Varkala is a scenic coastal town with fireball sunsets and cliffs, and is a mecca for yogis given the countless yoga classes. It is also a surfer’s delight since it houses some of the biggest, curliest waves in all of the Indian subcontinent, and is among the best backpacker destinations in India. The are plenty of budget accommodations and a couple of decent mid-priced properties to make your stay there worthwhile without having to shell out a princely amount. Here are some of the best-rated budget properties in Varkala that are close to the beach and all the action besides being easy on your pocket.
A guest house with a huge terrace, an in-house restaurant, and free Wi-Fi, this property has air-conditioned rooms with a view of the beautifully manicured garden. Most rooms have a seating area and a balcony. The guest house has an indoor play area and board games for guests’ entertainment. Free parking is available on-site if you decide to bring along your vehicle; however, if you don’t, they do make arrangements for scooters for you to go around town.
Guest Experience: “Vishnu was an excellent host! He made us feel very comfortable and was always available when we needed help. The hammocks are great to relax and every room has its own seating area, which is amazing to chill. The guesthouse is 1 minute walk to the cliff and 3 minute walk to the beach. Super convenient! You can rent a scooter from the property to go around Varkala :)” – Virginie(Booking.com)
A row of ten cottages on a beautiful beach-front location, Maadathil provides you just the privacy you need without compromising on the convenience of a hotel. Each cottage has an air-conditioned double room, a balcony, a basic kitchen, and an ample outdoor seating area. The property has an in-house restaurant serving Indian and Continental food; they take care of special dietary requirements on request as well. Free parking is available on-site and currency exchange services are also available.
Guest Experience: “Maadathil is hands down one of the warmest and friendliest places we have ever stayed. Location in Varkala is great, a leisurely 15/20 minute walk to north cliff (or a short tuck tuck ride). Quiet and peaceful, it is the perfect spot to relax after day tripping or to just sit and read next to the ocean and amongst coconut trees, Muhajir and his team were terrific. Great breakfasts to set you up for the day. Nothing was too much trouble, even helping with our train bookings. We ended up extending our stay twice because we were so relaxed at Maadathil. Highly recommended.” – Brendan (Booking.com)
A minute’s walk from the beach, these standalone cottages with wooden interiors make for a peaceful beach retreat. The Bluewater Beach Restaurant serves Indian and Continental cuisine and room service is also available on request. Breakfast is included with all the rooms. Watersport facilities can be enjoyed on-site at an additional charge, while canoeing is available off-site. Currency exchange services are available as are bicycle rentals. There is a library on-site as well for those who would like to curl up with a book while listening to the crashing of the sea waves.
Located on the cliff, right next to shops and restaurants and just a minute away from the beach, this resort has a public bath, spa and wellness center, sun terrace with barbecue facilities, and an in-house restaurant. It also has free Wi-Fi and free parking. The sound-proofed, air-conditioned rooms have sea views. They each have a safety deposit box as well. Some rooms have basic kitchen facilities and a fireplace as well.
Guest Experience: “This hotel was our first accomodation in our trip to India, and it couldn´t be better. The hotel is exactly the same as in pictures, and the location is perfect to see the sunset and take awesome pictures of it. The rooms are clean and basically equipped with everything you need. If I would have to highlight something, would be the kindness of the staff, especially the manager and Goodwin, the receptionist. They helped us with the initial problems that we had, and we spend plenty of time with them. The hotel is located on the cliff, next to many shops and restaurants, and at few minutes walking you can reach Black Beach, a nice walk to discover the zone with fantastic landscapes. We spend two nights there and also have breakfast, and everything was delicious and well cooked (for european people, so wasn´t so spicy ! ) I would really recommend Sunview Beach Resort if you are planning to visit Varkala!!” - Caria (Booking.com)
This property is decorated in traditional Indian decor. All the rooms at M.K. Gardens have a garden view. Guests have access to a shared kitchen, lounge area, sun terrace, and garden with hammocks and house swings. Free parking is available on-site for guests’ vehicles. The place also allows pets at no extra charge. Car hire services and a snack bar are also available.
Guest Experience: “Atmosphere is perfect. We had a very relaxed stay. Staff is very helpfull. Really liked the interior. Location is great, near the cliff with the nicest restaurants.” - Joyce (Booking.com)
Address: Near Helipad Cliff Kurakkanni, Varkala (see map)
Price: from 22 USD / 1,400 INR
Located in close proximity to restaurants, cliff-top bars, and the beach, the individual bamboo huts make for basic but comfortable accommodation. Each comes with a balcony. The property has a spa and wellness center, free Wi-Fi, free parking, car rentals, and a library.
Kerala Bamboo House
Address: Kerala Bamboo House.North cliff, Varkala ,695141 Trivandrum District, Kerala, 9895270993
Price: from 10 USD
Free WiFi Hand massage Pedicure 24-hour front desk Neck massage Non-smoking rooms Secured parking Spa and wellness centre
The beach-front property has a television, minibar, and an electric kettle in each room. Massage facilities are also available on-site. An ATM, locker, and currency exchange services are available at the guest house. Additionally, the place has a designated smoking area and offers packed lunch and babysitting services to its guests.
Indraprastha Beach House
Address: Papanasam Beach Road, Janardhanapuram, Varkala, Varkala (see map)
Price: from 80 USD / 5,100 INR
The Eden Gardens houses an Ayurvedic massage center and the in-house restaurant serves Ayurvedic food on request, besides the regular South-Indian fare. All the rooms and cottages have balconies overlooking the beautiful garden. A currency exchange facility is available on-site, as is free Wi-Fi in public areas and free parking.
Guest Experience: “The Ayurvedic centre is on site is wonderful, be sure to book a massage. The staff are great and very helpful. Lovely place and in a great location close to the beach and shops” - Jennette (Booking.com)
A two minute walk from the beach, each room has a flat screen television with satellite channels while some rooms have a seating area, soundproofing, and sea/garden views as well. Breakfast is included with all the rooms. The resort has a gift shop and a mini-market on site. They also have bike and car hire facilities for their guests. There is ample outdoor dining space, a well-stocked library, and a designated smoking area.
Guest Experience: “Devine Bliss is one of the absolute best values in Varkala. It is located just far enough out of the noise, yet still right on the north cliff "board walk” (where all the action is), with easy access to the beach….all for an incredible price. The rooms are spacious, the aircon and hot water work well, and the private porch and garden are wonderful. I looked at many places, and this is definitely a good choice….plus you get a hardy breakfast included.“ - Bluenaga (Booking.com)
Each room at the Hill View Beach Resort features a flatscreen TV, desk, and its own seating area. The in-house restaurant, Caf'e Del Mar, serves Indian and Continental fare, with room service available for limited hours only. There is free parking, a 24-hour front desk, a dedicated tour desk and also currency exchange services and car hire services. The property itself is centrally located and the beach, restaurants, and shops are easily accessible.
Guest Experience: “Loved everything. Great staff great location. Lovely clean room - food in restaurant is lovely and also at the next door place. The staff made the trip - they were always super helpful and looked after our party of 8 brilliantly“ - Susmita (Booking.com)
Sun, sand, and incredible food!
Once you’re done exploring the beautiful beaches and the temples, head over to one of these nearby restaurants to satiate your hunger pangs. Some of the best restaurants in Varkala, India are the Cafe Temple, Darjeeling Cafe, Blue Moon, El Italiano, and Abba Inter Alia.
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