Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat promotes and provides yoga classes and Ayurveda treatments and uses a holistic approach to purify the body and mind.

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Jayesh holds a master's degree in yoga and is a qualified instructor of both Hatha and Ashtanga traditions. For the past five years, he has traveled to various parts of the world to share his passion for teaching yoga and spirituality to a vast number of people from different walks of life. Jayesh works at various yoga centers around India where he teaches Hatha yoga, asanas, pranayama, Nidra yoga, kriyas, meditation, and different stress management and relaxation techniques. He also specializes in diabetic therapy and professional yoga.

Saji Ramaswami

Saji Ramaswami is a professional yoga trainer and a spiritual teacher with special experience in the classic style of yoga, meditation, and philosophy of yoga-vedanta. He has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years in various ashrams and yoga schools in India. He is working as a yoga master with Hinterland since 2015 leading their yoga retreats and teacher training workshops. His special techniques combined with his gentle, peace, and kind manners, helps beginners as well as skilled yoga practitioners. Many yoga and spiritual aspirants have benefited from his inspiring talks and teachings.

Dr. Dinesh Manayattil

Doctor Dinesh is a professional Ayurveda doctor for the past 20 years. He works as a visiting consultant physician, teaches students and organizes seminars, workshops, research on Ayurveda, and other alternative medicines. He has 20 years of experience in teaching about Ayurvedic medicine and is an expert in consultation diagnosis, Ayurvedic food, natural and organic system.


Harilal is a professional Yoga Teacher with 14 years of experience in Yoga teaching at various parts of the world. He has been qualified from The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Iyengar Yoga Teachers Training Centre, Ayurveda Panchakarma therapy and Spa Massage Therapy.


Gokul holds RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching Hatha yoga. As a well-grained yoga teacher, he holds an in-depth understanding of teaching asana classes with mindful integration of meditation, breathing techniques,yogic lifestyle and mantra meditation. (Core Subjects: Hatha Yoga & Adjustment Alignment)

Aje Nyah

Aje Nyah follow firm principles of classical Indian Hatha yoga as well asAncient Egyptian Kemetic yoga. Aje also gives lectures and talks about Integral Wholistic Yoga Philosophy. His spiritual reasoning’s draws inspiration from the natural world and our connection with nature. Being a naturalist,organic farmer, wildlife filmmaker and a spiritual musician; he has some unusual perspectives and eye-opening views about life and the human experience, health and environmental conservation.

Irie Nyah

Irie Nyah, Yoga Teaching designed for women at all stages and phases with special focus on pregnancy and preparation for childbirth. However all women desiring to connect more deeply to their femininity or prepare their body, mind and spirit to welcome new life will benefit from these unique sessions. Irie is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha Yoga teacher and has been teaching for the last two years in India and Australia.

Reviews 150


from Great Britain, September 2018

"Wonderful place"

Atmosphere and lovely kind staff


from Great Britain, September 2018

"A beautiful surreal oasis in Kerala"

I arrived here for my first ever yoga retreat and instantly felt as if I had been transported to another world. Everything here is about your wellbeing and relaxation, and after spending six days here I felt the most centred that I have been in years (though I wish I could have stayed longer!)

Days start with a 6.30am yoga class overlooking the sunrise over the rice paddies and palm trees. Throughout the day, you can have massages, meditation classes and yoga philosophy, or spend time reading in the hammocks or swimming. The grounds themselves are beautiful - the groundskeeper really knows his stuff and will show you all the beautiful species of plants growing on site! All staff and instructors are completely lovely, and the food is delicious and healthy - I miss it so much!

This place is hugely relaxing and stunning and will give you the chance to clear your mind completely through regular yoga and meditation practice. In only six days I learned so much about myself - fully recommend here.

Desiree Nelson

from United States, August 2018

My stay at Hinterland Village was nothing short of lovely. Upon arriving at Hinterland I was greeted by Unni and some of the guests and was shown to my accommodations to settle in before beginning my day. The village is quite beautiful with all manner of flowers, herbs, spices, tress and friendly animals. It was truly a bit of paradise.

The schedule at Hinterland is quite packed but everything is optional so if you need a bit more rest time you can feel free. There are hammocks to enjoy a good book or to simply take in the scenery, a nice pool to lounge at or cool off in. You can take a stroll around the grounds and appreciate the surroundings or rent a tuk tuk and venture to the neighboring town for some shopping or exploring. You won't be bored.

The food is well balanced vegetarian and is phenomenal. They sell a cookbook with some of their most popular dishes, which I couldn't leave without.

Everyday from 6:30-8:30am and 6-8pm, is yoga practice. Don't let the time intimidate you. The practice is challenging (for beginner and intermediate students) but slow paced with breaks. You'll leave each class feeling energized and renewed. My only dislike to the yoga classes were that with the exception of a few, they were quite routine and unvaried. I would have preferred more variety but they were still great. I found the meditation classes to be exceptional.

You can also enjoy a half-day backwater tour and a cooking demonstration. All in all, great time and highly recommended

Varun Gulati

from United States, July 2018

"Magical oasis in the monsoon season!"

I can’t say enough positive things about Hinterland. This place is absolutely magical. Unni has created a sustainable, eco-friendly village with HUNDREDS of native flora and fauna. The food is phenomenal, and there is so much to see and do on the property. You’ll get to improve your yoga & meditation practice, go on nature walks, eat delicious snacks (multiple times a day), drink fresh juices, learn yoga philosophy, take trips to nearby spots (backwaters, village, Kochi), swim in the pool, visit the vegetable garden, get a cooking demonstration, enjoy a massage, drink herbal water, get a steam bath, sing bhajans, get an ayurvedic consultation, feed the emu, and SO much more.

