I came to this guesthouse on the back of another traveller's recommendation and was very glad I did.
The lady who runs it was very friendly and welcoming and I felt I had no choice but to stay!
My room (500R) was nice and clean. The double bed had a framed mosquito net allowing lots of space within it. Bathroom had a tiled floor. A crate of water was provided (pay for what you drink obviously) which I thought was a nice touch.
Outside was a hammock, chairs and table. It lacked privacy as it faced the backdoor area of the neighbouring guesthouse where the owners of that place would sit. But they were smiley and friendly. There were blinds I could have lowered if I'd wanted.
It's set a bit back from the cliff edge so lacks the seaviews of some places but it's a 3 minute walk and you're on the beach.
Having eaten at a nearby restaurant and got the password for their wifi I was then able to borrow the connection from my hammock.
The owner can wash you clothes and also cook you meals. She made me lunch one day and it was AMAZING. Really tasty and colourful. I didn't have a clue what most of it was but it was delicious. Even if you don't stay here you should come and ask her to cook.
When in Varkala I also recommend you go to Coffee Temple run by Londonite Les. They make possibly the best full English breakfast I've had outside of England. The coffee was pretty good too.
In the evening head to Chill Out - does what is says on the tin. A great bar/restaurant/chill out place. They show films, football, Indian MTV (crazy.) The staff are great and unlike almost everywhere else I've been in India I felt no divide between them and us foreigners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mummy Bamboo House is set back from the popular North Cliff at Varkala, which is a minute’s walk away. The hotel offers good accommodation – and food - at reasonable prices. It is also quiet.The hotel has been built in the traditional Keralan manner and has seven comfortable en suite double bedrooms, four of which are at ground level and three are upstairs, each with its own balcony and hammock ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mummy Bamboo House Varkala, Kerala