Potential of Varkala as a Tourism Destination




Shri.Pinarayi Vijayan

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala



Shri.Muhammed Riyas

Hon'ble Minister for Tourism & Public Works 

Vice - Chairman



Hon'ble MLA, Varkala Constituency


A slew of projects to augment the tourism potential of Varkala are currently on. It is in this backdrop that Vision Varkala 2020 launched by Vision Varkala Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (VIVID), a special purpose vehicle promoted by Kerala Government gains significance.

A bali mandapam on the Papanasam beach, the first of the project under Vision Varkala 2020 has already been commissioned. This is meant for people coming from across the country to perform rituals and offer prayers in memory of departed souls on the day of vavu bali.

The proposed National Centre for Performing Arts as part of Vision Varkala 2020 is meant for popularizing culture, heritage and tourism. This will be developed as a centre of international standards having tie-ups with the Association of Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Centre, Singapore for cultural and technology transfers across the globe. Two acres of land in the Government guest-house premises (Varkala) has been identified for the purpose and Rs.100 million allocated for the first phase of the project.

Vision Varkala 2020 will also have a Sea Life Leisure Park as part of the water sports complex, which is first of its kind in the country, coming up on a 50-acre land. Implemented in PPP mode and aimed at increasing the tourist inflow to Varkala
by five times, the park will serve as home to around 100 sea animals and five dolphins that will be used for entertainment and educational purposes. Rs.10,000 million has been allocated for the realization of this project.  A pre-feasibility studey is also envisaged with the help of CMFRI.

The Global Ayurveda Village is another major project as part of Vision Varkala 2020 for the development of Ayurveda in Varkala (developed by Kerala's mentor Sam Pitroda).  The Ayurveda village will be set up in 63 acres of land at Elakamon Panchayat. The Rs.2000 million project aims to make Varkala the world capital of Ayurveda with facilities for research and development and high-end treatment facility backed by high-class infrastructure.

Vision Varkala 2020 is bound to enhance the significance of Varkala as a travel destination, which is annually visited by around 50,000 foreign travellers and 1.60 lakh domestic travellers. 


Varkala is an International Tourism and pilgrim destination in Thiruvananthapuram district (South of Kerala State). About 50000 Foreign and 1.60 lakh domestic tourists visit Varkala every year. The great social reformer Sree Narayanaguru’s Samadhi is situated (nearly 10 lakhs pilgrims visit the samati every year) in Sivagiri Varkala. About 4 lakh pilgrims come to Varkala Papanasam beach every year during vavubali days for doing rituals for their departed souls. Vavu Bali is an annual day for Hindu rituals for their departed souls. A large number of people belonging to Varkala area are working in Middle East, Singapore, US and other European countries and hence a major chunk of income in Varkala is in terms of foreign currencies. The famous Varkala Cliff identified recently by the Geological Survey of India has a unique geological feature which is going to be declared as the National Geological Monument .  Varkala Cliff is a record of past changes in sea, soil, geological and nature which is called “Warkallai  Formation”.  The same is also going to be declared as the Geopark by the UNESCO tag.  To popularize and to make awareness about the cliff, there should be a Geo- heritage Museum which houses public shows and provide information about the Cliff.  There are 90 Geoparks across the Globe but none is in India till date.


Vision Varkala Infrastructure Development Corporation (VIVID)

A Special Purpose Vehicle was formed on 15/10/2011. For the comprehensive Infrastructure and Tourism development of Varkala. It has been registered as a Company namely, Vision Varkala Infrastructure Development (VIVID) Corporation Ltd. on 25th Feb. 2013. The Corporation Implements various type of projects such as ppp, joint venture, private and public by mobilizing funds from Govt., NRIs, Financial Institutions etc.,. It is a fully Govt owned Company formed under the Ministry of Planning and with the chairmanship of the Hon. Chief Minister, Hon. Minister for Planning, Govt. Secretaries and other top Officials from various Govt organizations are the other members.


Activities & New Initiatives

Projects /Activities undertaken by VIVID Corporation:

  1. Construction of Varkala Papanasam Balimandapam
  2. Centre for Performing Arts (CPA)
  3. Preparation of Master Plan for Varkala
  4. DPR Preparation for Waste Management
  5. Protection of Varkala Cliff 
  6. Establishment of UNESCO Geo Park
  7. Establishment of Geo Park Museum
  8. Erection of National Geological Monument Board at Varkala Cliff area
  9. Skill Development Institute
  10. Geo-Spatial Information System
  11. Destination Development 

Areas of operation :

  1. Varkala Municipality
  2. Vettoor Grama Panchayat
  3. Chemmaruthy Grama Panchayat
  4. Navaikulam Grama Panchayat
  5. Madavoor Grama Panchayat
  6. Pallickal Grama Panchayat
  7. Elakamon Grama Panchayat
  8. Edava Grama Panchayat



Govt. of India Govt. of Kerala