The Dolphins thought and an alarm wakes me up at 6.30 am, then after refreshments, I reached near the boat and I welcomed by the boat captain and he updated that two more tourists going to join with us. After 5 mins that two tourists also arrived and we started to sail into the deep blue sea. The boat sailed towards the north from Varkala beach and I can't ask for more with nature because of the pleasant morning, the warm sunshine and our lonely boat in the endless Arabian sea. After few mins, I started chatting with two foreigners who are coming from Switzerland. The sea in the early morning is so calm and all the fishermen getting ready to start their day. And when we sailed for 20km we saw a boat which is surrounded by 3 boats and the captain explained that the mother boat is the one which is for fishing and rest boat will transfer the fishes from mother boat to shops. Almost we travelled 30kms and we didn't see any dolphins. Throughout the 30km the captain enquired the boats which came from the opposite side that they saw dolphins. All of them replied the same answer NO. Later we lost hope and started to go back. Almost after 2hrs sailing in a sea one boat captain told that they saw 5 dolphins in the south side of Varkala beach. With all smiley faces, the boat sailed to South and at last the group of mammals welcomed us with their unique sound. It's about 20 to 30 Dolphins enjoying a fresh morning. The boat engine was turned off and we four were so quietly enjoying that rare and most beautiful mammal dancing in the sea. After a fulfilled heart we reached the Varkala beach @10.15 am.
All about Golden Island:
Within the next 30 mins, I want to be in another place for an Island visit. Went room and had a quick bath then started my bike to reach the destination which is Golden island. It's about 6km travel from my room to that island. While riding bike right side is full of backwater and the left side is covered with a coconut tree. Once I reached the place about 60yrs old men introduced himself as he was a servant for that island owner, then only I realised the island is private property. It's about half an hour sailing in a boat to that island. Inside the island, there is a Sivan temple and kind of tree house where we can spend some good time. Left that place by 11.30am for a lunch.
130 bucks and its value:
With no liquid cash in hand went to a high-class restaurant where I can use my cards for payment and before ordering food I just checked whether they will accept the card and as expected only cash got a reply from the cashier. Went to nearby ATM to withdraw money and my bad luck continues as ATM is out of order. Then took my bike and went to another hotel and there also I got the same reply that only cash is acceptable. Being so tired and completely fed up opened my wallet and counted the changes which is 130bucks. Then asked the server cost of veg noodles which is only 90bucks. Felt as the richest man in the world ordered veg noodles and waited for it to be prepared. Meanwhile, To my adjacent, there was a white man having a masala dosa and to my straight, there is a white lady having a full meal like born and bought up in india . Most of the white people staying in Varkala for more than half a year as a tourist. In that most of them have an account in hotels, one 60yrs old Holland citizen entered the hotel ordered a coconut smoothie and an egg. I started to speak with him and asked how many times you been to India. He replied that I really don't know the count but I visited India before you were born and he added that he visited India first time at 1987. After having his lunch the white man just went by saying to the cashier keep it in the account. It's like what is happening moment for me. Then after having my lunch, booked a return ticket to Bangalore from Kollam which is 30 km away from Varkala. The bus boarding time is 6.45pm in Kollam. Went to the resort and had a good nap till 2.30.
Train travel to Kollam and end of the trip :
Then packed all my belongings check out the room and handover the bike key to the resort owner started walking for a bus to reach the railway station. The resort owner came and told that he will drop me in the bus stop. When he left me at the bus stop immediately got a bus to the railway station. In the next 5 Mins am in an ATM which is in Varkala railway station. It's about 30 mins train travel from Varkala to Kollam. Straightaway entered into tea shop when I got down in Kollam, after a cup of strong tea, went to a Kollam beach where I felt like came to a wrong place at the wrong time. The beach is full of love couples with an umbrella to safeguard from the sun. Am the only one who is single and walking towards the beach with a travel bag and a water bottle in the hand. By facing the sea with a headset in ears turned on Music to spend the next two hours and started to write this blog. That's how most mesmerising, heart-filled and two awesome days trip ends.
Take away from the trip
1. Not every time your plan will be perfect, learn quickly to adapt to the situation.
2. Almost Everyone you come across during the trip will be so kind and helpful, so never hesitate to speak with unknown persons.
3.No technology will match the useful information we get from local people and auto drivers.
4. Always keep enough liquid cash in hand.
5. Last but not least, How many times you have been to Kerala, both Kerala and Kerala girls will never ever fail to impress you.
Tips to reach Varkala :
Bangalore/Chennai - Kollam - Varkala (Kollam to Varkala 30mins train journey ) often train is available
Bangalore/Chennai - Trivandrum - Varkala ( Trivandrum to Varkala 1 hr train journey ) often train is available
Bangalore/chennai - Thenkasi - kottarikara - paripally - Varkala (full bus route )