Kaiya House

Our time in Varkala would not be complete without talking about Debra and Kaiya House.  Debra is an American expat, married to a Keralan, ex masseuse to all the major rock groups of the 80s & 90s, inveterate traveler and all around warm-spirited, gorgeous person.  We stayed in her house, which is decorated exquisitely with her well curated collection of global finds, and lived in the roof-top, where she held court and united her motley collection of guests.

Cat & mouse art

She was just gorgeous – warm and sensitive, funny and creative, healthy and groovy.  She took us on early morning  exploring walks, danced with us on her rooftop, and – most importantly – was a complete star – part mother, part elder sister – when two of the children became ill.   What a lovely person, with a fabulous team.  We miss her and would almost return to Kerala just for the chance to stay with her again.


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