Varkala is a wonderfully set beach in the foot of the North and South Cliffs. The access from North Cliff if close to 100 steps and a slight steep climb cut out as stone steps. The other access is from South Cliff with the same steps pattern. Some private resorts atop the cliff have their own steps as well.
There is a central access via road where all the tourists arrive for the evening or morning leisure trip. That access is bustling with activity and shops.
The stretch from Central access to North cliff is the predominant beach with activity of local crowds, those playing frisbie or games, sun bathing and just swimming in the friendly waves. One can walk in upto 50meters with just waist level water (low tide). There are high mast lights and visibility is there till night.
South Cliff access leads to a more serene narrower beach stretch and more private. One has to navigate boulders and rocks with shallow water level to cross over to this side. Most sunbathers can prefer this quiter spot. But this is advisable to those staying in Seashore resort or Soul n Surf. (In Varkala beach exploring North Cliff is ideal for food and shopping. South Cliff is residential and quite. The steps is not for the aged. As an option one can take an auto rickshaw for INR 50 to 80 instead to go from beach to North cliff (also called Helipad). Beach has some shacks style restaurants serving fresh sea food at better value for money than on the North Cliff. (But North Cliff gives you the Arabian sea in aerial view).
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