I actually came here several times in sep-nov 2012.
Varkala beach is a really relaxing place, the beach itself is full of locals and westerners alike.
The water can be very harsh at certain times of year , so you should be wary if you are a weaker swimmer.
The usual lot of leering men stare at you even if you are in the full body swimming suit you borrowed off your mum!
The place is surrounded by great restaurants and enough shops and stalls to keep you haggling through the day.
I stayed in nearby Kochin for three months and came back to Varkala time and time again. Love it.
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