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8 Days Beginner Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Kerala

  • Kaivalyam Retreat, Moolakada, Pallivasal, Munnar, Kerala


Kaivalyam Yoga Retreat in Kerala

Kaivalyam Retreat is a concept beyond time and place. Providing homely environment to our valued guests is our commitment. For us all our guests are treated with warm hospitality following on our age old Indian tradition of Atithi Devo Bhavah Guest is God.


Farmyard is the main attraction of the retreat theme of organic living and dining. The site consists of 11 acres of vegetation area with landscape surrounding the building units, campfire place, view points area, rose garden, vegetable and fruit garden, nursery and spice plantations (cardamom, pepper, coffee, etc).

Yoga at Kaivalyam Retreat

Kaivalyam Retreat is dedicated to promoting traditional form of Yoga in an environment which emphasis to live an ashram type of life style (daily yoga, meditation sessions, organic vegetarian food, farm setup, etc) in private, serene and "simply" luxurious accommodation and related facilities.


  • Morning 2-hour theory session
  • Afternoon leisure reading time
  • Morning and evening 1-hour each yoga practice
  • Afternoon 2-hour farm-yard session
  • Evening special meditation session
  • Nearby sightseeing and hiking

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Kaivalyam Retreat is a concept beyond time and place. Providing homely environment to our valued guests is our commitment. For us all our guest are treated with warm hospitality following on our age old indian tradition of "Atithi Devo Bhavah - Guest is God".

Our retreat offers the following services and amenities for a comfortable & memorable stay.


  • 24-hrs running hot/cold shower
  • satellite/cable LCD TV
  • Direct dial phone
  • Internet broadband
  • Coffee/tea kettle
  • Room heater

Experience a yoga retreat for beginner with us at Kaivalyam Retreat. Below is the illustration of your daily schedule at our retreat.

Yogic day mantra is to rise early from bed. A quick morning stroll in midst of the mist filled plantations helps to freshen up before the daily yoga practices. Morning practices emphasis on asanas for warm up, stretching and other poses. Once the workout is over, you will soon be igniting your test buds with natural and organic breakfast.

Breakfast is followed by an hour of learning the basics of Yoga, its history and relevance in today's environment. In order to re-attach you to the earth roots with karma yoga, a hand on experience is waiting at the farmyard.

The rich flavor of spices coming from kitchen will churn your stomach juices with hunger and you will find yourself on the dining table with authentic delicacies to treat you at lunch.

Afternoon time can be spent in a relaxed way by exploring yourself : sightseeing, reading, checking out the spice processing ways or simply chatting with inmates. Still one more session of Yoga class is awaiting for understanding the advance features of Yoga and its therapeutic use.

The setting of dusk is more suitable time to relax your body and mind in a Yogic manner by way of practice of restorative asanas followed by meditation. But before you are tempted to take up dinner, do not forget to participate in a special evening session which covers some of important and interesting forms of Yoga - Tratak, Yoga Nindra, etc.

Kaivalyam Retreat for your yoga retreat for beginner is located in Munnar. Munnar was a summer resort of British Government in South India at around 5400 ft above sea level. It is pronounced "Moon-aar" meaning "Three rivers" in Tamil and Malayalam. There are in fact three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.

Munnar comprises of Munnar and surrounding Panchayats of Kanthalloor, Vattavada, Chinnakkanal, Marayoor and Pallivasal and forms a sub region rich in resources for tourism development. This hill station, situated in the Western Ghats, is famous for its salubrious climate through out the year, green carpeted tea plantations, deep valleys and rugged mountains, oceanic reservoirs, mythic ponds and lakes, numerous water falls as well as thick forests and adventurous remote areas.

Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands in Munnar is the Neelakurinji, a blue flower which blooms only every twelve years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, 2695m.

There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. Among these, majority of the plantations are owned by Tata Group's Kannan Devan Tea Estate. A visit to Munnar can witness the nurturing of tea in plantation to the process of manufacturing and packing.

Half the world population of the rare species of mountain goat (Hermitragus hylocrius) Nilgiri Tahr, is now found in the highlands and rocky regions. They have become a species which is fast becoming extinct. Small herds of Nilgiri Tahr are found in the Eravikulam Rajamala region.

