Singles Cruises – Expect to Have Fun, But Do Not Expect to Find True Love

If you are going on a singles cruise with the sole purpose of finding true love – well, you might want to save your money and stay at home. If, on the other hand, you want to go on a singles cruise to meet other people and to have fun (with no great expectations), there is no better travel option for you. A singles cruise can be fun and adventurous – it gives you the chance to break away from your everyday life and to truly be yourself (or to be whomever else you want!)

What you should and want to know about singles cruises:

· If you are cruising single, it is best to sign up for an organized singles cruise. Otherwise, you are likely to get stuck on a ship with very few other single adults, and spouses get weary of you hitting on their loved one!

· Perhaps you have shied away from signing up on a singles cruise, thinking that it will simply full of lustful creeps and losers who can not get a date in the real world – this is not true. After all, you have considered going on one yourself, right? And are you a creep or a loser? Sure, there will be some people that fit in this category, but it is a big ship … you can avoid them. For the most part, the people that sign up for these singles cruises are simply single and looking for fun – they are nice and normal people with real lives back at home.

· Consider signing up for a singles group cruise – this way, you do not have to go out and meet other singles completely on your own. Rather, you get to attend cocktail parties, one-minute dating, games, and special shore excursions, etc. with a group that you will get to know over the extent of your vacation. You can not get into certain events if you are not a part of that group.

· If you do go on a singles cruise, do not spend the entire time searching for your soul mate. You are bound to have a lot more fun if you concentrate on your beautiful surroundings, too. Also, realize that you might make lasting friendships, not just lasting courtships.

· Most likely, you are not going to find true love. I do not mean to sound pessimistic, but it is the truth. There are, however, some couples that meet and later get married! There is hope for love – it is just not very likely. Realize that the majority of the people that you meet are not going to be your neighbors – you are lucky if they even come from neighboring states. People come from all over the country to go on singles cruises, and it can be hard to keep in contact with them once the cruise is over.
· Realize that there are multiple types of singles cruises that you can sign up for – there are seniors single cruises, Jewish single cruises, Christian single cruises, and other such cruises. There are also gay and lesbian singles cruises, too, of course.

· While cruises are relatively cheap, having a single room all to yourself can be quite pricey. If you are not up to the cost, most cruises will help you find a roommate – they generally set you up by basic similarities like sex, age, and whether or not you smoke. There is a chance that your roommate could become your best friend … or your worst enemy. It is good to set up a few ground rules at the very beginning – for instance, what to do if one of you brings back a potential "soul mate" for the night. All in all, though, you are probably going to be spending very little time in your cabin – there is so much other stuff to see and do!

· Many cruises have special message boards that you can start using to contact fellow cruisemates up to a month before your actual cruise. This is a good way to find people in advance that have similar interests, etc – most cruises are short and it does not seem like enough time to really get to know someone. It can also be a good way to find a potential roommate.

· Do not miss out on the great eating opportunities just because you are afraid that you will look too fat in your bathing suit the next day! While you may not fall in love with a future mate, you certainly will and should fall in love with all of the food options.

· Singles cruises are, most definitely, great places to have a fantastic fling. There are few places quite as romantic as a cruise, and it seems that you can get to know someone rather quickly. Of course, as some might say, a fling on a cruise is just like 6-night stand.

· The ages of singles on a cruise vary greatly – there are people in the early 20s and people in their late 70s. Generally, you will find older adults on longer cruises – they have accrued more vacation time. Short cruises have a good mix.

All in all, a singles cruise is a fun way to travel, just do not expect to find true love. Besides, you never know – a singles cruise could exceed your expectations.

Source by Anne Clarke

You Want to Know Your Rights to Cheap Military Flights?

If you are going to avail yourself of military cheap flights, first you need to get certain facts right. You must look for the availability of the military discount flights and then make an early booking. Secondly, you need to make sure that your identity is registered with the airline concerned as a Navy, Marines, Army, or Air Force personnel.

It will be easier to look for military cheap flights online than to make the booking through the ticketing agents. If you make the booking through agents they will scrutinize your identity again frustrating you further by asking more questions. But if you are booking online, a simple verification check can be performed by referring to a database from where all the necessary details can be obtained. Additionally the savings that you can make on these discount flights could be up to seventy percent compared to a normal fare charged to an ordinary commercial passenger. Another advantage in on-line booking of your military cheap flights is that further savings can be made on other package deals such as hotels and car rentals as well.

