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“Rajesh's Royal Residence”

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Karthika Plaza Resort
Ranked #10 of 98 Varkala B&B and Inns
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Brighton
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“Rajesh's Royal Residence”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Want to be treated like a king or queen? Then I suggest you try the Karthika Plaza. Just returned from a six week stay there and I cannot recall such service in any hotel I have used. And believe me I have used many in my extensive travels throughout Asia and the world. The exceptional service starts before you even arrive at the hotel. A complimentary airport pickup - unique in Varkala - delivers you into the welcoming arms of Rajesh and his small but eager and efficient team. From there on in it's plain sailing. The rooms whether aircon or non or one of the three more luxurious are all kept meticulously clean - in six weeks I did not encounter an insect - very unusual in a hot country. I did have a little visitor from the garden - a beautiful chameleon - but they don't count as pests - the opposite in fact as they have a voracious appetite for insects. And speaking of the garden - it's a beautiful peaceful area with many tropical plants. The hotel may not be on the cliff but that is no bad thing as you feel more part of the real Varkala being in close proximity to the very friendly local people. And anyway the hotel "chauffeur"will have you down on the beach or take you back within minutes. This service is not just restricted to beach runs as I had to make trips to a dentist in Varkala and Rajesh insisted on driving me and also waiting ( on one occasion for almost an hour)to drive me back. I could go on and on about how good this place is but other reviewers have beaten me to it. So read the other reviews and make your own mind up.
Thanks Rajesh and everyone at the Karthika for the fabulous holiday.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

If you want to stay away from the crowds at Varkala clif then this might be a good option. Friendly place with clean rooms and just a few km. from the cliff. Rooms are good value. And the distance from the cliff is never a problem because the staff will take you there and pick you up after dinner.

Room Tip: We loved the rooms at the 1st. floor since they have good views at the green garden.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We stayed at the Karthika Plaza from the/1/2/2013 to the 9/1/2013 then we went travelling for 6 days returning to the Karthika Plaza on the 16/1/2013 we checked out early on the morning of the 20/1/2013. as other people have already said everyone here is so helpful & nothing is too much trouble even our 6 day trip was helped by Rajesh who booked accommodation for us & suggested places to visit etc he even picked us up at the railway station at 9pm on our return. it is difficult to expand on what other people have already said because we have all had similar experiences I second everything positive that people have mentioned you really are cared for at the Karthika & if you are an independent traveller to this region I would highly recoommenda stay at the Karthika Plaza we most certainly would stay again. Brian & Linda Leeds England

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Rajesh and his team are there for you whatever you need, wherever you need to go and whenever you need them. This included chasing about for Doctors and a Hospital visit when one of us was ill.

The property is a decent walk from the Cliff/Beach but you will be dropped off and picked up as required.

Breakfast is great and the room air-con is quiet and the garden areas etc are immaculate.

Rajesh and the staff deserve the praise in this and all the other reviews and we wish them all well for the future....

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

We, two sisters, stayed in Varkala from Jan 5th to 10th, 2013 after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor. Everything was as described and we really loved it. Rajesh and his team are friendly and kind people. We were welcomed and felt really cared for. We moved from the front to one of the new, more spacious back rooms which have AC, a fridge and a new bath. We preferred not staying at the beach in Varkala, but to be in the green quiet of Karthika Plaza. Walking to touristy places from there is somewat adventurous because of the busy roads, but we did not even need to take a rikshaw to go anywhere as we were driven and picked up by Rajesh and his colleague everywhere without extra cost at any time and even on short notice. We only paid a little taxi fare for one of our trips which Rajesh recommended and organized, i.e. a boat trip to a temple on an island with a canoe and a walk back to Varkala from Kappil Beach along the coastline. We loved our breakfast on the terrace, the chili omelettes as much as the Indian breakfast. We learned much about the surroundings and Indian life and would definitely go there again!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Turku, Finland
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

We stayed 11 days at Karthika Plaza in December 2013 and can truly confirm all the positive comments in the earlier reviews. We were taken so good care all the time, private car all the time, gardener and breakfast chef! Beautiful property with great garden, Rajesh kindly asking would we be interested to go to here and there and actually we followed all his guidings. So we saw exciting wild life at the lakes and back-waters and on the high mountains with tea plantations. Sujit was a great and safe driver for a long day of 14 hours. We also went to see 15 elephants in a temple. We made the trip with Ambassador taxi that Rajesh had ordered especially for us. Rajesh even helped me to sort out a bit problematic jewellery purchase we had done in Delhi earlier on the trip. Kerala people are so nice, peaceful and beautiful. Wish to come back again. Seija & Pekka, Turku, Finland

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Inverness
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

Westerners should not be put off by the term "resort" which conjures pictures in the mind of rowdiness within a large encampment. This is in fact a very peaceful Bed and Breakfast, comprising three smallish buildings within a site of, I guess, about an acre. Most of the plot is towards the back of the site and is as yet undeveloped.

Rooms are extremely clean, modern and simply furnished - no shampoo though. We had two in a block of three which were newly completed. There were some snagging problems with water, and particularly hot water due to the geyser being turned off inadvertently. However, they were very quickly (within minutes) resolved by Rajesh or his staff. A/C and Satellite TV worked wonderfully in these rooms, both of which were particularly appreciated.

You will see that a recurrent theme in Karthika reviews is the much appreciated free taxi service to/from the beach/town/train station and the excellence of Rajesh and the other staff. The taxi service really is a boon because although the beach is only 5 minutes away by car, and I estimate could be walked in around 15/20 minutes, the 31C heat was such that we never did walk.

With regard to our hosts, they were always there with a big smile, a joke and helpful suggestions, whenever we needed them, no matter the time of day. They truly went the extra mile - a blanket for the beach; extra towels when we got back from the beach; a pot of tea when we asked; cold bottled water; advice re' restaurants, early breakfast etc etc. Our stay in Varkala was made so much more enjoyable by the team and all that has been said about them is absolutely true and well deserved. You can happily book here with great confidence. You will definitely be looked after very well indeed.

Room Tip: Ask for A/C rooms - you'll need it!
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Karthika Plaza Resort
Address: Punnamoodu Papanasam Road | Wacher Mukku, Kairali Nagar, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VISIT KERALA IN MANSOON and enjoy dust free cool weather, verdant greenery. Best time for AYURVEDA TREATMENT.[june- mid oct and nov] Accommodation is very important to any Tourist. We provide you the service of top notch accommodation based on your budget and preference. Comfortable stay and safe accommodation facilities play a vital role when you are away from home and looks for maximum comfort at reasonable rates. You are assured of the best and most professional services and value for money at Karthika Plaza Resort. WE CARE SENIORS. Located near Varkala Papanasm Beach Secure Complex FREE HIGH SPEED WiFi INSIDE ROOM AND GARDEN. Excellence Award Winner (twice). Beautiful Garden- Rich Greenery Long Veranda Connected Family Rooms. AC Non AC Rooms with Attached Bath and Garden View. Complementary breakfast, Meals On Request. We promote Organic Food. Flexible Check In/Out Sightseeing Tour- Car Sharing Possible. Ayurveda and Dental Treatment Preventive Health Care Check Up. 24 hr Care And support. Air Port Transfer(charge) House Boat Booking Yoga class etc. ... more   less 
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