It is located 51 km North of Thiruvananthapuram District and 37 km South of Kollam, South Kerala. The Papanasam Beach (also called Varkala Beach) is 10 km from Varkala, renowned for natural springs, which are believed to possess medicinal and curative properties. A dip in the holy waters at this beach is said to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins; hence, the name 'Papanasam Beach' fits best. As a major tourist attraction the beach offers gorgeous vistas of landscapes, sea and sand. Both locals and tourists enjoy swimming and sun basking in the expanse of the Arabian Sea. Sightseeing, wind surfing and parasailing are the other activities enjoyed here.
Varkala is not far to the north from Kovalam Beach. The spot is a beach break but when it is working it gets exceptionally great hollow rights and left. The ride isn't that long but its fast!