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Karthika Plaza Resort
Ranked #10 of 97 Varkala B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

We loved every minute of our stay at Karthika. The rooms are clean, comfortable and cool and the gardens beautiful...but what really makes this place special is it's dedicated host. Rajesh knows how to make his guests at home. Breakfast on the balcony was always a lovely way to start the day and as all the other reviews say he'll drive you anywhere in Varkala, any time for no charge. Its a little bit away from the main strip of hotels and hostels on the cliff, but I'd say this is was actually a good thing, feeling quieter and more relaxed. Rajesh will have you down the beach in a jiffy anyway so it was never an issue for us.
We left Varkala for a few days to explore Kerala, and on our return to Karthika felt a little bit like coming home. I would HIGHLY recommend this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Karthika Plaza was the highlight of our stay in Kerala. The well appointed room was by far the cleanest we had encountered in India. Rajesh, the host would run you anywhere in the surrounding area - and pick you up again -at no charge!!! The breakfasts were exceptional and if you were, say, reading on the balcony - a freshly brewed cup of chai or fruit juice would appear! The gardens were perfectly maintained which added to the "chilled out" experience.
I cannot rate this hotel any higher and would recommend it to anyone who likes peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

A stay at Karthika Plaza in Varkala is a winning ticket.You are in all respects looked after by the hosts in a fantastic way.Before you even know yourself, what you want to do, what you want to see,what you would like to eat for breakfast...it is fulfilled for you. In 3 years the owner Rajesh have built this secluded retreat in Varkala, a place with nice, clean and practical rooms, new bedding and new towels every other day,delightful breakfastes at your own room terrace, surrounded by a lovely garden with lots of birds... You cannot but be filled by a huge comfort.Here the guests are in focus,day and night. Rajesh and his team are always there for you. Do you want to be picked up on the beach? Do you want to be left on/ tipped about a restaurant? Going away and take a train? Whatever you want- you will get all the help you need.

We will return. And that means the very best grade for Karthika Plaza.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

To be true to the title and to cut through niceties, I'll emphasize 3 points most important for every tourist.
1. Care free transportation to and from Karthika Plaza Resort. They pick you up as far as from Trivandrum Airport; give you a ride for any business in Varkala and even Trivandrum (50 km away), but also advise you about train's time tables and even buy tickets for you! In congested Indian Railways such service provided by Mr. Rajesh, resort manager, is truly priceless and it is free.
2. Tranquility and noiseless environment of beautiful garden on the property, availability of not only breakfast that is included into tariff, but any meal during the day is another big plus for introverted tourists like myself and my wife.
3. 1.5 km distance, which separate Karthika from the noise and vanity of the Varnaka North Cliff beach, in fact, gives you incentive to exercise your leg muscles, albeit this incentive is not supported by Mr. Rajesh and his stuff. They always insist on giving you ride and picking you up at the first call. I think of it as the third double plus.
Did I forget Web access? Or medical advises of Mr. Rajesh, pharmacist by training? No, I did not. But it will be too much for me to add yet another new word to English dictionary - Quintfecta.

Room Tip: Ground floor gives you more shadow and it is cooler than second floor.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

We had a brilliant stay. Rajesh is a great host, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we had a great time. He ferried us round, recommended local restaurants and ensured our onwards travel was all organised.

The accommodation is very clean, and the breakfasts are lovely (ask for indian breakfasts). The staff all take great pride in the service they provide.

Highly recommended and very reasonably priced.

Ben & Jen

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

We chose this small hotel on the basis of your rating. We were not disappointed. In many years of travelling in India and elsewhere we have never had such outstanding personal service from Rajesh and his staff. The rooms were comfortable and spotlessly clean; the breakfasts were excellent; the location was quiet but convenient and Rajesh provided free transport to any location in the Varkala area.
Such is our confidence on Rajesh and his hotel that we would be happy to provide references on this hotel to anyone, via yourselves

Room Tip: Ground floor gives ease of access to lovely garden. Great for breakfast on patio in front of room...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

Just back from India. Stayed in the Karthika Plaza as our first stop. Loved it. Varkala is far better than Kovalam. Quiter, better beaches and less like Benidorm as I found Kovalam to be.

Karthika Plaza really relaxing. Rajeesh, the manager and his team fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble. From sorting out my e mail problems and helping to book Indian trains to sending one off the guys to buy us suitcase locks as ours had broken, nothing was too much trouble!

The accommodation is a small 8 room complex from memory, lovely garedns and about 3 min by car from the palm fringed beaches (avoid the main beach. the smaller one is far better). We found this better than staying on the beach. Quieter and away from the tourist zone.Rajeesh drops you off and picks you up in the car. As often and when ever you want. Just call and he is there like a flash.

Rajeesh thank you.
John & Lisa

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Karthika Plaza Resort
Address: Punnamoodu Papanasam Road | Wacher Mukku, Kairali Nagar, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Accommodation is very important to any Tourist. We provide you the service of top notch accommodation based on your budget and preference. Comfortable stay and safe accommodation facilities play a vital role when you are away from home and looks for maximum comfort at reasonable rates. You are assured of the best and most professional services and value for money at Karthika Plaza Resort. Located near Varkala Papanasm Beach Secure Complex FREE HIGH SPEED WiFi INSIDE ROOM AND GARDEN. Excellence Award Winner (twice) We Care Seniors Beautiful Garden- Rich Greenery Long Veranda Connected Family Rooms AC Non AC Rooms with Attached Bath and Garden View Complementary breakfast Meals On Request We promote Organic Food Flexible Check In/Out Sightseeing Tour- Car Sharing Possible Ayurveda and Dental Treatment Preventive Health Care Check Up 24 hr Care And Support Air Port Transfer(charge) House Boat Booking. ... more   less 
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