A quiet seaside destination on the shores of the Arabian Sea Varkala is a favorite destination of tourists from various parts of India and abroad. Situated in Trivandrum district and 40 kms from the capital city, Varkala is also an important Hindu pilgrimage center being the eternal resting place of the eminent social reformer Sri Narayana Guru. High cliffs with mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic center. There is a myth doing the rounds regarding varkalas claim to fame.

It is believed that a group of devout pilgrims approached Narada, a saint of ancient times and confessed to having sinned. Narada threw his valkalam (cloth made out of the bark of a tree) and it landed at a place near the seashore. This place was given the name of varkala. Narada directed his devotees to offer prayers at the beach where the valkalam landed. This place was then known as papanasams (redemption from sins). The place is noted for its peace and tranquility and is getting more and more prominence as a favored tourist destination. The 2000-year-old Janarda swamy temple is also an added attraction