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The Cliffs of Varkala

ISSN NO: 2347884-5

Vol NO: 19, Issue 25-26 No. 136-137

Varkala is a linear cliff in Kerala between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Running 6 km north to south in an elevation of about 40 m, Varkala bears three prominent cliff formations—Edava, North and South. A cliff as long as this along the western sea coast is a rare feature in the coastal geomorphology of India.

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Authors: Subhash Anand and Vidhi Saluja

The only cliff geoheritage site recognised as a National Geological Monument—the Varkala lies about 55 km northwest of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The linear wave-cut cliffs and beaches have a vibrant cultural heritage and serve as a major tourist attraction. However, unmanaged anthropogenic activity and intense erosion are pushing the cliffs landwards.




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    Authors: Subhash Anand and Vidhi Saluja

    The only cliff geoheritage site recognised as a National Geological Monument—the Varkala lies about 55 km northwest of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The linear wave-cut cliffs and beaches have a vibrant cultural heritage and serve as a major tourist attraction. However, unmanaged anthropogenic activity and intense erosion are pushing the cliffs landwards.

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    The authors are with the Department of Geography, University of Delhi, New Delhi. sanandpv@yahoo.co.in. The article should be cited as Anand S. and V. Saluja, 2019. The cliffs of Varkala, Geography and You, 19(25 & 26): 42-49

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