Shiva Garden Home Stay was opened in 2007 by Jayan Rajan, and since then, is open all year round, receiving guests from all over the world.
We are located in South India, Kerala (God’s Own Country), Varkala beach, one of the Top 10 beaches in India, rated 3rd place by Tourists, and one of the First 30 Tour Destinations in the Planet, rated 28th place among the 100 top ‘Best Value Index’ around the globe.
The main beach is Papanasam beach. The word Papanasam means washing away sins. The legend says, that to take a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all the sins in one’s life.
Varkala Beach 11
Shiva Garden Home Stay is located 5 min. walking distance from Papanasam beach, 10 min by rickshaw from Varkala town and 20 min from the picturesque Backwaters.
Backwaters Trip Varkala
Shiva Garden Home Stay offers a range of budget and medium-priced accommodation, located in a large private garden with a friendly, family atmosphere. Facilities include a restaurant, Wi-Fi, activity hall, therapy room, playground area for adults and children, chill-out area, books for exchange, a esoteric library and toys and bicycles for children are available.
Prices range from 300 INR to 3.000 INR per night. Different types of accommodation are available including dormitory, tents, tree huts, budget rooms, balcony rooms and apartments.
Jayan and the manager, speak fluent English, Hindi and Malayalam.
Sonia joined the Shiva Garden Team in January 2010 for 3 months, and again in January 2012, up to the present day. She is able to speak with guests in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese and a bit of Italian and Malayalam. In total, the team can receive guests in 7 different languages.
Jayan created the restaurant area in a way that makes the meeting of people easy. The restaurant serves typical Keralan delicious homely food with fresh vegetables, fruits and fish from the daily market.
Jayan is the body, mind and soul of the place, from managing the place and looking after the guests, to gardening, cooking, cleaning, maintenance and artistic painting, he does a bit of everything. His creative mind is always “cooking” new ideas to improve Shiva Garden, and every year, there is something new to offer to guests.
During December to February, in the high season, Shiva Garden can gather around 50 to 70 guests from different parts of society, religions, ages from 1 to 80 years old, and from all over the world. It’s usual to see guests meeting each other there, making friendship, going together to the beach and at night time to the restaurants for dinner. After dinner, they come back and enjoy the evening at the garden.
Also from time to time, guests meet in Shiva Garden, fall in love and have babies, and after some time, come to visit the Shiva garden family, with the new born.
Shiva Garden have a private area where guests feel comfortable to hang around during the day, when they are not at the beach.
In the High Season Jayan organizes parties offering Classical Indian Dance, Bollywood Dance, Oriental and Belly Dance, Yoga Performances and Flute.
Shiva Garden offers a different and alive experience of tourism.
The ambiance is easy going, homely and friendly. It is an experience, like our guests say in Trip Advisor, of… “feeling at home far away from home”….
Shiva Garden is visited by, young, middle age and retired people, families, couples, single travelers, artists and in low season, big groups from Indian Schools and Companies.
Artists such as:
Painters: Adelle Bernardette, Allister Elk Jones and Marina Kovaliova;
Photographers: Wild Life photographer Cai Priestley, and Natalia Anja;
Musicians: tabla musician Florian Schiertz and the percussionist Wolfram Winkel;
Writers: Riyas Babu and the poet Kuzhur Wilson.
Shiva Garden has received through the years many other anonymous artists and all of them left their artistic mark in Shiva Garden, and it’s a pleasure and honor for the hosts to receive such interesting people.
Shiva Garden have guests that come back every year to enjoy life in Varkala and meet the Shiva Garden family. throughout the years, they become more than guests, they became friends.
We also have guests that feel to work with us, or to give a helpful hand when we need. Others get paints and brush, and create their art all around the walls.
Do you want to try the Shiva Garden Experience and feel the vibes in high season?
Get in contact with us!
Types of Accommodation:
Free Wi-Fi in apartments, rooms, tree-huts and dormitories.
Each room has been lovingly crafted to provide our guests with a comfortable and homely experience. Our king-size twin-bed rooms have two large, comfortable beds and a large, private bathroom with hot water (solar-powered). The Apartments are ideal for families and groups. All rooms are well ventilated.
The comfortable and authentic Indian experience we provide – amidst lush, green surroundings – inspires many of our guests to return year after year.
Apartments 2 and 3 have free Wi-Fi connection.
Apartment 2 and 4 is equipped with kitchen, and apartment 4 with tv and A.C..
Lodging Deluxe Rooms
Our deluxe rooms are clean and well-appointed, well suited to travelers who are planning a long stay in Varkala during their visit to India.
There are two types of deluxe rooms at Shiva Garden:
Six rooms have a balcony with chairs for relaxing, reading or simply surveying the jungles of Varkala.
Two rooms are more spacious but have no balcony.
Rooms 103 (downstairs with balcony) and 107 (upstairs without balcony) have free Wi-Fi connection.
Our home stay, with five standard rooms, offer simple accommodation for short-term travelers who require a clean, simple room in which to rest and recuperate before continuing their travels.
All Home-Stay rooms have free Wi-Fi connection.
The three tree house , raised above the jungle floor, are a traditional style of South-East Asian accommodation.
Wi-Fi connection is available in Tree Hut 1 and 2.
The dormitory is the most basic of our accommodation options. It is a traditional Indian “thatch-hut” living experience.
There are two open-air, top floor areas with mixed dormitories in two different buildings.
We also have double –beds, in a more private area, for couples.
Free Wi-Fi connection is available in both dormitories.
The tents, located on the rooftop, offer a more private type of budget accommodation.
You can sleep under the stars with a view of coconut treetops.
These rooms have 60-degree views of the garden area and the village of Varkala.
Our Kerala Restaurant features typical kerala THALI everyday to spice up your taste buds and raise your spirits.
Try our typical Keralan breakfasts, natural fruit juices, and our famous fruit salad.
Free Wi-Fi connection available
- Restaurant (Typical home-cooked Keralan food & multi cuisine);
- Laundry Service;
- Taxi (short and long distances);
- Bicycles, Scooters, bikes for rent;
- Surf & Body boards for rent.
- Money Exchange
FREE SERVICES AVAILABLE
- Internet cafe & Wi Fi Connection in restaurant, garden and rooms;
- Spiritual Library (on request), with books covering the areas of Yoga, Ayurveda, Natural Healing, New Age Spirituality, Natural Birth and Parenting, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, among others;
- Library and books for exchange;
- Toys and bicycles for babies and children;
- Play ground for babies and children;
- Play ground area for adults with Badminton court, basketball, football, baseball & cricket;
- Table games;
- Security (night time, during the high season time);
- Activity Hall use for your activities of yoga, meditation etc, (during the free hours).