I cancelled my booking from booking.com. Then called the following day to rebook as I really wanted to see Varkala before leaving India. In Trivandrum I was told the bus will be in two hours and I need to take 2 - 3 buses to get to Varkala. I didn't know about the alternative of using the Rs30 train. Tuktuk rickshaw drivers quoted me between Rs800 - Rs1500 to take me to Varkala from Trivandrum. So i was truly grateful when I called the hotel that Ranjid could come pick me up. I had to pay Rs500 for diesel and it was a pleasant drive. He shared with me the awesome things they have at the resort - daily yoga, gym, cooking classes and 2 minutes walk from the beach. What a cool one stop shop. I was super excited. When we arrived within minutes of introduction Rahul, Ranjid's business partner asked how I will settle the bill. They don't have card facilities therefore I need to go to ATM. That should have been a warning bell. Not welcome how was your trip. You sounded very lost etc. Not even offer me a glass of water or food since he was having lunch. I asked if I can check in, freshen up, find food and then look for an ATM if that's okay. My room was big well lit, with a wall view of the nearby building. The wall on the head of the bed was dirty with smudges, the bathroom tiles were wet, toilet sprayer was leaking. When I told Rahul he said they would fix it later. There was no toilet paper. They asked me to buy my own. I had to clean the room in order to feel comfortable. The walk to the beach in the heat FELT too far. Later walking back in the dark streets maze from the beach to Coral Cove was very uncomfortable and scary. I decided I need to move closer to the cliff and beach front activities. Back in the room there was a sheet covering the mattress but no extra sheet for sleeping in. Hello! I went downstairs to ask for sheets, or blanket, or towel anything really. I received a sheet and small throw. This shall do thank you. In order not to walk on a wet bathroom floor I used the bucket to collect the dripping water and flush the toilet with it. In the morning eager to get to the rooftop gym. I was very disappointed to realise that the "gym" only had two unassembled dusty machines on the far corner which were not ready for use. The yoga studio left a lot to be desired. Coral Cove Beach Resort... Mmhhhh what a fancy name when I called I asked for sea view windows and was told the rooms are not available. This is a walk through a maze to get to the beach. There were no sheets, no towels, no toilet paper, dripping toilet sprayer and dirty walls. Rahul and Ranjid sounded nice when I checked in eager for business especially as I'm staying for 1.5 week. In the morning when I wanted to settle last night's bill and check out Rahul was very distant and cold. He kept asking how many nights I stayed wanting to charge for two nights. I settled my Rs650 for the night walked out the door excited about staying at a very clean cliff Bamboo Village with a spectacular sea view for Rs500.