Alleppey to Varkala
After breakfast, proceed to Varkala. Perched almost perilously along the edge of majestic 49 ft high red laterite cliffs; Varkala has a naturally beautiful setting that has allowed it to steadily grow into Keralas most popular backpacker hang-out. A small strand of golden beach nuzzles Varkalas North Cliff Area, where restaurants play innocuous music and shops sell elephant-stamped trousers, silver jewellery and cotton yoga-mat bags. Enroute in Kovalam, you could also visit various beaches like Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach & Samudra Beach. While in Varkala, you could visit Anjego Fort and the Light House. The Fort is remembered as one of the most important historical sites as it was the first British settlement in India. The architectural design is admirable and the Fort itself is located in picturesque settings. The Lighthouse is also known to have guided British Ships to shore and from the vantage point, it offers awe-inspiring views of the sea. Later, if time permits you could also visit the Janardana Swami Temple, also known as Varkala Temple. This 2000 year old temple is situated on top of a small hill near Papanasam/ Varkala Beach and you will need to climb stairs to reach the temple. This will be an offbeat experience for people who love history and Indian culture.