I'm not fussy in the slightest, especially after three months of travelling in India...but this place just does not live up to the reviews! The 'gardens' aren't up to much, thought the sitting/dining area is a nice touch, and the rooms were only just better than average - the severe smell of moth balls in ours was off putting! The other guests all seemed to have been staying there a while and were very cliquey which we found a little awkward. It took us twenty minutes from getting there to be shown a room, but all that changed when Jayan showed up - the owner - he is excellent and clearly working in the right industry. He is very easy going whilst still taking charge and taking care of his guests. The balcony was a nice touch, and hot water was provided for us to wash a couple of bits of clothing. I wouldn't recommend their laundry service - we were told they had a washing machine so handed our stuff in, and didn't get it back for two days because it had been sent out and wasn't ready! Personally, I think there are much nicer places for the same money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SHIVA GARDEN is one among the most reputed home stays in Varkala. Perched near a majestic red cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea, this charming home stay offers many warm hospitable services as well as a fantastic garden view. Here we have a magnificent garden growing many famous Ayurvedic plants and trees, surrounding the resort. Guests are only minutes away from the famous 2000 years old Janardhana Swamy Temple, Kappil beach and Angengo Fort built by the British East India company in the 17th century. Shiva Garden is the perfect base for leisure and you may never forget this in your life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shiva Garden Hotel Varkala
- Shiva Garden Varkala, Kerala