We took a local bus around 9 am for 13 Rupees p.p. who dropped us at the KSRTC bus stand in Aleppey. We arrived at 10.15 am and took the local AC Bus from this KSRTC Bus Station to Varkala at 10.30 am (goes one time a day) for 210 Rupees p.p. Our arrival time in Varkala was 2 pm, from where it was a short tuktuk ride of 2 km. to our stay.
We started of in a surf retreat: Soul & Surf. This wonderful place has a laid back vibe and they welcome you with a fresh coconut. It’s all about surfing, relaxing, massages and yoga and their location is perfect! The rooms are situated in a big white house and the interior looks really fresh due to the colors and you get spoiled with a local made hand made soap. There is a big garden with plenty of places to chill and looking down the cliff, you’ll find a love beach where some of the surf action takes place.
The food is good, the staff is friendly and the breakfast is served at long tables so you discuss your early morning yoga/surf/sleep in experiences with your housemates. They have pizza & movie nights, bbq-nights and some occasional theme parties during holidays. All in all a great place for people who like to surf, get a massage, do yoga or just want to relax.
After Soul & Surf, we wanted to go somewhere to do nothing. We had our souvenirs and just wanted to chill. Well, we learned that Samsara Harmony Beach Resort is an excellent place to do so. Their bungalows are really spacious, have both aircon and a fan, really comfortable beds, a good shower, fantastic wifi and a nice balcony where you can just sit down and enjoy doing nothing. And even though you are just a few meters away from you neighbors, it feels really private. You are surrounded by green which is always nice.
The resort has a small but nice pool, some sun beds and you are just a few steps away from the beach. Their restaurant has beach view and while having lunch we even saw some dolphins passing by! And they were swimming pretty close to the beach. In the morning, there was a big group of fishermen pulling in their nets which also attracted lots of eagles and other birds and it is quite fun to see the men doing their thing. We did learn that this also pulls a lot of jellyfish into the beach but they clean it up so the beach always looks lovely. We did not go in the water afterwards because we’re not big fans of jellyfish. And the pool was refreshing enough for us.
It is possible to walk along the beach and have lunch or diner at one of the other resorts, but we did not do that. The food the restaurant serves is really good and the chef is so friendly and hardworking. We liked eating there and trying new dishes. And the chef was even willing to make some food that wasn’t on the menu. Great place to stay!
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We probably told you already the highlights of what there is to do in the stories about the places we stayed. And that is about all we did during our days in Varkala. Plus, we did some awesome souvenir shopping. In Rajasthan Marije saw beautiful leather bags but did not buy them because of the money issues and we could not pay with creditcard. We saw them again in Goa but again, the same money problems. Varkala was our third change, and luckily we did not have to miss this one. We also bought some other souvenirs since this is one of our last India destinations. And there are some nice tailor shops where you can have clothes made. Marije made use of the opportunity and had 2 dresses made. She was a happy girl afterwards!