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Kerala has been in my bucket list for quite a long.Its just that it's such a versatile state and so many places to visit that when comes to planning it is difficult to choose few places to cover in 4/5 days in. After a bit of research I decided to visit the most unique place in Kerala i.e. backwater.And when you think backwater nothing comes in mind before Allepey. Also heard a lot about Varakala, the only cliff beach in India. Varkala is known for its late back hippie vibe. So I did not hesitate to add it in my itinerary to make it a beach vacation.
We took a train from Bangalore to Varkala. Being it a overnight journey train seems to be the best option. Next day at about 12:30pm we reached Varakal,plan is to stay here for two nights. Outside of the station we got an auto-rickshaw to our hotel which was just next to the cliff. After a quick refresh up we decided to go to the cliff as we could hear the roaring sea in our room. We could not wait for that first glimpse.
Once there, we were mesmirized by the vast stretch of red cliff ornamented with green palms and coconut trees, as far as our eyes could see. Gushing waves of Arabian see made it more scenic. We followed the narrow road along the cliff to experience the beautiful sea and the crashing waves from atop the cliff.
While we were walking we could see clouds getting formed at the horizon. From sunny it went to completely cloudy mode and the transformation was quite breathtaking! In some time it started drizzling and we took shelter in a closeby restaurant. On the cliff itself you will get multiple options for food. So we just entered into a random one and ordered rice with fish curry. Needless to say the food was delicious. It was quite late for lunch and we were hungry.
After a heavy rain the sky was finally clear.We headed towards Varkala beach(papanasham beach). From the cliff there are narrow stairs to reach to the beach. We sat on the sand to enjoy the sunset over the ocean. As the sun started setting the sky and the sea got painted in red and orange! Quite an experience!
After it was dark we reached out to the nearest shack to have some beer and food. Varkala does not have a night life like Goa or may be being it rainy season lots of restaurant were closed. This time we tried a Chinese restro. Chilled beer with some chicken wings and prawn made us happy. By the time we finished dinner it was almost 9pm. We called it a day and came back to hotel room.
Tips: expect rain if you are travelling from June to September. I went at end of June.Don't forget to carry umbrella.