City Profile

Varkala is a coastal town and a Municipality in Trivandrum district,Kerala state,India,bounded by Arabian Sea on the west,Edava and Anchuthengu backwaters on north and south respectively.Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.This tertiary sedimentary formation cliff is a unique geological feature on then otherwise flat Kerala coast,and is known among geologists as Varkala formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India.There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.

Varkala town is located in Varkala Taluk of Trivandrum district,the ancient town of Varkala is situated almost mid-way between Trivandrum and Kollam cities.It is located approximately 51 Km north west of Trivandrum and 31Km south of Kollam.Varkala town has an area of 15.42 Sq.Km.


1)Janardhana Swamy Temple

2)Sivagiri mutt

3)Anjengo fort

4)The Papanasam Beach

Demographic Details

According to 2011 Census ,Varkala has a population of 40048, males constitute 46%(18312) of the population and female 54%(21736).Varkala has an average literacy rate of 88%,with 92% of males and 85% of females literate. 11% of the population under the age of 6.

Year Population
1981 34009
1991 38987
2001 42273
2011 40048

As per 2011 Census

Population 40048
Male 18312
Female 21736
No.of households 9498
Density 2693/Km2
SC population 5885
ST population 0
 Female male ratio 1187/1000

Literacy rate

No. of slums 9


Housing Profile
Projects No.of houses
EMS housing 239
SC project(annual plan) 48
SC project(Department) 216
LIFE(incomplete) 90
PMAY 339