Also, I must note that Unni and the whole staff really do a great job of nurturing you. I’m impressed with the care that they provide: at any given point in time, they are providing holistic treatment to a number of people for their specific conditions.

There’s so much to see and do here. Don’t hesitate to book this — you won’t regret it!

Ana Salgado

from Finland, June 2018

I joined in the retreat without experience in yoga and I left loving it. As soon as I arrived at Hinterland I felt at home. The whole experience is unique, as the service, accommodation and facilities are excellent. I booked a 6 days retreat but I was so happy with it that decided to extend my stay. Unni was very helpful all the time, as well as all the staff members. The yoga classes were great and I was inspired to be better every day. There was always new activities and still time to relax and escape from a hectic life. I will definitely come back here!

Cindy Dalling

from South Africa, June 2018

"A little escape"

This retreat attracts like minded, wonderful people. The staff are all genuinely caring and this retreat fills the soul!

Parthasarathy Mysore

from India, May 2018

"Yoga resort experience "

Location, yoga classes, food, great, the staff are friendly and well disciplined. It was great experience for the price. The person managing the center is friendly, organised. Overall great

Esmeralda Agapiou

from United Arab Emirates, April 2018

"Amazing escape"

What a delightful place! Thank you to Unni, his wife and all the lovely staff. Beautiful scenery, top quality food (we were constantly fed!), great yoga sessions, clean rooms and just overall an amazing experience. To top that met so many cool people , all eating together everyday- such a great atmosphere! Miss it already and hope to visit again soon.

Emily Nicholls

from Hong Kong, April 2018

"Awesome experience! Will return!"

It was an excellent introduction to yoga for me and I will definitely be making it a bigger part of my everyday life. The teachers were great, it was well-organized and I thought the food was outstanding. Can't wait to repeat the experience!

Katherine Maier

from United States, April 2018

"Wonderful time!"

The staff was so friendly and the food was amazing!! Wish I could stay forever! Interesting philosophy and yoga classes too!

Amy Ertan

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Beautiful retreat, great place for a re-set"

Calm, organised, structured while there is lots to do and opportunity to explore nearby villages/ Fort Kochi/ Backwaters if you would like to. The food is amazing and almost all grown on-site - ask for a walking tour.

Monica Arreola

from Mexico, April 2018

"The right way to meet India"

I love that you get the best of both worlds: nature inspired yoga and modern services. Hinterland Village is dreamy, everything is green, recycled, homemade, and locally produced however it also has A/C on each room, flushing toilets, and hot water to shower. For a single woman traveling solo to India, this experience was safe, fun, and beyond amazing. The staff is kind and happy, the owners are around, the teachers are excellent, and food is healthy and tasty. I want to go back for a longer program.

Emma Russell

from Great Britain, March 2018

"Magical stay - highly recommended"

Everything about the stay at Hinterland was superb. From the easy pick-up and accesbility from Cochin airport, to the wonderful ayurvedic food, to the resotrative yoga and meditation sessions. Unni has created a magical place - would highly recommend to all.

Puja Herekar

from United Arab Emirates, March 2018

Amazing stay ..unni make personalised programs as per your needs. The food was delicious and the property was beautiful. Left feeling calm and rejuvenated. Can't wait for my next trip

Lee Watt

from Great Britain, February 2018


Beautiful vibe. Super chilled. Unni and the team were so attentive. Food was incredible. Treatments and yoga sessions were good. Well organised operation.

Inger Syltøy

from Sweden, February 2018

The atmosphere and the propellen was very nice.

Rosalia Munoz

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Will repeat! "

I loved my stay in Hinterland Village.

My friend and I spent 6 days in a shared room.

From the beginning we felt very comfortable. The facilities are basic but at the same time every detail is looked after. The staff was incredibly attentive and kind.

Unni, who runs the place is such an inspiring human being.

Daily, we were waking up at 6am, starting yoga practice,

(including asanas, pranayama and meditation), followed by delicious Indian breakfast (don’t expect croissants or porridge!). Free time, philosophy, dance therapy, massages, depending on the day (Unni adjusts the schedule for individuals based on their needs/likes) lunch, free time, more yoga, some other activities like meditation or relaxation and dinner.

The yoga sessions last two hours. Don’t worry if you are not an expert although I would recommend having done a bit of yoga before to enjoy it more.

They provide good yoga mats (which they clean regularly). The teachers are very experienced. The way they teach is fairly different to what we are used in wester countries but it felt to me like real authentic Yoga.

The relaxation and meditation sessions were incredible, perfect way to forget about our busy lives back home.

The food is all vegetarian (can be catered to vegans too), grown at the resort and amazingly cooked.

We had an amazing time, thinking about going back again in the future. Highly recommended.

Stacey Fraser

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Superb 6 Days "

Every member of staff is excellent from the moment you arrive, you instantly feel welcome and there are constantly there to assist. The staff ensured that we didn't miss any meals (selection of food and smoothes are great!!). The massages certainly add to the experience, plant tour (absolutely superb and the guide made it for us) animals running free :) yoga class (we are beginner level and they were very manageable) and lastly using the bikes - great trip to the local town to sample the locals cakes and coffees.

