kappil Lake where boating facility is available, Sivagiri where the tomb of Sri Narayana Swamy, Papanasam Beach (one side cliff), The Varkala light house, Anchutheng, Anjengo fort, Ashtamudy River. It is 34 Kilometer from Kollam Town. There are number of resorts and hotels in Varkala for tourists including Taj Varkala and Hindustan Beach Retreat Varkala. Janardhanaswamy temple in varkala is a 2000 year old temple, located on the cliffs and overlooking to the beach.