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Karthika Plaza Resort
Ranked #7 of 52 Hotels in Varkala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Whenever we planned holiday to Varkala, there was only one place that came to our mind to stay, Karthika Plaza. Excellent service rendered from Rajesh & Sujith.Real lovely place to stay, just feel like home. This time I had my inlaws, my parents too with me & we all had a great time together. Thank you once again for you wonderful hospitality & we are going there next year too, Really looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I found three rooms at Karthika very short notice during the high season in Varkala when many places are completely booked up. Our rooms were very clean, owners Rajesh and Sujit were wonderful, breakfast was tasty and relatively quick, and we had no concerns about security of our stuff at the place. The location is not near the beach but as other reviews explain, Rajesh and Sujit take their guests wherever they might want to go at all hours. Only drawbacks are that the location is on a sharp curve in the road so car horns honking may wake up light sleepers, but this is pretty typical in India!

Room Tip: The courtyard garden facing rooms may be quieter as they are set away from the road.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

This is the second time we have stayed at karthika which speaks volumes in itself! We were not disappointed on our second stay, if anything even more impressed we were looked after so well be Rajesh and his brother Sujit. The hospitality and care they show their guests is amazing! Rajesh helped us with our itineraries, gave us suggestions of things to go and see, drew us maps so we could find our way round when hired motorbike and encouraged us to try Indian breakfasts he made for us and were really lovely. Every day we came down the steps from our room Rajesh or Sujit were ready to take us to the beach or for dinner and always arranged to come back to collect us as well. Amazing service!
The accommodation is very well kept in lovely gardens. The rooms are simple but all you need and spotlessly clean. Karthika is such a relaxing place to stay and we really felt we were leaving friends at the end of our stay rather than checking out of a bed and breakfast. This place really cannot be faulted!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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yasodharan L, Owner at Karthika Plaza Resort, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2013

Thank you very much for the compliments. We will always try our level best to continue the same and also will try to improve further.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

I was looking forward to staying at Karthika Plaza Tourist Resort, Varkala for a holiday in March 2014 as the Tripadvisor reviews rated this accommodation and staff very highly indeed.
Unfortunately due to health reasons, I have now had to cancel. A full payment had been made(only a deposit was initially required) this was returned to me in full by Rajesh who went out of his way to help by keeping in touch till the money was back in my account. Given the opportunity I will definitely visit Rajesh and stay at the Karthika Plaza as I'm sure a very warm welcome awaits.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
1  Thank cedarpair
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

....Myself, partner and her parents visited karthika plaza late March for 2 weeks and it can only be described as one of he most wonderful experiences we have been on.

From the moment we were picked up at the airport to the very last minute of our stay nothing was too much for Rajesh and Sujith.

When we arrived we were show to our rooms which were in the newest building and served with a wonderful fresh lime drink which we sat and took in the amazing surroundings of his immaculate garden, with Muriel's carved out of stone, fresh flowers and fruit trees you would not believe you we're in the middle of a busy town.

The rooms were immaculately clean with a large comfortable double bed, which was changed each day along with our towels.

In the rear of our room was a large fridge and small freezer which kept our water ice cold.

The bathroom was large, clean and the shower was great when coming back from a day out in the heat or a day at the beach.

If you decided you needed tv then there is a big choice of channels English channels.

There is a government issue whereby they switch off the local electricity a number of times a day, but with Rajesh having a generator this does not cause too much of an issue whilst in the apartments.

Morning breakfast was served each day at a time of our request and again it was perfect, with fresh fruit, juices, eggs and please ask Rajesh to try the Kerala breakfast as this was wonderful.

The most amazing this was the service and even staying in 5* hotels I have not had better service, Rajesh and Sujith would do anything they possible could for you. They are two of the nicest people we have ever met and we can not thank them enough for our stay.

We will 100% be returning to Varkala and the Karthika Plaza.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Not much to add to what has already been written about Rajesh and Karthkika Plaza but just wanted to say that all the reviews are true and Rajesh continues to offer his uniquely excellent service. Rajesh does it in a way that is very helpful and attentive without being intrusive - quite a difficult balancing act.
New larger rooms have been built at the back of the property and Rajesh is hoping to add a pool in the next couple of years.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor of the main block - seemed to get less insects up here than on the grou...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This place is absolutely amazing. Rajesh is so friendly and helpful. Always on hand to organise or help with anything. It's set back about 15 minutes from the beach but he'd always drive you down and pick you up. He also went to the station to pick up our train tickets saving us the time queuing up. Breakfasts were very good and the rooms spotless.
Couldn't recommend more highly!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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: $14 - $39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Karthika Plaza Resort an elegant holiday accommodation 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 on request. Enjoy our Traditional vegetarian meals. We promote organic food. ... more   less 
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Karthika Plaza Tourist Hotel Varkala
Karthika Plaza Resort Varkala, Kerala

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