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Kerala - Varkala - Papanasam Beach

I continue with pictures of the Malabar Coast.
Papanasam Beach is undeniable the most popular place in Varkala and also the most visited beach for miles around.

Most visitors are Indian but there are also many Europeans, especially tourists from the United Kingdom who settle there during the European winter.

I had read that it was a place for backpackers but most people I met there weren’t exactly young. I think most of them had travelled as a backpacker through India in their early years.

Papanasam Beach is a beautiful place, well visited but not too crowded. It gets a little busier in the late afternoon and early evening. I took these pictures when the sun was already at a lower position.

Varkala is a friendly place. On top of the cliffs there are shops, restaurants and cafes but the beach remains mostly spared of them and is actually quite clean.

I found the entire coastline fascinating with its coconut trees gently swaying in a breeze, the red cliffs, yellow sandy beaches, many rocks and quiet accommodation options within walking distance of the sea.
Those who love deserted beaches walk a little further.
The only downside was that on more remote places there were a lot of stray dogs. Like just about anywhere in India ... and those Indian dogs seemed to feel that I rather prefer cats, birds, fish, horses, elephants, iguanas, tarantulas, … :)

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