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“Moyen”
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Shiva Garden
Ranked #18 of 98 Varkala B&B and Inns
Paris, France
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7 reviews
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“Moyen”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

Cool place with hippie atmosphere good if you want to meet some people and chill out outside your room in the "garden".

Rooms are not at all as clean and made up as the photos of the direction in trip advisor.
You may ask for your sheets and towels, no hot water.

Much more like a pension and not a proper hotel because the quality of everything is quite low or less professional than same standard hotels.

Food is good.

This place would really win to be refreshed cleaned and more professional hostellery service that it is to deserve all the overated comments here.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

I came to shiva garden in October and didn't leave until December. Coming to shiva garden was the best thing I could do. There I found a home an a family.

I started doing yoga with Sonia and for me it was the best introduction to yoga. Sonia respects everybody's limits and guides you through the secuences gently. Two months of yoga with Sonia inspired me, who was a complete beginner, to take a teacher training course which I will do soon.

Shiva garden is a place for meeting good people and there I found friends for life. I am happy to call shiva garden my second home in Varkala and will definitely come back.

  • Stayed November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

I stayed here in January after recommendations from a few travellers I had met. Although the location is not right on the cliff top, a quick five minute walk and you are there! It was actually very nice not staying right in the middle of the hustle and bustle as it gave you time to relax and absorb the wonderful surroundings. Shiva Garden had a lovely homely feel to it, which is great when you are travelling! The guest-house is surrounded by wonderful gardens, palm trees and hammocks - perfect for chilling out. The staff were very sweet and helpful and definitely contributed to the wonderful energy of the place. We stayed in a treehouse on the first night which was lovely and comfortable, we then moved to a double room with a little balcony which was spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious - lots of fresh fruit and Masala tea! The communal area was great to relax in, either talking to other travellers or checking emails. My overall experience was a very positive one and I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Varkala. It was extremely good value for money! And the owners baby daughter is so adorable (an added bonus!) Thank you for such a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stayed in one of the bungalows at the back of the garden. Loads of space and clean. The garden area is a really nice area to chill/hang out with other travellers. Great food. The family are lovely too!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Really nice place - amazing people. Lovely outdoor communal areas - really easy to meet guests and chat to staff. Delicious, cheap food served there, yoga every morning. Great location - 5 min walk to the beach. My favourite hostel in Kerala!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Had a great time here, spent about a week chilling around. Chill place and atomsfeir. I slept at the great apartments, that have a worm shower ;) and the host where lovely too. Send my regards to apu from me.

Hope you have fun,


Running out of what to write. So just go over there and see

Mike

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Mumbai
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

friendly and welcoming owner and great garden for relaxing and meeting fellow guests.
Room cleanliness needs improving and a lick of paint wouldnt go amiss.
Good location
Ask for a room with a private terrace

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Shiva Garden

Property: Shiva Garden
Address: North Cliff Kurakkanni | Kurakkanni, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
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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Shiva Garden Varkala, Kerala

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