Varkala; heaven on earth. A little slice of paradise on Kerala’s coast. It’s a place that is bubbling over with yogi’s and travellers, wonderful smiling locals and more new friends than you know what to do with. It’s a place where everyone knows your name and everyone has time for a chat – it’s a community that embraces new comers like they’ve been there forever.
But there is one thing that Varkala’s cliffs lack, and that is authentic, mouthwatering Indian food. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the food in the restaurants that teeter on the edge, but, well, it kind of all tastes the same.
That is, until you stroll away from the sea breeze, past the helipad and up the winding street to the main road. Turn right and you’ll soon find yourself walking next to a small hole-in-the-wall that is painted sunshine yellow on the outside and teal inside. The smiling lady inside is your giveaway that here lies the best food in Varkala.
Take a seat and let the food come to you – every day is Thali day, apart from Sunday, where you’ll be treated to the best Biryani you’ll find on this planet.
But it’s not just the endless amounts of gorgeous food that makes this place so special, but the beautiful lady who treats you like family as soon as you sit down. She’ll top your plate up until you can’t eat any more, she’ll make you fresh chai and then she’ll give you a hug when it’s time for you to head back to the beach.
Oh, and it’s really damn cheap.
Thank you to the gorgeous Contos Alfacinhas for the photos 🙂