Holiay Accommodation Near Varkala Beach South India
Hotel accommodation Varkala Beach South West India we
stayed at was clean comfortable and about a 3 star to 4 star rating. Preeth
hotel accommodation near Varkala Beach was one of the few good hotels with
a swimming pool. This Varkala beach resort hotel had free breakfast included
< Photo of Preeth Beach Resort Varkala
All hotel accommodation
near Varkala Beach is on the plateau near and east of the Varkala cliff.
Our hotel villa was about 8 minutes walk from the Varkala cliffs.
It takes another minute to step down the steps on the cliff face to the
best beach in south west India. Pity there are no public rubbish bins.
Some rubbish is tipped over the cliff. Tropical vegetation over growing
the rubbish prevents too much of an eyesore. The light brown sand
of Varkala beach is clean as too is the water of the Arabian sea section
of the Indian Ocean.
A walk along Varkala beach at night goes past
fresh water pouring out of the Varkala cliff where fishermen have their
Varkala Beach and Kovalum Beach near to the south of
Trivandrum are the only beaches in Kerala state of India patrolled by life
guards. (See interview of
Varkala Beach surf lifeguard in video below).
A walk north from the helipad on the path along the top edge of the Varkala
cliff face takes you past beautiful peopleless beaches such as "Black
Beach". At Black Beach I had a swim, coconut drink and refreshing
bucketing from the well. A tuktuk (three wheeled
transport) took us north to nearby Kapill in search of backwater
ferries. There were none so we caught a taxi further north to nearby
Kollam city. Nearly every tour, operator in India, big or small, is
on commission. We were particularly interested in the PUBLIC ferry
to experience travel in India with local Indians. Our unregistered
taxi driver took us into a tour booking agent who offered a big expensive
tourist boat saying the last ferry for the day had gone. He sold us
a backwaters village tour because the big boat was too expensive.
While waiting for a taxi I saw ferries coming and going from a dock at the
end of the street. When I queried the tour rep who just lied to get
a sale, he said "these ferries are only transport". Just
the thing we wanted. As it turned out the Rp500 back water village
tour including 10km east of Kollam taxi, was quite worthwhile.
been told train was the best way to travel in India so we embarked at
station... (Many Anglicised proper nouns are spelt
differently than they are in India. Quilon is in big signage at the
Quilon Train station.
is the common easy English way of spelling Thiruvananthapuram)
... for the 30km train journey to Varkala train station and caught a tuktuk
back to cliff top restaurants above Varkala Beach near our
Surfing at Varkala Beach was out of the question with small
waves when I was there 4th - 8th February however friends have told me surf
at Varkala Beach can be good. I did not see any surfboard hire. There
were a few old, dinged boards at Kovalam Beach for hire.
< Beach Near Varkala Cliffs
Varkala beach is all you
can imagine of tropical south west India. LOTs of coconut palm trees.
Lots of culture, 3 religions: Hindu, Muslim and Christian, good seafood
restaurants, shopping, European tourists, a few beggars, etc.
Varkala cliff top balcony restaurants we could see hundreds
of fishing boat lights at night out to sea, so we figured simply cooked,
freshly selected seafood would be safe. I even dared eat salad and by squeezing
lemon juice on fresh fish and salad, I think it helped us not once getting "Delhi
belly" Ask for curd (yoghurt) and bananas - delicious.
< Restaurant near Varkala Beach near Helipad
Varkala Beach is a tourist destination, therefore prices are higher.
If you want to bother you can catch a tuktuk east about 10 minutes away
to Varkala town where things like AC 240 volt power adaptors, massage, hair
cuts, restaurant food, transport, etc are cheaper. Don't go looking
for beauty treatment before 10:30am because the beauticians at Varkala Beach
don't work too hard.
Weather at Varkala Beach was perfect with
blue skies every day for good video and photos of Varkala Beach.
Climate charts Varkala Beach South India.
Temperature at Varkala
was mid 30 degrees Celsius perfect for beaching where you can hire 2 beach
deck chairs with umbrella for Rp300 per day.
Travel up and down
the west coast of India is easy and VERY cheap by train. Near Varkala
Beach to the north are
Kollam and Kochi,
Kerala's big historic city with the first Jewish synagogue build in
Asia. The back waterways north and south from Kochi stretch for hundreds
of kilometres. South and near Varkala is the Kerala city of Trivandrum and
near that is the popular tourist beach destination in South India of
We caught a taxi from Kovalum beach to Varkala for Rp1,200. The roads
are full of dangerous drivers. Honking horns are incessant. Big buses
have the right of way because they're big and fearless. The train while
not the cleanest is far cheaper and relaxing than road transport.
Indian passengers were friendly.
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