Rosanna Cummins

from Australia, January 2018

"Yoga/ayurvedic experience at Hinterland"

Two 2 hour sessions of yoga and daily massage and daily philosophical talk all great. Food really tasty and wholesome and lots of really friendly travellers from all over the world and all different ages. Loved lying in the hammock and enjoying the lush scenery. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and Unni speaks to everyone individually everyday with their schedule of activities. Great to see all the animals wandering around like the Emu and the gigantic turkeys!

Karen Rego

from India, January 2018

"The perfect break!"

My yoga holiday at hinterland village was one of the best experiences I had. To begin with, the rooms are perfectly fine, spacious and clean. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The food was simply amazing. I enjoyed healthy, delicious, vegetarian meals and did not crave for anything else except what was served. The asana, pranayam and meditation techniques taught are appropriate for any level of student and also perfect from a relaxing yoga holiday perspective. The asana's are not strenous but at the same time helps to stretch and strenghten the body, just the right amount you need while on a holiday. And not to forget the beautiful location hinterland village has to offer, truly making up with nature. It serves as the perfect getaway vacation from the routine hustle bustle of city life, to relax and spend some quality time with nature within the resort and even the surronding village, do some yoga, meet lovely like minded people and eat delicious food! Many thanks to Mr. Unni who is an absolutely kind and delightful man. His hospitality made our stay even more memorable. Also a special mention to his team out there.. who are extremely hard working and kind people! Definitely worth a second visit! : )


from India, December 2017

"Once in a lifetime"

Visiting Hinterland is something every soul on this planet should do once in their life. Unni has created something very special - a quiet haven of self reflection, learning and fantastic food. What blew me away was the amazing people I met here - many who will remain life long friends. I hope to one day return to Hinterland - it feels like a home away from home.

Janine Machet

from Philippines, November 2017

"Excellent value for money and wonderful generosity of spirit"

Hinterland is a magic gem. A place that gave us very basic accommodation, yet with such love and care. The property and place also has many amazing offerings, especially the variety of fresh, organicly growing food, and medicinal plants, with all their Ayurvedic healing benefits.The welcome and care taken by Unni and his staff is excellent. Beautiful location and amenities. Kitchen staff were always helpful, kind, professional, welcoming, gentle and generous, Thier individual and collective service was absolutely fantastic. The food was always delicious, varied and nourishing. The nature walk was also incredibly interesting. Staff seem so caring and enthusiastic to provide a great experience. Cleaning staff everywhere were very friendly and good. The swimming pool was lovely and clean.

James Stock

from Great Britain, November 2017

"Enlightening yoga in a beautiful location with kind people!"

We liked everything!

The Yoga and Meditation were great, Swarmi is a great teacher and it was good to get to know him over our time there as he was a very interesting person.

One of the highlights was the yoga philosophy as it was something we had not had much exposure to before hand but was very interesting and again Swarmi’s views and teaching made this very interesting.

The food was AMAZING and has been the most enjoyable food we have experienced on our three weeks around India. Different dishes every day and always exciting to try.

Also a special mention to Bianca and her dance therapy and aerobatic yoga classes. The dance therapy was right out of my comfort zone but Bianca was a great teacher and had well planned classes that made you feel at easy and comfortable and were very enjoyable. It’s a shame she will only be there for a limited time.

Thank you also to Unni how perfectly organised everything was,he made sure you were well looked after and didn’t want for anything.

All in all we had a great 6 day at the retreat and left totally relaxed and in a great mind space. We didn’t want to leave and wished we could have stayed longer.

Aine Oconnell

from Ireland, November 2017

Loved the yoga -great pace, lovely soothing voice, nicely structured classes.

Amazing location-so peaceful.

Wonderful family-run business.

Lots of options to get out for day trips if you wished.

I'll really miss Hinterland and it's wonderful people!

Katarzyna Pawluk

from Great Britain, October 2017

"I would definitely recommend "

Amazing place where you can practice yoga and learn about meditation in idyllic setting. Suitable for both beginners and advanced yogis. Food is to die for and people are kind and friendly. Perfect place to relax. I hope to be back one day :)

Ella Matthews

from Great Britain, October 2017

"Just what I needed"

The yoga routine Mon-Fri was very repetitive, which was exactly what I needed as after a day or so, you could concentrate on the moves and focus, rather than have to pay attention to the routine. The yoga nidra turned out to be very interesting and useful to me. And the retreat is set in a working farm (they grow much of their food onsite) and, as they have planted many different species around the accommodation, it is like staying in a botanical garden, useful, if like me, you relax between yoga by practising watercolour painting.

Cassandra Velinos

from Australia, September 2017

"Rejuvenation, Connection and Alignment for the Soul"

If you've stumbled across the reviews for Hinterland, it has found you too; and, is likely exactly what you need. Do it. Go. Embrace. Hinterland Village is an amazing experience, all of emotionally, physically and psychologically. It provides everything needed to reconnect body and mind. The staff and instructors are a wealth of knowledge; and come from all walks of life. They are each happy to share their experiences with you. The Yoga instruction can not be faulted - it is personally tailored for your skill level, in a safe, gentle and inviting environment. Yoga philosophy classes will affirm what you feel or maybe what you have forgotten; and redirect you to your purpose. The meditation classes are incredibly powerful and will assist you into understanding yourself and opening your mind. Ayerveda massage and medicine is the perfect compliment to your experience. The food is incredible - Unni - PLEASE organise a Hinterland Village recipe/cook book and contact me once you do! I guarantee every guest will want a copy. Thank you all for everything. Namaste.

