Saturday, 12 February 2011


We arrived in Varkala intending staying for 3 or 4 days but it is such a great backpackers area we will stay much longer.

We started at Sky Lark Guesthouse . Faith seems to know all the needs of travellers and has free wi-fi, a satellite TV and socialising area on the roof top and use of the kitchen.  She is often fully booked and could only squeeze us in for 2 nights so book well ahead if you want to visit.  Prices are very reasonable with long stay discounts

Further down Thiruvambadi Road we treated ourselves at Thiruvambadi Resort finding that out of high season they have some great rates on basic rooms and having a swimming pool is a real bonus.  Also the food they serve was all very tasty and inexpensive.  You can use the pool as a day visitor for Rs200.

A few yards down the road is "Black Beach" then turning right you reach Odiyam and left is the cliff top walk to the main beach.  Walking along you pass many shops and restaurants.  Although they are touting for business there is no pressure and everyone is extremely polite and friendly.  You are spoilt for choice with food from around the world and the evening displays of fresh fish are amazing.

Highly recommended for anyone needing a break from the hustle and bustle of the real India or wanting some western food and company. 

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