The Gateway Hotel Varkala
What We Love
- Located between Varkala Beach and the 2,000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple
- Superior Rooms and Deluxe Suites feature private balconies
- The outdoor pool has a swim-up bar
What To Know
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- An intimate property with just 30 rooms
- The massage center offers traditional ayurvedic treatments
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This clifftop hotel between Varkala Beach and the ancient Janardhanaswamy Temple takes full advantage of its location overlooking the Arabian Sea with airy atriums, an outdoor pool and large windows to let the light flood in. The guestrooms are decidedly contemporary: sleek black furnishings, glass-top tables, bright white linens with olive cushions and throws. Upgrade to a Superior Room for your own balcony, or splurge on a Deluxe Suite for a separate living area and views of the sea. The on-site restaurant Gad serves Indian and Western specialties all day long, but we wouldn’t blame you for spending most of your time at Sunken Bar, the swim-up cocktail bar in the outdoor pool.
In the Area
Split your time between sunny beach days and temple visits in Varkala. The city came to prominence as a temple town, but it has gained a recent reputation as a beach destination, owing in large part to its rocky red cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea. (Kerala is otherwise pretty flat.) The 2,000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is a major pilgrimage spot. Although only Hindus may enter the historic site, there’s plenty to admire outside, including the bell, which was taken from a Dutch shipwreck. Top up your vitamin D levels at one of many nearby beaches. Quiet Varkala Beach, with its pure mineral water springs, is the closest.
How to Get There
Its built on top of a cliff providing sea views from a distance. The location is quaint and you can walk down the cliff to the Papasanam beach . The pool and gardens are impressive . THe understated elegence of the property is impressive , so is the structure build on different levels. The food is good and the chef gives some kerala cooking workshops, quite impressive.
Great location, fabulous pool and good food, there were the highlights of our stay recently at the Gateway Varkala during the Dussera holidays. Since it was a long weekend, the hotel was at full occupancy but we didn't feel the crowd at any point. I have to specifically mention the view from the hotel which was just amazing, be it from the room or the lounge.
As Coastal Kitchen, their signature Kerala cuisine restaurant was under renovation, food was served in the lounge and that made it an ideal location for a very relaxed time with family. The dinner menu was a mix of different cuisines - South Indian, North Indian and Indo-Chinese, not too elaborate but still with plenty of choices.
Breakfast was an elaborate spread of continental and Indian breakfast items. For lunch, we opted for Mula (Bamboo) biriyani and the non-vegetarian thali which was an assorted selection of dishes from the Kerala cuisine, highly recommended for especially those from outside Kerala.
Overall, an ideal location for a peaceful lazy break.
Once more i went to gateway hotel and feel excited.
Second time i m trying the food from the gateway restaurant the serviceman Tony suggest me, u have to try the biryani and i really like every bite it's mouth-watering and now in my mouth.....
the boneless chicken and the rice is good with spices and i like it a lot.
Thanks to Chef Suresh for mouth-watering biryani
I meet the Captain of the restaurant Sajimon he is friendly, thanks to Shiva Prasad and Special Thanks to Mr. Pradeep (F&B Manager)
And i spend some more time spend there and did a spa for my back pain and i was really good and the spa i can feel the changes that happen to my body
Thanks to Raman