Mal: വർക്കല varkkala
‘Line of Rocks’ Town, Kerala
From Mal: vara, ‘line’, ‘furrow’, ‘straight’; and kal, ‘rock’.
Varkala has a unique cliff formation of red sandstone, in contrast to the the rest of coastal Kerala which is flat.
The cliffs are a protected geological monument and date back to the Pliocene era 22 million years ago.