29.11.2015 - 05.12.2015 30 °C
Varkala Beach is a very relaxing place to visit. It has the beach to swim at and many cafes, markets stalls and shops to explore. The beach is set low below the cliffs which stretch along the beach. The beach is clean and you can hire umbrellas there and set yourself up for the day. There was even some surf too.
The cliff is lined with shops and restaurants that have large upstairs balconies offering fantastic views of the beach below. At night the lights make the cliff look magical from the sand. The food is very good here, a nice mix of local Keralan curries, tibetan food and continental choices. We stayed at a garden home that was very comfortable. We planned to stay a few nights but ended up being there for a week.
We met some travellers in Alleppey when we did the backwaters tour and came across them our first night in Varkala. We spent the next few days with them, meeting for meals and drinks. It was really nice to have some company each day and we became regulars at a cafe called Darjeeling that served beer. There are only a few places allowed to sell beer so the have to hide it in either tea cups or in the case of Darjeeling, in large ceramic mugs. We had to leave our bottles on the ground so that people walking past couldn't see them.
After several days lounging on the beach and eating some great food we decided to leave and explore some more of Kerala, this time heading back to the city and going to Trivandrum which is the capital of the state.