With a 6.30 am start, we walked 6km along the cliff top, to a small fishing village on the beach. It was the most extraordinary experience. The best way to describe it is a commune of fishermen - men only! - who live for their lives, fishing in the mornings and playing cards in the afternoons! The constant bickering which can be heard above the sound of the waves breaking, depends on the time of the day - i.e. whether the nets are being pulled in correctly, whether the price is right on the fish or whether someone is cheating at cards!
That said, they were immensely friendly, encouraging us to help with the nets, allowing us to take as many photographs as we liked - and even offering us marijuana (which at 8.00 am was really QUITE a thought!)Amazing fresh seafood dinners, fabulous sunsets and great company - a few days in Varkala comes highly recommended!
Having discovered our new found friends, Sandy and Melvyn, were already booked into a beach hut in Varkala, we not only decided to share a taxi with them, but also stole their recommendation of where to stay. It is another idyllic cluster of beach houses, a short stroll from the quiet beach of Odayam and a beautiful walk along the cliff top to Varkala's main drag.Since arriving, our days have generally started with an early morning swim, stroll to Varkala - where Ems was delighted to discover Trattoria - with a proper expresso machine! - with an ocean view peppered with diving sea eagles and tawny eagle s- there must have been 70 in the sky at one time. Monday was a real highlight for us.