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Karthika Plaza Resort
Ranked #7 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“5 star service at a good price.”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Rajesh and his team are there for you whatever you need, wherever you need to go and whenever you need them. This included chasing about for Doctors and a Hospital visit when one of us was ill.

The property is a decent walk from the Cliff/Beach but you will be dropped off and picked up as required.

Breakfast is great and the room air-con is quiet and the garden areas etc are immaculate.

Rajesh and the staff deserve the praise in this and all the other reviews and we wish them all well for the future....

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We, two sisters, stayed in Varkala from Jan 5th to 10th, 2013 after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor. Everything was as described and we really loved it. Rajesh and his team are friendly and kind people. We were welcomed and felt really cared for. We moved from the front to one of the new, more spacious back rooms which have AC, a fridge and a new bath. We preferred not staying at the beach in Varkala, but to be in the green quiet of Karthika Plaza. Walking to touristy places from there is somewat adventurous because of the busy roads, but we did not even need to take a rikshaw to go anywhere as we were driven and picked up by Rajesh and his colleague everywhere without extra cost at any time and even on short notice. We only paid a little taxi fare for one of our trips which Rajesh recommended and organized, i.e. a boat trip to a temple on an island with a canoe and a walk back to Varkala from Kappil Beach along the coastline. We loved our breakfast on the terrace, the chili omelettes as much as the Indian breakfast. We learned much about the surroundings and Indian life and would definitely go there again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Turku, Finland
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed 11 days at Karthika Plaza in December 2013 and can truly confirm all the positive comments in the earlier reviews. We were taken so good care all the time, private car all the time, gardener and breakfast chef! Beautiful property with great garden, Rajesh kindly asking would we be interested to go to here and there and actually we followed all his guidings. So we saw exciting wild life at the lakes and back-waters and on the high mountains with tea plantations. Sujit was a great and safe driver for a long day of 14 hours. We also went to see 15 elephants in a temple. We made the trip with Ambassador taxi that Rajesh had ordered especially for us. Rajesh even helped me to sort out a bit problematic jewellery purchase we had done in Delhi earlier on the trip. Kerala people are so nice, peaceful and beautiful. Wish to come back again. Seija & Pekka, Turku, Finland

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Inverness
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Westerners should not be put off by the term "resort" which conjures pictures in the mind of rowdiness within a large encampment. This is in fact a very peaceful Bed and Breakfast, comprising three smallish buildings within a site of, I guess, about an acre. Most of the plot is towards the back of the site and is as yet undeveloped.

Rooms are extremely clean, modern and simply furnished - no shampoo though. We had two in a block of three which were newly completed. There were some snagging problems with water, and particularly hot water due to the geyser being turned off inadvertently. However, they were very quickly (within minutes) resolved by Rajesh or his staff. A/C and Satellite TV worked wonderfully in these rooms, both of which were particularly appreciated.

You will see that a recurrent theme in Karthika reviews is the much appreciated free taxi service to/from the beach/town/train station and the excellence of Rajesh and the other staff. The taxi service really is a boon because although the beach is only 5 minutes away by car, and I estimate could be walked in around 15/20 minutes, the 31C heat was such that we never did walk.

With regard to our hosts, they were always there with a big smile, a joke and helpful suggestions, whenever we needed them, no matter the time of day. They truly went the extra mile - a blanket for the beach; extra towels when we got back from the beach; a pot of tea when we asked; cold bottled water; advice re' restaurants, early breakfast etc etc. Our stay in Varkala was made so much more enjoyable by the team and all that has been said about them is absolutely true and well deserved. You can happily book here with great confidence. You will definitely be looked after very well indeed.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Karthika Plaza Tourist Resort was a true gem in our 2 month stay in India. It was a wonderful relaxing place to be and the service was exceptional. The room was large and well maintained with a veranda overlooking the garden area where we enjoyed our delicious breakfasts each day. It is located a few blocks from the beach which was no problem as Rajesh provided shuttle service. We had many conversations about his gardens, the birds to be seen (including the Mother eagle with her babies) and Varkala sights and opportunities. He recommended a local aryuvedic team of 2 doctors who were excellent He always made the time and his enthusiasm was infectious. Thanks Rajesh when we return to India Karthika Plaza Tourist Resort will definitely be on our list of must do's.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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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!

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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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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Varkala
#4 On the Beach Hotel 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] Karthika Plaza Resort an elegant non star Hotel facility is the favourite choice for travellers worldwide who are looking for an unforgettable get away stay. The combination of comfort , location , great breakfasts, Calm and relaxed atmosphere surrounded by coconut palms , rich greenery , humming birds and dedicated guest care staff makes your stay memorable. Each of the guest rooms are pleasingly appointed and offers a private bath with shower. AC Non AC Single, Twin / Double, Suite and Special connected family rooms. free WIFI and satellite television. The Inn is just a short walking distance to the beach. In minutes guests may walk to downtown attractions. Guest Review Award 2016 and Trip Advisor 2017 Excellence Award (3rd) are the distinction given based on reviews and recommendations by guests on recognizing our exceptional service. Traditional home made breakfast and meals. Enjoy our Traditional vegetarian meals. We promote organic food. So many nearby attractions & our travel desk will manage sightseeing trips. You are assured of the best and most professional services and value for money at Karthika Plaza Resort. We care Seniors. We arrange Ayurveda & Dental Treatment , Preventive Health Care check up, Wellness packages, yoga class, houseboat booking etc ... more   less 
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