Kaiya House

Top choice guesthouse in Varkala

Not your typical Varkala address, this gorgeously original hideaway is packed with art and antiques and topped by a breezy roof terrace. The five rooms are thoughtfully themed (African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, English): four-poster beds, wooden carvings, embroidered wall hangings. American owner Debra organises beach clean-ups and welcomes guests with tea, tips, water refills, yoga mats and free walking tours.