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“Your home away from home !” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Eva Luna
Ranked #1 of 96 Varkala B&B and Inns
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Saint Nicolas, Belgium
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33 reviews
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“Your home away from home !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Katrina and Ester really make you feel at home in their house. The rooms are cosy, spotlessy clean and you have your own bathroom, the meals they provide are huge portions and really excellent ! Quietly located amongst the locals, short walk from the main temple and the beautiful beaches of Varkala. 100% recommended. Make sure to book in advance because they're easily fully booked, I could also only stay 2 nights because of this,unfortunately !

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Casa Eva Luna
Address: Off Kurrakkani Road | Near Sanjeevani Ayurveda Hospital, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Eva Luna 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Eva Luna is the name of Kerala Konnections homestay, located in Varkala, a short distance from the beach and cliff. The house has two floors and is located on a 3000 square metre plot. It has two double rooms on each floor, each decorated in a different style that reflects the nature of the surrounding area. All rooms have ceiling fans, marble floors, attached bathroom, tinted windows to keep the rooms cool, fitted shelves and draws and come with mosquito nets and towels. Our restaurant is set in a beautiful garden and serves up delicious evening meals and breakfasts. We also have an on site Ayurveda massage room, offer laundry service by machine wash, free book exchange, travel information and offer free Wifi. ... more   less 
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