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“Friendly and relaxed - a place with soul”
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Shiva Garden
Ranked #15 of 105 Varkala B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

This perfect place to while away your time in Varkala (when not on the beach).

The place has a quiet and pretty garden, a kitchen that can provide Southern Indian breakfast dishes, main meals, fruit juices, etc. and really friendly, helpful staff. The garden’s communal area also made meeting and socialising with other guests easy.

I stayed in the dorm - it’s fairly basic (you’re under a mosquito net, in a space with a roof but walls open to the elements), but it was clean, the beds were reasonable and it was nice to wake up to birdsong in the morning. It may not always be the slickest operation, but the whole place has a lovey homespun charm that definitely contributed to me extending my stay in Varkala.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

The staff was amazing and really helpfull. The common room was super great! Super good vibe and you can chill there all day. But the room was not so good. It was quite clean, but the bed sheets were made of a rough material. The pillow was extremely hard. The shower had no warm water. There came almost no water out of the tap. The fan was extremely noisy. If you want to meet great people and have a good time go to this place, but don't expect a comforty room. I hope in the future that the owner will improve the rooms, because then this hostel would be perfect.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

The perfect place to stay on a vacation to Varkala.This is a very laid back and chilled out place that i recommend visiting not just as a place for staying but visiting it for the sake of a different experience altogether. This place brings in the vibes of peace, gentle trance, tour-trip.You can either choose to get lost into the trippy doodles wall art while listenting to ambient and deep music being played outside or rest on the hammocks underneath the canopy of trees listening to gentle chirps of birds
Pros-
1.Very cheap and economic price for stays
2.Stay options- dormitory, double bed rooms, thatched roof hut
3.Close to beach (walking distance)
4.Has book shelf full of novels, game-boards-chess, ludo, monopoly near the dining table accessible to customers to enjoy with food.
5.Has badminton, volley-ball, basket-ball for outdoor games near the hammocks underneath the trees.
Cons-
1.The food isnt as good as the place is.
Must Eat-Onion uthapam, Nutella pancake Dont eat-chicken noodles, Egg fried rice
2.Mosquitos can be irritating inside the rooms
3.Like majority of stays & restaurants at Varkala, digital India has not reached this place(Payment can be done only in cash. No paytm, no swipe machine)
OVERALL SCORE: 8.5/10

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
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shivagarden, Owner at Shiva Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2017

Dear Jay,

Thanks for the positive Review.We are always trying to give our best to our guests.We are doing our best to make our guests comfortable and well.

Thanks a lot

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

This is a completely charming, family run guest house. I have stayed here at least 5 times over the last 5-6 years, and it is the perfect little retreat when India gets intense and you need some down time. Away from the madness of the main cliff in Varkala, they have a simple but delicious little restaurant and a beautiful garden to relax in. Jayan is the perfect host, super helpful and a very interesting person, along with his partner Sonia (who offers amazing therapies and personal development help) and his adorable little girls. I highly recommend this place to all. Thank you Jayan and Sonia.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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shivagarden, Owner at Shiva Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thanks for the review,we always tried our best to make our guest comfortable and well.We are always trying to improve our services also.Thanks for all the support from our guests

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

My favorite thing about Shiva Garden is the communal area; there are tables, hammocks, hanging chairs, swings, and floor seating area. This area brings a lot of people together; the host family, solo, couple, and family travelers. A great place to chill and relax at!

Stayed: December 2016, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 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 #15 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range: ₹ 835 - ₹ 3,599 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Shiva Garden Hotel Varkala
Shiva Garden Varkala, Kerala

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