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Jickys Nest
Ranked #10 of 105 Varkala B&B and Inns
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Reviewed February 2, 2010

Very clean, basic, safe and good value for money.
The connected pure vegetarian restaurant, Oottapura, is best the best place to eat in Varkala.
One advantage of staying at Jicky's is that the manager Akash is fantastic, he's exceptionally friendly and helpful, a real asset to Jicky's.
We would definitely stay at Jicky's again if we were visiting Varkala.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

Simple, no frills, but with everything you need; comfortable beds with mosquito nets and a fan, cool marble flooring, shower room, towels and beach mats. We had two rooms with interconnecting doors, which was great for the children. Jicky's is set back from the helipad 150 yards in a quiet area with a few guesthouses and palm trees, way from the shops and cafes. It made a good base for our stay. We walked 100 yards to the Sea Rock cafe where we had the best naan of our three week trip in India (and yes we did go up north!) - fresh, light and fluffy. In the evenings the catch of the day was sold - we had a super grouper tandoori cooked in their tandoor, which arrived with chips. The best fish and chips ever! They did a great ginger lemon soda. The staff were super, and taught the girls how to pat out a naan and put it in the tandoor. Food is cooked to order which can take some time, but the views over the cliff tops are superb. Our rooms were Rs750 a night each.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

We booked this after reading other trip advisor recommendations and were very pleased. Friendly, welcoming and spotlessly clean. We took the cottage which is more expensive but private. It's less than 2 minutes from the beach but tucked back away from the noise on the clifftop.They also have a vegetarian restaurant which is great too.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank huencry
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Reviewed December 16, 2009

My husband and I loved it here! it was great! We stayed for 10 days. We stayed the majority of the time in the Cottage and absoultly loved it! The shower was incredible, strong water pressure, everything was so clean, and the beds were very comfortable. We arrived and there was one pillow each, I like to have 2 for sleeping and my husband 3, they had no problem bringing us extra pillows.
We enjoyed breakfast every morning at the cottage, the food was great! The restaurant serves incredible vegetarian food. The service we recieved was so first class. At night we would return to the cottage and a misquito coil would be burning and a light turned on for us. They checked with us everyday about having super at our cottage and we did many times as the food was great and we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere outside our cottage. For the last 3 nights we slept in the hotel and we had the very last room on the top floor. The room was large and spacious. We liked it very much too.It has a private veranda too, so we still felt very secluded and private. We did yoga a few mornings too on the roof and it was wonderful.
This hotel is very inexpensive and the service we recieved was better than 5 star resorts we have stayed at. Everyone was very kind and personable with us. There is no A/C but having the fan for me was good enough. I have never stayed anywhere without a/c but I was very comfortable. When we come back to Varkala we will stay here again, without hesitation and highly recomend that you stay here too! I was so impressed with our stay here but what blew me away was we had our laundry done and then it rained for a couple of days and we were checking out and they brought us our laundry as we were leaving as to give it the most amount of time to dry because it was sunny that day. When we got to our new desitination (Kovalum) I realised that I was missing a skirt. I emailed and let them know, and the skirt was delivered the very next day! I was amazed at the service! I truly recommend that you stay here! Good location just a few minutes to walk to the beach and so quiet at night!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank dazeycat
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Reviewed September 30, 2009

We really liked it here. Varkala is a very nice place to stay. Originally we were only going to spend two days here but extended our stay to four. Jicky's is set amongst lush vegetation, and back from the main strip along the cliff-front of Varkala so you can escape the hoards if you want to (not that there were many people there in mid-September, which we liked). The proprietor was very helpful and let us know we could ask for anything. Laundry was done promptly and we could get fresh juice and ice (made from bottled water) sent to our room to drink with our duty free vodka. The room was clean and tidy. It is not a 'flash' place to stay but clean, nice and run by helpful people. We would recommend Jicky's to anyone staying in Varkala and would stay here again if we came back.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2009

Myself, my partner and our 2 year daughter stayed at Jicky's November 2008 and absolutely loved the place. We arrived by taxi after spending a testing week in Kovalam (delayed baggage, constant hassle from hawkers, inflated prices snd construction work on the beach).
A friend who had stayed there several times before told us about Jicky's rooms and advised us to check out the cottage.
We were welcomed by Akash and my partner went to have a look at the rooms and cottage. We were told the cottage was occupied but that we could have it the next day.
The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable and we immediately relaxed and felt at home.
The next morning we moved into the cottage. The cottage is set back from the rooms and consists of one large room with a double bed, a dressing/storage room and a clean showeroom with hot water - not that you need it. There is also a small area outside where you can sit and eat breakfast - kindly collected from the Oottupura restuarant and delivered by Akash or Javeed. We also spent several evenings sitting outside the cottage drinking cold Kingfishers and listening to the sounds of the night.
We stayed at the cottage for over a week before travelling north for a few days. The owners Oscar and Mini let us store our luggage in their house, enabling us to travel light before returning for another 4 days.
I cannot say enough good things about this place. The staff were fantastic. Akash will go out of his way to help you and make your stay a great one. We enjoyed chatting to him, and he was fantastic with our daughter. In fact everyone we met in Varkala was fantastic with our daughter!!
The Oottupura restuarant does a great breakfast and very nice vegetarian food. Check out the Sunset restuarant for great seafood and fish. The prawns were huge and very tasty!
There are loads of places to stay in Varkala but you'd be hard pushed to beat Jicky's rooms on value, cleanliness and a relaxing hassle free stay.
We will definately return to Jicky's.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 17, 2008

Had a great couple of days at Jicky's rooms and could easily have stayed longer. Can't comment on the rooms in the main building but the cottage was wonderful, small but perfectly formed with lots of privacy as it is well away from the main building and has a nice area outside to take breakfast. Staff were professional, friendly and very helpful.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Address: Kurakkanni Near Helipad, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range: $14 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jickys Nest 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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