From crowded Trivandrum we headed onto quiet Varkala in the evening. The peak season hasn’t come in yet, so there was enough and more personal space to finally experience some serenity far away from mad drivers and the freaking toots and honks.
We checked into our last minute accommodation, nodded to some lizards on the room wall, dropped off our luggage and pulled out for a walk to Varkala’s nightlife to meet a not at all average couple one of my travel buddies knew. Indian origin Renold Netto and his wife from Germany run Woodstock Garden, a nice and cozy home-stay accommodation just a few minutes walk from one of Varkala’s top beaches. Renold is also a much talented abstract and landscape painter who happily walked us behind the scenes into his studio. After a rather inspiring chat with the couple we returned to the hotel to get some rest and fall fast asleep to the sounds of the waving sea.
From abstract to landscape – artworks of Renold Netto
We kicked-off next day at the astonishing beach, just down the road, enjoying the picturesque view of coconut trees and the strong waves of the sparkling water with some fishermen in the background packing up after their early hours out in the open sea.
Out of peak season time – Varkala beach
Lunchtime fun-time we picked a Tibetan restaurant standing on a steady rock high above the water. The delightful meal at Little Tibet, the surrounding nature and the cooling sea breeze just put us instantly in a different mindset. Varkala by the way is an excellent place to relax and heal with Ayurveda therefore many hotels and lodges offer some of the ancient massage treatments and packages. Worth to try!
Gourmet hunters’ paradise – Little Tibet Restaurant in Varkala
The afternoon and a short drive out of town brought something unexpectedly unique in. Taking a turn off the main road, a bumpy unpaved path led us to an enigmatic spot where the constantly waving sea joins the calm and mysterious backwaters only to be divided by a narrow ness. Such an extraordinary view, you don’t come across with every day. We sat down at the beach to look at the sun speedily going down playing incredible colors on sky to sea to land. The entire stay, crowned by this fascinating experience definitely put Varkala on the out-of-peak-season must see list within wonder-filled Kerala.
Where two different waters connect – Kappil Beach
Kerala off the beaten track:
- Discover Quilon – Kerala’s hidden gem
- Take an authentic Ayurveda consultation in Trivandrum
- Get your Spice kick and high tea in Thekkady
- See how Munnar reflects fifty shades of green
- Admire Athirapally waterfalls, the Niagara of India
- Relax in Kovalam – an almost forgotten place by the sea
- Spend the night on Kerala’s waterways
- Try the tastiest fish in banana leaf in always bustling Cochin
- See Cochin on the move
- Or if time is up, race against it in Kerala