Varkala is a beautiful seaside city located in India’s southern state of Kerala. It has some unique characteristics, such as the towering red-rock cliffs which face the Arabian sea, along the otherwise flat coast of Kerala. In addition to this, there are two distinct areas of the city. The one found inland is primarily hindu, with a large number of temples to be explored, and the other is a small touristy part of town which appears to be run entirely by an impressively large number of Tibetans living here. Being so far removed from Tibet, one may be thrown off at first if not expecting this. It brings a welcome diversity in food, culture and handicrafts available, along with the notoriously friendly Tibetan smiles as you stroll along the coast.
Varkala: Tibet of the South
About the Author: Ian Ord
From a young age, Ian was always a wanderer. He's since travelled to all 7 continents, and has spent the majority of his life pursuing this passion. Follow him in his off-the-beaten-path adventures and discoveries!
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