Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India.
An array of beach activities attract thousands of tourists throughout the year to this perfect beach setting offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. A port city and one time active harbour for Chinese ships and trade, Kollam Beach is home to Chinese fishing nets, Chinese water pots and sampan-like boats seen even today.
Kappil beach and backwaters is a confluence of the sea, river and the backwater, this secluded, picturesque spot is worth visiting. The Priyadarshini Boat Club here offers boating facilities.
Janardana Swami Temple
Janardana Swami Temple is a 2000-year-old temple situated in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram. Janardana Swami is a form of Lord Vishnu. It is a very well known temple in Kerala.It is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.
A place of historic importance as well as beautiful natural setting, Anjengo is an ideal destination for those who don't mind walking around and explore what is in store. At Anjengo, one can find the remnants of the old English Fort. The backwater stretch here at Anjengo, and the avenue of coconut trees that crisscross the water channels are indeed a sight to behold.
One could easily enjoy the beauty of this blessed land by travelling on the way towards Pozhikkara. Pozhikkara has an array of backwaters and lakes surrounding the town. Pozhikkara Lake attracts a good number of tourists. The lake meets the sea and in between a small stretch of road which divides them can be viewed on the way.
With 200 acres of sanctified land, this is the final resting place of the most eminent leader, saint and social reformer of Kerala, Sree Narayana Guru. The Mahasamadhi of the revered guru is located on top of a hillock. Further down is the guru's residence, where his humble belongings are kept on display.