Whether you are on your way back home, traveling for a vacation with your family, or reporting for duty, OneTravel offers hassle free travel at the lowest cost. Finding the cheapest military flight deals has never been so easy. Military cheap flights together with car rentals, hotels and holiday packages are also available from OneTravel for active and retired military personnel. Go to OneTravel web site and start your search for military discount flights to any destination. With Globofare Technology of OnetTravel, military personnel can get a further discount of $ 10.00 off the final price.

American Eagle and AmericanConnection may offer military cheap flights in some markets. These offers include discounted airfares, reduced minimum stay requirements, and preferred boarding privileges. Further information can be obtained by contacting American Airlines Reservations on the toll free number 1-800-433-7300. Some special discount offers which include cheap airfares, relaxed advanced purchase requirements are also available for the exclusive use of active members of the US military. In addition the active US military personnel can enjoy 7 day grace period from the day you make the reservation, before you make the actual payment for the tickets. This would further facilitate the travel arrangements for the military personnel and their families.

Military personnel traveling on an officially excused absence are entitled to get special military discounts from US Airways. Same applies to discharged personnel within seven days of discharge. Special rates are also applicable for military dependents. However these special rates are not available to military personnel on temporary duty orders and traveling to or from their temporary duty station. More information can be obtained from US Airways by phoning 1-800-428-4322.

Southwest Airlines also offers military cheap flights to active duty personnel and their dependents. In order to grab these cheap flights you need to contact Southwest Airlines on 1-800-435-9792 as military fares can not be purchased through the Southwest Airlines web site. You can get the most of these cheap flights if coupled with a cruise at your holiday destination. Carnival Cruise Lines offers special discounts fifty percent off the published fares for active US military personnel. Additional information can be obtained from Carnival Discount Cruise Travel Agents by phoning on 1-888-516-6306.

Source by Gamini Wijeratne

To Bike Or Not to Bike? Off-Season Training For Hockey

Some fitness coaches who specialize in hockey training insist that hockey players should stay off the ice during the summer months. The advocate a return just in the weeks prior to training camp. Some believe that riding the bike is the best mode of energy system development for hockey players. Others, like me, use a combination of modes to train hockey players who will be fitter, faster and more injury resistant.

The elite level players that I train skate 1-2 times per week. Some of them go to the local power skating guru and work on their skating skill. This is my preference, I do not really want them scrimmaging, I want them skating. For the pro players, we go on the ice twice per week, once for medium duration interval sessions and once for agility and quickness training. The skating is supplemented with land-based agility training, a track or hill workout and yes, even some biking. You may be asking yourself, "What is the difference? As long as they are getting more fit what does it matter if they only bike or not?" To be clear, I am not saying that hockey players should not ride the bike. I have my hockey players ride the bike at times during the summer, just not all the time. And I think it is a great tool to use during the season. Here are a few of the pros and cons of using the bicycle with hockey players:

PROs I like biking because you can very easily adjust the resistance. It is relatively safe; no athlete is going to sprain their ankle riding the bike. From a skill perspective, there is a level playing field for different athletes. If you are running at the track, some hockey players have a great running stride whereas some athletes are not nearly as proficient. Finally, the player will get a great leg workout. When we do intervals on the bike they will tell me that their legs feel the same fatigue they feel when they are on the ice.

CONs I dislike the bike because it trains the hockey player in a hip flexed, spine flexed position, a position where they already spend a good amount of their time on the ice and sitting on the bench. If they are a student then they spend all day sitting at their desks in a hip flexed, spine flexed position. With these sustained postures we see shortening of the hip flexors among other adaptations. When a player skates she must extend at the hip to get a full powerful stride. If the hip flexor is tight they will not be able to get this range from the hip joint and will likely compensate by either taking short choppy strides or by hyper-extending the lower back. This will reduce their skating performance and may lead to overuse injuries.

