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This small town 50km north of Thirvananthapuram is an important religious destination, and has also grown into a popular seaside resort over the years. It has a beautiful beach facing the Arabian Sea, but what is more unique are the steep cliffs rising from the beach with unique geological formations and natural springs, known as the Varkala Formation. The mineral rich waters are used for spa treatments and this small unexplored destination has been attracting many tourists, including foreigners, for a mix of beach relaxation and natural therapies.

Varkala is also a good stop-over while travelling from Thiruvananthapuram to Kollam. The most important religious landmark of Varkala is the 2000-year-old Janardanaswami temple. Varkala is also an important centre for Ayurveda, and the district hospital is famous for its treatments. There are several spas and private clinics dotting the town as well.

When Kovalam was discovered by charter flight operators, back packers moved on to this fishing village beach of Varkala which has now become a hotspot. Mineral springs gush out of the dramatic red – laterite cliff face at the northern end of the beach. The teachings of the hilltop temple guru brought Mahatma Gandhi to this beach famed for its natural therapies.

Varkala is for those desirous to have a calm of the mind and a rejuvenation of the body. It is indeed far from the bustling crowd of the more predominant beaches, but none the less beautiful. It is the soothing breeze that lulls the mind and fans the soul, the mystic tune that half eludes and whose beauty enthralls….

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