Varkala Beach Makes the Cut in Lonely Planet’s Roster of the Top 100 Beaches Across the Globe

Papanasham Beach in Varkala

Varkala Beach: Kerala’s Coastal Jewel Garners Global Acclaim

Varkala Beach, also referred to as Papanasham Beach, has secured a coveted spot in Lonely Planet’s esteemed “Best Beaches: 100 of the World’s Most Incredible Beaches” guidebook. This accolade not only underscores the allure of Kerala’s coastline but also celebrates its global prominence.

Breathtaking Landscape and Serene Ambiance

Nestled in Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala Beach presents enchanting vistas of the Arabian Sea. Its velvety sands, swaying palm fronds, and endless azure expanse offer a sanctuary for seekers of tranquility. Perched atop distinctive laterite cliffs, rejuvenating spas beckon visitors, making it an idyllic retreat.

Sacred Tradition and Geological Marvel

Beyond its aesthetic charm, Varkala Beach holds profound religious significance. Hindus believe that bathing in its waters absolves sins (“papam” in Sanskrit), hence the moniker “Papanasham.” Moreover, it serves as a site for ash scattering, symbolizing spiritual liberation. Remarkably, the cliffs flanking the shoreline stand as a geological wonder, a unique formation unparalleled in southern Kerala.

Elevating to World-Class Status

The Tourism Minister of Kerala expresses elation at this recognition and unveils plans to transform Varkala into a premier global tourism destination. The initiative emphasizes conservation of the cliffs, adoption of eco-friendly transport like electric vehicles, and infrastructural enhancements with a focus on pollution mitigation.

Thrilling Adventures and Surfing Thrills

Recognizing Varkala’s potential, the government recently inaugurated a 100-meter floating bridge and introduced various adventure pursuits such as parasailing, scuba diving, and paragliding.

Kerala International Surfing Festival

Adding to the excitement, Kerala is set to host the International Surfing Festival from March 29 to 31, aiming to position Varkala as India’s foremost surfing hotspot and propagate the sport nationwide.

Varkala Beach presents a harmonious blend of natural splendor, adventure, and cultural significance. The accolade from Lonely Planet and the ambitious developmental endeavors by the government ensure a promising trajectory for this coastal gem.

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