The organic landscape, and all its overwhelming colossuses, has been left untouched with the magnificent stretch of wilderness of tall trees where cardamom covered tufts of land beckons one into an aromatic and dreamy landscape. Beautiful landscape, cool climate and wonderfully scented tea leaves are some of the other aspects that make this place a much sought after tourist destination. One can almost feel the divine vibrations of the past history echoing alive in every tree. And in the silence, hear one's own thoughts taking shape. In this virginal remoteness, even time moves at a different pace.

  • Activities
  • Yoga and related programs
  • Campfire
  • Indoor games
  • Farmyard experience
  • Spice plantation walk
  • Nature photography
  • Bird watching
  • Reception
  • 25-hrs room service
  • Travel desk
  • Concierge
  • Multi cuisine veg restaurant
  • Juice/coffee counter
  • Lawn dining
  • Group kitchen
  • Wireless internet at reception/restaurant
  • Doctor on call
  • In-house laundry
  • Daily needs stall
  • Parking
  • Pick and drop facilities
  • Car hire
  • Dormitory for chauffeurs and helpers
  • Vegetable garden and nursery
  • Landscaped garden
  • Rose garden
  • Spice plantation

Kaivalyam retreat is nestled in a valley slope, surrounded with hills around, abundant tree cover, natural water stream and vast acreage of spice plantation. This provides ideal setting for various forms of on-site recreational activities which can be taken up along with other activities spread across hill station of Munnar.

On-site activities:

  • Yoga and related programs
  • Campfire
  • Indoor games
  • Farmyard experience
  • Spice plantation walk
  • Nature photography
  • Bird watching

Activities around Munnar:

  • Sightseeing tours
  • Trekking/hiking
  • Tea garden walk
  • Adventure sports
  • Cycling
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Rock climbing
  • Review by Mandy from New Delhi, India

    "This is an amazing place to stay at Munnar. The resort is set amidst lush green vegetation and offers amazing views of the mountains and greenery. Set up is classic luxurious and elegant. Meals are lip-smacking. Every morning the guests are given free yoga session for one hour and guided plantation tour owned by the resorts. Excellent service and staff."

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  • Review by Jeethendra from Chennai, India

    "I went to this resort with my wife and stayed 1 day in luxurious room and 1 day in Tree House. This is a culinary haven for vegetarians, with the food being amazing and completely organic. The people running the resort were very friendly and good natured. The luxury room and tree house were absolutely neat and clean. The resort is located in the middle of cardamom plantation and offers good privacy and peace of mind. I would be visiting this place again and would highly recommend this for my friends/family."

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  • Review by a traveller from Bangalore, India

    "This combines the best of homestay and hotel in its setting, character, warmth, ambience and food. Had chosen to stay here based on TripAdvisor reviews and I wasn't disappointed. Harish was an excellent host and even though he stayed a bit away from this place, he was always around to help. The room was nice, clean and well maintained and if we needed something like the fixing of the heater, it was promptly attended to. Food was made to order and with organic raw materials so we enjoyed it. Since this is a yoga themed homestay, they serve only vegetarian food but we didn't mind as we ate out when we had the craving for non-vegetarian food. Only point of bother was we had to confirm dinner by noon itself as they had to plan accordingly even though it was prepared only later. Even though we didn't practice yoga when we were there, the huge hall when they practiced yoga was calming by itself. They have a couple of jeeps that they use to pick up and drop guests to the main road. Overall, it was a very relaxing experience and you would end up feeling you can just laze around in this place without even feeling the need to step out to see sights."

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  • Review by Yamini from India

    "I came to Munnar with my husband in the middle of November when the entire Munnar was blooming. You could see hues of yellow, orange set in the backdrop of green, everywhere. It was the peak season - I could see couples and bangles (read: chooras) everywhere. I wanted to stay some place special. And Kaivalyam turned out to be the best choice.Run by a Gujarati couple who can give management lessons on customer delight. Their breakfast menu was immensely interesting, different and very tasty. The entire staff was very cordial and friendly.The best part - the rooms with glass, sliding doors opening to the best natural setting possible. Ideal for watching sunrise/ sunset, sipping morning coffee, reading a book or just taking a nap.Visiting Munnar as a couple or with family, highly recommended either way!"

