Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Kollam district. It has several places of tourist interests like a spectacular beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu temple, etc. At the serene Varkala beach with rich mineral water springs is believed to purge the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. The final resting place of the philosopher ‘Sree Narayana Guru’ who propagated the ideology “one caste, one religion and one god” is nearby here.