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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Varkala

India, Kerala

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 8° 43.911' N
Longitude: 76° 42.35' E

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at the north end of the cliff side main drag

English (Translate this text in English): at the north end of the cliff side main drag

English (Translate this text in English): at the north end of the cliff side main drag

English (Translate this text in English): at the north end of the cliff side main drag

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Black beach

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerPowerless

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Pollution

 Additional Information

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lots of place to rent under 300 ruppies and many view restaurants trying to persade you into dinning on their delicious but slightly overprice (for india 3-4$) meals but fresh from the sea prawns fish and squid!

English (Translate this text in English): lots of place to rent under 300 ruppies and many view restaurants trying to persade you into dinning on their delicious but slightly overprice (for india 3-4$) meals but fresh from the sea prawns fish and squid!

English (Translate this text in English): lots of place to rent under 300 ruppies and many view restaurants trying to persade you into dinning on their delicious but slightly overprice (for india 3-4$) meals but fresh from the sea prawns fish and squid!

English (Translate this text in English): lots of place to rent under 300 ruppies and many view restaurants trying to persade you into dinning on their delicious but slightly overprice (for india 3-4$) meals but fresh from the sea prawns fish and squid!

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By Ed_Templeton , 02-11-2010

Try looking... - If you turn up at a beach resort in the two smallest swell months of the year and don't look beyond your nose then don't be surprised if you don't find a wave! Check the charts, scour the coastline and be prepared to travel and you'll find great, empty, virgin waves in this area. In the last year I've discovered and named two waves of real quality... Don't believe the hype.

By Alejandro , 15-04-2009

YEs for surfing! - I just come back from few days over there surfing! The main beach it is not for surfing (that's true) but after the cliff, if you paddle around until you are in front of Clafouti restaurant, you'll find every morning a Really Really nice left, that at the midle of the ride, the wave gets really hollow and so you get Barrrel! Its a really nice Wave! I Call it The Point! You can get Really nice waves, with no one (NO ONE) in the water! I'll post some pics naming the place (The Point) so you know what i mean!
Alejandro.

By Marco , 13-03-2009

Don't go for surfing - Varkala is a beautiful village with a nice beach and waves...but NOT FOR SURFING!!
I was there two months, december and january and I surfed just 5 times.
Wave should be beautiful but close together and you cannot ride more than 2 seconds... You have no chance...even if you are a very good surfer. Each wave you try to surf you can destroy your board.
Climate and people in Varkala are very nice.....but this is not enough to go there again!!!!
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