Vagabonding in Varkala

Tripoto
5th Jan 2015
Photo of Vagabonding in Varkala 1/5 by Uday Manivannan
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Featuring panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, Varkala displays the purest form of a natural beach retreat in India. Why is it the best coastal getaway? From secluded beaches, lip-smacking culinary delights to exotic beach resorts located on 'the cliff' overlooking the ocean, it presents the opportunity for travelers to make the sprawling beach their own.

Photo of Varkala, Kerala, India by Uday Manivannan

There is a sidewalk built on the cliff which allows a scenic walk for about 90mins towards the north, passing Odayam, Eddava, Black Beach and Kappil Beach. If you're lucky you can get a thrilling view of adventure enthusiasts paragliding from the cliff or catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming together. You can get around by boat from the beach to get a view of the dolphins too! Overall, Varkala allows you to surround yourself with crystal clear water and white sand and experience total relaxation as the afternoon sun kisses your skin and the cool breeze blows gently through your salt-sprayed hair.

It's easily accessible through bus and train and is a small town to get around. You can hire a bike and explore the cozy town tucked away from anything mainstream. You can give in to temptation and splash out on a bay side beach resort located on the cliff overlooking the beautiful sea. Varkala is quite a new place to hang out in India and has only recently been developed as a tourist destination. Majority of the travelers flocking there currently are backpackers from other countries and couples who are looking for a romantic beach retreat or a rejuvenation holiday therapy as it is famous for its yoga and ayurvedic centers.

Photo of Varkala, Kerala, India by Uday Manivannan

If you're fed up of crowded beaches and overpriced itineraries around other parts of Southern India, Varkala is the place to be! Picture yourself spread out on the endless stretch of golden sand as you watch big blue waves crash gently on the shores; with an icy cold drink in one hand and your favorite novel in the other, this holiday haven will make all your worries wash away with the tide.

Photo of Varkala Beach, Kerala, India by Uday Manivannan