Varkala is a major commercial ,tourism region and headquarters of Varkala thaluk and Municipality of Thiruvanathapuramdistrict situated in the Indian state of kerala. It is located 40 kilometres north-west of Thrivandrum which is the capital and largest metropolitianof kerala and 15 km north – west of Attingalmunicipality.

Varkala is the only place in Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian sea. These Cenozoic sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a national geologicalmonument as declared by the Geological survey of india for their protection, maintenance, promotion and enhancement of geotourisam