The contrast between the cliffs, sand and sea makes Varkala Beach, prime attraction of Varkala, a striking sight. The mineral springs at Varkala beach is considered to have medicinal properties. The Varkala Beach is also called Papanasam Beach as it is believed that bathing here will wash away all of one's sins. Varkala Beach has many tourist attractions nearby. The Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple nearby is believed to be between 800 - 2000 years old.
Shasthamcotta Lake, the fresh water lake set in picturesque surroundings and surrounded by hillocks on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. An ancient Sastha Temple on its shores adds sanctity to the waters. The majestic size of the lake is by itself a spectacular sight. The ancient Sastha Temple, which lends its name to the town and the lake, is an important pilgrim centre.
Kollam - Land of Cashew and Pepper..
Situated at the edge of the Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam or Quilon, has been an important spot on the ancient international trade route. Kollam gets its name from the sanskrit word 'kollam' translated as pepper. This historic port town is the southern approach to backwaters of Kerala. Kollam is 71 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala.
Munroe Island is located at the confluence of Ashtamudi lake and Kallada River. The Island village is a tourism friendly village where one can watch coir weaving, fishing, prawns feeding, migratory birds and palm fringed lake shore.
Thangasseri is an important historical place, just 5 Km from the town. Its major attraction is a 144 ft lighthouse built by the British in 1902. There are the old ruins of forts close by.
Thenmala is a small village at the foothills of Western Ghats and predominantly a forest area. The major attraction of Thenmala eco tourism is the Nakshatravanam - a garden with 27 trees associated with the 27 birth stars as per the Kerala astrology.