One of the arguments against skating in the off-season is that it lets the player's groins recover from the use they get when skating. This is used to support the use of the bicycle as a training tool. If you look at someone bicycling you notice that their thighs stay parallel as they pedal, the movement is in the saggital plane. So you can see how this will not put the groins on a stretch the way skating does.

If I take an athlete who needs to abduct at the hip (which puts stretch on the adductors or groin muscles) to move in their sport and train them in a way that does not put any stretch on those muscles, can you see how they may adaptively shorten in response to the new demands? They are not being repeatedly stretched, so they do not need to be as long and they will shorten. Then if the athlete starts skating everyday, they are now putting those adaptively shortened groin muscles on repeated stretch and risk a strain. Not a great way to start training camp.

So my argument against riding the bike in the off-season is that it compounds muscle imbalances that already occur in hockey players and undoes some of the adaptive lengthening that is necessary in the adductor (groin) muscles. Both may reduce skating efficiency and contribute to overuse injuries.

I will finish by saying that there are some amazing fitness coaches out there who specialize in training hockey players, love the stationary bike, use it effectively as a part of their overall hockey training system and produce some very effective players. Clearly they are addressing the muscle imbalances and mobility issues in other areas of their training. My goal is to encourage you to continue thinking about the specific demands of hockey on your athletes and train them systematically with those demands in mind.

Source by Maria Mountain

Traditional Dances Of Kenya

The traditional dances of Kenya are some of the most diverse and popular in Africa. The various types of folk music are based on different ethnic groups that are found in the country. The culture, language, dance and music of every tribe is different from each other. The drum is the most popular musical instrument used in many dances performed around the country. Other famous instruments include; bells, horns, guitar, flutes and whistles.

The music and dance is from the rich culture of Kenya and it can be categorized into folk, traditional and international. Isikuti, a Luhya name for drum is the traditional dance for the Luhya people in Western Kenya. Paired men and women sway to the rhythm of the drums, bells, whistles and horns in their dance style.

The Masai communities have structured dances performed in different occasions. For example, the Masai Jumping Dance which is also called "Adamu" in the Masai language is a dance performed by Masai warriors. They show their strength and stamina by leaping into the air one after the other as the rest of the warriors stand in a circle while they sing. The Masai community do not use any musical instruments when performing their folk songs. Instead, women wear bells and rattles which create jiggling sound as they sing.

Both the Kamba and Chuka people are famous for their acrobatic style of dancing. They have a unique drumming style in which a long drum leans forward between the thighs. Taarab is another for of traditional music in Mombasa. It consists of African and Arabian influence. In this dance style, men, women and the Youth dance in a rhythmic way as they sing poems in Swahili. The people of Mombasa have a unique way of dressing and majority of the people talk in Swahili. Today, Taarab is still popular in the coastal region.

Traditional dance of Kenya has become more modern due to the western and foreign influence. The guitar is the most famous instrument used in the international music. Many modern forms of music have evolved such as reggae, hip-hop, jazz, rap, Afro-Fusion and the Congolese pop. All the modern form of music is very popular to the Kenyan youth especially in urban cities. Some famous modern musicians include Mighty King Kong, Eric Wainaina and Maji Maji. The spread of Christianity in Kenya has also given birth to another form of dance called gospel music, which have spread throughout all the churches.

Source by Peter Gitundu

A Brief History of New Zealand

Apart from being considered one of the most beautiful countries in the world, New Zealand also has the distinction of being one of the youngest. It was the last major land mass to be discovered by Europeans, and today, this fascinating and unspoiled country offers many reminders of its Maori and Colonial history.

The earliest known settlers in the two islands were the seafaring Maori, who arrived sometime between 1000 and 1300 AD, although some evidence suggests they were there earlier. The Maoris named the new land Aotearoa, meaning "Land of the Long White Cloud", a name that still seems appropriate today.

The Maoris survived by hunting and farming and later by trading with the European settlers. Today, New Zealand boasts several places where you can still experience several fascinating glimpses into the Maori's way of life and Maori culture is still an important part of what has become an increasingly multicultural society.

The Maoris were skilled fishermen, as well as expert sailors. One of their traditions was to throw back the first fish caught as a way of thanking the sea god for the catch – a tradition that continues today. They were also adept at hunting the world's largest bird, the Moa, and harvesting and eating vegetables and potatoes.

