Hindustan Beach Retreat
Set amid coconut trees on Thiruvambadi Beach, this casual, tranquil hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea is 2 km from Janardanaswamy Temple and 4 km from Varkala railway station.
Bright, unfussy rooms come with garden views; flat-screens are available on request. Upgraded rooms have minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Thatched-roof wooden huts provide sea views.
There are 2 restaurants, plus a bar and an outdoor pool. Ayurvedic massages and treatments, as well as yoga classes are on offer.