Renate Kerkhofs

from Netherlands, August 2017

"Gofor itççç"

Everything. The food was amazing, the surroundings were breath taking, the organization absolutely perfect, the meditation intense, the yoga of hight quality. It was a more than wonderful experience.

Susanne Mühlhauser-jentsch

from Germany, November 2018

Sehr liebevolle Rundumbetreuung, anspruchsvolles Programm, sehr freundliches Personal, phantastisches Essen. Ein sehr friedlicher und wunderschöner Platz, wo man zur Ruhe kommt. Ich hoffe sehr, einmal wieder zu kommen!

Neus Perez Olive

from Spain, April 2018

"Home sweet home in India"

Everything was just perfect. The teachers were sooooo great, Yoga and meditation was fantastic, Unni and his family are such an example. They really inspired me! I bring home a lot of amazing experience, interesting new knowledge, new and great friends...I definitely recommend Hinterland to everyone! You will experience the happiness in one of the most beautiful places of Kerala. Thank you Unni!

Alexandra Benz

from Spain, February 2018

Ell ambiente, la gente, los instructores, la comida en general todo.

Françoise Kahane

from France, February 2018


Attention, care, benevolence, respect of life, plants, animals, people, ecosystem, desire to behave usufully, lovingly

Stéphane Liziard

from France, January 2018

"belle expérience de yiga"

Retraite très agréable et bien organisée. Tout était parfait.qualite de l'accueil, nourriture excellente, une oasis de detente.les chambres sont simples mais propres

Corrie de Beer

from Netherlands, December 2017

"Een ervaring om nooit te vergeten"

Alles, maar vooral de positieve sfeer en levenshouding van de eigenaar Unni en zijn vrouw, hun staf, onze teachers Swami en Jayesh. Mensen als zij dragen bij aan een betere wereld. We leren graag van hen en komen zeker terug!

Liza Bauer

from Germany, October 2017

"Beautiful vacation from the vacation :)"

This is a beautiful place i enjoyed staying there immensely, everything frkm the yoga to meditation, massages and espevially the food was heavenly :) i also learned a lot and i recovered from my more stressful travelling through india.. Thanm you so much for everything and for having me stay at this beautiful place


from Germany, August 2017

"Great Retreat in a very peacfull atmosphere"

I think it is hard to find another place like Hinterlandvillage again. Unni and his wife and all other persons, the Yoga and the Meditation classes, the Massage and especially the food, everything is absolutly great. I enjoyed my week in Hinterlandvillage, took a lot of energy and will hopefully come back! Thanks for everthing!

Nathalie Gaste

from France, April 2017

"Inforgettable experience"

Yoga classes with a wonderful view on fields, vegan food, ayurvedic massages, professionalism of professors, environnement of the retreat, birds and animal sounds

Janava Benton

from United States, November 2018

"Organic simplicity for your highest self"

Everything was great from the airport pickup to morning yoga, all of the meals, the massages, guided meditations and evening yoga. The preserved nature around helps you to find your place in the universe very quickly.

Karen Shepheard

from Australia, November 2018

"5 days at Hinderland retreat"

Loved the food, massages and daily yoga and meditation practices. The setting was very tranquil and peaceful and made many new friends during my stay.

Great environment and left feeling very relaxed and chilled out. Great way to end 3 weeks in India.

Cindy Casey

from Australia, November 2018

"Beautiful setting in the Hinterland"

The staff were all very friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious (and Im not vegetarian) and healthy. The lush grounds were lovely and relaxing. It was all well organised and Unni was approachable and helpful.

Andrew Love

from United States, November 2018

"Incredible "

The food, the location, the staff of Mr Uni are all WORLD class. Such a treat relaxing, learning, and spending time in their world. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely be back.

Raluca Herren

from Switzerland, October 2018

"The best yoga experience"

It was an amazing experience!! A wonderful retreat with wonderful people, surrounded by beautiful nature and animals. I couldn't recommend more Hinterland Village, and I'm looking forward to the next time I will be there (and that is certain that will happen).

Unni and all the people working there were doing more than possible to make our stay excellent. Everything is organised in such a way so you can get the most out of the yoga retreat: 4h of yoga classes daily, meditation, Ayurvedic massages and treatments, cooking show, yoga philosophy, chanting and so much more .... a complete experience to give you an understanding on what yoga is and how it can be good for your body, mind and soul. The food is delicious, freshly cooked every day. I'm already missing all the snacks and flavoured waters that were prepared for us every day.

I came home after 10 days more healthy, rejuvenated, with a positive mind and open heart... so, thank you Unni, and thank you to the entire team in Hinterland for this amazing time! It is indeed a life changing experience, and I think I took home with me a lot of the learning and positive vibes I got during the stay.

A perfect location for solo travellers and a great opportunity to meet think-alike people and build new friendships. Airport pick-up can be arranged, and also day-trips if you're willing to explore the surroundings.

Thea Gillingham

from Great Britain, October 2018

"Simply Magical"

Such a magical experience, a placed filled with positive energy and incredible people. Excellent instructors offering support for all levels of yoga experience.

Sophie Bentley

from Great Britain, October 2018

"Yoga bliss"

Unni was so attentive and caring. He really listened and tried to give you the best and most unique experience possible. The food was amazing and the place itself was so beautiful. I spent a week here and I did not want to leave.


from Hong Kong, October 2018

"Great environment to center yourself!"

The food was amazing! the retreat is located in a remote area on the hill overlooking a rice paddy. Very quiet and peaceful environment.

