I've visited Varkala 3x in the past as a single bachelor with friends and have always stayed at La Exotica. Didn't really notice all the flaws of the property as I was always having so much fun in the beautiful town. Returned their with my wife and 2 year old daughter and can honestly say the only bad thing about Varkala is La Exotica. 1 owner and his wife are completely rude and have no clue as to what service is 2 there's no staff to speak of. They use their personal servant as an make shift employee of the guest house. No front desk. No phone to speak of 3 we needed to warm up our milk for our daughter, and the owner had the nerve to inform me the use of fridge to store her milk and gas to warm it up "is not free." Yikes! 4 rooms are full of ants. When we returned home, discovered an army of them returned with me in my bags. Lovely! 5 no toilet paper. Guess I should my hands? 6 they gave us 2 bath towels for a 2 night stay (no hand towels). When I went downstairs to get more towels myself (b/c there's no one to call), the wife informed "you need to ask for towels. We don't have an infinite supply." Who the hell do you ask? Btw they had enough towels for the whole town to use in their storage room 7 at breakfast, we informed them we will visit Hindu temple and would return by 9:30, which they said would be no problem. When we returned, we found bread and omelettes cold that had been made over 30 minutes prior. There was a plate of fruits as well, which we ate a quarter of. Later in the day, the fn owner asked me to pay for eating the fruits as it was not included in our package. You gotta be kidding me! 8 wifi works for 6 hours a day, otherwise your SOL We ended up spending our last day at the Taj Resort. A world of difference. If you're single and going to have fun, there are many better options in Varkala. If you're going as a family and can afford rs6000 per night (about $100 per couple), go with Taj.