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Varkala, Kerala

Verkala, Kerala, India.
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The famous beach resort of Varkala, so far unspoiled by mass tourism, is a coastal town in Kerala. It is adorned by beautiful soft sand beaches and fascinating architecture. Varkala is a seaside resort and fishing village, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. A dip in the holy waters of the beach is believed to purify the body and soul of all sins. One outstanding feature of Varkala is its beach cliffs that create natural water spouts and spas. Mineral springs gush from the dramatic red-laterite cliff face at the northern end of the beach. Gay and lesbian travelers should not miss the beautiful Dakshin Kashi Shrine, as well as the famous Mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru.

Specific gay owned and operated accommodation is non-existent but there is a good range of gay friendly hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodations for the gay and lesbian traveler. Most accommodation is tucked behind the promenade is Varkala village as the sea views have mostly been taken by the bars and restaurants that line the cliff edge, looking over the beach below and staring west into the sunset over the Arabian Sea.

The most challenging part of waking up in Varkala is trying to decide what to do with the day. There’s always the beach of course but there is also some great shopping to do in the tie-dyed boutiques, looking for bargains on kaftans and slippers. Restaurants overlooking the dazzling Arabian Sea offer a great variety of freshly caught seafood, and their menus feature some wonderful uses of English, such as ‘chicken merry land’, ‘spagathy’, and ‘sandwitchs’ and ‘lobster termindor’. And where better to watch schools of dolphins jumping out of the distant waves, or the brightly painted fishing boats heading south in search of the day's catch, or the sight of sperm whales migrating north.

Kerala's main attractions are all within striking distance. The historic enclave of Fort Cochin is three hours north. The Backwaters are an enchanting network of rivers, lakes and canals easily explored as a day trip. The hills of the Western Ghats offer a break from the humidity with wildlife reserves, tea plantations and former British hill stations.

So, if your looking for sun, sand,
relaxation, good seafood, culture and a very laid back Indian vacation, then Varkala, Kerala has plenty to offer the gay and lesbian traveler.

Varkala Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

Properties are shown in their current Pink Choice ranking order, within one of four price bands ranging from luxury ($$$$) to economy ($).

$ Hotel/Inn/GuesthouseCurrent Position
Villa Jacaranda1Write Review
Casa Eva Luna2Write Review

Recent Gay Hotel Reviews

Villa Jacaranda - Varkala
Varkala, Kerala   Posted:12/7/2006
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