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Kaiya House
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 24, 2012

We intended to stay one night at the delightful Kaiya House and ended up staying four. The en suite rooms were spotless and the beds were very comfortable. In addition, complimentary refreshments were available all day. The house is a beautifully decorated space with an airy, relaxing rooftop where we ate breakfast, watched birds during the late afternoons and whiled away time chatting with our lovely host, Debra, who. beguiled us with her fascinating stories. She couldn't have been more helpful, from giving us a guided tour of the town, arranging trips / drivers when we needed them,down to the finer details of lending umbrellas, binoculars, etc. Other members of staff at Kaiya were also very friendly and accommodating. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this excellent value for money accommodation to any of our friends or family.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sueneilPerth
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

Thank you so much for the lovely review! I also enjoyed those chats on the roof and I was so pleased you choose to stay some extra days! It was really a pleasure to have you here.

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is an excellent place to stay run by Debra, a very caring and helpful host. We liked the location as Kaiya House in not on the cliff but much more part of real Indian Varkala rather than being in the more tourist orientated area. The hotel is near the 2000 year old temple and bustling Temple Junction. If you want to get to the beach it's only a 10 minute walk. The breakfasts include a great selection of Keralan options. The new roof terrace is a nice cool palce to relax and read. The rooms are clean and comfortable with attractive decor. Debra is a really helpful and caring host and she will organise excursions to places of interest such as the backwaters. She also organised an airport pick up for us. and showed us nice walks and good places to shop. All highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank robinhop
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

It was great to have you stay for a good amount of time. I'm pleased you liked the location and took full advantage of local things to do. I also loved that you spent quite a lot of time staying on the rooftop to just relax and read. That was exactly what I had in mind when I added it this past year. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and I hope we meet again.

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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Debra is the hostess with the mostest! She does everytrhing to ensure that your stay in her lovely house is a memorable one! From taking you on a familiarisation walk, to a 7 kilometre coastal footpath trail, to arranging the shopping for the wine, even through to money lending, nothing is too much trouble for her and her lovely staff.

The newly furbished roof top is a great place to take breakfast and plan the day ahead, and the food was always fresh and delicious.

The rooms are great, although a bit on the small side, but this was not a problem, as it was so well thought out and spotlessly clean.

Every detail is thought of at Kaiya House and we were spoiled rotten!

Debra has a background in hospitality and the service business and it definitely shows - nshe is interested in her guests as real people, and all in all Kaiya House is a great place to stay.

Many thanks Debra for helping us to have a lovely week with you.

Room Tip: The African Room is great fun, especially if you like masks!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Geoff E
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

Thanks so much for your lovely review! I miss seeing you two out for the day on the scooter! You really got around and likely discovered places I don't even know about. I'm also glad you enjoyed the walk. It's one of my favorite things to do here when I have the time and I enjoy sharing it. I hope we meet again.

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Reviewed April 21, 2012

debra's kaiya house is a fantastic place to stay
Beautiful decoration and a roof area is great place to relax .
Serves the delicious breakfast at roof..
All the best for the future ..
A nice place recommended to stay in varkala

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank rajveersinghrathore
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

Thank you so much for saying you would recommend us and I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed April 17, 2012

As has been said many times on this site, Debra's Kaiya House is a fantastic place to stay and at such a modest price too. Rooms maybe simple but they are very comfortable, spotless and beautifully decorated and the roof area is a great spot for relaxing.
The staff are friendly and willing to do anything for you, particularly Debra herself, who is happy (I think!) to stay up and wait for your return home after midnight or awake early to see you off on a trip to the backwaters (or cancel it if you are feeling too tired!). She'll call you a rickshaw at any hour, offer recommendations for trips and provide refreshments at all times. We were very sad to leave!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank RUSSELL J
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2012

I was most happy to stay up and wait for your return after midnight! That tells me you were out enjoying your time in Varkala. You were sad to and I was sad to see you leave. Hopefully we'll meet again and I thank you for the kind review.

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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Staying at Kaiya house was a special and memorable experience for us. We travelled in Southern india for 9 weeks and our stay here was definitely a highlight of the trip. We enjoyed great chats with our host, Debra, delicious breakfasts on the rooftop terrace and the best mattresses you're likely to come across in India. The guesthouse is located about 10 minutes walk from the north or south clifftop where most of the action is, but we actually enjoyed being away from the main thoroughfare and enjoyed the stroll ' back home'.Debra is a great host, with helpful tips about the area and has managed to create that 'home away from home' feel .
We stayed at quite a few lovelhy places but this was our favourite. Thanks Debra

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank jumbalumba
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

After going through the reviews, we planned short drive from Trivandrum and stayed a night in Kaiya house. True to the reviews, Debra is a wonderful host, made efforts to make our stay comfortable. A nice place recommended to stay in varkala.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about 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
#2 Family Hotel in Varkala
Price Range: $31 - $39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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