Oceanic Beach Residency
Travel Blogs from Varkala
... the worst of the rain, but not from the hippies on the table next to us. All through our meal they banged on drums and guitars. It added to the oppressive and moody atmosphere, but failed to qualify as possessing the slightest shred of musical talent.
During this Madhavi had her head buried in her hands. She had planned on a meal at a more upmarket restaurant as she would be leaving in two ...
... to meet a group of widows that met every month in the church to support eachother. Being a widow in India is quite different from what it's like in our home countries (many times you get excluded from some social events and re-marriage is very uncommon). We got to tell them how it is in Sweden and Canada and we got the chance to have some quite interesting discussions with the ladies. One even proposed (repeatedly) that we should bring her with us;)
Now, sitting down trying ...
... 400 for one night! So we did day trip instead! We still might go back for a Villiage Homestay but only time will tell! One incidental along the way is we passed the ashram of Amma, the hugging saint who I think has literally hugged over a million people! The Ashram was not much to look at - a clump of pink hi rises! So here we are, 2 busses, 4 auto-rickshaws, 1 boat and one train later, safely ensconced in Varkola, the hippest beach in Kerala! Stay tuned for more ...
Direct air conditione bus at 3.30. Up early to watch the boats come in and breakfast overlooking the sea. Pack bags, sit round the pool till 12pm, catching up on the Blog. Take a few more pictures, and then try to get a Rickshaw to take us to the bus stand. It's about 600 metres but up a fearsome hill. They won't do it for less than Rs 100. It should be Rs 20. Tell them to take a hike and drag the cases up the hill. That will teach ...
... in the end, instead of the scheduled four and a half. This was probably partly down to the amount of time spent at each stop. People seem to disembark and board the trains from whichever side they like, jumping across the tracks and running through adjacent, partially stationery trains to get to it.
You have the opportunity to get a chai or a snack as sellers will jump on and off again before the train leaves. ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility