Travel in Yoga Kerala

Travelling to India can be a wonderful way to immerse yourself in your yoga practice. Kerala is often called the birth place of Ayurveda medicine so many of the travel in yoga Kerala experiences listed here are Ayurveda retreats or resorts.


Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Surf and Soul

Varkala, Kerala, India

Dates: ongoing from October to May


These surf and yoga retreats are known for the great view and their laid back vibe. The yoga is taught by Laura up on the rooftop of the hotel. It’s suitable for families too, there are a few rules for young children during the surfing classes so be sure to ask details. They don’t really have an all inclusive package, so you’re free to do as much or as little yoga ($9 per class) and surfing lessons ($35/per day) as you wish. There are heavy discounts if you pre book and pre pay for your surfing and yoga classes.They do serve a communal breakfast then you’re free to explore the area for dining and entertainment.


Prices:

Quite Nice Room: £189/week or £29/night En-suite, balcony.


Nice Room: £266/week or £40/night Stylish and comfortable with en-suite and balcony. AC available at £7.50 extra per night.


Really Nice Room: £350/week or £52/night Stylish, Large, Open & Airy with en-suite, AC and Arabian Sea-View Balcony.


Prices are per person, per week and includes all taxes, accommodation, a huge delicious breakfast, daily surf guiding, unlimited mineral water, use of yoga mats.


reviews: the views are amazing- even the experienced travellers were blown away by the location up on a cliff with a 180 degree view. Rooms are very basic and beds are not super comfy but even still the ratings are pretty high at 97%. The atmosphere is super relaxed and friendly.


Travel in Yoga Kerala:
Ayurveda Yoga village

Kuruva Island, Kalpetta, India

dates: ongoing


Cost: 21 day single occupancy rejuvenation package 1950 euros.

 

Don’t go expecting 5 star luxury but rather a reasonable place to stay with effective treatments. The treatments are not always relaxing but they are exactly what your body needs. Very secluded place and for people who are serious about getting healthy with Ayurveda medicine. This is a place to get away from all the distractions of modern life: no TV, Wifi, or cell reception. Understanding panchakarma is rather important here so knowing a little bit about it might help, although some guests said do not research it, as it might deter you when your body really needs the treatment. Typically there are 3 or 7 day packages to choose from.


reviews: The ratings sit at 95% which is rather high, especially when comparing to other Ayurvedic resorts. Infact, it’s the highest rated Ayurvedic resort I have found thus far. Most reviews are extremely happy with the effects of the treatments, some didn’t get the proper consultations and therefore were a little unhappy and unwell. Beautiful place to get away from the chaos of India. Friendly and welcoming staff.

 

more details are on the way!


Travel inYoga Kerala:

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram

Prices: 650-1500 Indian Rupees or $11-27 per night.


Understanding the Sivananda yoga style is really important before booking a travel in yoga Kerala at this Ashram. It’s very structured and routine, early mornings, karma yoga served to the ashram, and loose fitting clothing with no spandex allowed. However, if it’s pure yoga you’re after this is a great place for you.  The price reflects the amount of luxury available here


Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Amrutham

Panangodu, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)  India

This place began as an Ayurvedic Centre and out of the requests of several clients they finally built accommodations for the guests to stay. It’s nice and small to ensure you’ll be taken care of. I would call this an authentic, intimate, family run ayurveda yoga travel experience.  The location is removed from the beach area but close enough that you can go for a swim or sun tan if you’d like. It sits on the edge of a traditional Indian Village making it a little safe spot in  Southern Kerala.

 

Reviews:


The ratings sit at 91% out of 26 reviews. Most guests loved the warmth, care and helpfulness of the staff and owners. They will bend over backward to help you out. Some guests were a little unhappy with the  low quantity of yoga.


Go here if: You’re looking for a small intimate experience with the focus being strong on Ayurveda and not too much on yoga.


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Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Sharanagati Yogahaus

Thiruvambadi Road | Black Beach, Varkala, India  

dates: ongoing

 

This travel in yoga Kerala can be described as a yoga homestay. The location is tucked away but close enough to access the hustle and bustle if you need it. The yoga is two times daily at 8am- (not too early!) and 4pm.  The yoga classes include meditation and pranayama from 7am-8am and is totally optional. The asana class is a solid two hours - what a deal!   Breakfast and lunch are included in cost of accommodations and are tastey.


Type of Yoga: Sivananda Yoga 


Reviews: 98.3%. Many many guests ended up extending their stay here because they loved it so much. Key points: Very experienced and fun yoga teacher who is also the owner/host, lovely food, rooms are very basic (hot water is sometimes not available) and don’t have screens on the windows so bring your mosquitoe repellent!  The lowest rating this retreat got was 3 out of 5. Bring your own soap and towels!

 

Go here if: You’re looking for an authentic yoga experience beyond just the asanas. With a high quantity of yoga.


Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Mundax Homestay Yoga Retreat

Plappallil | Kuttikkanam P O, Kerala, Thekkady , India

Prices: Feb to May 2014

Superior Room Rs.5000 (Double occupancy and Rs.4000 (Single occupancy)

Deluxe Room Rs.4000 (Double occupancy) and Rs.3000 (Single occupancy)


Rate quoted is per night, inclusive of meals (Veg), morning and evening yoga/meditation classes and taxes.


