Going back to a place you love always feels good. This was one such journey.
October 2015 – Desperate to escape a weekend away from the scorching heat and humidity of Chennai, I hopped into a bus at Koyembedu bus station and after a rather uncomfortable overnight bus journey alone and a good amount of time spent getting lost nearby Leela Palace Kovalam, I finally joined my friend and a bunch of his mates (all strangers to me then) at the Kovalam Beach.
I have blurred flashback images of that trip in my mind. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just me getting nostalgic. Not that i was drunk or I don’t remember things. Plus, I’m writing this almost after a year and a half. Flashback images?
The serene hotel location somewhere in the backwaters of the Kovalam Beach
The tempo traveler journey from Kovalam to Varkala
The delicious and extremely cheap Kerala style fish curry we had for lunch at a dhaba on our way to Varkala.
The night spent waiting for food that almost never came at Rock and Roll Varkala.
Beer and more beer and cigarettes. ( I do smoke a little when i drink and that’s very rare.)
Me trying my hand at photography enjoying the sound of the waves in front at the upper sitting area of rock and roll
The peaceful night sleep and talks with a friend before we both fell into deep slumber.
The next day cloudy and rainy morning at Varkala, sitting at the balcony of our hotel wishing the rain would stop.
Israeli breakfast at one of the restaurants ( i don’t remember the name)
A bunch of twenty something engineers all playing to their hearts’ contents and me being too afraid to get into the water but all the while watching them bringing out the child in them.
And the very long journey back to Chennai in a line bus. Cause i didn’t get any tickets to get back to Chennai. Flight tickets were as high as 22000 INR.
It was then I knew that I had to go back to this place. I didn’t know when but I knew I had to go back again.
I made an impromptu solo journey to Varkala and Munroe Island. I had made a round trip train ticket booking, the return journey which i canceled later on. I extended my stay in Varkala for a few more days and headed off to an island I chanced upon on google maps.
And this time in Varkala, I made sure that I stayed there and explored the entire place on my own in my own ways.
And oh boy! Till date, it’s been one of my most memorable solo trips.
I saw everything I wanted to see that iIcouldn’t quite see in 2015.
I explored every little place in and around the beach haven.
I remember falling in love with the place all over again. Looking for the part of me that i left in 2015.
And I remember being very grateful by the end of my 4 days and 3 nights amazing stay in Varkala.
The last time I saw of the place, I remember bidding goodbye with a heavy heart.
I’m not quite sure if I can make it to this beach anytime soon but I shall, sometime in the future, for this holds a special place in my heart.
One that comes under my three best beach places in southern India.
And here’s why. See it for yourself.
I leave you with these amazing pictures from my solo trip. I’ve left a part of me somewhere in this hippie town again in 2016 that someday I’ll go back to look for.
Somehow I always get my best pictures when I travel alone. 😉
I’ll be posting a detailed blogpost on how to plan your Varkala journey – what to do, where to eat and where to stay in my next post.
Also read my Munroe island experience here. I went to Munroe Island from Varkala.
Note to fellow travellers :
It breaks my heart to see the rubbish and trash being dumped everywhere on the beach even at those beautiful places along the entire stretch of Edava beach. You can see that in a few of my pictures. Please do not litter. You are playing with mother nature. I don’t understand why Indians have this habit of littering everwhere they go. I hope someday soon they realize this.