One of the best places to gain an insight into their culture is the restored Maori village at Tamaki, which offers the chance to watch traditional singing, dancing and to purchase hand made crafts. The highlight of your visit may be the opportunity to sample a typical Maori meal, prepared the same way as it has been for centuries – cooked for several hours on hot stones buried under the ground.

The Dutch were the first Europeans to discover the two islands, naming them Nieuw Zeeland, after the Dutch province of the same name. The explorer Abel Tasman first sighted the land in 1642 – although the first visit was not a success as there was fighting between the Maoris and the Dutch. Tasman later named the bay where he had anchored "Murderer's bay".

The Maoris were left in peace for the next hundred years until the British explorer Captain James Cook arrived in the 18th century. Cook's group had their misfortunes too – Maori warriors killed and ate nine members of the ship's crew. New Zealand could just as easily have become a French colony – by coincidence, a French ship was exploring the area at the same time although neither ship sighted the other.

From the late 1790s onwards, the north coast of the North Island became a busy place, as traders, whaling ships and missionaries established settlements there. The settlers traded weapons with the Maoris – often trading muskets for fruit or pigs. This led to the tribes fighting among themselves – a bloody period in New Zealand's history that has become known as the "Musket Wars".

The British signed a treaty to colonize the islands in February, 1840 – the Treaty of Waitangi. While most Maoris were agreeable to this, not every tribe was amenable and this led to more fighting – a period known as the New Zealand Wars. One skirmish was triggered off by the Maoris repeatedly cutting down the ceremonial British flagpole in the settlement at Kororareka.

The following year New Zealand officially became a British colony and the New Zealand Constitution Act was established in 1852. The islands saw a further increase in immigrants, not only from the UK, but from other parts of Europe and the US as well. And the late 19th century also saw the beginning of immigration from China, with men arriving to work in the gold mines.

During the 1890s, New Zealand's economy, which had previously relied mainly on trading and wool, was boosted by the increased export of frozen meat to Britain. The invention of refrigeration suddenly made it possible to keep meat cold for the duration of the long sea crossing – New Zealand would remain a key player in the refrigerated meat business until the 1970s.

New Zealand declared independence from the UK in 1907, although the country remained a part of the British Empire and New Zealanders fought alongside the British in both world wars. A period of cooperation with the United States led to the signing of the ANZUS treaty in 1951, guaranteeing that New Zealand, Australia and America would assist each other if any of the countries were to be invaded.

Today, New Zealand is an independent nation within the British Commonwealth and still retains strong bonds with Britain. The British Union Jack appears on the country's flag and an image of the Queen can still be seen on some banknotes. People from all over the world visit this remote nation to experience its history and a taste of its unique culture.

Source by Craig Elliot

The Top 7 Don'ts When Clubbing in Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? You can get as wild as you want to, drink and party until it's light outside and relax at the pool all day.

This all may be true, yet, there are still some things you do not do while you're here. Here's just a brief list of the top 7:

1) DO NOT be nasty to the wait staff: These people have feelings, children and employers. Even bouncers / bartenders / dealers / cocktail waitresses have their boundaries! Think about this, you might be there to have a good time but these people have rules they have to follow.

2) DO NOT dance on the chairs, the tables, the bar: You'll only have a chance to be up there for 30 seconds – the exact amount of time it will take for the security guard to come over to you and order you to climb back down. Do not climb up on any part or article of furniture unless you see other patrons doing it. And do not think because there is professional dancing up on a podium that you can join them. This is a sure way of being kicked out of the club.

3) DO NOT forget to tip. The staff lives almost completely on tips and their actual hourly earnings is somewhere around minimum wage. If you decide not to leave a tip at all you should expect really bad table service and a swarm of animosity to hang close to you. Cocktail waitresses and bartenders will really avoid you. Dealers and slot attendants should be tipped when you win, and the valet and cocktail waitresses should be tipped all the time. The only difference between a great tip and a horrible tip is a few dollars.

