Hill View, Varkala

This resort, with its spacious and well-appointed rooms, is on the North Cliff, with an expansive view of the waters. The eatery next-door, Cafe Del Mar, serves nicely-spruced up Italian and Continental dishes, which have obviously been mastered keeping the international visitors in mind. Interestingly, I first landed upon the eatery, had the food, and then decided to stay the day in the property which looked rather welcoming from the outside.

Don’t go in there expecting a luxury resort with 3-or even-5 star services because it isn’t one. None of the “resorts” on the cliff are that in the real sense of the word, it being mostly a backpacker’s paradise where people come for long stays and are mostly on their own. The rooms are clean, the view is amazing and you have the cafe and the cliff to walk out to.

Hill View Beach Resort has accommodation options ranging from Rs 800 to Rs 2,500 (during the off-season) and the prices hike up during peak season. Give them a call before you land up there – they usually run full.

Hill View Beach Resort.

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Palm Tree Bungalow, Maadathil Cottages, Blue Water Beach Resort and Palm Tree Heritage are hotels in the nearby Odayam Beach, which will make you splurge but give you more luxury. Keratheeram Beach Resort and Magnolia Guesthouse are the budget options and highly recommended. Check out Villa Jacaranda and Kaiya House for romantic, boutique family-run experiences.