Varkala Beach is the only one in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Also known as Papanasham Beach, Varkala holds a mythological relevance for locals. It is believed that a dip in the clear waters of Varkala can wash away your sins for life.
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it has all kinds of shops- you can buy clothes, colourful skirts, shorts, scarves!! i myself did a lot of shopping (giggles), the cliff is around 2 Kms long, and you can take a nice walk down.. This cliff overlooks the Papasnanam beach on one side and the Edava beach on the other.
This beautiful place by the cliff- i landed here around 4PM the next day with a book- stayed there for an hour with an orange juice. The atmosphere was lively, maybe because it was Friday night :). I took a stroll down the cliff and landed back there around 8 to have a quick bite, only to find this place super crowded. What i understood from being here for 3 days is foreigners stay here for long period of time, and hence over time they get to know a lot of other groups and make friends. So Darjeeling cafe's atmosphere was full of friendly chatter and romantic dinners that Friday night , and boy, yes i did feel let out. he he.
Vedanta Wake up - Varkala
Being a solo woman traveller, i was quite worried by the fact that i had booked a bed in a mixed dormitory, but my worries were uncalled for- i immediately fell in love with the place and the people. there was a homely touch to the place, with a sit out section furnished with bean bags TV and furniture.. I shared my room with 2 Brits and they were a good company too. So they have a kitchen where they serve food for travellers who have opted for it, they have a fully stacked fridge with water bottles and juice.Ah.. jjust home away from home. I looked them up after i returned to Bangalore and found they are all over South India. Cant wait to stay at another Vedanta!!
At Varkala’s famous Coffee Temple I met Lovely, I approach her curious to know if she owns the place. Lovely does not own the coffee shop, but helps manage it and has been there for close to ten years. In a small chat we have, Lovely tells me before joining the tourism industry she worked as a software professional in one of the big cities. It is amazing what people do for the love of travel and tourism- from a big city to a beach destination with a creek- Lovely surely does not seem unhappy about the decision.
Mathruthwam Ayurvedic Life Care Hospital
So when you go to Kerala, you always look forward for an authentic massage - i headede to this place as thi swas juts next door to where i was staying , and though i had just 45 minutes to spend, it was totally well spent. i came all all glowing and super oily.. :D