We’re in India, the most spiritually vibrant place on earth with everything from meditation, ayurvedic treatments to ashrams and temples of all denominations on our doorstep. More specifically we’re in Kerala, the palm-forested south-western state of India. This picturesque tropical coastline is mostly undeveloped and rises eastwards into the equally wild and beautiful Western Ghats mountain range.
India isn’t for the faint hearted, the towns can be noisy, busy and dirty. Yet equally they are vibrant, exciting, full of life and the people are warm and welcoming. Southern India’s pace is much gentler than Northern India and outside of the towns in the backwater riverways, the empty beaches and the tiny fishing communities of Kerala the way of life is elegantly quiet.
We are walking distance to the tourist focused Varkala Cliff to enjoy westernised amenities and we surf the beaches up and down the cost from here, yet we’re far enough away from most of the hotels to feel like we’re really in India… Oh, and we’re only an hour away from Trivandrum International airport on a good run.
Getting To Kerala and to Us From The Airport
It’s most convenient to fly to Trivandrum airport (TRV) in Kerala which is served by flights from the UK, Singapore, KL and most major European and Indian airports. From Trivandrum airport it’s a 1 hour drive. We will arrange a driver to collect you from the airport so contact us at least a week before your stay with flight details. The cost will be around INR 1500 – roughly £15, just pay the driver. Another option is to fly to Cochin International airport (COK) which is about 5 hours north of us. If you fly to Cochin you can easily get a taxi from the airport. Expect to pay around £60 for the 5+ hour drive.
Flights from the UK to Trivandrum typically range from under £400 return to about £550 if you book ahead and avoid the Christmas fortnight!
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We don’t actually have a proper address with a street name or anything, but our postal address is as follows: Soul & Surf, Golden Beach, South Cliff, Varkala, 695141.
We’re in an area known as South Cliff, and if you get to the Papanasam (or Temple) beach you’ll be able to smell us. That’s the best we can do I’m afraid.