Few evenings ago I was packing my bag and was drowning into the sea of imagination. Today I'm struggling to come out from recent Varkala coma. Many a thoughts, emotions and memories are flying in and out of my mind as I type this. I have many things to pen down. Little by little, one by one. But I don't know where to start from. It's being difficult to funnel down one, two or few things specifically. My mind is pulling everything on its plate and I'm unable to clear out the plethora of colorful moments from Varkala.
This was the exact state of my mind after coming back from Varkala trip. Needless to say, this post vacation hangover was slowly spreading across my emotion for next two-three months.
Before starting with my 3 days itinerary let me summarise the preliminary tips.
How To Reach: The nearest major city to Varkala is Thiruvananthapuram which is well connected to all over India by flights and trains. If you live in Kohci or Bangalore you can easily reach Thiruvananthapuram by bus. I travelled from Bangalore and the bus journey took eight hours.
Mark Your Calendar: November to March is best time to visit any beach destination. Varkala is no exception. However, I took a blind risk and visited Varkala in mid August. But Varkala climate in August surprised me in every bit. Kerala was saturated with richest shade of green. In those three days it never rained heavily. Only one or two short drizzle in a day. The post monsoon temperature was very soothing and the air was not at all sultry. I have still not figured out why August is considered as off season for tourism in Varkala. Because also the locals said after winter, August is the second best comfortable season in Varkala. Off season at any destination has its own charm. No crowd of unruly tourists on beaches, at cafe and restaurants. The only con of visiting Varkala in August is it restricts you from swimming and enjoying water sports as after monsoon the sea becomes extremely high and rough.
What so magical about Varkala: While planning, even I was in little confusion. Why to choose over Varkala over Goa, Gokarna or Pondicherry ! So the one line, simplest answer is - ' Because it's an off beat destination'. I feel breathless with my extremely fast paced life. Specially when your home and your work place are almost on two extreme ends of a city like Bangalore and the city traffic shows no mercy to you.
Varkala has a strange peaceful rapport with nature, ocean and animals. I was overwhelmed to find how a not so popular, off beat destination has left no effort behind to show its high regards toward nature. It has said a rigid NO-NO to plastic straws, bottles and carry bags. Mostly all the cafeteria, resort and restaurant are plastic free, serve vegan food and pet friendly. The shops and narrow streets are decorated with used plastic bottles. At every single moment I was in a perfect sync with nature. People from Varkala are probably the prime reason behind such unspoilt, pure nature of this place.