The sensational cliffs of Varkala might just be its saving grace, holding back the kind of development that has left nearby Kovalam gasping for air. With a strand of golden beach nuzzling the cliff edge, and more Bob Marley music that you can poke a dreadlocked backpacker at, the vibe here remains faithfully laid-back. Varkala’s beaches are protected by soaring bluffs, while all the on-land action is perched precariously, but beautifully, along the crumbling precipice above. Sure, the number of new hotels is creeping up each year, but it’s still a great place to while away the days, even weeks, with tonnes of sleeping options and some excellent dining spots (with dramatic, cliffside sunsets on the house).
Varkala destination guides
South India Unplugged
Unplug from everyday routine and head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India. Visit India's lush landscapes, experience its intriguing religions and explore its exotic bazaars.
Beaches & Backwaters
Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white sand beaches, drift through the tranquil backwaters and rise at dawn to see the sunrise. This 7-day tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of South India. Inhale the exotic perfume of cardamom as you stroll through spice gardens and unwind with some yoga in your free time.