Looking for a unique experience this season? How about a three-day trip to a beach? “Hmm, but where though?” is definitely a challenge to anyone. Varkala, an exquisite coastal town situated at the shorelines of Arabian Sea in Kerala is a wholesome experience. Some might call it a “Mini Goa” because of the alluring beaches. You can choose to stay in extravagant resorts with private beaches or budget friendly hostels around the cliff (backpackers take a note of it). Here are the top 5 must do’s in Varkala.
- Varkala Beach:
Tucked away just 10 kilometres from the town of Varkala in Kerala, Varkala Beach, is a beautiful stretch of sand which carries a delightful vibe, distinct from the commercialized beaches. The clear blue waters, golden sands and the salty breeze will be etched in your mind for a while. Give surfing a shot if you’re a fan of water sports!
- The Varkala cliff:
Just right above the magnificent Varkala beach, is the Varkala cliff with amazing cafés and boutiques. You can try out their local seafood cuisines, continental dishes or even grab fresh mocktails overlooking the beach (Café Del Mar is a must try). Make sure you visit the cliff during nights as they light up the whole town. You can also get cute souvenirs (my personal pick is a singing bowl for spreading calmness) back home from the local boutiques.
- Mangrove forests kayaking:
What’s the plan for day two? Take a trip to mangrove forests in Kollam (18 kilometres from Varkala) for a unique kayak experience. You can choose to kayak solely through the dense mangrove forests or hire a local expert row you while you soak in the immersive nature for an hour. Also, you can speed boat through the waters if you expect a shorter time.
- Jatayu Nature Park:
This spot should definitely be in your itinerary if you are visiting Varkala. Just 30 kilometres from the town is Jatayu Earth’s Centre. It is popular for the gigantic bird sculpture of Jatayu bird (from the mythology of Ramayana). The architecture will surely blow your mind. You can take quick trip to the peak by cable car or trek along with your friends. You can also visit the Jatayu temple and take beautiful pictures on the peak.
- Anjengo fort:
How’s a trip complete without a little bit of culture and history? Anjengo fort (12 kilometres from Varkala), is a monumental landmark with rich history behind it. It served as the first trade settlement of East India Company in southern India. All the history lovers and explorers, grab your camera and click through the lawns of this fort.
Besides these places, you can visit the Kappil beach (a serene spot to witness sunset), the famous Janardhana Swamy temple to add an ethnic touch to the trip. And if you plan to extend your trip, take a detour to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state and explore the beaches, temples and other popular tourist spots.