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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 901 Reviews
superb location
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stayed here for 2 days in March 2019, and in the first day my daughter fell on main road and had some scratch....Securty in charge Mr. sudeep told us that we should go to the hospital and he took us to the nearest hospital and get titanus.....we got the wound healed....it was terrific from mr. sudeep to be with us all the while at the hospital....and we had some interesting discussions with him on how they managed during kerala floods.....
wonderful hotel and nice views of the beach....staff supportive...

One issue we had was-powercut for 2-3 minutes midnight...distorted my wife's sleep and she couldnt properly sleep later...although we brought this to the notice of the reception and the issue was promptly resolved....

Overall-pretty satisfied with the performance

A Home Away From Home
Reviewed 4 days ago

From the moment you walk into the front lobby of this unique establishment and every step you take after that brings you closer and closer to nature and total relaxation.
If you like colonial style, coupled with Indian architecture, along with the beautiful interior design complimented by Parquet geometric mosaic wooden floors and gorgeous dark oak furniture all over the lobby area, then you cannot but fall in love with this jewel in the crown of the Taj Group of hotels. Perhaps it is the best kept secret in Kerala. The pool and gardens without being a poet are difficult for me to describe ... what can I say .... maybe heavenly is a slight exaggeration but not far from the truth.
The food that is created in the Coastal Kitchen is nothing short of delicious .... all the way through from appetisers to deserts and coffee. These unique manifestations of cuisine and culinary skills and flavours with dishes and styles from all over Kerala are not to be taken for granted and have to be sampled during your visit.

Thank you Mr Shobhit (GM) you are a fine leader and all of your team bear testimony to that ... all the way up from the pool attendant Sreejith/Matthew, housekeeping Santhos, (Afna) to front office not forgetting Miss Jomlin (Josie) and her mentor Aswathy. Also a special mention to Khalid, Ameen, Vishnu, Sajimon, (Captains) Khalid, Zishan, Sudeep, Rajin, Tony and Shiba ... the list continues. Thanks very much for your kind service manners and courtesy ... most professional indeed.
I almost forgot to mention that the ocean is merely a ten minute stroll through the gardens and tropical rain forest all the way to the beach front, where you can buy an ice cream, have a leisurely stroll, watch the beach ceremonies, feed the local wild dogs and wait for sunset.
The longer you will stay at this fine hotel .. be warned and trust me .... then the harder it will be to leave this lovely "home away from home".

Bon Voyage !!

Good sea view from lobby, bad view from garden room.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Gateway Varkala with my wife for one day. The property is well maintained with good garden and pool.
The view from the hotel lobby is awesome. The rooms and the bathroom are spacious. The view from the garden view room is however not value for money. I got a corner room and the view from the room is not at all upto the standard.
The breakfast buffet was great. The food was tasty and the service was excellent.

A great place to vacation
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were quite charmed by the place, especially by the view of the Arabian Sea from the hotel lobby. If that wasn't enough, we had a similarly great view from our room. Could never get tired of the view! Absolutely amazing! We liked everything---the room; the activities we got to do; the food; the friendliness of the staff; and oh yes, the view! Nothing beats the view. Would go back there, if only to enjoy that sublime, ethereal view!

Amazing hospitality
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came with my family in February ..it was a great experience for me and my family,excellent hospitality given by Vishnu and Tony .we had a lunch, food is always good in coastal kitchen ,The Chef Rathesh is going Amzing ..Thanks Taj will visit soon