There is a gentle homestay in South India's Varkala, a sort of eye in the middle of the storm, secluded and colourful, and both reserved and welcoming, bearing the singing name of Casa Eva Luna. The grounds were like an oasis for us refugees from the Great White North. Mornings were like an enchantment, having my coffee brought to me as I read the newspaper headlines, cuddled by the buzz of a nearby civil conversation in foreign intonations. A few stores and the beach were within walking distance, but returning to the homestay patio, in the shade of the bamboos or palmtrees, was my real goal of the day. And then, I would let myself be transfixed by the cyclical moan of a mysterious animal, as in some of these movie epics of the bygone Raj days. By nightfall, as I sat by the pots of basil and hot peppers, I liked to watch the gardener sweep the leaves and water the plants in respectful silence. Thank you Katia and Esther. From BrendaLee and Jean.
Perfect place to stay in Varkala. Esther and Katrina are fabulous hosts and the house is so beautiful it's a great place to hang out between excursions. Easy walk to the beach, shops and amenities etc. Great food too. Comfortable rooms. No mosquitos. Cannot praise highly enough.
I spend a week in January 2017 with my two children and their grandparents at Esther and Kathrin's fantastic homestay. It is a real gem. Peacefully, green and with so many small details taken care of by the hosts. For example, I personally love the fact that you can get filter water (also ice cold!) all the day free of cost. It is great for the environment as well as for us guest. We truly had a wonderful stay. Playing in the hammocks in the garden and getting many good advices and a helping hand whenever we needed it. We felt so much at home. And the place is really value for money. You have a little way to walk to the beach, but it is worth it all. I have been a frequent traveler to India for almost 20 years now - Eva Casa Luna is now top on my favorite list of places to stay in Varkala! I hope to be back in a not too far future.
First time in Asia, having travelled extensively elsewhere, this was my very first stop. Not sure I could've picked better.
Lovely clean double room with en suite at a price affordable for solo travellers. Mixed crowd at the homestay, which here was a villa set in the jungle right between the temple and the beach, perfect for all the amenities.
WiFi, free water, excellent travel and medical advice (with assistance if requested), will break high denomination notes for you (very useful at the start of a trip) and provision for drinks/ meals if desired. Friendly people, lent me an iron and ironing board and were able to very affordably wash clothes had I needed it.
It's a beautiful enough place that many simply sit out on the terrace in the garden in the evening instead of going out. I had some great conversation there myself. An aryuvedic practice is inside with a separate room so if necessary you can be seen there. One guest used it and spoke highly of it for price and quality. Only downside I could see is that the mosquito net had some holes that I sealed with tape, but that's it. Enjoy!
If, like us, you value daily housekeeping, a spotless room, hot showers, unlimited drinking water, great coffee, cold beer and toilet paper (!!) you won't be disappointed. Casa Eva Luna lives up to the excellent reviews and is a super homestay well managed by a friendly English/Spanish couple. It's in a nice quiet (hard to find!) back street and the 10 minute walk to the beach was a nice stroll. Highly recommended.