Varkala in Kerala is perfect for those who are looking for a peaceful holiday. It has also come to be famous among backpackers for its Varkala Budget Travel
ideas. There’s something for everyone, from historical points of interest, to the sun, sea and sand, to the religious experiences possible here.
Budget Travel Methods
Traveling to Varkala requires that you first arrive in Kerala’s capital city of Trivandrum for which a cheap air fare is possible from Kuwait, Dubai, Singapore, Colombo, Sharjah, Muscat, Bahrain, Doha, Kuala Lampur and Abu Dhabu. Once in Trivandrum, the best way to reach Varkala is a 1 ½-hour bus ride, which will set you back just $1.
Within Varkala, it is advisable to hire a 2-wheel scooter for a superb price of $4.50. This will help you save on daily transportation costs. Or, you could also avail a taxi or auto rickshaw service, although it is important to remain alert so the driver doesn't overcharge you. You can also bargain for a better price with these options, because the drivers mostly tend to hike up prices in tourist zones.
If you happen to be traveling on a shoe string budget and are also looking out to find peace and calm within yourself, it may be a good idea to take up a yoga class. The best place for this is the highly reasonably priced classes offered at the Baby House, which imparts a good deal of information about yoga along with the teaching of postures. This place does not have the high prices usually charged for such classes in tourist areas. Classes at the Baby House are held in the morning and evening.
Janardana Swami Temple
Visit this temple, which is rich with local history, for a good spiritual experience. It is said that the sacred waters of the beach on which it is situated wash away one's earthly sins. Interestingly, Janardana Swami Temple has stood where it is for over 900 years. Getting to this temple will not cost you more than $1.50 in Varkala.
Visit one of Varkala’s famous medicinal spas for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Most of the spas are located around the town’s hot springs and are an excellent therapy treatment because of their medical properties. You may have to look around for a low-priced spa experience. You will also find a number of people who offer foot and back massages along the beach. For this, you can put up a good bargain. Many of the massage houses along the main Varkala road offer Ayurvedic massages. Here, you will find them priced relatively lower, so you can go for a relaxing and healthy massage whenever you please.