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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Clifftop retreat between Varkala Beach and the ancient Janardhanaswamy Temple with just 30 rooms and a swim-up bar

The Lowdown

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

The Gateway Hotel Varkala
Near Government Guest House
Varkala, 695 141 India


4.5 Very Good 920 Reviews
Excellent rejuvenating stay

Had a very good stay at the place. The biggest strength of the hotel is it's location; overlooking the beach from a height and nestled amongst greenery, the perfect getaway for city people.
Very helpful and pleasant natured staff, and that includes everyone from the front desk staff to the chef. The spread at the breakfast could be better, but I do recognize the place was undergoing renovations, so it was a temporary arrangement.

Taj gateway varkala poor accommodation

The rooms were smeelinh moulds being winter
Handicapped rooms were not well equipped
Check in was unpleasant
Breakfast was not great
Lunch buffet not satisfactory.
Not suitable for a leisure experience
Property is rightly placed with Good view

Awesome.. !!

Really it was a great experience. What an atmosphere !!! Now it became one of my favorite destination. Sea view from the balcony is the main attraction. Khalid, you are really a wonderful human being.