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.