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“completely over-rated”
Review of Varkala Beach

Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Varkala
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“completely over-rated”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This beach had been reccommended to us by Indians in Goa and Cochin and we therefore decided to get a train down south to see for ourselves. the beach was frequented by a lot of local people who were not used to seeing ''white'' people and therefore followed you on the beach and stared at your for uncomfortable lengths of time. It was the most uncomfortbale I had felt on a beach and I therefore decided to keep my clothes on instead of sunbathing on the first day. On our second day we strolled the length of the beach and discovered an area of sunbathing tourists and decided to sunbathe. I had groups of men then stand around me a proceed to take photos and they could not understand why this was rude. We then took a dip in the water and discoverd it wasn't very clean, with rubbish floating in the sea and obvious oil on the surface of the water. the current was also very strong and not great for swimming but it would have been OK to swim further if you had a surf board as waves broke further out. All in all I would say the beach in Goa are much nicer (Candolin and Pallolem in particular), I would not waste my time or money travelling to this beach.

Visited October 2012
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Tirunelveli, India
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“varkala”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

varakal beautiful palace beach ,,,, resturant good for holiday with friends... calm beach with lot of resturant and resorts.. highly recommended for need less crowded calm beach to enjoy holiday...all cusine r available .... good palace and view from resturant ... good palace for beach lovers..

Visited May 2012
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delhi
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“Good Beach”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Its a nice beach destination unlike many others in kerala or india. Its not overcrowded even on weekends and you can genuinely enjoy the sea without thinking too much about the people around. Also, there are good restaurants over the cliff, where you can enjoy your meals comfortably.

Visited November 2012
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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“A very nice beach”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Papanasam beach means 'wash away sins' and is a holy beach; as such it is kept clean and is well maintained.
We were regular visitors to the Theeram Restaurant and enjoyed many a Kingfisher and cocktail there.
We also enjoyed the sunsets and watching the local lads play volleyball.

Visited October 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Out of India!”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

The atmosphere is the best thing about Varkala beach. The scenic beauty of a cliff side beach is further enhanced by the uncrowded and quiet atmosphere. Most other places I went to in Kerala were crowded with local tourists. Here everyone has their space and minds their own business. Here is the perfect settings to relax and enjoy the beach and the sea!

If you want to try ayurvedic massage, check out the Ayurvedic Spa with Wood House Hotel.

Visited October 2012
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