Sorry, I'm sort of copying from someone else review, but my opinions are a bit different and accurate. I stayed at Sharanagati (Hari's place) last year (12/2011) for 4 days. Female solo traveler, traveling around India 3 weeks. It was one of the nicest places I stay at in India. I had also practiced Sivananda yoga for many years, stayed at a few of their ashrams/retreats, so Hari's Yogahaus was perfect for me. Funny, I was just at the Sivananda Bahamas center and met someone who knew Hari - he's well known around the world! I've also heard the Sivananda center down in Neyyar Dam was NOT good - and I heard this from many people. (Sad, I love their retreats in North America).
LOCATION: 9/10 This homestay is located on the North side of the Varkala cliffs, just a few minutes walking distance from the still largely undeveloped Black Beach. Many good restaurants are also close by. I think I'd rather stay here than on the cliffs, where there are tourists/people all the time. This was about a 2 min walk to the "main cliff walkway"...
ROOMS: 10/10 My room was good, with decent beds (mozzie net), small ensuite bathroom and fan. Very clean and nice, I slept well most nights.
FOOD: 10/10 Amazing breakfast (loads of different fresh fruit and oatmeal) and even better lunch - cook Sheba prepares exceptionally tasty vegetarian dishes. I ate both meals there daily, way better than the restaurants on the cliffs.
SERVICE: 10/10 Hari is a great host, with a perfect sense for the requirements of his guests - and also an awesome yoga teacher. Most of all, I was "allowed" to go out at night, have a drink, and come back to sleep whenever I wanted. I respected the "ashram", but it wasn't strict like other yoga-type places I've stayed, and Hari doesn't wake you up at 5am with a bell. You can choose to go to whatever you want, do whatever you want. (Just no smoking on the premises)
AMENITIES: 9/10 There's a beautiful, extensive garden, a nice little teahouse with hammocks and a big outdoor yoga platform in the garden. There's also a nice living room with books and a porch outside if you want to read more about yoga, etc. My one complaint is I wish no one in India would burn garbage, or whatever burned nearby.....my only complaint - but that had nothing to do with this place or Hari or Varkala. That smell is everywhere in India! It just sucks, but it's a third world country.
PRICE/VALUE: 9/10 2x a day yoga, breakfast and good vegetarian lunch are included this is a little more expensive than your usual homestay, but it was worth it - especially after seeing the other hotels nearby (not that nice). I thought the extra money was worth the good energy, the yoga, meals, sense of safety, location, service, etc.
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