6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim

Tripoto
17th Dec 2019
Photo of 6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim by Aravindhan

Six months of motor biking along the sea coast and it was the black sand beach of Varkala where I decided to go for a swim.

In my last blog I left off at how I reached the southern most end of India and how and why I spent only a day there before entering into God's own country.

After a good few hours of walking around in the beach road of Kaniyakumari and a good meal by the highways for just 60 Rs I was set to say goodbye to Tamil Nadu and enter into the west coast. I had already fixed on my first destination which was the cliff beach of Varkala . My stay was booked for a week at a newly opened hostel at that time called Verve. I had another 150 KMS to cover to reach the hostel on the cliff side of the beach. The ride was smooth except for a small bike breakdown which turned into a good experience and got me new friends. (I would be writing that experience as a separate entry in the upcoming blogs.)

In no time I had reached Varakala and checked into the hostel. I had another one week to explore the place before I head off towards Alleppey for Christmas. On the first day I just walked around to find some places to eat, and being a backpacker I always try to eat at places which are priced low but serve good quality food. Such places are always difficult to find and it takes lots of walking to find one. Since I am good at this I did find a small hotel eventually where I ate breakfast for the next seven days.

Photo of 6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim by Aravindhan
Photo of 6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim by Aravindhan
Photo of 6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim by Aravindhan
Photo of 6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim by Aravindhan
Photo of 6 months of biking along the sea coast and one beach where I took a swim by Aravindhan

On the second day after breakfast I packed my bag with just a water bottle and my cameras and set out on foot towards the famous Varkala cliff . I was walking around in the scorching heat by the beach and with my vast experiences with beaches this beach was very different as it is by the cliff which gives it a very unique look. This place is also called as "Mini Goa" Apparently Varakala was the only place in Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian sea. I kept walking and walking for hours from one end to another with the sun on my back . Took some videos on my cameras for my vlog and when I was too tired to walk anymore I headed back to the hostel and called it a day.

After 2 days I had met few travel buddies from Israel. We were exchanging our stories with one another and we went out on a walk just like that with no place in mind . We kept walking apparently in circles we thought after a while but finally we found a small hotel which served rice and fish packed in banana leaf. After that heavy lunch we kept walking again until our legs gave up before heading back to the hostel. All three of us were very tired thanks to the heat and our crazy walking we decided to head back to the cliff in the evening and have some beers. So that evening was spent in a couple of cafes we went to just dancing around, having beers and meeting other travelers from across the world and making new friends.

My buddies were headed off to Kaniyakumari in the morning by a bus. I figured out they were unaware about the southern most part of India which is quite understandable as it is not a very famous destination for foreigners who visit India. But through me they got to know about the place and both of them were very much interested in getting there. So we hugged each other said goodbyes with the hope that we meet again some day.

Most of the others had also checked out so I was alone in the dorm and once again I started walking. Went back to the cliff,had some fish and chips for lunch and then i walked along the sea line and ended up at this beautiful isolated beach called the black sand beach.

I sat there for the sunset recording the star going down as a time lapse on my camera and then headed back to the hostel.

I had 2 more days left here before leaving and I pretty much walked uncountable KMS on foot and explored the place. I just wanted to sit some place quite and have some self time and my foot automatically took me to that place which was the black sand beach as the name suggests the sand at this part of the beach is black. It's a very small beach away from the main beach and the water at this part of the beach is very clean. Not many people come this way so the beach is found almost empty at most times. I was sitting there with my favourite songs playing on my headphones and it happened naturally I just got up took of my shirt and ran into the beach. And to this day I would always wonder why I chose to take a swim at this beach though I have been riding along the sea coast for half a year and it's only been beaches all around me. The swim was one of the best swims I had in my life the water was not too cold nor too hot it was warm and comforting and gave me peace and i felt protected.

The last day I spent on editing the videos and uploading on my youtube channel. Some bike checks also had to be done. Since I work on my own bike I was pretty much occupied while the video was getting uploaded. My next stop was Alleppey and it was only a few hours ride from Varkala. And again like always goodbyes were exchanged with the people who ran the place and the few travel buddies still around at the hostel before I set out out on the road again.