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Nice place

A little more crowded amongst beaches in Varkala, but still a good visit. Should be a little more... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2018
Popular Beach -Good for people watching

Since the entrance to the beach is lined with Hindu priests offering their services to locals... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2018
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Thiruvananthapuram District, Varkala, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is rarest of the beaches in India in terms of beauty. One can see the hills reddish and the nice beach along with. Its frequented by foreigners and is accessible via road, railway as well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AveekB8
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

From pre-dawn past sunset this beach offers interesting sights and beautiful panoramas. Truly one-of-a-kind and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to visit

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ppoupore
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are of tertiary sedimentary formation and named by geologists as Varkala Formation. Waterspouts and spas are on the sides of these cliffs. Water from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 551sudeep
Reviewed 17 September 2018

this is a beach of untouched nature........sometimes in the evenings you see some funeral rituals or some fishermen

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank annases
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Papanasam beach/Varkala beach is one of the most beautiful beaches i know. In the back the two big cliffs, South-Cliff and North-Cliff the beach is offering a special, attractive panorama. I fell in love with the place in 2009 on my first visit, nowadays i...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Silvia F
Reviewed 1 July 2018

An emotional place personally for me as well as for every one who has conducted last rituals here.... most of the people come to this beach in memory of their lost ones... more of a spiritual beach .... remember your lost ones when you are...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank GirishKaviraj
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Good beach and people come here to do the last rites of their departed family members. You can walk the whole length of the beach to either the north or south cliff.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank SandeepBalaji
Reviewed 4 June 2018

A little more crowded amongst beaches in Varkala, but still a good visit. Should be a little more maintained. One of the famous beach.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Smitha201710
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Since the entrance to the beach is lined with Hindu priests offering their services to locals conducting rituals for the departed souls, you might be disappointed if you are looking for a private beach. However the locals who come for the rituals do not get...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 21 May 2018

This is the most popular beach in varkala,so crowded mainly morning and evening.small area is there for paid parking.A dip in the holy waters at this beach is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence the name Papanasam...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Arun-Tina
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Response from Parthasarathi2016 | Reviewed this property |
It be nice if you book a hotel near the Papanashanam beach where you intend to perform the rituals. The public toilet is not good and I would not suggest it. The beach is always crowded. Please book a hotel for one day... More