Ride the surf like a Yogi
Wake-up to ride the early morning wave or strike yoga poses on the beach at Varkala, Kerala. The idea of a surfing beach in India could well have begun with the enterprising owner couple of Ed and Sophie who run Soul and Surf here. Though the Soul and Surf experience encompasses yoga, surfing and accommodation it also feels like a retreat. Not just the beach but the Varkala rocky cliffs frame an ideal backdrop for relaxation, meditation, yoga and even music.
Varkala is the new kid on the Kerala beach block and remains quiet when you compare it to Kovalam. The locals here still seem amused by the rhetoric of tourism to their quiet surroundings. Surfing is definitely new here and providers have top-notch boards and have instructed numerous local people here into the sport. The owners often become instructors and teach beginners how to surf and also join yoga sessions.