varkala, an ancient temple town, 'discovered' not so long ago by travellers for its spectacular red-cliffs and golden-sand beach combination

villa jacaranda is on sleepy south cliff, residential, seat of the two thousand year old janardhanaswamy temple

nearby north cliff, with a choice of restaurants, cafes, shops, nightlife

maithanam, the town centre, offers amenities like post office, banks, pharmacies, shops, railway station

trivandrum international airport, 55km away, an hour's ride away by taxi

trivandrum city, 60km south of varkala, with its sri padmanabhaswamy temple and puthe muliga palace complex, bustling chala market, cinemas, museums, art gallery, a zoo

kollam, 24km north of varkala, from where houseboat and small boat trips around kerala's famed backwaters depart