I cannot recommend Jicky's Hotel highly enough. It has to be the best place in Varkala. It's set back from the cliff in the midst of green jungly garden. We loved the privacy and peace of being separated from the commercial strip of the cliff-top, and the convenience of being just a minute away from it all. We slept really well there as it is very quiet, and the rooms are really lovely - unusually for India, everything was extremely tidy, clean, well-built and well-maintained. Lovely bathroom, oodles of hot water, soft towels, toilet paper and soap. The style of the rooms is beautiful - simple, uncluttered and tasteful. Large rooms with cool stone floors, white walls, mosquito net, deep verandah with arm chairs. There's a fantastic roof-top area which we had entirely to ourselves. Our room was cleaned whenever we wanted - daily is standard, with fresh linen and towels. They have beach umbrellas you can use (the ones for hire on the beach cost 100rp) and beach mats. Perhaps best of all, the staff at Jicky's are a total pleasure to deal with. Genuinely lovely caring people who provide a thoughtful and efficient service. There's a great veg restaurant also owned by Jicky's just as you come out onto the clifftop - some of the best food in Varkala.
We stayed there in May, which is low season in Varkala, and the Lonely Planet pretty much says this is monsoon time there. This is totally incorrect, and we plan to return to Varkala, one of our fave places in India, at this time as it was sublime. Gorgeous weather, not a drop of rain, and the place was so peaceful because so few people - beach practically to ourselves at certain times of day, and such a stunning beach it is. We're going back to Jicky's!
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- Also Known As:
- Jicky`s Rooms Hotel Varkala
- Jickys Nest Varkala, Kerala