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“Home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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Temple Road West, South Cliff | Janardhanapuram, Varkala 695141, India   |  
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Perth, Australia
1 review
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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Upon arriving at Gumnut Beach House Home stay, we found it to be relaxing, welcoming and very clean. Rose and Radha were more than accommodating in assisting with our travels considering I was five months pregnant and traveling with a two and half year old.
Beach access is great and surf was good as well as many enjoyable local attractions nearby.
They have great local knowledge of the area and are more than welcome to provide info if required. The rooms are private and well set out and we definatley plan on staying again when we return to India next time.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Gumnut home stay is more than just an accommodation in Varkala. Rose and Radha are wonderful hosts. I felt I had a comfortable space to hang around. I loved to sit on my room’s balcony. And the house is really clean.

Rose is very helpful in a very discreet way, and she can sense what kind of help you need. With her, I finally understood the way trains work in India.

The house is situated on the “Indian” side of the beach. Within a 5 minute’s walk by the beach, you can reach the “tourist” part.

I had a wonderful time there.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011 via mobile

What a great place to call home for as long as you can. Rose is very helpful and friendly, but don't ask to take her picture, she is shy in front of the lens. The rooms are very clean, and you have the use of a kitchen, and drinking water is avaiable for free. It is located away from all the busyiness , in a nice neighbors setting.I look forward to getting back there in the near future.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Gumnut Beach House is situated in an ideal location to see, smell and hear the ocean next to the cliffs. The rooms are large and very spacious with new and clean furniture, kitchen facilities, and internet was handy. Surf was great and there are many spots close by for explorers. I had an incident with my board and thankfully was able to get it repaired cheap locally.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

Our Indian travelling experience wouldn't have been the same without the kind hospitality and local knowledge of Rose and Radha at Gumnut Beach House. My family and I loved the rooms and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the stay. Great big bathrooms and nice new facilities make it a winner after visiting several other older style home stays which didn't meet our expectations. With great beaches, temples, restaurants and much more Varkala is the place to be on holiday when the winter blues kick in! Book early if possible so you dont miss out on a room when the holiday season starts as we will definatley be coming back next year!
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Scratcher

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

Traveling alone to India can seem a little daunting to some but meeting up with Rose and radha was very comforting & soon felt that I had known them for years.
Upon opening the front gates, you instantly feel a calming presence as you pass through the tropical gardens. The lush trees & undergrowth provide for the wildlife which is entertaining.
As you approach the front door, you are warmly greeted & invited in for a cuppa & a chat. Gumnut has a personal touch that is lacking in the more established hotels and home stays. I was treated to a tour of the house & noticed straight away that the rooms were spacious & comfortable, the bathrooms spotless.
You can wake up with a warm soothing herbal tea upstairs as a cool breeze gently blows away any humidity.
Rose and Radha were extremely helpful & offered me a personalized tour as well as local information on the best shopping. I even had traditional Indian tattooing at Roses beauty parlor !!!
Gumnut is situated on the southern cliffs & a nice distance from the tourists. It is close to town as well as yoga, meditation and ayervedic treatments.
Gumnut is reasonably priced & great value for money. I am sure they have many travelers returning. Next time plan to stay for 2 months.
See ya next year.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

Gumnut Beach House is clean and comfortable and relaxing. Hosts Rose and Radha are friendly and helpful and made our stay special. We enjoyed swimming in the beautiful Lakshadweep Sea, shopping, rejuvenating ayurveda massages and visiting amazing places like the ancient Janardhanapuram. The local food was fresh and delicious and I enjoyed learning to cook Varkala cuisine at Rose's beach house too! Very affordable and within walking distance of good restaurants, shops and Papanasham beach. The garden is a photographer's dream -full of beautiful butterlies and birds. Gumnut Beach House is the perfect place to stay in Varkala.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gumnut Beach House Homestay

Address: Temple Road West, South Cliff | Janardhanapuram, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 50 Specialty Lodging in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful new homestay: 5 spacious rooms with fans and hot water, all attached bathrooms. 2 Minutes walk from main beach and restaurants. Close to Janardhana Swami temple. Budget accommodation. Lovely quiet area on South Cliff With WiFi ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gumnut Beach House Homestay Varkala, Kerala

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