Run by two yoga instructors Matthew and Agi, its a tiny yoga homestay. By tiny I mean the maximum is 4 students per stay, they only have 2 rooms and each have ensuite bathrooms.The size of this travel in yoga Kerala experience ensures you’ll get the one on one time with experienced instructors that you may need. The hosts also share meals with you extending yoga discussions beyond just class time in a large communal area for all the guests to eat together. Yoga is tailored to meet your needs including up to 2 classes per day if you choose. The extra activities surrounding the area include many different hikes and nature to explore, also a Ayurvedic hospital close by.

 

 

Non yoga partners welcome: Yes! 


Go here if: You want a personalized approach and to deepen your understanding of yoga and yourself,


Reviews: 99%! Wow thats fantastic for 103 reviews!!!  Amazing  and genuine hosts, clean well designed rooms, comfortable beds, rent a car if you can or want to do any sightseeing as it’s too far to walk, great food. 


Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Krishnendu Ayurveda Wellness Centre

Chingoli, Karthikappally, Alappuzha, India

Price: $75-$299 per night. Wow thats quite a range! The lower budget is for the hospital wing which doesn’t include your yoga or Wifi. However it always includes your doctor consultations, treatments, medications and registration.


This travel in yoga Kerala experience is so tucked away many people have a little bit of hard time finding it. I would not call this a resort rather an ayurvedic treatment center with accommodations. The center is divided into two different types of accommodations- the hospital wing and the wellness center. The hospital wing is the lower budget and the wellness center is the higher range, includes all yoga, wifi and is more modern. By all experiences the chief doctor, Dr Mohan, is wonderful.


Reviews: It only sits at 86% which seems to be the low average for Ayurveda Retreats. It seems mostly people did not like the customer service nor the food. However they did like the treatments, the atmosphere and the therapy staff.


Go here if: you’re serious about healing from whatever ails you. It’s not a place where you can easily go exploring or sight seeing so make sure you’re not just there for a holiday!


Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort

Trivandrm, Kovalam,  Kerala, India

Dates: ongoing


Cost: 104 euros to 379 euros per person per night. This is quite the range and depends on: season, single or double occupancy, room choice.

 

This is the world’s first ayurveda resort. It has a beautiful setting and offer packages that are usually 14 days long. The packages are: beauty care, stress management, slimming (weight loss), body immunization, body purification, rejuvenation. The accommodations range greatly and the basic is extremely basic and the higher end cottages book up extremely fast. The cost does not include food, however it does include basic yoga classes, one half day boat excursion, airport

Reviews: Wow the ratings for Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort Kerala sit a very low 75%. The positives: very friendly staff, great atmosphere -serene and peaceful. Even guests that had a pretty bad experience commented on the fact that place had some special quality to it- like it relaxed them and made them introspective. They do have Tv’s and wifi if you’re needing that for your travel in yoga Kerala experience. Negatives: It is rather pricey for the basic accommodations, staff was not attentive and caring as some guests thought they should have been.



Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Sheva rea, Prana Flow Regeneration Retreat

dates: February 13th-22nd


This retreat takes place at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort listed above. If you haven’t heard of this woman you might want to do a little research. She has an enormous following of her Prana flow work. She is also an author and does many videos. The best way to describe her class  is to think yoga flow sometimes to groovy music and sometimes mixing in a bit of dance to! It’s all about lighting your inner fire!This their 10th annual retreat to India so the kinks have all been ironed out and you’ll be treated to a wonderful time.



Travel inYoga Kerala:

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Kerala


Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Kerala

Dates: ongoing


Prices:

week long retreat is Rupees 7000 with accommodation & Rupees 5500 without accommodation.


Two week long retreat is Rupees 12000 with accommodation & Rupees 9000 without accommodation


Three week retreat is Rupees 17000 With accommodation & Rupees 14000 without accommodation.

 

This is a simple Ashram, nothing fancy but a solid 2 hour asana class and another for pranayama and meditation. The asana classes run from 7am to 9am and  then a pranayama and meditation class from 5-6:30pm. Food is not included in the price. Because the prices are so reasonable I’ve added it to our cheap yoga holidays page here! It does not indicate who your instructors are so if you’re after a pure Ashtanga experience please check to make sure they are certified to teach Ashtanga from the Sri K Pattabhi Jois Institute or check out our Ashtanga page for more authentic Ashtanga yoga retreats.



Travel in Yoga Kerala:

Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village,

Kerala
Palakkad Dist, Palakkad, India

Prices: $94 USD to $450 per person per night. The lower price reflects double occupancy with their simple preventive and rejuvenation package in their most basic accommodations. The higher price reflects single occupancy with their more serious package like drug or alcohol addiction rehab in their most luxurious room.


Tourism at this part of the world is not at it’s safest right now and some guests are a little concerned the level of security is not high enough here. However if you’re a big believer in Ayurveda then a visit to Kerala is a must because it’s considered the home of Ayurveda. This company actually runs 24 ayurveda centres and a handful of ayurveda resorts. This place has really hit the mark with its design- using all it’s decades of experience in running ayurvedic centers this one is close to perfection in design and decor. Guests are even assigned suites according to their zodiac signs! It has all the modern facilities so you won’t miss out on the amenities of home.


Reviews: ratings sit at 83% for this ayurveda yoga travel location. Positives: friendly people, well designed resort, well lit, lush settings., food is simple and basic. Negatives: security needs to increase, the marketing doesn’t match the product- it’s not as good as it looks on the website, prices are a little overpriced for this part of the world.

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