David Bourke

from Australia, September 2018

Every part of everything

Suzanne Mccorkell

from India, September 2018

"A little slice of heaven"

The venue is just delightful-all aspects of it.

The food is plentiful, fresh and yum

All of the people are friendly helpful amazing

Kajsa Hederstedt

from United States, August 2018

"Hinterland - one of the best things I’ve experienced 🙏🏻"

My karma led me to Hinterland - I must have done something exceptionally good in a past life! I’m leaving this beautiful place full of gratitude and bliss. What an amazing experience! THANK YOU ALL for this oasis of calmness and recreation, thanks for the fantastic food, for the wonderful yoga, for the interesting talks, thanks for all the laughter! Thank you for guiding me and holding my hand during this path of my spiritual journey!

I have a soft heart but a strong mind, and a soul that knows everything. My eternal love and gratitude! Hope to see you all soon

❤️ Namaste 🙏🏻

/Kajsa from Sweden

Erika Pucciarelli

from United States, August 2018

"Exactly what I was looking for"

I was looking for a short retreat to experience the real meaning of yoga. I only had 3 days to spend in Kerala and literally went all the way from New York to India, flew 18 hours just to do this retreat. I arrived Friday night and Unni sent someone for me to the airport. He welcomed me and saved dinner for me. The food was delicious and I am not vegetarian. On Saturday I did a 2 hours yoga class, then an amazing breakfast, a meditation class, a philosophy class, an amazing massage and facial scrub and then another yoga class. Dinner was good as well. On Sunday I had morning yoga class, a private yoga session and another ayurveda massage. A taxi drove me to the airport on Sunday noon. I understood why people extends their stay. I felt welcomed, relaxed, disconnected. Unni was on top of everything (even my morning bananas!) and made my stay enjoyable even in such a short time. I don't remember all the staff names but everybody was caring. I wish I could stay for a week. I was afraid to do this solo but I am happy that I did it. Unni: I will see you in NYC! We need a Hinterland New York.

Annie Burns-pieper

from India, August 2018

"Beautiful setting, incredible food. Yoga so so."

This is a gorgeous spot, so peaceful and serene. The hosts were so kind and helpful they took excellent care of each guest. The massages were wonderful, I really felt pampered. The food was amazing very impressed by each meal and snack.

Julia Nash

from United States, August 2018

"Hinterland..a little piece of Heaven"

Too many to mention. Yoga, mediation, philosophy, massage, food and all of Unni’s team were outstanding. The eco philosophy of the retreat is inspirational. India needs more people to think like Unni. 🙏

Shaleen Meelu

from Germany, July 2018

"A lovely experience "

The structure of the day was wonderful and the food excellent. Accommodation is simple but, this feels appropriate. I dreaded the idea of a cliche yoga retreat but this seemed truly authentic. The teachers were very good and both my body and mind feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The food was excellent. I also enjoyed the sound of the rain as we practised yoga and meditation.

Grace Murray

from India, July 2018

"Yoga - the full package!"

At Hinterland Village, Unni, Sri Devi, Swamy, Jayesh, and all the other wonderful staff members and teachers, are really giving you a solid foundation into all aspects of yoga. Everything runs so smoothly, and you feel really taken care of and looked after, in every way. It's not just about doing asanas, but about learning about meditation, philosophy, ayurveda, and emotional and spiritual health. This retreat really gave me the building blocks in order to lead a healthier and happier life going back to my normal routine. The food is wonderful, my room was comfortable and there's always lots of hot water in the bathroom! Visiting in monsoon season also meant that we had quite a small group of people and it felt really relaxed and cosy. The days are busy enough with 4 hours yoga and one hour meditation, and the place fully stocked with loads of umbrellas, for the heavy rains to not impact too much.

Dilara Ecem Umitli

from Turkey, July 2018

"Peaceful and uniting retreat"

Amazing place to withdraw from your life’s stresses and refocus on what is real and important. Yoga practices are amazing and they tune you back with your body. The food and massages, the yoga philosophy lectures all work together to raise your mindfulness. I would love to come back for a longer period of time!

Vita Rinkeviciene

from United States, July 2018

"Excellent retreat"

Quality of exercise, food

Emma Inglis

from Australia, June 2018

"Just what I needed "

Hinterland was like a little family away from home. I automatically felt relaxed and never wanted to leave.

The yoga every day was calming and balancing and coupled with the philosophy made a lot of sense...and the FOOD was AMAZING!

Christophe Cohen

from Great Britain, June 2018

"Heaven on Earth"

I am not sure if it was the yoga so amazing or the grateful food or again the philosophy classes or maybe the host Unni. Perfect ingredients

Camilla Drema

from India, June 2018

"Beautiful, tranquil & had the best food I’ve ever eaten"

The food was incredible, the staff lovely, it was a 10/10 experience for me


from Singapore, June 2018

"You get what you pay for"

The fellow guests, the food

Juanita Castro Ochoa

from United States, June 2018

"I came for three days and extended my stay!"

It feels as if you are in paradise. Everyone is welcoming and making sure you feel at home. The yoga classes are great, they are accompanied with massages and theory classes. Food! Food! Food! I'm not vegetarian myself but after eating clean and delicious for the past days I feel rejuvenated. I will buy a copy of the cooking book because the food is just amazing. If you are looking for a place where you can connect body and mind this is the place for you. I extended my stay and 4 people from the group did aswell.

