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Karthika Plaza Resort
Ranked #10 of 98 Varkala B&B and Inns
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“Paradise in Southern India”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

You cannot get a better place in southern India then the Khartika plaza! Rajesh is perhaps the best host we had in a country that is always hospitable! Every morning we would shuffle out of our rooms, bleary eyed, to pots of steaming coffee and Chai, followed by a beautiful breakfast. On our last day, we even were served had Dosa's!. The compound is lush with greenery, and birds and butterflys flit around. We did not rent a car , plaaning to "get to that", but to our amazement, there was no need,as Rajneesh or his brothers, shuttled us anywhere and everywhere at any time of the day or night. The beach was a lovely stroll away, but we were far enough in the jungle that the lovely sounds of the night would lull us to sleep. Elephant rides, Estuary boat rides, all reasonable and arranged without a care by Rajneesh. The best for last, all you animal lovers and bird nerds,,,there was absolutely nothing better then Rajneesh bounding through the gardens to point out an iridescent blue butterfly or kinfisher, or that the sea eagles nesting in the coconut trees across from our room had just had babies! This guy is excited about our world, and shares it bountiously! thank you Rajneesh!

Room Tip: Second story rooms afford you a birds eye view of all the critters in the garden. Rajneesh was just...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

We spent a wonderful 4 nights here in December 2012. The location is away from the main cliff area but as others have said, the thing that makes this place so great is the owner Rajesh. He is there to help with absolutely anything you may need. He dropped and collected us from the station, always had someone available to drop us to the cliffs/beach, took us to town for ATM and pharmacy, took us to the train station to arrange our ticket and the list goes on. There was nothing that was too much for him to help with at any point. He recommended us a local aryuvedic doctor who was excellent and we had an amazing massage. Rajesh also arranged to take us to another isolated beach further away to watch sunset which was beautiful.

The rooms are clean and simple - nothing special but the service more than makes up for this. Breakfast was ready for us every morning at a time of our convenience. Rajesh has just built some new rooms which look wonderful - hopefully we can stay there next time!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Varkala, India
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Rajesh the owner operator is the kindest most welcoming host in India! Rajesh will help you with anything you need and if you have a concern voice it and he will sort it out. Rajesh is what makes this place so wonderful and such a lovely place to stay.
The hotel is a bit back from the beach but he offers a shuttle service for no extra charge, he also ferried us about quite a bit, none of which appeared on our bill.
The rooms are nice and very clean. The new part looks stunning and I wish we had been able to stay there!
Breakfast is included and is fresh and delicious. Each morning we also had some of the traditional Kerelan breakfast which was always spot on.
This was a lovely stay made really great by the staff. cheers.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is a beautiful compound with full greenery. Very safe and good location. Excellent food and service. Next to main building new annex is nearing completion, with lots of art work. They provided all support for our comfortable stay and local tour

Room Tip: ground level rooms are close to garden
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

A great B&B starts with great people: Rajesh and his staff are kind, friendly, and tremendously accommodating...they truly care about doing everything they can to make your experience in Varkala enjoyable (Rajesh even generously let me use his computer when my tablet had trouble connecting to wi-fi). Someone is always available to assist with driving to the cliffs/beach or town or to the airport/train station. Rajesh's recommendations for restaurants, places to see beyond the beach and things to experience were consistently right-on. As an aside, my treatment with a local ayurveda doctor was great - highly recommend doing this.

The rooms are very clean, simple and quite comfortable, with a covered sitting area outside each room. Each morning started with a filling breakfast brought to me outside my room...lovely to eat looking at the beautiful gardens. Though not right on the cliffs (which I preferred), Karthika Plaza is a fantastic value and experience...don't miss it!

Room Tip: I had a non-AC room on the first level and it was cool with the fan.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Rajesh and his staff will make you feel so welcome and comfortable that you may have trouble leaving. We booked for two nights, ended up staying four. Nothing is a problem for Rajesh and he will help arrange your every day if you want (or even your whole visit to India) or leave you to your own devices if you prefer. The hotel is not on the beach, but whenever and wherever you want to go, a free car with driver is waiting for you. At first we thought the slightly out of the way location was a problem but it was nice to leave the very touristy Varkala cliff at the end of the evening. Without his local knowledge and kindness we would have missed a stunning sunset on a deserted beach, the local temple festival full of tradition and elephants and our own private beach for an afternoon. If they can do anything for you they will, we could only have hoped to have somewhere similar to stay for the rest of the stops on our trip.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

My husband, my best friend, and I stayed at Karthika back in December- January. We were there for new years, surfing, and to have a great time. What can I say about this place, Rajesh, and his staff. They were all so humble. My husband went surfing most mornings we were there and Rajesh had breakfast for him at 6AM sharp. It was so kind of him. I remember when we wanted to go to Ponmudi (the hills), Rajesh had one of his staff members drive us there because the original car we had booked didn't have enough leg room. He really went out of his way for our comfort. Also, he never missed dropping us off or picking us up from the famous "Cliff". He told us about all the best restaurants and ayurvedic treatment sites. He and all his staff are so helpful. This would have to be the best accommodation we received in all our stays.

You know Rajesh really likes you if at the end of your stay he has you try this special fruit. Won't give it away, you just have to find out out.

Thank you Rajesh and the gang!!

Mev, John, and Susie

Room Tip: Every room is quiet. They keep all the rooms the same. Just chose between AC or non AC.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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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 98 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VISIT KERALA IN MANSOON and enjoy dust free cool weather, verdant greenery. Best time for AYURVEDA TREATMENT.[june- mid oct and nov] 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. WE CARE SENIORS. Located near Varkala Papanasm Beach Secure Complex FREE HIGH SPEED WiFi INSIDE ROOM AND GARDEN. Excellence Award Winner (twice). 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 Yoga class etc. ... more   less 
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