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Sun, Sand, Surf And Fun: Go On A Soul Vacay At This Beach Near Trivandrum

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    Whether it's surfing, eating yum seafood or enjoying Ayurvedic massages while listening to the waves crashing on the rocks, Varkala Beach is all that you need to enjoy a seaside holiday.

    What Makes It Awesome

    Clear blue waters, a long-winding stretch of cliffs, history, culture and great food - if these things make your heart tingle, Varkala Beach (aka Papanasam Beach) is the place to be. Since it's about 680 km from Bangalore, you'd have to either go by train (it can take up to 15 hours, though!) or catch a flight to Kochi and from there take a bus to Varkala. 

    One of the best beaches in Kerala, Varkala is known for its natural mineral springs. A dip here is supposed to rid you of all kinds of impurities and sins (hence the name, Papanasam). The cliffside facing the Papanasam Beach is an 80-ft tall wonder made of red laterite that has been declared as a geo-heritage site. Not only is it perfect for sunset views, but you'll also find the cliff dotted with plenty of shacks that play great music while you sit and enjoy chilled, homemade ginger beer and spicy kebabs, and listen to the sound of waves hitting the rocks. If you're in the mood to shop, there are quaint little markets along the cliff, where you can buy trinkets, Ayurvedic products, clothes and souvenirs at steal-deal prices.

    If you're going with bae, check into the Soul And Surf Resort. Located at the edge of the south cliff, it has spectacular views of the ocean. They even have early morning surfing lessons and midnight movie screenings. Plus, they offer great Ayurvedic massages! To read about the things to do in Varkala, click here.


    If Papanasam Beach is too crowded for you, check out the Black Beach (which has black sand), Odayam Beach or Edava Beach where you can unwind and enjoy the serenity of nature.