Bindu Ramawat

from India, June 2018

"Amazing experience with Hinterland Family"

There is nothing which I did not like. Overall experience was above expectation.i am going to plan here again and this time for more than 3 days.

Rachel Turner

from India, April 2018

"Like nowhere I’ve ever been! "

The team look after you from start to finish, every day. The yoga shala was beautiful. Wonderfully relaxing place, couldn’t be closer to nature. The food was a particular highlight, and always different. Would go back!

Juliana Garcia

from India, April 2018

"very nice weekend"

Very relaxing place. The yoga shala is just amazing with a beautiful view to green fields. The food is great and staff very sweet and beyond helpful

Emma Young

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Amazing experience "


This is little gem of a place. As soon as you arrive you feel welcome by Unni and his staff and your fellow guests. This is about the whole philosophy of yoga including guided meditation, yoga Philosophy classes which was new for me as well as the yoga practice. The food was amazing and is all sustainably grown at Hinterland. There are also Ayurvedic massages on a near daily basis. I would definitely recommend and will go back.

Ellie Miles

from Great Britain, April 2018

"If you only do one retreat in your life ..."

Unni and his team make you feel like family, the yoga and meditation instructors are really, really great ...massages every other day, incredible food, beautiful surroundings ...Unni has successfully created an expression of the Divine here on Earth. I booked for 3 days and stayed for 8 ... and even then I had to force myself to leave, but had to as I have found my path, thanks to everyone at Hinterland. A truly magical and unifying experience.

Amanda Fritzen

from Denmark, April 2018


Rachel Turner

from United States, March 2018

The yoga, the meditation, the food was all incredible. Can’t wait to go back.

Sheida Samy

from Sweden, March 2018

" Bästa platsen för avkoppling och läkning av trötta själ "

Allt var bra. Personalen är väldig trevliga och underbara.

Maten är väldig verigerande och otrolig gott. Du går aldrig hungrig. Yoga och meditationen va bra för mig som nybörjare. Filosofi och yoga läraren var underbart. Tusen tack Swummi för att du delade dina kunskaper med oss. Du har hjälpt mig för att läka min trötta själ och ha en positivare synsätt på världen.

Unni ägaren är också en underbar person som hjälper med det mesta. Jag sökte dit för min onda rygg och han skrädda sydde en program med extra massage och separata träningar som hjälpte min rygg mot det bättre.

Jag kommer definitivt att rekommendera denna underbara plats till mina vänner.

Abigail Mcknight

from Great Britain, February 2018

Staff were so friendly and would do anything for you, really enjoyed my experience. Would love to return one day.

Veronik Girault

from France, February 2018

"Hinterland paradise"

Even if I tried,I would not anything negative about. This magic place.

I arrived physically injured, could barely walk and. Was so worried about

not being able to practice yoga, But the moment I arrived all was put in place,healing oils,intense massages and yoga challenges to healing.

Within days I was on my feet, felt so good that extended my stay.

It was difficult to leave...planning to go back very soon for at least one month. Everyone, every animals on site are devoted to make you feel better and happy. You will not leave the same..

Already counting the days to et back!

Ella Chinnery

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Wonderful place with amazing staff and a great atmosphere "

The team who work here are like a big family, you can tell everyone is genuinely happy to work there. Unni the owner ensures you feel welcome as soon as you arrive and the day is planned so you can do as many or as few activities as you like. There is plenty of free time to socialise and meet new people or to take yourself off alone if that's your thing. The food was amazing and you will never go hungry with regular meals, juices and snacks all included. Most of the food is grown on site and freshly cooked. The yoga is a little different to a class at home, there is more focus on breathing and meditation rather than just how many asanas can you fit in an hour. I feel so much stronger and more flexible and could see daily progress for practicing 4 hours a day. The teaching is excellent and personal.

Erin Fleming

from United States, January 2018

"The best vacation "

Everything! But I loved the staff the most; they were all kind and super attentive. The food was amazing and the yoga classes were the best. You will not regret going to Hinterland! I learned so much about myself and I feel like I grew as a person. Truly lucky and grateful for the experience.

Inderjit Singh

from Sweden, January 2018

"A new home"

Just being there was a privilege. Felt like home with a new family and great minds.

Erik Benjamin Meskanen

from Finland, January 2018

"Cosy and great in every aspect."

I had none expectations for my first yoga retreat and the experience in Hinterland Village was much more than just brilliant, educative and eye-opening yoga, meditation, philosophy and Ayurvedic treatments - the village has a cosy, warm and communal atmosphere as the staff and the visitors spread authentic caring for one another. I built long-lasting friendships here. It always was sad to say goodbye to travellers with interesting lives and stories but an eager excitement grew as new travellers arrived. Individuals' schedules change daily. I learned much about myself and the surrounding world here. My habits and behaviour have changed for the better with a more stable mind. The meditation sessions, and especially one yoga nidra session halfway through my retreat sharpened my awareness and planted healthy behavioural actions into my subconscious. My behaviour and daily habits changed by the yoga, meditation and philosophy sessions. Thank you Jayesh and Swami! The nourishing and the delicately presented food was absolutely spectacular. A cookbook by the chef with all of the recipes served in Hinterland Village will be released in 2018. An immense thank you to the chef! Unni has created a genuine gem paradise with beautiful natural wonders and an authentic and caring community. I felt like being at home. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for Unni, the complete staff and the visitors for making the experience in Hinterland Village life-changing and unforgettable.


from Sweden, January 2018

"A peaceful place for the soul"

Very, very well organized. The management has a good idea about what the guests need and may want. Excellent service, lovely hospitality, clean and neat, great food with a lot of variation, the resort site is very well kept. Genuine!

