Pearl of the Arabian Sea - Varkala
Varkala is a beautiful coastal town in the southern part of Kerala. This superb coastal town is renowned for the 15m high Northern Cliff that is adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Be its serene beaches, hills, pristine lakes, marvelous forts, lighthouses, natural fisheries and springs, Varkala has it all.
Visit this place for its grand festivals. One of the festivals that are celebrated with great enthusiasm is the Arattu festival that is a 10 day festival in the Janardhan Swamy temple with elephant processions, and night kathakali dances. This festival is celebrated twice a year- March- April and October-November. Onam is yet another festival celebrated during August and September and is a rice harvest festival. One can enjoy the snake boat race during this festival. In July or August, another spiritual festival is being celebrated- the Karkidaka festival that is also celebrated with great pomp and show.
Enjoy the cuisines here that is similar to the areas around Varkala with a dash bit more dominance of seafood and a unique culture about it. The Seafood is caught by the local fishermen and displayed in front of several restaurants.
Major Markets in Varkala
There are numerous shopping places in stunning Varkala that can be explored on your vacation to shop from. Here is a list of some markets- Beach Bazaars - that sell ancient weapons and canvas. Seaside Cliffs- not only food and beverages but yes also offers some shops from where the travelers can buy Indian crafts, clothes and yes some other items too. Head towards the Khadi Store that offers clothes, hair oils, cooking oils, food, leather goods and honey. Visit the Tibetan Shops that sells tailor-made names and loose Kiosks and local clothing.
One can find several things to shop in Varkala. One can go for- KasavuMundu dresses, Coconut and Coir products, Netter Casket and Chandan Vallam and Uru Models, Aroma oils, sunglasses, Toiletries and spa products, Wooden carvings, Varkala Silk, Jewellery and Gemstones.
Where to Stay in Varkala
The pretty Varkalais the aptest destination to escape for a rejuvenating vacation from luxury to budget hotels, resorts, homestays, Varkalahas it all that is perfectly wrapped with modern-day luxury and home-like comfort. There are several well-furnished resorts, hotels, homestays, where you can make your stay comfortable. The exciting Varkalatour will be a comfortable experience for the travelers as there are several cheap and luxury hotels, resorts, and homestays available for them amidst nature.
One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
Where to eat in Varkala
Travelers can find numerous restaurants here in Varkala that truly serves the best and authentic food. Here is a list of some such restaurants- The Bait & Hook, Clafouti, Babu Farm restaurant, Gods own Country Kitchen, Theeram, Trattorias Restaurant, Darjeeling Café, Abba Restaurant and Everest German Barkery, Tibetan Kitchen, Sea sun Café, Sunrise Restaurant, Mama Champos. There are other restaurants too that are surely worth visiting.