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Shiva Garden
Ranked #16 of 97 Varkala B&B and Inns
Madurai, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“what a great vibe”
Reviewed February 6, 2012

what a great place! if varkala is amazing, its this place that will make it.
the variety of very clean rooms and nice airy dorms are spread around in 3 or 4 building (and a couple of tree houses), all around a huge, well landscaped garden, with hammocks strown about between the palms and banana trees. centering it all is a great seating area which is the key, the place to sit around comfortably and meet the most lovely people all in one place. they serve a great thali and reffreshing juices, the staff are really warm, laid back and helpful there's also a badmington net, chess, karom etc all you need in anywhere to make it the number one backpackers/triavellers place i'vve found on any continent. I'm sure there is one, but i havent found it yet.
and to top it all off, the beach and the great variety of restaurants are all in just a couple of minute walk.
its my second time back to wonderful home from home and i'm sure it wont be too long before returning again. the only problem with the place is trying to leave!
enjoy x

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

I stayed in Shiva Garden (October 2011) cause a good friend told me I should do, she was so right! I arrived and Jayan the owner said hello with a big smile and I already felt home. The staff is helpfull and friendly. Good rooms for a fair price. I stayed 9 nights there and I'm sure I'll go there again as soon as I'll travel trough India again...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Varkala, India
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

I stumbled upon Shiva Garden 3 years ago and planned on staying for a couple of days. I ended up staying for a month and even then had a hard time leaving. Jayan the owner and the rest of the staff make you feel at home and take care of your every need. I am back for a second time and after a month still cant bring myself to leave. I have met so many amazing people here and the food is the best in the whole town. There are beautiful private rooms, dorms, apartments, tents and i have the luck of being able to stay in one of the 2 tree houses, which i would highly recommend. I have been travelling all over the world and Shiva gardens is one of my favorite places to stay anywhere on the planet. Enjoy your stay here and say hi to Jayan and the gang for me.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

The dorms are great value for money, good place to meet people as a solo traveler. Has great staff who are very helpful and friendly. Lastly has great hammocks

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

came here by word-of-mouth, spent one hour hanging around with owner and other guests, and brought my backpack here, where it stood the next month. it felt like home, but with coconut trees and loads of friendly strangers.

all all all the best, and definitely one of those places around the world you bump into, and end up staying for long. not too long, just long. and you wish it was longer.

will definitely miss this place.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

We found Shiva Gardens by chance and end up staying for 7 days. The room was clean and had all that we required, including a mosquito net. Jayan, the manager and his staff made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The resteraunt served the most authentic Keralan food in town with everything cooked fresh. The beach was only a short walk away and the garden was a welcome relief from the heat of the day. I'm not sure when we'll get back to Varkala but when we do we would definetly stay at Shiva Gardens. We would happily recommend this guest house to anyone looking for a relaxing good value place to stay. Chances are you'll end up staying longer than you expected.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Verona, Italy
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

We were directed to an another homestay but fortunately the wheel of the autorishaw exploded just in front of the entrance of the Shiva Garden! Very nice place, friendly people, good food and perfect prices! I would suggest to evryone to spend some nights in Varkala and especially in this place. Room was really clean and we loved the balcony, perfect place where having a rest after a day spent surfing the waves of the indian ocean!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shiva Garden

Property: Shiva Garden
Address: North Cliff Kurakkanni | Kurakkanni, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SHIVA GARDEN is one among the most reputed home stays in Varkala. Perched near a majestic red cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea, this charming home stay offers many warm hospitable services as well as a fantastic garden view. Here we have a magnificent garden growing many famous Ayurvedic plants and trees, surrounding the resort. Guests are only minutes away from the famous 2000 years old Janardhana Swamy Temple, Kappil beach and Angengo Fort built by the British East India company in the 17th century. Shiva Garden is the perfect base for leisure and you may never forget this in your life. ... more   less 
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Shiva Garden Varkala, Kerala

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