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“Welcoming Relaxation Retreat”
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Casa Eva Luna
Ranked #1 of 102 Varkala B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Katrina and Esther immediately made me welcome into their lovely guesthouse which is in a beautiful area a short walk from the beach front, because it is away from the main strip it provides a tranquil setting. In the morning I awoke in my clean and bright room with the sun streaming through the colourful curtains and sounds of Indian village life, I had a tasty breakfast on the balcony and relished the peace and quiet a long trip from London.

Katrina and Esther are first class hosts who always had time to give me advice about places to eat and see, also giving me advice about other places to visit in India. They had someone waiting for me when I got off the train and ensured my onwards journey was organised which ensured the stay was stress free, the area is lovely and as they put it ‘India light’ which can be welcoming after the city chaos, it is a very safe place to walk around and meet locals and other travellers.

The room was clean and tidy with all that a westerner would require, the decor gave it a unique character compared to a plain Hotel room. It was one of the first places I stayed in India and it set the bar very high, I would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank George C
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

For all its charm, the Varkala cliff is a very touristic place, and you quickly feel the need for a more relaxed atmosphere. For us, Casa Eva Luna was exactly this place. A 15 min walk away from the buzz, this impeccably clean homestay is as welcoming as the hosts. Katrina and Esther immediately made us feel at home, and helped us whenever needed. Next time in Varkala, we know where we'll stay!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank petitmufti
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We spent two enjoyable and relaxing weeks at Casa Eva Luna. The accommodations were cozy and comfortable. Each morning we looked forward to coffee (Ester's is the best in Kerala!) and breakfast on the upper deck. The food was always very tasty and prepared with care.
A short walk took us to the hustle and bustle of North Cliff's restaurants, vendors and surf. After a few hours on the beach we were always grateful to return to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of Casa Eva Luna. Most of all, we were deeply touched by the genuine caring and hospitality offered to us by owners Katrina and Ester. It was wonderful to have their recommendation for an ayurvedic physician who came to the house. There are so many ayurvedic practitioners in Varkala, that it would have been overwhelming to select one on our own. Having the massage room right at the house was another benefit.
During our stay with them we learned much about the local way of life in Varkala, shared stories, laughed, and on the last day with them... cried. We highly recommend Casa Eva Luna, but remember to book ahead, especially during the December and January high season.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Dar1952
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The ladies at Casa Eva Luna really have big, warm hearts and welcomed us to Varkala in a way that made us feel immediately comfortable and at home. We stayed here 4 nights, and really wished we stayed longer...but alas we had to leave to make place for the people who were smart enough to pre-book early for Christmas (peak season = busy!! Book in advance!) - now we know better than to leave it so late for our next holiday in Varkala! :)

The house is very well-located: close enough to the cliff to walk, yet far enough to drown out the noise from that area! We slept so peacefully here, which isn't always the case in India! The tea I had was truly my favorite in all of India (seriously!), and we also indulged in amazing "Shar Jah" frozen drinks, rich chocolate pancakes, momos, chow mein and beautiful fresh fruit salad...yum!

Katrina provided us with all the information we could ever need for Varkala and surroundings - and even gave us recommendations for homestays in other parts of Kerala - making our trip really stress free. Esther was always a joy to chat to and see her smile and laugh with happiness :) Thank you Katrina, Esther & Tashi for the wonderful experience :) Have a great 2013 and see you again soon!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank avo1989
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Short and sweet, we had a wonderful time with Katrina and Esther, the property is a short walk to the action but quiet and beautiful. We missed out on the veggie pizza (oops) but did have a great breakfast every morning and the large cups of rich chai supported my addiction quite nicely. We were just sorry that there was no room at the inn for us to extend our stay... we hung in Varkala for nine nights total and could only get in two with the ladies. Thanks Katrina, best to you!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank ShanKarAnanda
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We were with Katrina and Esther only one night but was one of the best places in our trip to india!!!

We arrived at 9 pm and Katrina came to take us from the railway station and after Esther prepared one of the most delicious dinner that we had in India.

If had to go again I will stay at least 2 days in Varkala in Casa Eva Luna, as they were really helpful in everything and the beach and athmosphere of the place is great.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank magodnic
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Cosy little guesthouse with lovely spanish ladies, nice rooms and good food. On walking distance from the beach, restaurants and shops. Had som relaxed evenings on the balcony, overlooking the palm trees and the quiet life of the neighbours.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Anna H
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Additional Information about Casa Eva Luna

Address: Off Kurrakkani Road | Near Krishna supermarket, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 102 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range: $20 - $39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Eva Luna 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Eva Luna is the name of Kerala Konnections homestay, located a short distance from the beach and cliff. We offer a total of seven well appointed rooms in two different categories, three Standard and four Superior. Each room category is located in a different building but on the same plot of 3000m2 land. The standard room building two floors and all rooms have marble floors, ceiling fans, attached bathroom, fitted shelves, desk, chair, hanging space, and come with mosquito nets and towels. There is also two large lounges and two communal terraces on each floor. We also have an ayurveda treatment and massage room where guests can enjoy a wide range of treatments and massages. The superior rooms are housed in a separate one story building with rooms on each side and two large lounges and a communal terrace. All rooms come with modern attached bathroom with hot water in the shower, ceiling fans, soft mattresses, wardrobe, desk, chair, bedside table, mosquito net and towels. ... more   less 
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