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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Varkala Beach (Kerala-India)


Varkala beach: located in Kovalam, 55kms north of Trivandrum. Varkala is a sea-side resort as also an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The main attractions here are the 2000 year old Janardana Swamy temple and the Nature Centre. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise from the coastline, Varkala beach is more of a secluded beach, with less crowd and hence more serene and beautiful.03 kms of shining white sand, the red soil of the hilltop and coconut trees lend it a breathtaking beauty. the beach is also known as Papanasam, an auspicious place for hindus to worship their ancestors
Warning: children should not go near the water without adult supervision; heed warning signs and avoid going in the water during high tide and monsoon
Nearby attractions: Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple, Kanyakumari, Aruvikkara, Ponmudi, Vettukad Church,Vizhinjam, Public Park, Beema Palli, Kuthiramalika Palace
To reach: access to Kovalam: 20 kms from Trivandrum airport; nearest rail station is Trivandrum Central; connected by road to all states of Kerala