Sunday, November 30, 2014

Aksa Beach - a short getaway from Mumbai

We had a long weekend for Thanksgiving and so Lex and I decided we'd go away for a couple of days.  First we thought of going to Alibaug, where we went last year, but everything was already fully booked by the time we got round to trying to book, however we did manage to find a place north of Mumbi at Aksa Beach.

Aksa Beach is around an hour away from where we live in Mumbai.  We originally tried to get a taxi, but none of the drivers seemed to know where we wanted to go, so in the end we got a rickshaw.  It was a reasonable journey, though personally I think a bit dangerous to drive at speed on the Western Expressway in a rickshaw.

We got a room that looked towards the beach.  The resort has a nice garden and pool.  Around the pool are plenty of places to sit and laze.  There are loungers, hammocks and chairs.  The place wasn't busy at all, though maybe that was because we arrived on a Friday when most people were at work.

There were a couple of restaurants overlooking the pool.  We ate all our meals there because there wasn't much else in the neighbourhood.

We walked on the beach.  Right in front of the hotel there were some beach shacks, though they didn't seem to be very busy.

The sunsets on the two nights we were there were beautiful.  It was really good to sit by the pool and watch the sun dip down into the Arabian Sea.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Kerala Sunsets

The sunsets in Varkala were really beautiful.  The sun started going down around 5.30 pm and it took until at least 6.30 pm before it was dark.  It was possible to sit in one of the many cliff top bars and just watch the sun and the waves.

On "our" beach tables and chairs were set out for a good view of the sun.  You could sit and eat right by the sea - a very "Shirley Valentine" moment!

This is the view from the Fisherman's Art Cafe.  

Varkala: India's Deep South

Over the Diwali long weekend Lex and I went down to Varkala.  The place where we stayed was just north of Varkala in a quiet little bay.  

By day the beach was taken over by the fishermen - in the morning they pushed out their huge wooden boats and set their nets.  Later they pulled the nets in to the beach and sorted out the fish.  In the evening tables were set up on the beach with candles.  The whole time there you could hear the roaring of the waves.

One morning we walked north from our bungalow along the cliffs.  There were several little bays.  This part of Kerala is the only part of the Arabian Sea with cliffs.

One evening we walked down to the Fisherman's Art Cafe and sat by the sea watching the sun set.  We had a delicious meal of prawns and calamari, straight from the sea.