Varkala Travel Guide
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- VarkalaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackers
Located on a stunning stretch of beaches and cliffs, Varkala is a heavenly escape from the rest of the world. The beaches, cafes, hammocks, and palm trees may not be all that different from other Asian beaches, but the cliffs make this a photographer's dream spot to relax.
This is a unique beach and a lovely alternative to the commercialized Kovalam and a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate. Varkala is still not overly commercialized and has a charm and magnetism which will make you not want to leave. The beach is back dropped by a cliff and views over the Arabian Sea. A footpath runs from the beach to the top of the cliff where there are rows of small guest houses and hotels suiting all price ranges and seafood restaurants serving the catch of the day. Every evening you can watch the most beautiful sunsets in Kerala from the top of the cliff. Here as in all Kerala you can enjoy various attractions such as sailing, Kathakali performances, ayurvedic massage and treatments and yoga courses. There is also much see around the area and you can rent a moped and visit deserted beaches, small islands, south India style temples, local fishermen villages and lovely tropical scenery.
- VarkalaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure Travelers
Possibly the nicest beach town in Kerala, Varkala is famous for the beachside cliffs that rise from the shore of the Arabian Sea. It has a famous Vishnu temple that attracts a large number of pilgrims, but the real attraction here is spectacular natural beauty and relaxing in the sun. The city is well-connected by rail to major hubs in the rest of the state.
There are no horns! It has to be one of the only places in India, save mountain tops, where you don't hear endless horn beeping. Most of Varkala is set on cliffs overlooking long waves rolling in from the Arabian Sea. The only road is a walkway frequented by pedestrians and the occasional motorbike. The rooms range from backpacker affordable (most have hammocks!) to luxurious, and the quiet is welcoming to all. We spent several nights at the Chill Out Cafe doing sing-a-longs with local musicians and meeting other travelers. If you want to venture further into town, there is an incredible temple (Janardana Swami) with curious grounds and some delicious South Indian restaurants. We intended to visit for 2 days and stayed 5, risking an overnight train to catch out flight in Bangalore. It was absolutely worth it!
what a spectacular place set upon a cliff with all the art and cosmoplitan india you could wish for seafood restuarants aplenty and wonderful spas and great indian locals i felt so welcomed here i did not want to leave it was like an untold paradise where you could have lived or died yes varkala i must see you again soon you touched my heart
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