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Customer Travel Tips for Varkala

79% Avg. city rating Rated by 26 customers

Activities / excursions 82%

Restaurants / eating out 88%

Shopping 75%

Chilling out / relaxing 95%

Getting around / public transport 78%

Sightseeing 72%

Culture 68%

Nightlife / partying 72%

Value for money 83%

Customer Travel Tips for Varkala

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31 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Beach / sunbathing Relaxation / spa

Customer Travel Tip: Do the Hike to kapil beach

Liked: Peaceful, serene, quiet , indescribably beautiful

Disliked: NA

69% Avg. rating
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  • Sightseeing - 40%
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  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
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  • Shopping - 40%
69% Avg. rating


28 Jan 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Relaxation / spa Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: Walk along the waterfront

Liked: Beaches; If you walk 20 min from the main beach, you will find lonely beaches, where is absolutly nobody.

Disliked: -

84% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 60%
84% Avg. rating


19 Jan 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Customer Travel Tip: if you think of relaxation, go to varkala!

Liked: great for a break from urban life.. known for the scenic beauty and cleanliness

Disliked: nothing

49% Avg. rating
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  • Value for money - 40%
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  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 80%
49% Avg. rating


09 Jan 2014

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Skip Varkala, go to Kovalam instead

Liked: The shopping

Disliked: Too much tourist, not the real india.

64% Avg. rating
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  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 40%
64% Avg. rating


03 Jan 2014

Customer Travel Tip: SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Liked: NICE VIEW.

Disliked: SMALL AREA

93% Avg. rating
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93% Avg. rating


21 Dec 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Go for the home stays if you are looking for budget holiday.

Liked: Nice beach and cliff

Disliked: Not really..

87% Avg. rating
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87% Avg. rating


30 Nov 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Romantic getaway

Customer Travel Tip: Enjoy

Liked: easy going beachside culture

Disliked: Not really

89% Avg. rating
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89% Avg. rating


30 Nov 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Romantic getaway

Customer Travel Tip: walk north as far as poss

Liked: Food and accom , walks on the beach

Disliked: Hawkers

91% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 60%
91% Avg. rating


03 Oct 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Spend minimum 4 to 5 nights at this amazing beach.

Liked: Best beach in India....

Disliked: nothing

71% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 80%
71% Avg. rating


13 Sep 2013

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: If you wake up early, you might see dolphins :-)

Liked: The cliff is beautiful and even during the moonson you can go for a swim at the black beach. In varkala town people were really friendly.

Disliked: Sometimes it can be annoying on the cliffs to be asked every minute for shopping, massage, tours or any other stuff.

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  • Shopping - 60%
80% Avg. rating


28 Jul 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture Visiting friends or family

Customer Travel Tip: if you want to relax, check out cafes, stores and or just do some yoga, read a book and have a good chai...this is the place!

Liked: Loved the cafes and vibrant life by the ocean

Disliked: Going during monsoon season

71% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 40%
71% Avg. rating


12 Apr 2013

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Bring some sun block

Liked: Good location and great beach

Disliked: No

56% Avg. rating
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56% Avg. rating


15 Mar 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Visit Odayam beach for a day for a different and more tranquil side to the coastline

Liked: A relaxing end to our trip through Kerala

Disliked: Not particularly - weather was very hot and humid but that was probably to do with the time of year we were there.

71% Avg. rating
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  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
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  • Shopping - 80%
71% Avg. rating


12 Mar 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Delicious iced coffee at a little cafe/shop at the Temple Junction on Beach Rd. I don't know if it has a name but it's next to a fabric shop.

Liked: The peaceful atmosphere, the proximity to the ocean, and the numerous shops and restaurants.

Disliked: The heat and humidity.

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98% Avg. rating


09 Feb 2013

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Beach / sunbathing Relaxation / spa Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Good beaches, ayurvedic centers and restaurants.

Liked: A lot of restaurants offering fresh fish and seefood.

Disliked: No objections.

96% Avg. rating
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96% Avg. rating


29 Jan 2013

Customer Travel Tip: Visit a trip on the backwaters!!!

Liked: ALl

Disliked: None

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23 Jan 2013

Customer Travel Tip: eating close the temple juncion

Liked: the beach, the clean wather

Disliked: no

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  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
60% Avg. rating


09 Jan 2013

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: The rickshaw drivers are used to having tourists, and will gladly overcharge you for trip into town. Walk a ways down to the main road to get the best prices, or get your hotel manager to bargain for you. Eat in town- there are some excellent local restaurants with wonderful Keralan food- the beach front shops serve mostly so-so dishes that are made with the tourist taste in mind, so you won't get the real, spicy curries or delcious masala dosas there as you will in town.

Liked: The cliff face is remarkable! It's incredibly beautiful to view the ocean and sunset from top of the cliff. The beach is clean and it's acceptable to wear bikini/bathing suits. The police are on constant patrol, and we didn't witness any of the sexual harassment as you sometimes see on Indian beaches. The locals mosty were kept away, wich in a way is very sad for them, but is good for the tourists because we didn't have to deal with the usual leering, picture taking Indian men.

Disliked: It's extremely commericialized. There are restaurants and shops all along the cliff, all filled with tourists and hardly any locals. It is very hard to barter in the shops because the shop staff are so used to getting tourist money that they take for granted that they can still sell things that are obviously very over-priced for the quality/availability. The locals in town do not benefit at all from the tourist trade, because everyone simply shops along the cliff. Personally, I made a special effort to eat in town and buy a few things from the stores in town to spread around my tourist dollar. After all, the locals who run the beach front shops are hardly hurting- it's the people in town who need the money the most. It's basically a tourist enclave, and if you like that sort of thing, you are totally set. However, if you prefer the backpacker style, you'll be better off visiting a quieter, less touristy place like Om beach in Karantaka. It's good to see Keral benefitting from tourist money, but it is disheartening to see the area becoming just like any other tourist enclave. Don't expect to get any kind of culural experience in Varkala.

82% Avg. rating
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  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
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  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
82% Avg. rating


10 Nov 2012

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Stay on the hill where most of the restaurants are

Liked: Very nice beach with lots of restaurants on the cliff

Disliked: Hard to get to the Trivandrum airport

91% Avg. rating
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  • Shopping - 100%
91% Avg. rating


28 Sep 2012

Travel Type:
As a family with children

Trip Type:
Family Holiday

Customer Travel Tip: Seesigns

Liked: Good

Disliked: No

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79% Avg. city rating Rated by 26 customers

Activities / excursions 82%

Restaurants / eating out 88%

Shopping 75%

Chilling out / relaxing 95%

Getting around / public transport 78%

Sightseeing 72%

Culture 68%

Nightlife / partying 72%

Value for money 83%

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