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“Great location, great value, great stay”
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Raj Palace
Ranked #25 of 120 Speciality Lodging in Varkala
Reviewed 25 January 2013

We stayed here for 12 nights over Christmas 2012. We chose the Raj Palace after tramping along the cliff front looking at either pricey, or grotty and pricey rooms. It's is at the North end of the cliff about 50 metres off the front down a quiet alleyway. Its pretty much brand spanking new and has the most comfortable beds we encountered in our 9 week trip. The owner took great pride in the mattresses which cost him 8,500 rupees per single bed. The rooms are a bit on the small side, but big enough and the beds have a proper full mosquito net. There's free wi-fi which worked reasonably well in the room. A box of mineral water was provided and replenished and charged at pretty much cost price. They clean the rooms when you ask and change towels and bed linen.
All in all we very much enjoyed our stay with a friendly family who take great pride in their accomodation and service. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting a simple, extremely clean and quiet place within 50 metres of restaurants, shops and the beach.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Bazncaz
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Stayed over Christmas for 3 nights as a group of 8. The rooms are basic but very clean - bed with mosquito net and small table plus bathroom with cold shower [warm water not needed in this part of the world]. The rooms are hot even with the ceiling fan but I had acclimatised by Day 3. I really enjoyed the hammocks on the verandah outside - it's the coolest place to be!
Saji is a lovely lady, all smiles and she was helpful with whatever we asked of her. When the time came to leave she arranged a close friend to take us in his taxi, which provided comfort when we got lost in the dark countryside - we knew that we would be taken care of!
The resort has no facilities but it is in the thick of Varkala where you are spoilt for choice with cafes, shops, travel agents, spas, beach access etc. It is a 2 minute walk to the beach access - 80 slightly rickety steps to the beach - which, unfortunately, means that you cannot access the beach after dark, but the sand is clean and there is a lifeguard station keeping an eye on swimmers.
At 8 am and 4 pm each day there is a 1 1/2 hr yoga class on the resort roof. The 8 am one finishes just before the sun reaches the rooftop over the tops of the tall palm trees.
All over India there appear to be stray dogs and Varkala is no exception. They can be an unwanted presence on the beach by day and at night the barking is a nuisance. During the nights that I was there my ear-plugs proved to be invaluable so make sure that you have a pair with you.
Excellent value compared to other Varkala accommodation.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank CarolineSMelbourne
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Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Rafa G
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Reviewed 17 May 2015
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Room Tip: Prenez la chambre vue sur l'océan du 2e etage a droite
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  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cindy D
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Reviewed 10 February 2015
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Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Hélène S
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Address: Papanasam Raj Palace Kurakkanni, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
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Ranked #25 of 120 Speciality Lodging in Varkala
Price Range: €9 - €23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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