Cliff Along the Varkala Beach Soon to Be National Geological Monument

Published on: 21 Mar, 2014
Published under: Kerala Travel News


Varkala is the only beach in Kerala that have cliffs along its Papanasham Beach. The cliff measuring about 80 feet high facing the Arabian sea is soon be declared as a National Geological Monument by the Geological Survey of India (GSI).

All the pre-conditions to make the cliff a national geological monument, that faces extinction owing to natural and anthropogenic hazards, had been met already and the decision is pending with the Department of Mining and Geology – Government of Kerala.

A. Sundaramoorthy, Director General, GSI, had visited the cliff and adjoining places last year as part of granting it the national geological monument status. The GSI had found that Varkala was the only place in the West coast of the country where sediments in the Mio-Pliocene age had been exposed. The cliff will be the 27th national geological monument in the country and the second in Kerala after the Angadipuram Laterite.


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