Varkala

After a 48 hour train journey, we arrived in Kerala! We had no idea where we were going, so we chose a destination the night before our arrival on the train. We’re now in (very) sunny Varkala, quite a shock getting on a train in what was almost English february weather and arriving in tropical paradise weather.
To give you an idea of how far we travelled, we went directly south for 2800km.
The distance from London to Rabat (Morocco) is 2000 km, so you can see how good a job we did in tracking down some good weather! I feel like a much better traveller, a squat toilet on a moving train now feels more hygienic and comfortable than many of our hotel bathrooms! We also now know that Kerala is a huge state, and not a town! Now we understand why the man at the ticket office gave us such a hard time when we asked for a ticket to Kerala.
Varkala is a resort on a cliff looking out over the Arabian Sea… it’s packed with bikinied tourists which is a shock after the rest of India! There’s not much life in these tourists though, they’re all too busy posing and they don’t quite seem like they’ve left the worries of home behind them. If you wander away from the cliff and follow the beach as far north as you can, the scenery is stunning, and you rarely meet any non-Indians. It always amazes me how reluctant travellers and tourists are to go anywhere not recommended in the Lonely Planet. Nobody seems to explore.
Anyway, here are a few shots of Varkala, but I’m putting the camera away for most of the time as I need a bit of a holiday from photo taking!

Beach
Beach
Beach
Beach
Beach
Modern Hairdressing
Yoga on the Beach
Yoga on the Beach

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