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Shiva Garden
Ranked #17 of 98 Varkala B&B and Inns
Newcastle-upon-tyne
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“India north cliff Kerala”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We are no Spring Chick's being in our mid 60's.If you live in a manicured artificial
world don't come here go next door.If you love life wart's and all and if you have love for your fellow man this is the place for you.Yes it's quirky and has character and is inhabited by
characters.It reminds us of the 60's when you made love not war,when you had bare feet and
flower's in your hair.We didn't find it clicky at all.All nationalities were there,from all walk's of life
and all age's.It became an extended family.The whole world should live like this.We spent nearly 5 week's at the Shiva in February.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Very good guesthouse for travellers - not many places we stayed whilst in India were this chilled out and so well set up for meeting other people. The outdoor area was lovely, as was the food, and we spent most of our 5 days in Varkala there - bit knackered after a month trekking in Nepal and this was the perfect place to relax. Really friendly staff.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Shiva Garden is lovely, though could use a bit of a clean up. The price is good, though not fantastic and does not include breakfast. The building with the rooms & attached bathrooms is set apart from reception so the hangout area is not heard, but the front rooms face the street and there is traffic noise. Your comfort level will depend on how much ambient noise you can handle. This is not a fancy place, but it is comfortable. I stayed in a room with fan and attached bath for 500 rupees.

There are frequent power and water issues, but this is not always in the control of the guest house. Generally nice atmosphere. The resto across the street is good too.

  • Stayed March 2013
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2013

i think others that have stayed here are looking at this place through rose coloured glasses
the rooms are dark and dingy, there is no hot water, the toilet dont flush, there are no bed coverings
the whole place looks like it could do with a massive clean up, debris everywhere
this is really at the bottom end of the market
Okay it is a budget hostel, but it doesn't even reach a minimum standard, the menu is really basic, with 6-7 things on it
Would I come back ?
Only to see if it hard burnt down
It caters for back packers that would settle for anything cheap, but it should try and clean up the place, put rubbish in bins
It has lots of signs about saving the planet, they want to start here before thinking of saving anywhere else
the fan in my room sounds like a ticking bomb, there is no hot water, the hand basin has no tap, the toilet dont flush, the room is more like a cell, very dark and dingy, I have had to use a head torch to write this, its so dark in here (no windows, so no natural light)
This review relates to my single room, with attached bathroom
There is no way this place is clean, or beautiful
I stayed in better bush camps on my safari

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Shiva Gardens is the sort of place you come to for a few days and end up spending a week. Or indeed longer.

As is often the case, people make a place, and this is the most sociable and welcoming guest house I have come across in India. I stayed for 8 nights, sleeping in the dormitory on the roof, just a mattress and a mosquito net, and it was bliss.

There is a cool hangout area, people are always talking to each other, you can play badminton or basketball or just chill in the hammocks... and of course you can always head to the beach.

The staff are friendly, the food is good (albeit slightly over-priced, but there is a good and cheaper restaurant right opposite), the vibe is perfect.

This is a great place to stay... and especially if you are traveling on your own, you should not stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: The dorm at the front is smaller with (as of Feb 13) rectangular mosquito nets, but is closer to the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Holon, Israel
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Great hospitality, amazing staff. Clean and affordable.
Food is good, and it seems like only 'good' people stay here....

choice of shared rooms or private rooms, both are comfortable and clean.

A real garden of eden :)

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Boulder, Colorado, USA
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This place, this very special place, was my home more than once over the last few years. Just returning to the US after four-months living at Shiva Garden, with Jayan and his lovely, loving wife, Sonja, I feel homeless in my own home now. There is a rare energy to Shiva Garden. It embodies "community." If you are looking for five-stars, find a sanitary, cold, five-star (or similar) right next door. If you want "real" people, travelers, "family" away from home and a community that cares for each other, often found nursing wounds, tired feet, playing music together, napping in hammocks or talking of travels and resting from journeys made, then you will find a home here. Not just a place to stay, but a place to truly rest. To be comforted and be soothed back to life. From heartaches to backaches, I've seen them come and I've seen them healed here. This is a place that will always be home to me anytime I am on that side of the world. There is a genuine love in my heart for Jayan and Sonja and reading some of the reviews here, it hurts to think some people just don't appreciate honorable hosts anymore? Spiders in rooms? Hippies smoking relaxant? It's going to happen anywhere in India. Come to Shiva Garden for real and safe and authentic souls. Go to the other places for white-washed people and walls...

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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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 #17 of 98 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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