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“A real paradise...”
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Shiva Garden
Ranked #16 of 97 Varkala B&B and Inns
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“A real paradise...”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

The moment I entered Shiva Garden, everything felt so peaceful and relaxed. I had planned to stay just a few days, but ended up staying almost a month. I loved the big garden, with its coconut trees, banana trees, hammocks, swings and tree huts. Every morning I started my day with yoga. I really liked Sonia's way of teaching and her guided meditations. Also an astrology / numerology session with her gave me a lot of insights. Varkala is a perfect place to find the balance between self development, relaxation and social time. Almost everybody who ends up at Shiva Garden, stays much longer than they originally intended. Therefore you really get to know each other and it's so nice to spend time together. Varkala, and especially Shiva Garden, is a place which is pretty difficult to leave...

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Shiva garden
He stayed for 5 days in one of the very confortable appartements around a very big and shady garden with a big commun table and many simple rooms is a perfect place to meet travelers and to rest in the hamacas looking at the huge coconut trees. The good ambience given by the staff, the soft music, the many guests and the host , Jayan and Sonia.
Sonia offers very good and personalised yoga classes in a nice space on the roof, in three days i could really fell my progress . She was also an excellent hollistic psicho therapist for me. Jayan was always ready to help and give us good advices. The staff was always ready play with our two sons, of 11 and 2 years old boys. Our baby had a lot of fun playing with Divian, the host´s baby who shared all her toys durind our stay. The wifi worked perfectly and there was good books to read and exchange. Food given is delicious!
best regards Sonia and Jayan
Bea

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Monza, Italy
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

First Indian stop: Shiva Garden, Varkala. Amazing enviroment, nice people and good time. Seems to be in a hostel where you meet a lot of amazing people... Plus a really good Kitchen there! The only thing.. Be carefull to check prices before ...sometimes you can find "present" in your bill...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

I have stayed at Shiva Garden for just over 3 months. It is easy to get stuck in Varkala but somewhere like Shiva Garden makes you want to stay forever. It is a haven of peace and the owners have created a real family atmosphere for backpackers travelling alone or in groups. I came here with a friend but decided to stay on when he returned home. The yoga classes in the morning are brilliant - I was a complete beginner, couldn't even touch my toes and now I'm almost at advanced level. The yoga yeacher also offers massages, reiki and life coaching of which I've tried all three and they were really therapeutic, I'm very glad I did them. The rooms are great and clean and the communal area is brilliant and a great place to hang out with other backpackers. Shiva Garden is my home in India and I'm already planning my next trip back

  • Stayed September 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

Shiva is run by friendly helpful staff. They have a loverly communal area which is very relaxed and has wifi if there is electricity! Stayed in a private double room which was great. My only issue was walking back from the cliff at night meant walking through a dark alley. It was safe but I wouldn't want to do it alone.

  • Stayed November 2013
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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 #16 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price range (per night): ₹ 771 - ₹ 3,149
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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