Back in our hotel room, we sat in our balcony, regretting that we had to leave so soon. The red sun setting into the sea made for a beautiful moment. We sat there holding hands and promising to ourselves that we would be back soon.
All you need to know to plan a trip to Varkala
How to get there? The nearest airport is 40 kms away in Trivandrum. Varkala is well connected by bus, cabs and trains from Trivandrum and other major cities. If you are travelling from Bangalore, you have a direct train to Varakala railway station daily. You can book your train in advance through irctc.co.in. Station code of Varkala is VAK.
Where to stay? There are multiple stay options in the form of homestays and resorts in the town. However, if you are looking to make the best out of your stay, stay on North Cliff. It is the place to be.
What to do? Start your morning with some yoga and meditation. Varkala has developed itself as a yoga and therapeutic centre and many visitors who come here stay for days to practice yoga and meditation. During the day, you can do some beach hopping on nearby Kappil beach, Thiruvambandi beach and Papansam beach, or just laze around with a book in one of the shacks on the cliff. You can go for a dip in the sea or go check out the Anjengo Fort. You can visit the Sivagiri mutt and Janardhanaswamy temple. Catch the sunset from the cliff, it will surely blow away your mind. Indulge yourself in a spa. Varkala is not a party place. If you are expecting a busy nightlife of North Goa, it is not the place for you.
Where to eat? The North Cliff provides myriad eating options. Most of the shacks offer Continental and Indian cuisine, with some specifically offering Kerala cuisine. Try out the fresh catch of the day and the good variety in sea food. We tried Clafouti restaurant and God’s own country kitchen, and liked both of them.
How to move around locally? You can rent a bike or a car to move around locally. Autos and taxis are easily available too.
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