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Jickys Nest
Ranked #11 of 97 Varkala B&B and Inns
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“My explicit and absolute recommendation!”
Reviewed 16 September 2011

This accommodation was one of the best experience on my entire 2 month India trip. The location is not on the front of the cliffs but in return it's not that noisy and you reach the beach, the cliffs and helipad in a few minutes.

The rooms are very nice with marble floors and cabinet in wood. There are nice patios in front of every room. They provide beach mats and parasols for free. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

The price/performance ratio is excellent

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Jicky's is great full stop! the rooms are spotless, the balcony and seating on the 2nd floor a nice place to relax and the location very peaceful and surrounded by palms and passion flowers! We paid 750 INR for a good sized double room and they cleaned the room every two days with clean sheets and towels. A very nice place i would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Shimla
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

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!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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south wales
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

We had a couple of nights at Jickys in one of the cottages. It was spotlessly clean and airy. The location although not overlooking the sea is fine and is only a minute's walk form the north cliff. This is great as it avoids any possible night noise. The lady who attended to us was delightful and even let us stay in the room all day on the day of our night train out of Varkala.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Montreal
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

Do not hesitate to stay at Jicky's....EXCELLENT place. The staff is very friendly and always there to help you, if necessary. The room was very clean and they got to clean it every second day. The place is only a few meters away from the Helipad so great location. The "cottage" are situated in a very quiet "garden" spot.

We have only positive things to say about the place (except that they could have WIFI access) and for sure if we go back to Varkala one day,we will stay again at Jicky's!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Glasgow
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

This guesthouse was great for many reasons. First and foremost is the staff. You are really looked after here and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. Secondly, the location. You are set back from the hustle and bustle of the main drag - this is an advantage for 2 reasons. The first, you will get a peaceful nights sleep and secondly, the shade of the palm trees will give you a cooler climate to relax in. However, you are still only a 2 minute walk away from everything else. Thirdly, the rooms are clean and comfortable. I think his was the only place in India that I had my bed sheets changed regularly. The price reflects the service you get here. The associated restaurant, Oottapura, is also the best place to eat. I found Varkala a bit too commercial and touristy for me with lots of places offering English breakfasts rather than Indian breakfasts. This wasn't the case with Oottapura - I had some damn good Indian breakfasts here! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled solo
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Canary Islands
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

We arrived at Jickys on Xmas eve, to enjoy christmas at Varkala beach. Friendly staff welcomed us, and we were shown to our bungalow. This is a lovely group of new builds to add to Jickys original rooms, just across the path. Our bungalow was clean, bright and very spacious with a large modern bathroom ensuite. Outside we enjoyed our own comfortably furnished porch overlooking the garden.This accommodation is in a great location - quiet & relaxing, but only a very short walk to the cliff with all its attractions. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Jickys Nest
Address: Kurakkanni Near Helipad, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jickys Nest 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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