A petite account of a week in Varkala : Kerala

Tripoto
4th Mar 2019
Photo of A petite account of a week in Varkala : Kerala by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Palm covered red cliffs, Arabian Sea, ancient fishing town, seven free days in hand and we find ourselves at a small hippy haven in Kerala - Varkala.

Treacherous paths along the edge of 15m-high red laterite cliffs, roughly about 45 km from trivandrum airport lies this beautiful town.

After about 15 mins drive from trivandrum airport, you find yourself driving along the coast, a fisherman's abode with sparkling light blue hue of sea and a darkened hue towards the horizon.

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Ample amount of hours and days in hand, you can slowly feel days turning into a week and it still felt less. This trip was more about being laid back and be at peace, submissive to your thoughts, perched up on the cliff, while the wind strokes your hair gently, days cannot be spent in a better way than this.

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Towards almost the end of the season time, hastily deciding to book a trip amidst a new job, was bit of a conundrum. But at last it was all worth it.

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A quiet and highly recommended resort from guests all over the world, nesting in between huge palm trees and other groves, Dahlia resort, is as peaceful as it gets. Just less than 1 min walk to the cliff, we couldn't have chosen a better location. The sound you hear are of the winds gently rocking the leaves of high palm trees and the whistling of the birds of summer.

For Breakfast we only and only stuck to Coffee temple every single day. Scrumptious English breakfast and the right flavor of coffee was enough to give you the early morning kick you needed along with the freshness of air that you experience. Anything from tender coconut, smoothies, health drinks infused with whey protein, this place has catered to every ones need.

Photo of Coffee Temple, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Coffee Temple, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Numerous options available for lunch - fresh seafood shacks stand in lines one end of an off beaten path from one end to other, of the cliff. Lunches were quick as it becomes hot and humid during the day and sometimes unbearable (March-mid) though winds were always there to our relief.

Evenings were spent walking along the cliff, where at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top from three different routes.

Settle into one of the beach shacks with a drink, and gaze at dramatic sunsets. Dinners were a regular at sky lounge bar for its amazing cocktails and Pita-Hummus, deliciously mixed with green and black olives and a gallop of olive oil.

The crème de la crème of the trip was unequivocally the last evening at Cafe Italiano mainly for its rooftop view, following a walk along the path towards the other end of the cliff.

Photo of Cafe Italiano, Varkala, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Cafe Italiano, Varkala, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Cafe Italiano, Varkala, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Cafe Italiano, Varkala, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

Take a seat at the top, over looking the tides crashing huge black formed rocks, and swaying in wind palm trees, while comprehending how serene you feel at that moment.

Notable shacks worth visiting once are Darjeeling cafe, Cafe del mar, Sky lounge and Cafe Italiano.

Photo of Cafe del Mar, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi
Photo of Darjeeling Cafe, Varkala, Kerala, India by Sanghamitra Bordoloi

A trip to Kerela would be incomplete without a day dedicated to spa and rejuvenation. We opted for a spa home next to the cliff with good reviews and Ayurveda massages we were looking for. 1 hour of medicated oils and a steam bath was ample to feel all the stress and anxiety taken away.

A town filled with Architectural beauties, black sand beaches, nearby backwaters, water sports, hills, springs, spa, yoga and Ayurveda centers are all found nearby to the cliff for ease of the tourists.

Its inconceivable how a place urges you to return back, strikes your senses and takes you on a ride of its own. A week felt less to devote to this quaint town but one thing is for sure, we will travel back one day to relieve its glory.

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Lovely Article.Do you reckon August is the ideal team to visit this place
Sat 04 27 19, 14:33 · Reply (1) · Report
there will be lot of heavy showers around that time. it will be ideal if you are game for monsoon and more of local crowd. :)
Sat 04 27 19, 17:39 · Report