Robert Durnin

from United States, December 2017

"A great and highly recommend experience"

From start to finish the staff treated us well and warmly, and the food and service they provided was fantastic. The instruction was apt, and I feel refreshed and strengthened from the yoga and meditation program.

Zosia Rutkowska

from United States, December 2017

It's hard to put into words how wonderful my experience was. Perhaps if I tell you that I cancelled all my travelling plans one by one to stay longer at the Village, it will tell you how I felt there. I achieved so much physically and mentally: the massages helped me with a very old injury - I am almost cured! The Dr prescribed me some oils which I am going to use to continue my improvement. Yoga classes are so nicely structured and the the teachers make it highly spiritual ensuring your breath is right. I very clearly progressed within the days I was there. I have no words to describe Swuami and Jayesh. Both very different and both quite simply WONDERFUL. I felt they can read my mind to address my personal issues which I never voiced. Unni is a wonderful man who cares so much about his guests. It's so clear in his actions and how he speaks and organises everything. His staff are a credit to him - they are so lovely! I learnt so much during my stay. THANK YOU! Last but not least, thank you to Bianka who is one of the kindest people I met and helped me so much. I can't wait to be back and I will be recommending this retreat to everyone!!

Manmohan Munde

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Hinterland Village Kochi"

Yoga instructor Swami, Jayesh meditation yoga, Bianca Dance therapy the massages were awesome, food so yummy all the staff and Unni so hospital. The lush green surroundings incredible

Kelly Connaghan

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Great times"

This is a gem of a place, the food, Yoga and staff are excellent. It is also an enterprise that benefits the local area and they are starting to grow their own fruit and vegetables so pretty soon it’ll be very eco friendly. I was made to feel very welcome and I also enjoyed the chance to go on trips to the backwaters and a nearby waterfall. All in all it’s a very nice place to go to relax and improve your health and fitness

Iris Reed

from Great Britain, December 2017

"I shall return"

Everything was so wonderful. The staff, classes, setting, food, pool.

Olivia Hart

from Great Britain, November 2017

"Lovely start to a holiday"

The food, the location was beautiful, all the staff were incredibly helpful and attentive

Melanie Summer

from Australia, November 2017

"Absolute Bliss"

I just had the most amazing holiday at Hinterland Village. I felt so relaxed and healthy when I left. The owners, Unni and Sridevi, have done an amazing job in creating a place that feels homely. They truly care about the experience. Nothing is too much trouble to organise and a lot of things like massages, laundry, etc are included in the price. And as a result, their staff are truly wonderful. Super caring, friendly and attentive.

I loved it that we had never more than 12 people in the camp (I think their absolute max is 20) which has kept the time their very intimate and personal.

The daily program was much more than I expected. I thought I would have a lot of time to read and take time out but in fact, there was always something on. 4 hours yoga a day, 1-hour meditation, yoga philosophy, massages, nature walks, cooking demonstrations and the list goes on. That said there were people who skipped classes or didn't participate, so that was fine too.

The yoga was great. Very different to what I am used to from home but I loved it. The classes easily accommodated all levels of yoga from beginner to more advanced. There was a lot of focus on flexibility, stillness and breathing which I thought was perfect to recover from a stressful life or someone who wants to recover from burnout.

The vegetarian and Indian food was amazing. We had three meals plus snacks in between. Plenty of good healthy food with a lot of their vegetables homegrown.

Daf Thomas

from Greece, October 2017

Food, location and service were all outstanding

Uttam Kumar Konatham

from India, October 2017

"Idle place to learn yoga, relax and be mindful."

Yoga and meditation taught by swamiji and jayesh.

Food was great.

calm, relaxing and mindful experience. Quality time spent for myself.

Unni sir takes great care of people, and schedules the events perfectly.

It is great to see people coming from every corner of the world to experience what the place has to offer.

Wish I could stay for few more days.

Ameenah Jeetoo-murugan

from India, October 2017

The peaceful and tranquil environment

Amie Maynard

from Great Britain, September 2017

"Beautiful introduction to this beautiful country"

I liked the environment, food, practices, staff and massage.

Barbara Beach

from New Zealand, September 2017


Great location

Monsoon season is the best time

Fabulous instructors

Amazing satvik food and juices

Katharine Evans

from India, September 2017

"Great Break!"

I visited Hinterland while on a short break from teaching and had a fantastic stay. They took care of my mind, body, and soul! I would love to return one day.

Annette Søvik Palmer

from Norway, September 2017

"Perfect stay"

Classes, food and animals roaming free. Very friendly and helpful staff

Sarah Chiesa

from India, August 2017

"Deeper than a retreat"

The staff is so kind and conscious.

I loved the simplicity of the food. Energy of the place is very serene. The nature guide was a light to see everyday, and his son, beautiful souls. Yoga calm and open to personal adjustments depending on skill level. It was very nice to get physical corrections. Gardens and sustainable situation of the retreat was awe-inspiring.

Kim W

from Oman, August 2017

"Wonderful place to spend 10 days doing yoga. "

Thoughtful owners & staff. The grounds, the emu & roosters, but mostly I enjoyed the care that went into every aspect of my stay. Ty❤️

Kirsty Hector Duncan

from France, August 2017

"A wonderful experience "

A great place to take some time out


from Great Britain, July 2017

"A short stay in paradise"

Beautiful place, very relaxing environment with many plants, animals. Amazing and varied vegetarian food. Busy programme with yoga (incl. yoga nidra), ayurvedic massages and yoga philosophy. Very warm and welcoming hosts!

