Varkala is a best known tourism destination in Kerala. The Varkala Beach attracts many beach goers from around the state. This is also due to the fact that the place holds an important tradition for Hindus. The beach is also called Papa Nasham beach which literally translates to wash away ones sins. It is believed that a dip in the water will also wash away ones sins in life. Many devotees also visit to wash away the ashes of the recently deceased. Its believed that the water can reach to the souls of the recently passed.
Despite the religious beliefs, the beach does cater to large number of tourists. The sunset in the beach is considered quite beautiful and is worth the visit. Varkala beach is also unique with its cliffs that grow quite near the sea. Its so unique that the geological survey of India has declared it as geological monument. You can also find quite a large number of resorts and spa's located in and around the cliffs.
If you visit Varkala, you may also want to consider getting to Kappil Lake, Anjengo Fort, Varkala Tunnel and Ponnumthurut Island