Well, if you’re thinking about traveling to Kerala for a combined yoga retreat and ayurvedic retreat, you might want to know a little bit about WHY Kerala is a worthy travel destination in India on its own!
After all, once you’ve completed your yoga retreat, you’ll probably want to explore more of the surrounding area!
Kerala can make for a PERFECT spot for your wellness vacation and retreat in South India.
That’s because even after your retreat, there are a few places you can go to get some more relaxation in as a follow-up to your retreat.
Kerala is not that big of a state, so no matter where your retreat is, it can be a good access point to any of these places.
First, a list of a few destinations in Kerala to visit to further your wellness goals after your retreat.
Then, some of the best yoga retreats in Kerala to consider that have top-rated reviews.
And if you decide to make India your spot for a yoga retreat, you do need to apply for a visa before your trip. You can get an e-visa (easiest option). And for Americans, you can also choose to get a 10-year visa. See more about both options here.
Best places to visit in Kerala for a wellness vacation surrounded by nature
1. Alleppey (backwaters + beach + coastal vibes)
There are chill vibes to be found here too.
The main thing that makes it popular is the Kerala backwaters.
This means that there are many activities that can get you out on the water.
And just being around water is known to have a calming effect.
And it’s not just the backwaters that Alleppey has.
And this means that you can end your day with an ocean sunset – for more of that calming water, and this time with coastal beach vibes!
Alleppey can be a perfect location for beach yoga too!
Have a look to sunset beach yoga classes in Alleppey.
There’s morning yoga too.
2. Munroe Island (backwaters)
You could say that this is somewhat of a “sleepy island” in the sense that you really can feel like you’re in a somewhat remote part of India even though in reality it’s not all that remote.
Whether you go for a canoe ride or go cycling around the island, you don’t come across many people anywhere on the island.
You can find accommodation right on the water, and you can set up your yoga mat here too for some yoga and meditation.
3. Munnar (mountains)
Kerala has mountains too. (Although they are more often referred to as “hills.”)
The Western Ghats, a mountain range that spans across several states in South India, goes through Kerala too. These mountains are even older than the Himalayas and have UNESCO world heritage status.
Being outdoors in general can be therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul.
There are a number of places to visit in the hills when in Kerala, and Munnar is one of the top destinations.
Not only can the mountains have a calming effect, but you know that exercise can also be good for your overall mental and physical health and wellness too.
And you can go hiking from Munnar as well.
You can go for a more leisurely tea plantation trek…
Or you can go for a step above by doing the Meesapulimala Trek that comes with overnight camping in the mountains.
The Kerala hills are another place that you can have a peaceful homestay experience.
4. Varkala (beach + coastal vibes)
Varkala Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Kerala.
And there’s a cliff with a trail that spans along the coast.
This cliff is lined with shops, restaurants, and oceanside resorts.
This means that you can have every meal with ocean views if you so choose!
And even if you decide not to stay at a hotel on the cliff itself, there are plenty of budget options that are located within a few minutes walk of the coastal views.
There are also lots of options in Varkala for getting ayurvedic massages and other ayurvedic treatments that focus on using natural ingredients only.
Yoga retreats in Kerala
Okay, so now that you know that you REALLY need to consider Kerala for your yoga retreat…
What are some of the best yoga and ayurvedic retreat options in Kerala?!
There are a few different types of yoga retreats that you can book, depending on what you’re looking for out of your retreat.
Most of the yoga retreats listed below include some form of ayurveda as well, usually in the form of massage.
Ayurveda is actually another BIG reason to choose Kerala for your yoga retreat!
Kerala is considered to be the birthplace of ayurveda, and a yoga retreat in Kerala also many times means an ayurvedic retreat as well.
You can learn more about what ayurveda is (and why you should consider it!) by checking out any of the retreats listed below.
But in short, ayurveda uses natural herbs and remedies for the prevention and treatment of illnesses.
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1. Yoga retreat in Varkala
- 3 day weekend retreat
- 6 day retreat
- 7 day retreat (NO ayurveda included, but you can find plenty of places for a couple hours of ayurveda sessions on your own when in Varkala! This includes ayurvedic massages and a consultation with an ayurvedic doctor.)
2. Yoga retreat in Kovalam
3. Yoga retreat at Hinterland Village
4. Yoga retreat along Periyar River
5. Yoga retreat in Kollam
BONUS: Ayurveda training course
If you’re interested in learning more about ayurvedic medicine, you can also look into this ayurveda course that’s 2 weeks long and comes with certification.
HAPPY REJUVENATING AND RETREATING IN KERALA!
Be sure to take a look the Kerala Travel Guide for one week in Kerala so you can plan the PERFECT trip to Kerala!