Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These Cenozoic sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of the cliffs.
If you're looking for beaches and are fed up with the crowds and prices at Kovalam, then its well checking out Varkala. The best times to go are, in the season, when the beach extends out all around the cliff face for 500 meters.The beaches around this area are excellent, and if you're looking for a cheap holiday Varkala should be on your list. In the off season its really mellow and relaxed; swim and sleep and chilled out. Only in December does it get really busy and prices start rocketing till January/February, it starts to quiet down.
The beach is ten kilometers away from Varkala, is renowned for the natural spring. It is considered to have medicinal and curative properties in the water. 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 beach is also known as 'Papanasam beach'.