Papanasam Beach

Papanasam Beach (Varkala beach) is situated on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. This beach at Varkala, is believed to clear the body and the soul of all sins, hence the name ‘Paapanasini’ (killer of sins). Thousands visit the beach to perform “shraadh” for the departed souls and take a dip in the holy waters.

The 2000 years old Sree Janardhana Swami temple and the mineral springs are the main attractions of this place. Sree Janardhana Swami is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu. The mineral spring near the beach is considered to have medical and curative properties and the people who visit here, never come back without drinking the holy water from the spring. Sometimes they like to have a dip in the holy water too.

Papanasam Beach is also a perfect place to watch the sunset or relax gazing at the horizon. The area is covered with coconut palms and small restaurants that mushroom during the season.