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Kaiya House
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“True value for money. Experience is a free bonus.”
Reviewed February 13, 2012

Much has been written about Debra and her staff. And all of that is true. She's an amazing host.
The best part of staying at Kaiya House was the fact that you feel welcome from the second you set your foot in. To be guaranteed a cup of tea/coffee any time of the day is an added bonus. By the way Debra has some rules..No eating inside the rooms..wash feet when you come back from beach. It all adds to the charm of the home. And out of the three homestays we did in Kerala, this one was the only mosquito and insects proof!

This place is 1km away from the beach. Its a beautiful walk though. Varkala does have some resorts right on the cliff but i am not sure if they will match this experience.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

This was a great place to stay we only stayed for 3 nights but felt at home from the moment we stepped inside. Debra was great, she was a perfect host so helpful. Make sure you go on her tour she has some great suggestions for places to eat. The cafe by the tank does great masala dosa's. The house is beautiful and very clean. The outside areas are big and spacious. The breakfast is delicious and her staff delightful. Great coffee too. We had an amazing time with Debra and hope to visit again. - Karl and Tracy UK

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

From the time we were met at the door by Debra to the moment she arranged the rickshaw for us to leave nothing was too much trouble.
On our arrival Debra immediately asked us if we were up to going off in a motor rickshaw to an elephant festival that was taking place in a nearby town, and needless to say made all the arrangements. When we returned she took us to show us where to eat and shop. LThe next morning after a wonderful breakfast she then took us for a walk to show us other places to see during our stay.The whole house was beautiful and we spent many happy hours talking with Debra. We cannot recommend the experience highly enough. If we return to Varkala we would rush to book a room at Kaiya House.

  • Stayed January 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

We had a great stay with Debra and her staff at Kaiya house, nothing was too much, and it was nice to be guaranteed a decent cup of coffee in the mornings. Thank you so much for taking great care of us, we will definately be back to stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Kaiya House, Debra and her staff definitely shine the brightest in the Tripadvisor galaxy of Varkala.

With Babujee, Letta and Bapu, Debra sees to every need of her guests - from making sure their taxis are paid for if they're too tired to get to an ATM on arrival, to walking them around the little town to orientate them. She has decorated Kaiya House magnificently, using all her collected paintings and objects d'art to make Kaiya House a user friendly work of art itself. Babujee sees to the maginificent breakfasts, Indian or Western, taken outside or on the splendid roof terrace and she is also ever ready with a cup of tea or coffee for the guests. The house itself is well located, a pleasant ten minute walk from the beach and if we returned to Varkala, as we hope to, we'd stay nowhere else.

Room Tip: Choose the Chinese room which is away from the road and also has a balcony backing onto it.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

We stayed for a couple of nights at the beginning of January as part of our honeymoon. We were delighted we'd managed to get a room there. Debra is an exceptional host! From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and well looked after. The room was clean and beautifully decorated, lovely touches all around the house. Debra took the time to show us the town and even helped us find another guesthouse on the cliff as she could only have us for a couple of nights. All in all, a lovely guesthouse with an amazing host. A real highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

We greatly enjoyed our stay with Debra at Kaiya House. The house is gorgeous and the rooms are as well. She was very kind and generous with her time while we stayed there. Great stay overall

  • Stayed January 2012
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Additional Information about Kaiya House

Property: Kaiya House
Address: Kaiya House,, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
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Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Varkala
#3 Family Hotel in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only a 10 minute walk from Varkala's famous cliff tops, this lovely boutique hotel, Kaiya House, offers the traveler a calm and beautiful environment to enjoy the sights and sounds of India in a relaxed atmosphere. The 7 guest rooms all have a theme from different parts of the world ranging from the African room to the Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Native American and English.Suraj and Debra offer a unique experience of India in this family run business. Babuchi, Ledah and Ajit are there to take care of the guests needs and to provide a traditional Kerala breakfast. Other options would also be available with advance notice.Also available are private Pilates classes, yoga by appointment and massage. ... more   less 
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Kaiya House Varkala, Kerala

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