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Image7. Varkala -- Sounds of harmony

Sunsets are special at Varkala. Forty-two kms away from Thiruvanathapuram, it is the kind of place poets visit for inspiration.

The coastline, surrounded by hills, creates a harmonious setting for those yearning to escape the ravage of urban life. The water gushing from the hilltops is the purest form of mineral water and is said to have medicinal properties.

An exotic mix of different cultures, spiritualism and religious elements, Varkala appeals to one and all. The 800-year-old Janardhana temple adds to the grandeur of the city.

If it's peace and serenity you seek, Varkala is the place to head to.

Tip: An important thing to keep in mind is the interesting tide pattern at Varkala. This sees Papanasam Beach completely immersed in the ocean during the monsoon season, while the black beach is accessible. After the monsoon, this trend reverses, with the black beach becoming engulfed in water and Papanasam Beach open.

Photographs: Tanya Munshi