4) DO NOT avoid the crosswalk when crossing Las Vegas Blvd. Crazy tourists die every year when they try to dodge the taxis, locals and drive-in visitors that speed down the street at 60+ mph. Even So, if your safety does not convince you, maybe the cops giving you a jaywalking ticket of $ 250 will. Millions of dollars has been spent by Clark County paying for the pedestrian overpasses. Use them.

5) DO NOT hit on a cocktail waitress. Guys: They might be in short dresses and they might be flirting with you, but that's because that's their JOB. Their warm smiles and enthusiastic salutations are what their employers want them to do and these behaviors does not mean that they like you / are in love with you / desire to be intimate with you. Making a move on them will do nothing but cause them to roll their eyes as they walk by. Simply enjoy the drinks, the laughter and the atmosphere and forget about anything else.

6) DO NOT dress like a street walker. Girls: Please do not snatch up the tiniest dress you own, which barely fit you 12 years ago, or use your holiday as a reason to purchase a new hoochie dress from Forever 21 that does not quite conceal all your parts. If you are 40+, do not shop there. If you think this does not apply to you, then it probably does. You'll look and feel awkward and thus wind up drinking more to repress the insecurity. You might be trying for sexy but if you have love-handles it will show through that tank top or worse yet, rolls that show below that top. Ewww. Nobody wants to see that. Dress attractive, not hoochie – there IS a difference.

7) DO NOT be a jerk. You are not Joe Pesci in Casino and nobody will see you as being cool because you are acting like a ego-tistical jerk. Do not walk around and pretend like you are the big man in Vegas unless you are actually Sean Combs or Janet Jackson. If you are reading this, you most likely are not them.

Source by Heidi Keller-Rosen

Facts About the Cannondale Bike

A Cannondale bike is considered the ultimate for all types of bike riders from occasional riders to highly experienced racers. Top efficiency, up-to-date design, and innovation are chief requirements with foremost bicycle producers and Cannondale leads the universal market with great performance bicycles. Cannondale was chartered in 1971, by Joe Montgomery, Jim Catrambone and Ron Davis, to produce backpacks and bags for camping and subsequently bicycle trailers for bicycle outings. The name of the business originated from the Cannondale Metro North train station in Wilton, Connecticut. In the late 1990's, Cannondale began producing motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and bicycles.

The motorcycle department lost cash thus having a sell off of that branch. In 1983, Cannondale turned to the production of aluminum competition and touring frames. The mountain bike frames were added next. The cycle branch became profitable and was acquired in 2003 by Pegasus Capital Advisors, which supported the company's reborn bicycle production. In February 2008, Cannondale was acquired from Pegasus Capital Advisors by Dorel Industries. At this time, Cannondale manufactured assorted types of high-end bicycles, specializing in aluminum (rather than steel or titanium) and carbon fiber frames, a technology which they originated.

The Cannondale bike scientific know-how grew with the enterprise. The initial road frame originating at Cannondale was produced in 1983. It sold for $ 350 and combined the frame and fork. The frame was at once widely recognized for the bigger down tube and larger head tube. Cannondale became the first high producer of manufactured aluminum frames, in an era when just steel frames were mass manufactured and aluminum was hand-made in low volumes.

The company later marketed frames with the CAAD (Cannondale Advanced Aluminum Design) identification. The CAAD4 model provided the S-bend aluminum seat stays for enhanced comfort. By modifying the seat stay and chain stay into a more "hour glass" shape (rather than the conventional round tube), Cannondale has been able to structurally tie in flex points to help cancel road vibrations while preserving frame stiffness in areas that require it.

Cannondale routinely provide bike items that are always subjected to a lot of dissecting and rebuilding. The company's principal goal is to maintain excellence and transcend purchaser requirements. The upshot is bike items which agreeably cater to complete execution and pleasure.

Picking a Cannondale bicycle can be a time exhausting process as there are a multitude of levels and choices of bikes and accessories that are available. Below are a few questions to consider while making your choice of a Cannondale Bike:

1. Cost: What can you afford? Cannondale bikes come in a large variety of prices so you will be able to find the right one that you can afford.

2. Bike types: Consider how and where you are going to ride your bike. Will it be long distances, locally for fun, racing or sprinting, on the road or off-road? Cannondale bikes will meet your need.

3. Hard tail or full suspension: Because they have less weight, the hard tail bikes will pedal will pedal more easily. While you will find a higher level of comfort in the Full suspension models.

