This was our first trip to India. Having spent almost 1 year working in Nepal with VSO we were in desperate need of a break. Some colleagues in Nepal recommended Kerala and in particular the area around Varkala where, as experienced travellers to India, they had stayed on a number of occasions.
We chose this hotel after looking at various options on the internet. We booked online and arranged an airport pick-up given that our flight from Delhi arrived 22:30 at night.
No problems with the booking and our driver was waiting for us at the airport as arranged in an air-conditioned 4x4 - it is still very warm in Kerala even in February at 22:30!. The drive to the hotel was about 45 minutes.
The hotel is located at the northern end of Kerala, just set back from the cliff top path that runs along the coast. This path gives you access to the beaches north and south of the hotel and to the bars, restaurants and shops which front the path.
We could not fault the rooms and service at the hotel which are in a different league to those we have experienced in Nepal. Staff here are friendly and attentive to your needs without being overbearing. As mentioned earlier, Kerala is hot in Winter, so air-conditioning in the room is not the extravagance that at first you might think you can do without.
Being set back from the cliff top path you are assured a quiet location but with easy access to the beach and restaurants. We found the beaches to the north to be much less crowded compared to those at the southern end. But having said that - this place is not crowded and so far has not suffered from over development. It is a very laid back relaxing place where you really have only eating and swimming to worry about.
My only regret is that we had to return to Nepal!
- Also Known As:
- Le Mangalath Beach Resort Varkala, Kerala