Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cliff over the Hill

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Varkala is a coastal town of Kerala, situated about 50Km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.There are quite a few transportation options to choose from. You can take a bus, auto or train. We had opted to go by train. There are quite a few trains that leave from the Central station in Thiruvananthapuram. We boarded the Chennai Express from there. It takes about 40 minutes to reach Varkala. On reaching the Varkala station we took an auto to reach our resort. A ride to the north cliff would cost you anywhere near Rs80-90. We had made our reservations at the Woodhouse Beach resort. An A/C double bedded cottage coasted us about Rs2500 with a complimentary breakfast. The resort was situated on the North Cliff far from the crowds yet very much within the accessible range. The restaurant attached to the resort was just of the sea shore. You could enjoy you meal while you watch the giant waves lashing on the rocks in front of you.
There is a small fishing village near this place. You can always take a lazy stroll to this quaint little fishing village.
There is a north cliff and a south cliff. The south cliff is towards the left where you have a couple of resorts. However all “action” happens on the north cliff which is towards the right of the helipad. I would recommend that any tourist, who wants to be in the middle of activities, should head for the north cliff rather than the south.
The cliff is a long stretch of about a kilometer and a half with the sea on one side and the shops & restaurants on the other. The shops sell a variety of things that you would like to take home as souvenir. This place is famous for its Ayurvedic message centers. There are a lot of places that offer you with ayurvedic treatments for various health problems. The town is a favorite among foreign tourists who visit India. To be frank I have not seen so many foreign tourists at one single place as I saw in Varkala. You hardly find any Indians other than the locals who run the shops and the restaurants.
You can spend hours lazing on a sunbed on the beach or frolicking in the water. The water is not very deep but the tides can be strong. With safe guards always roaming around, tourists found it safer.
The sunset view from the top of the cliff is one of the best you can ever see. As soon as the sun sets the scene of action shifts from the beach to the nearby restaurants. All the restaurants and shops are open till midnight and the tourist spend their time catching up on a chilled beer after a warm day. Must say Bangalore should pick up some tips on night life from Varkala. Most of the restaurants on the cliff have their menu on display outside their restaurants. We were allowed to choose from the fishes on display and could even suggest them the type of preparation that we would like to have. I spent most of evenings devouring on to all sorts of sea food delicacies like Barracuda, calamari, red snapper, sharks, and jumbo lobsters and so on.
After spending two days at this heavenly sea town it was really hard to get back to the mundane life of the city

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Tingling taste of tit bits !!!

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My hunger drove me towards this old man selling some tit bits on his van… The discovery was a sweet yet sour flavor of raw mangoes sprinkled with some special salt.. You have to taste it to believe it. It is not the usual flavor of raw mango…. This went down in the countdown of my top things to do when in Kodai … 

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Chocolate Time !!!

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Chocolate Time !!!

If you thought Ooty was the only place famous for home made chocolates then think again…Kodai is not far behind with its wide range of home made chocolates….Aaahhh these lip smacking home made chocolates are a must try when in Kodai…. Hop into any shop and you get to see a huge variety of them….You get them almost everywhere, in small shops, restaurants and even in chai shops……

Could not resist myself from the sinful indulgence 😛
Roasted Almond and roasted cashew were few my favorites ….