Varkala or Kovalam?

#1 Dec 26th, 2011, 22:09
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I have a good 15 days in February between yoga trainings and my trip to Sri Lanka fell through so I'm thinking of giving Kerala another visit.

I would get to Trivandrum and want to make either Varkala or Kovalam a home base to travel around from...from what I've read about the area, seems like that is easy enough to do.

Found a place in Varkala run by an ex-pat American woman that has glowing reviews on TripAdvisor.

IMers' thoughts on the two towns for a home base?

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#2 Dec 26th, 2011, 23:12
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I guess it depends on your requirements, what you want from a beach, and where you want to visit from that beach.

February will be quiet in Kovalam, more so in the 2nd half of Feb, and the actual beaches of Kovalam are easily superior to Varkalas beaches, Varkala has, for a long time, been touted as the quiet alternative to Kovalam, but I suspect it's just as busy these days, the main advantage of Kovalam is the easy and quick access to Trivandrum and all it's transport options, but Kovalam has more of an expat and package tour feel, where Varkala feels more like a busy backpacker place.

But Varkala is within striking distance of the backwaters.
#3 Dec 27th, 2011, 01:14
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thanks, Steve.....have been having a nice email convo with the owner of the place I am interested in so I think it might be Varkala....she said she is close to lots of yoga places for me....

but still interested in other opinions....

I can deal with a busy backpacker place....
#4 Dec 27th, 2011, 01:40
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Another option is Cherai, not far from fort Cochin, miles of lovely palm fringed beaches.

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