The Papanasam beach is one of the fascinating tourist spots in Varkala. Calm and secluded, the beach gain popularity from around the globe for its religious prominence and sightseeing opportunities. It is assumed that as the name suggests, Papanasam which means “Destroyer of Sins”, washes away all the sins of one’s life. A major attraction of the beach is the towering cliffs that face the sea. The beach, a favorite holiday spot, turns out to be a religious site during the month of Karkidakam as thousands of believers visit the beach to perform final rituals for their ancestors. This less crowded beach is free from shopping sites making it an apt place to watch the sunset in silence.