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  • Review by Sanapen from Vancouver, Canada

    "I spent 1 month in India and this was my favorite place. First of all, Munnar - it's so beautiful! As someone else said, it's like living inside a postcard. Kaivalyam is 6 Km before you reach Munnar, set on a cliff side, surrounded by tea and cardamom plantations. As previously said, a spectacular setting! My friend enjoyed the nature walks while I just soaked up the ambience - Yoga class at dawn, listening to birds chirping and the sounds of nature all around you. So, so peaceful. Food was all vegetarian and excellent! Some of the best food I enjoyed in India!Our host, who conducted the yoga classes, was so accommodating, polite and laid-back, as was all the staff. Kudos to all!I could go on and on about this place - rooms were so clean and built to take advantage of the surroundings, grounds perfectly landscaped and maintained - all this for a very reasonable cost.If you're going to Munnar, stay here! You won't be disappointed!!!"

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  • Review by a traveller from New Delhi, India

    "Kaivelyam Retreat is the place to stay while at Munnar. We stayed here for a couple of nights and were totally mesmerized by the place. Surrounded by greenery, trees, flowers throughout, this is a peaceful abode. To top it all the food they make it is absolutely yummy - we were looking forward to the food everyday. Hope I get to go there again."

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  • Review by Sandeep-Pamujula from (Bangalore), India

    "A perfect resort in the nature's lap. I liked hiking to nearby hill, a little walk to the spice garden and yoga session.Overall food and hospitality was great. :)Thank you Harish, Mahesh and Vijayan (hiking guide). You people made my trip. :)."

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  • Review by Leedaga from London, United Kingdom

    "This retreat is a little out of Munnar, but you will barely notice because the service and hospitality is so slick. I arrived very late on my check in date after a bumpy bus ride, and was immediately given a very warm welcome with chai and dinner. The food here was excellent, all cooked fresh each day using produce from the herb and vegetable garden and it is very well priced. The atmosphere is very serene too. I stayed in one of the two tree houses, which was a really fantastic experience, but far more luxurious than it sounds! Harish, and all of his staff, were so helpful in arranging trips making it a really seamless experience. There is morning yoga daily in a beautiful little spot in the gardens which is an ace way to start the day, and there are plenty of walks in the retreat you can take part in. I'd definitely recommend this. If you're travelling solo, bear in mind that the dining room isn't communal so make sure you have a good book with you to enjoy the peace and quiet."

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  • Review by Susie from Princess Risborough, UK

    "This is a lovely place to stay if you are veggie, like yoga and don't want any alcohol, but if like us you like a beer or a class of wine with your meal you might not want to stay here. However it was a lovely place to stay for one night and the food was very good, freshly prepared and very tasty. The rooms are airy and well decorated, each with a balcony over-looking the forest. It was very good value too."

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  • Review by Shobah from Chennai, India

    "Kaivalyam retreat is a perfect resort if you are looking for a complete unwinding from the rush and hustle bustle of a city life. Though the resort is located in a secluded place it offers an excellent service. Dont get scared by the treacherous terrain which takes you to the resort coz you are in for surprise as the resort is located amidst cardamom and pepper plantations. The resort also provides a jeep for pick up from the main road and Mr.Rajendran is an efficient driver. The resort has only 8 rooms which are spacious and are kept very clean. The food is very homely and delicious. Kids will really enjoy as the resort also offers small recreation like chess,carrom,badminton etc. We took the spice plantation walk till the waterfalls as one of the workers there guided us. It was just like a jungle safari and we thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are looking for a perfect peaceful unwinding amidst nature, Kaivalyam is the place. I will definitely visit again for more. Overall a complete THUMBS UP!!!!"

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  • Review by couple travelers from Pune, India

    "Kaivalyam Retreat just amazing! It is located amidst the spice plantation, around 8-10 km away from the city. A perfect place to relax and unwind yourself from the busy urban life.The drive from the main road to the Retreat by jeep is thrilling.Rooms are clean, beautiful, and luxurious; food is absolutely delicious!(Veg only) .It is actually a mini resort in itself. They have a nice collection of books, indoor & outdoor games and ample space with plantation all around."

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Munnar, India

Kaivalyam Retreat is holistic resort located in the beautiful town of Munnar, India. We offer yoga and honeymoon packages year round.

from US$299

8 days / 7 nights


This vacation is available all year round, with arrival date on the 4th and departure date on the 11th every month.


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