Owning to its beaches, laidback vibe and rolling cliffs, there are many exciting things to do in Varkala. For someone who is looking for peace and rejuvenation, Varkala is the best holiday destination. The best things to do in Varkala range from sightseeing, sunbathing, yoga, shopping, parasailing, wind surfing and much more. Here you can enjoy Kerala Ayurvedic treatments and yoga available in many resorts of Varkala.
Here are a few major activities that you shouldn’t miss during your visit here:
Yoga and Kerala Ayurvedic Treatments
Varkala is a perfect place to get to know Kerala. With quiet spots, peacuful beaches, lagoons, palm and coconut tress, and hills, the place is a getaway for those looking for a tranquil beach vacation. Yoga is the favourite activity here, with many centres and teachers offering training for travellers. To practice, you can opt to go to the beach, look for a quiet patch, or join the many others, practicing it in centres. Don’t be surprised if you may spot people practicing tai chi, laughter yoga on beaches. And once you’re done engaging in adrenaline-high water sports, you can pamper yourself with a a variety of traditional ayurvedic treatments available in plenty.
The months, October till March, are the best season for water sports in Varkala. The beach offers everything from, parasailing, speed boats to surfing. The temper and waves of the Arabian sea make it an ideal surfing destination. If you the more adventurous types, accompany the local fisherman on a trip and try your luck at fishing. Don’t expect the big, burly ones, this one is a small, narrow one used by local fishermen, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
If you really want to experience Varkala, hire a taxi, auto or even two-wheelers. The auto drivers also serve as guides, they know the destination best, and often are privy to the secret corners, off the tourist trails. Define your preference, go to the main Varkala town, check out the local market and get an authentic feel of the Southern Kerala town, or hire a scooter or a bike and go on a road trip with your partner and explore Varkala.
Eating Out In Varkala
Varkala’s eateries and cafes offer various kind of dishes – Kerala cuisine, Continental and Chinese. Cafes here are versatile as they cater to international tourists. For the seafood lover, the place is a haven, as varieties of it is served across the town. Many resorts and cafes also offer cooking classes in authentic Kerala cuisine.
Shopping In Varkala
Varkala is not an urban shopping destination, but is great for traditional arts and crafts, and also flea market ware. Things such as artifacts, made of coconut, shells and oysters and other handicrafts such as traditional paintings, jewellery, spices, local tea and wallarts are very popular with tourists. You can also visit the flea markets dotting the beachs.