According to Hindu mythology, Varkala is a stretch of land created by Lord Narada by throwing a shawl made from the tree’s bark (Valkalam) . Acclaimed as “one of the must-see destinations of a lifetime”, this little hamlet, just 55 kms north of Trivandrum in Kerala, is remembered for its virgin beaches, red scenic cliffs, stunning sunsets and rejuvenating mineral springs.

Only a lucky few are fortunate enough to take a lavish dip in the uncrowded beaches of Varkala that’s dotted with cliffs and peppered with slivery black sand. Sinner or Saint, you can splash in the waters of the Papanasam Beach, believed to wash the sins of the body and mind.