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Omsam Guest Home

1.3 km from Varkala centre
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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Papanasam, Varkala 695141, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had initially booked a sea-facing room in the guesthouse which was supposed to be on the 1st floor as the got later when i reached. But the sea view was getting hindered due to coconut trees. So I asked the owner if the room could be upgraded. The owner was very humble and charged me a reasonable amount for...

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as a couple for 2 nights. Room was on the balcony with a nice view. Clean linen and a large bathroom. Hot water too. AC remains on even when you leave the room which is perfect for this time of year. Babu helped to arrange postage of a parcel back home which was hugely appreciated and was beyond his...

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Hermanus, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of my favorite places on this trip to India! The owner and staff knows exactly how to make guests feel at home! We arrived very early in the morning and were welcomed with a comforting cup of masala tea, luggage were taken care of till we could check in. Nothing is too much effort, even packing a...

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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for a few days when we first got to India in December. The hotel is in a good location l right by the beach up a steep hill, which was good for the calves. The room was clean and air conditioned, which was great in the >30 degree heat. The staff were delightful and really helpful. The...

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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Hotels in this area and at that level are way cheaper than Omsam. I wanted to treat myself to a place with an a/c for the beginning of my trip but it really wasnt worth it. Its about a ten minute of uncomfortable walk to varcala beach and the board walk. The owner was nice enough to take me to...

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Manipal, India
Reviewed 27 December 2016

It's a small property but very close to the Varkala beach. The sea facing rooms are absolutely worth it. The rooms,balcony etc are all wood paneled in traditional Kerala architecture. It can give you the experience of staying in a "naalu Kettu" , the traditional house of Kerala. Breakfast is frugal. You don't get any thing other than breakfast from...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We were made to feel at home in this wonderful house, beautifully designed and comfortable, a few minutes from the beach, highly recommend it. I hope we can stay there again one day! Babu was incredibly helpful when our train was cancelled; he went out of his way to find us alternative transport and put us up for an extra...

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London
Reviewed 22 April 2016

We were going to stay for just 1 night but liked it and stayed for 3. We had the 'penthouse' room on the roof which had a view of the beach. Basic twin beds but clean and with some character, particularly liked the ceiling. The owner was friendly and helpful. No breakfast but this could be taken at Surf and...

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Bedford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 February 2016

The advertised mini bar was not in fact a bar. We were looking forward to cold beers after our grueling journey but all that had been provided was some fruit and water. In the morning it became apparent there were no tea or coffee making facilities and no welcome/information pack. We were invited to breakfast by the hotel manager and...

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Madrid
Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

liked this guest house so much we extended our stay from 3 to 5 nights. Very friendly staff, beautiful balconies and comfortable room, just off the end of South Beach. I really like this end of the beach too because of the ceremonies Ave all the locals coming to watch the sunset.

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  • Breakfast included
  • Beachfront
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
OmSam Guest Home is a dream project of three medical doctors, Dr. K.K. Krishnamma, Dr. V. Lohi Das and Dr. Thulika Rohan – to offer tourists the elusive, intangible feel of how native Malayalis lived in their traditional homes. Since Om Sam Guest Home is perched almost at the crest of South Cliff, all rooms, even those in the ground floor, offer panoramic views of the sea and the sunset. Guests can sun-bath on the balconies leading out from every room, or simply indulge themselves by soaking in the view of the sea. Mana with Mansard Roof Traditional homes in Kerala used to have one or two small raised steps at the entrance to the compound, with accompanying overhead covering, which would offer protection from the sun as well as rain. The native Malayalam language word for step is padi, and the word for overhead structure is pura. Padippura therefore can best be translated as step(s) with overhead covering. The padippura at Om Sam Guest Home is one of its distinctive characteristics. Traditional families of Kerala used abundant wood and wood materials for making their homes. Keeping this in mind, wood of all kinds has been sourced from all parts of Kerala, especially from rich orthodox homes and palaces; wood fresh-cut from the forest has been shunned : this was primarily to capture the evanescent spirit of the Malayali home. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Omsam Guest Home

Address: Papanasam, Varkala 695141, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
Price Range: $27 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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“the room on the top!”
 of 5 bubbles charms2, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Take only Sea facing premium rooms, else its not worth it.”
 of 5 bubbles Gopidas, 27 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The roof top room is best.”
 of 5 bubbles Mortlaketraveller, 22 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Take rooms on first floor with balconies - spacious and good view”
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“We were 2 couples and had two rooms. Both rooms had same problems. The management has to mosquito-proof the rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles LathaN515, 25 Jan 2014 | Read review
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