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“A perfect introduction to India”
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Kaiya House
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

This was a lovely, clean place to stay in Varkala village. Deborah was an interesting host who gave us a gentle introduction to this amazing country.

Apu the driver she organised for our stay was a very jolly chap who seemed happy to look after us and was not pushy like rickshaw drivers i have encountered in other parts of India.

Thank you Deborah.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2014

Thank you so much and it was lovely to have you stay. Appu is really lovely, isn't he? I'm so grateful to have wonderful Kerala people that help us make your stay a good one.

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

The cleanest accom that I stayed in in India. Debra the owner goes the extrA in making sure her guests feel welcome and enjoy their stay. She absolutely goes above and beyond and as a solo female traveller it was so nice to have the staff taking care of you, giving you advice and creating a warm environment. The roof top is awesome, I loved sitting up there every morning in the peace and quiet and have a delicious healthy breakfast delivered. It's also a great place to meet other travellers if you felt like some company. This was the perfect end to my holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you so much! I hope we'll meet in Australia one day! It was lovely to meet you!

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Reviewed May 15, 2014

I stayed at Kaiya House in March with 3 friends while travelling in Kerala and Goa. As a B&B owner myself I know how hard it is to cater for all tastes and requirements but Debra certainly succeeds. The rooms and bathrooms were comfortable, tastefully and individually decorated and, most importantly, spotless, The breakfasts were served on the lovely roof terrace and perfectly prepared by Debra's staff - there was always fresh fruit and a choice of goodies and drinks.
However it is Debra's attention to detail and her enthusiasm for Southern India that make all the difference. Her advice on how to make the best use of your time in Varkala in particular and Kerala in general, is invaluable. She talked us through places to eat, shop and see and accompanied us on an orientation walk. Best of all, she invited us to join her on her early morning walk along the beach (about 6/7km ) which was a unique opportunity to see the townspeople waking up and going about their business and to see (and help!) the fisherman haul their catch in.
Debra also arranged airport pickup and on going travel and gave us her input on enjoying Alleppey and Cochin. We loved Varkala and we loved Kaiya House with its genuine welcome and its fascinating decor and I hope to return and spend more time in this lovely lady's company. I have included some photos below and you can see from our smiles how happy we were with our choice of homestay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you for your kind words and it means a lot as you do the same thing! Your busy season must be coming and I wish you all the fun you brought to my home to come back to you.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Having never visited India before we read plenty reviews of different places all over Kerala and Varkala. In the end, we settled for Kaiya House as our number one choice, and it turned out to be a very good one!

Debra was very kind and showed us 'the ropes' as far as tourism goes. She explained lots of "do's and dont's" and gave us a quick tour of the neighboring area, which we were very grateful for. She also helped us get a taxi from the airport the day we arrived, and even called us (via the taxi driver) to make sure we had landed and everything was all right.

It's really corny, but Debra and her staff made our stay feel like we were at our home away from home. The hospitality is nothing but outstanding. The place (general area, kitchen, room, bathrooms, etc.) is very neat and clean, breakfast is very good and it all have a very homely feel to it. A couple of late evenings were spent on the terrace and those moments were as close to magical as they could be.

Oh, if you get to join her on a morning walk, my SO and I can warmly recommend it. She'll be showing you a very beautiful side of India we otherwise would not have seen .

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Ooooo, I have such a difficult relationship with technology. I think I just deleted my entire iPod and replied to the wrong review! Opps! But I'd do want to thank you for your kind words and taking the time to write them! Who knows, perhaps we'll meet in Sweden one day! Enjoy!

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Reviewed May 10, 2014

Really nice people who take care of you. Good service, good food and nice rooms. Varkala beach is like Goa in Kerala. Beautiful beach and nice restaurants and shops. (Tibetan shops were especially great) We really enjoyed the experience.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you so much for staying with us and I'm delighted you had a good time. Thank you!

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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We can agree with the previous reviews that Debra is one of the most conscientious and hardworking hosts we have had. She went out of her way to be helpful, and is willing to try to solve any problems that might come up. The seven km morning walk was really fun and good exercise. She was very helpful in arranging train tickets. The house itself is very comfortable, and the covered roof is a good place to eat a very tasty breakfast, relax, and chat with other travelers. We stayed in the "African Room" as it has windows on two sides and a lot of light. The beach is a little distant from the house, but easily walkable. We definitely recommend staying at Kaiya House, and would certainly welcome the opportunity to stay there again.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you so much! I'm laughing as I type this remembering the power cut night and how gracefully you managed it with hugs smiles! It was such a pleasure to meet you and I hope to see you again sometime!

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights and Debra and her staff could not have done more for us or made us more welcome. Our room was spacious and spotless and breakfast on the top terrace was very pleasant. The beautifully decorated house is in a quiet street but within walking distance of the beach and the cliff. However if you want a rickshaw Debra will have one at your disposal in no time at all and can arrange an airport pick up should you wish one. A great find and great personal service.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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KaiyaHouse, General Manager at Kaiya House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you so much. You had such a great sense of humour and adventure with your arrival in a full on power cut! The only sadness is you couldn't stay a few more days. All the best!

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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
#3 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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