Varkala is a coastal town located on the southern end of Kerala and perhaps one of the best backpacking destinations in India. If you are seeking a place to do absolutely nothing and chill for hours without any sense of time, this is the ideal place to be.
Varkala is essentially a Hindu Pilgrimage place with 2000 year old Janardana Swami Temple situated at one end of this cliff beach – known as the south cliff. But as you move further north, the whole scene changes with huge red sandstone cliff perched with restaurants, shops, guesthouses and bustling with travelers from across the globe.
Things to do in Varkala
The whole vibe of this place is so relaxing and tranquil that you lose track of time – the calming blue ocean, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, the coconut trees jutting out along the cliff, the numerous vibrant quirky cafes and the friendly people whom you end up meeting more than once while strolling around.
Take the stairs down below from the cliff and you will reach the Varkala beach, popular among locals and tourists alike. Take a stroll on the sandy black beach or swim in the massive Arabian sea or just find yourself a corner further away and enjoy Varkala’s famous sunsets.
Varkala is the only place where I ditched the beach and spent two evenings sitting on rooftop of one of the many cafes enjoying the sunset. You get the best views from Cafe Italiano which has deck perched up on the first floor overlooking the sea with unobstructed views and hardly any crowd. Sitting on the deck and silently watching the sky change hues is nothing less than a dreamy spectacle. It is apt for one of those soul-searching moments you might be looking for. Do make sure you dedicate your evenings to sunsets at various beaches of Varkala.