Varkala at Christmas - everywhere is full. We tried booking a place with a pool about 3 months in advance - no joy. We did manage to get rooms here though. And I'm so glad we did.
We travelled in a group of 8 (4 adults 4 kids) from Kottayam by train. That was a great experience. At the station a couple rickshaws took us to the Woodhouse for 80RS.
Initially we were disappointed - the rooms were small, the kids had mattresses on the floor and there wasn't much free space. After a couple of days these issues were but a memory - you don't spend much time in the room at Varkala. Not with the endless variety of cafes and bars tempting you in all along the cliff top.
In fact the disappointment was replaced with relief (that we were not right in the thick of the cliff action) and gratitude that we had, without a doubt, the friendliest and most helpful bunch of guys running the place you could possibly hope for. From the manager down each and every one of the staff were fantastic and treated us & the kids like royalty!
It was my birthday when I was there and they even got me a couple of t-shirts as a present.
Breakfast here was a treat - the restaurant is split between a top floor balcony and a beachside veranda. The latter was perfect for breakfast.
A word about Varkala & locations. This place is the last hotel in the strip between the main beach and "Black Beach". We spent most of our time at black beach as it was more accessible and quieter - however at high tide it all but disappears. The hotel is about 15 minutes walk to the main beach along the (well travelled) cliff path. In between the hotel & the main beach is an endless array of shops, restaurants, hotels, bars and Ayurvedic centers. The sea can be quite rough, but the lifeguards are excellent.The whole atmosphere at Varkala is laid back and very pleasant. The seafood is caught & displayed fresh every day - Marlin, butterfish, sharkfish, prawns, lobster, crayfish, tuna, snapper, a real treat. I have to recommend the Clafouti - we had their seafood platter on Christmas day and it was superb. Marlin tikka, prawns, butterfish, calimari, mussels. I wish I was still there!
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