Conde Nast Traveller (UK), November 2012

"The beach at Varkala is lovely: a wide stretch of golden sand, backed by cliffs, with waves to play in, pretty Indian-print umbrellas for shade, and fresh-fruit wallahs to chop you up a pineapple or a watermelon. The smartest B&B is probably Villa Jacaranda."


"By far the best option in Varkala - not so much for amenities (of which there are few) or luxury (it's no-frills), but for a sense of intimacy. This is a genteel guesthouse on South Cliff, with tasteful rooms put together with an eye for detail - and lots of personal space. Rooms are simple and minimalist, but the whole look vibes perfectly in the context of such a moody, atmospheric beach resort. Located between the village and the southern end of the beach, it's ideal for exploring both, and an entirely manageable walk to North Cliff and back."