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kerala india

Kerala runs along the south western tip of India, and is home to three superb boutique wellness resorts, specialising in yoga and ancient Ayurvedic treatments.

The gorgeous 22 suite boutique resort of Surya Samudra is perched on a cliff overlooking pristine beaches and the Arabian Sea.  A wonderful place to unwind and rebalance, and enjoy yoga and Ayurvedic treatments.  Full detox programmes are also available.

Overlooking the sands of a golden beach, the 16 Garden Cottages at Neeleshwar Hermitage and its tranquil environment, is a heavenly place to restore your balance and benefit from yoga and Ayurvedic treatments.

In land, the minimum stay at Kali Kovilakom is two weeks, the time claimed for ayurveda treatments to have any real effect. Most people have a ‘panchakarma’, or general ayurvedic rejuvenation programme, when experts lead you through a safe and nourishing course of ayurvedic oil massages, detoxification therapies, meditation and exercise. Stress relief, weight reduction and anti-aging programmes are also available.


  • Jan - Mar:  These months are cool (well, 28-34 C) and dry, and arguably the best time to visit.
  • Apr - May:  Peak summer.
  • June - Aug:  These are the Monsoon (rainy) months. In ayurveda, this is considered a specially good time for healing.
  • Sept - Dec:  A pleasant and dry period, usually the main tourist season.

The nearest international airport is Cochin; about 100 kms away.

Other wellness and spa ideas in India

  • Ananda Spa - Himalayan foothills
  • SwaSwara - on the beach in Karnataka
  • Shreyas - Relais & Chateaux yoga and spa retreat near Bangalore
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Weather and when to go

The best time to go is from November to May when temperatures are between 28 and 32°C before the Monsoon and the temperatures hit the 40s.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  8 hours
  • Currency:  Rupees
  • Language:  Hindi and English
  • Visa requirements:  Required, see below
  • Time difference:  GMT +5.5


Visas:  You will need a valid passport and visa to enter India. Please contact the necessary Consulate or Embassy closest to you to apply for a visa. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. 

Passport and visa must be obtained in advance. You are responsible for determining specific passport and visa requirements in the participant's country of origin and for obtaining the necessary documents prior to departure.

Inoculations: No compulsory Inoculations are required if you are arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe. If you entering from Africa or parts of Latin America, certification of Yellow Fever Inoculation is required.

Although no vaccinations are required to go to India, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. Also Anti Malarial Medication,Tetanus Gamma ­ Globulin Viral Meningitis For full advice, contact your doctor or travel clinic.

Malaria is a risk in India, including some urban and many rural areas, depending on elevation. 


neeleshwar hermitage

neeleshwar hermitage

kerala, india    7 nights from £1,650

A fabulous resort situated on the undeveloped North Keralan coast. A tranquil setting which offers you the essence of authentic India and a superb Ayurvedic spa.

carnoustie ayurveda resort

carnoustie ayurveda resort

kerala, india    7 night programmes from £1,895

Set on the shores of the Arabian sea, just 8 kms away from the world famous backwaters of Alappuzha, the luxurious all-villa Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort is meticulously designed for a restorative and rejuvenating escape.



kerala, india    7 nights full board from £1,915

Somatheeram combines a delightful Ayurvedic resort ambiance with the skill-set of its Ayurvedic hospital - ensuring that all guests can derive maximum benefit from their chosen programme.

surya samudra

surya samudra

kerala, india    7 nights from £1,925

Originally a private house, Surya Samudra is now a charming boutique resort with spectacular views of pristine beaches and the Arabian Sea.

kalari kovilakom

kalari kovilakom

kerala, india    14 days from £4,490

A former Maharajas palace, this is a romantic and uplifting place to undertake a proper two week programme of Indias ancient holistic system of health, Ayurveda.


experiences, kerala