Varkala Beach (Papanasam Beach)
Set in the south of Kerala Varkala Beach is a truly beautiful spot. From the long stretch of cliff there are views out over the Arabian Sea and the beach below. This stretch fine white sand is outlined in coconut trees and bamboo huts giving it a totally tropical feel. Whilst there are plenty of hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby this is still less commercialized beach than many others in Kerala.
Varkla is something of a spiritual place with a number of traditions and holy sites in the vicinity. At the southern end of the beach is a mineral spring where the water is said to have medicinal properties. If you are looking to have yoga be a part of your stay, you will have many choicesand you can also attend meditation classes. After you can round off the day perfectly by watching the sunset over the beach.
There is a section of the beach at the end of the road where a Hindu temple stands. People go there to perform last rites when loved ones have passed away.
If you are looking for more eartly / water-based activities, you can swim or take surfing lessons - the waves here can get good. Once the sun has gone down the nightlife is laid back, as alcohol is prohibited. Varkala is a holy town that does not allow it.
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