4. Full suspension or hard tail: Hard tail is lighter and pedals more efficiently. Full suspension offers more comfort.

5. Additional items: There are lots to choose from so select the most important ones that you can afford and get the nice to have ones at a later time.

6. Bike shop: Select one that is convenient, has the right pricing and has a good reputation for service.

7. Discounts: Off season s are a great time to find bikes at a discount. Most stores will negotiate their price during the off seasons.

The superiority of a Cannondale bike is evidenced in the company's passion to be the world's best bicycle company. Cannondale strives to manufacture high-quality products that are produced with state of the art technology that preserves the degree of excellence they have earned in the industry.

Source by Richard H Terry

Convertible Rollerblade

Rollerblades are the modern version of the traditional roller skates which had four wheels to ensure a good body balance of the wearer. They were designed to more closely imitate the dynamics of the traditional single-blade ice skates. These were extremely popular in the early 1990s, and they have remained a popular footwear choice for sports-minded people who participate in the x-games and other extreme sports. However, it's market base has been reduced to those involved in sports using rollerblades.

Convertible rollerblades are removable shoe-boots on plastic wheel frames, and were also referred to as nature skates. Unfortunately, in-line skating industry was nowhere to be seen in the last few two decades. To combat complete bankruptcy, manufacturers of in-line skates focused their attention on reinventing rollerblades and became the impetus for rethinking sports as a venue for showcasing rollerblades, thus the popular use of rollerblades in in-line hockey leagues, speed skating, and aggressive skating or more popularly known as extreme skating.

Reinvention is anything but new though in the rollerblade industry as it were actually reinventions of themselves of the earlier versions of skates, known as parallel skates or 4-wheeled skates.This old version of skates is also called quad skates.

A convertible inline skates is ideal for people on-the-go and for students as they can use the detachable boot for when they report to school, and convert it into a regular pair of rollerblades by simply reattaching the boot to the frame.

You should take precautions though when using it. It's interesting to know that you can wear a shoe one moment and a pair of rollerblades the next minute.

Frequent use of these type of skates may result to infection as feet are exposed to bacteria accumulated while the feet were inside the boots. It may also yield worn out rollerblades because of heavy or frequent use. You want to make sure you give the boots enough time to breathe.

So if you are trying to get the best purchase for convertible rollerblades, make sure you know these basic things you should keep in mind to avoid actually ending up spending more.

Also, you should know that these rollerblades may only be used for light and casual skating. These models are not meant to be used for high-impact activities such as hockey skates to avoid unnecessary injuries.

People are looking into a whole new level of convertible roller blades where a single Rollerblade frame can be converted into parallel, in-line, and quad skates.

Source by Gretchell M. P

Choosing the Right Tractor Tire Chains

Tractor tire chains come in many of the same models, styles, and designs as other tire chains. Depending on the size and brand of the tractor and tractor wheel, a variety of tire chains can be found.

Like most other types of tire chains, there are many different options available in tractor tire chains. The most popular choice, and the most widely recommended, is two-link spacing with an optional V-Bar. Two link spacing means that there is a cross chain every second side chain link. Basically, it has twice as many cross chains as the four-link spacing, which only has a cross chain every fourth side chain link. The extra chains provide for a more steady, smooth ride and more steering control. The optional V-Bar chains are extremely helpful on ice, hills, and other hard-packed conditions. While V-Bar chains are available in both two- and four-link spacing, they should not be used on pavement since they can damage the surface of the road.

Kubota Tractor tire chains are available in the basic two- and four-link chains. Kubota recommends using tire chains and wheel weights in icy conditions. Even when using tire chains, drivers should still drive at a speed slow enough to maintain complete control of the tractor at all times.

For farm tractors, dealers recommend duo-group cross tire chains. These chains are not connected in the middle, so the pattern does not fall between the tread bars. Duo-group cross chains are recommended for field work, deep tread, off road use, and hilly conditions, making them the perfect choice for farm tractor tire chains.

