Varkala trip – Are you a mountain person? Or are you a true beach bum? Or a bit of both? Then maybe you would like to venture out and experience the little, tucked away coastal town of Varkala. Located 50 kms from Trivandrum, the whole town is built on a 15m high laterite cliff that overlooks the blue blue sea.
The cliffs create quite a dramatic look to an otherwise under developed tourist spot. Against a backdrop of these cliffs, the ancient rituals are still performed daily on the Papanasam beach, despite the presence just a stone’s throw away of a full- fledged tourist resort, focused around the northern end of the beach. A two thousand year old shrine the Janardhanaswamy Temple stands on the cliffs overlooking the beach, a short distance away.
Varkala attracts a large number of backpackers from all over the world. Bored with the commercial transformation of Goa, many people move either to Varkala or Hampi to spend months just chilling.
We traveled there earlier this year for a much needed break from work and the mad rush of life in general. The three days there involved relaxing on the beach, sleeping on the hammock, taking long walks on the cliff and eating…a lot. We traveled around as well, to some exotic locales. The only missing bit was a restaurant that served authentic Kerala food. Accommodation is cheap (we got a very decent place for Rs 500/day), food is also affordable but this probably isn’t the best place to shop.
We took a walk early morning to black beach 3 kms along the coast line from Varkala cliff to a little fishing village. Nature at its best!
Varkala has some great options for food, be it Indian, Continental, Tibetan, Thai, Chinese. Try these amazing restaurants for some lip smacking dishes.
- Little Tibet – serves amazing Tibetan food.
- Cafe del Mar – situated on top of the cliff serves Indian, Mexican, Italian, buffet breakfast. Do try their waffles and panini sandwiches.
- The Juice Shack – serves tasty sandwiches, burgers, insane variety of fresh fruit juices and has the best music and vibe in Varkala.
After a perfect meal, we headed to a beach 10 kms from Varkala called Edava. Completely Isolated, backwaters on one side and the blue ocean on the other.
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