Lucas Deloffre

from India, July 2017

"Hinterland July 2017"

Everything about the place was wonderful. The owners are a delightful couple, genuinely warm and caring. The yoga classes were excellent, and the philosophy of Yoga was very well explained. Location beautiful and food excellent. The staff was super friendly and their work impeccable. Absolutely nothing was off. A perfect experience.

Michelle Doobeh

from United Arab Emirates, July 2017

"Incredible Hinterland"

Best 10 days of my life spent at Hinterland yoga retreat. I loved everyminute of my stay, made some wonderful friends and worth every penny. Unni and all his staff have created a real family environment and give so much of themselves in making sure you feel welcomed and relaxed. I will definitely recommend this yoga retreat to anyone and can't wait to plan my next trip 2018 to Hinderland, Kerala.

Aaron Tugendhaft

from United States, July 2017

"Ideal yoga experience"

Yoga at Hinterland was fantastic. Unni has built a truly remarkable place out of love. The accommodations were all that was needed; the food was delicious and healthy; the garden tour was a delight; and most of all yoga and yoga philosophy with swami was eye-opening.

Rana Khatib

from Qatar, July 2017

"True joy "

I left Hinterland a few days ago now, and I feel like I was sleeping for 8 days and just woke up from a beautiful dream. I went to Hinterland alone, with no expectations, and I left a happier, simpler and more peaceful person.

Hinterland offers a real yoga retreat, where you practice real Yoga, learn yoga and live yoga.

From the quality of food, to the beautiful people who run the place, this experience truly left me in awe.

I arrived in Hinterland on a rainy day a little after sunset, and as soon as I entered this green, all natural location, I felt the energy, and knew that I made the right choice.

Thank you for taking care of me, and making me feel like I'm part of the Hinterland family. I know I arrived here for a reason, and I cherish every minute spent in Hinterland.

Belinda Vandezande

from United States, April 2017

"Great holiday!"

I have spent ten days at Hinterland and had a wonderful time. Heartly welcomed by Unni and his amazing team. Everything has been taken care of. My room was clean and comfortable, the common space is very nice; hammocks to relax, a pool to cool down and a beautiful garden with a funny Emu :-) Two yoga classes a day and a massage every other day plus some philosophy, ayurveda and naturopathy classes. The food is delicious, fresh and healthy. And if you like to go out for a visit (backwaters, tea fields) Unni organizes everything for you at a very low fare. Overall, I had a beautiful time, met some friendly people from all over the world and I left India feeling super Happy! Thank you so much for everything! Belinda, Belgium


from Belgium, October 2018

"Great yoga retreat"

De service was geweldig. Ze wouden echt het beste voor u. Heel toffe extra activiteiten.


from Spain, August 2018

"Pure relaxation"

It feels like you’re in the jungle

Marcus Nachtigall

from United States, March 2018

"Erstklassig in mitten der Natur "

Ich bin zum ersten Mal mit Yoga in Berührung gekommen und bin echt begeistert. Vor allem von der Ruhe und der Energie des Lehrers . Das Essen ist einzigartig und schmeckt einfach hervorragend . Jeden Tag kommt was anderes auf den Tisch und wir war 10 Tage dort

Harms Wulf

from Germany, February 2018

sehr qualifizierte Yogalehrer

Vermittlung von Hintergrund wissen zu Yoga

Gianna Reccavallo

from Switzerland, January 2018


Excellent location, delicious food, friendly staff, amazing yoga-teacher

Martial Boisseau

from France, December 2017

"Ideal place "


Christophe Bacher

from France, November 2017

"Merci encore à toi Saji pour l'ouverture ??"

Saji pendant les cours de philosophie ma ouvert des portes, que du bonheur ?. J'espère te revoir bientôt Christophe

Catherine Kosmala

from France, November 2017

"lieu delieu"

l'accueil, le lieu, les gens, les cours de yoga et méditation, la cuisine, la disponibilité du staff, la gentillesse, le respect, le service

Patricia Mallay

from Spain, August 2017


i just had had a terrible experience at a previous retreat, yoga vighya school at sea rock kovalam...the worst holidays of my life...and just didn t want to stay in india anylonger after this....but this experience has been just the opposite...the whole place is magic.i ve learned a lot...all the staff has been fantastic Uni and his wife have managed to run this familiar retreat where one feels totally at home surrounded by nature..i just didn t want to experience of a lifetime that i higly recommend.the food was too good though..i ve put on

Testimonials 5

Franziska Germany

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

Thank you Unni, for all and everything. You are a special person. Hinterland is a very special place. I had such magical moments here. Thank you.

Deepti India

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

Coming up with a place full of peace, tranquility and happiness. I will be returning back for a longer time. Thanks to Unni and all staff for such an amazing experience.

Katerina Bulgaria

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

I had an amazing week during which I reconnected with my inner self, found inner peace and strength. I would like to thank you Unni and the entire team for the great care.

Kalpana India

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

It has been wonderful. Very special. Hope to come back again.

Zhu sijing China

Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

A big thank you from deep of my heart to Hinterland, Unni, Swamiji. Your wisdom and charm as a great guru. Jayesh(the peace that you have bought to me). Shreedevi, (your care as a women and a wonderful mom) and every one . Wish to come again.

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