Source by Elizabeth Morgan

Amazing Things To Do To Make The Most Of Your Trip To Varkala

Home to majestic cliffs, lush coconut groves, pristine beaches, and the mesmerizing Arabian Sea, Varkala is truly one of the best seaside getaways in India. Varkala is blessed with a natural postcard worthy setting and still retains a quaint rustic charm. With its idyllic beaches, yoga and Ayurveda centers, and untouched greenery, Varkala is an ideal destination to get back in touch with your life, soul, and nature. Here is a comprehensive list of amazing things to do in and around Varkala –

Beaches

Varkala's biggest attraction is its spectacular beaches, some of the best in the country. The most popular beach in Varkala is Papanasam Beach, also known as Varkala Beach. Literally meaning 'to wash away sins', it is believed that taking a dip in the serene waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all your sins. This serene beauty of this beach if further accentuated by the rocky cliffs that flank its coast.

If isolation and privacy is what you seek, then head to Thiruvambadi Beach near Varkala. This secluded beach is one of the rare black sand beaches in India. Kappil Beach is another quiet and peaceful beach near Varkala. This beach has a stunning natural location bound by the Arabian Sea on its west and on its right lies the Edava Narayan Lake. With a picturesque backwater lake adjoining the beach, this palm-fringed azure beach seems straight out of a postcard. Kappil Beach is also one of the few beaches in Varkala that is not lined with shacks and cafes, making it an ideal beach for photography.

Anjengo Fort and Lighthouse

Situated along a beautiful beach near Varkala, this 17th century fort was built by the British East Indian Company and served an important purpose during the Anglo-Mysore War. Anjengo is also known as Anchuthengu that literally translates to 5 coconut trees in Malayalam. This fort is best explored on foot. Inside the fort there is a cemetery dating back to 1704. A few steps the fort is the lighthouse that used as signal station for the ships and cruises from England. Climb to the top of the tower for some mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea. The lighthouse is open on all days between 9am and 6.30pm. While you are here, also explore the nearby fishing village to get a glimpse of the rustic rural side of Kerala.

Sivagiri Mutt

Sivagiri Mutt is worth visiting for the soul-searching traveller. This mull was built in 1904 atop the Sivagiri mountain by Sri Narayan Guru, a popular reformer and thinker. Every year thousands of pilgrims come here during Gurudeva Jayanti and hold vibrant processions, cultural programs, conferences, and feasts. A visit to Sivagiri Mutt is perfect to meditate and get some peace of mind.

Janardan Swami Temple

This 12th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most important temples and popular tourist spots in Kerala. According to the local legend, the history of this temple goes back two thousand years. This beautiful temple has a stunning location amidst coconut trees on a cliff overlooking Papanasam Beach.

Yoga and Ayurveda

If the heavenly tropical beaches and laidback lifestyle of Varkala has not calmed you enough, then awaken your senses, mind, body, and soul with some tried and tested Yoga and Ayurveda therapy. With a number of yoga centers, Varkala is a hotspot of yoga enthusiasts. Most of the popular yoga classes are situated near the iconic Varkala cliff. At Varkala you can take lessons in different types of Yoga including Laughter yoga!

After a day well spent exploring and surfing, what better way to end it than with a soothing Ayurvedic massage! Along with massages you can pamper yourself with Ayurvedic therapies and treatments.

Shopping

Shopping till you drop at in the colorful street market near the North Cliffs in Varkala. If customization is what you are looking for, then look no further; many shops here take orders for made-to-measure clothes – from skirts to kaftans to dresses! Besides clothes you can also pick up scarfs, sarongs, CDs, spices, trinkets, and tea and coffee powders.

Food

Being a seaside town, Varkala is a paradise for seafood lovers. Most restaurants, cafes, and thattukadas (street vendors) serve an array of local and seafood delicacies. But thanks to the influx of western tourists you can find European, Chinese, Mexican, and Tibetan restaurants. One of the must-visit cafes is the homely Kerala Mama Kumari's Home. Make sure you are starving hungry because at this family-run café you will be savoring a lavish 14-course authentic Kerala veg meal served on a banana leaf.

Situated atop the famed cliffs of Varkala, Vedanta Wake Up! is the perfect base to explore Varkala. At Vedanta Wake Up! you will get to stay tastefully designed organic bamboo huts, a truly tropical experience.

Source by Ayden Jack