5 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Kin-Hin Zen Centre, Pozikkara Beach, Pachalloor 695027

5 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Kin-Hin Zen Centre, Pozikkara Beach, Pachalloor 695027

Zen Meditation Retreat Kerala

Head on a zen meditation and yoga experience in India! Throughout the holiday, you will have the chance to relax and unwind, enjoy the magnificent views, and the tranquil atmosphere, away from tourist crowds, yet close to the beaches of Kovalam near Trivandrum. Your experienced instructors and hosts will help you find your spark and recharge your energy with daily yoga and meditation sessions, and tasty home-cooked meals. This is a wonderful shortbreak you can take right now.


  • Daily Hatha yoga classes
  • Daily zen meditation sessions
  • Daily breakfast and home-cooked evening meals
  • Enjoy one massage treatment
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Kin-Hin Zen Centre offers homestay accommodation and has two large and airy guest rooms with a private sit-out. The rooms are well-furnished with modern en suite bathrooms, which provide solar-heated hot water. Wi-Fi, filtered water, a fridge, tea, and coffee are all available for you.

Your program begins with yoga at 4pm on arrival day and ends with breakfast on departure day.

Throughout the yoga and meditation holiday, you will begin your day with a meditation session, followed by a yoga class. The morning Zazen (meditation sittings) is from 06:30 to 07:30. Then, you can enjoy a delicious bowl of fresh fruit salad for breakfast. After a day of leisure, there is a 4pm yoga class followed by a meditation session. At 19:00, you will join your hosts for a home-cooked meal and relax.

  • Karen Sivan

    Karen came to India in 1997 for a three-week holiday and decided to make Kerala her home. For 10 years, she ran yoga and massage holidays in Kovalam. From 2007 until mid-2012, she lived, worked, served, and followed Zen at Bodhi Zendo, blessed to have guidance and support from Zen master, AMA Samy. She then returned to the "marketplace" and began a new chapter with Kin-Hin. She is also a qualified aromatherapist with over 20-year experience. Her diploma in holistic aromatherapy was obtained from the Tisserand Institute in London in 1993.

  • Sivan

    Sivan grew up in Pachalloor, is an experienced yoga teacher in India and Europe, and has a wealth of local knowledge about the area and its customs.

This retreat takes place in Pachalloor, Kerala, India. It's a peaceful location with stunning views. Close to Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), Kovalam is the closest tourist beach, being about a 10-minute drive away.

  • Massage
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Breakfast and evening meals will be served during your stay in Kin-Hin Zen Centre.

When you are in India, you can explore the city you are staying in during breaks between activities. You can also try out popular dishes loved by locals, visit popular tourist destinations, and go shopping. Optional tours or day trips can be arranged during your stay in Kin-Hin Zen Centre.

One massage treatment is included in the price.

  • 1 massage treatment
  • 4 evening meals
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 8 yoga classes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily meditation "sittings"
  • Taxi transfer from Trivandrum to Kin-Hin
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Travel to Trivandrum
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandum International Airport (TRV). Kin-Hin Centre will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Edward Harrod from Vietnam

    Great experience

    CONS Cons: We found there to be a lot of meditation (2x 50 mins per day) but if this is too much for you Karen might be able to adapt it. Yoga is 2x 60 mins per day. The accommodation is a pretty 45 min walk away from Kovalum but it's also very easy to get a tuk tuk.

    PROS Pros: Staying at Karen and Sivan's place made my boyfriend and I feel like we were visiting a family friend's house whilst abroad. It was so nice to have delicious home-cooked food everyday. The room had a kettle, fridge, good wifi and nice hot shower. Overall, we were very well looked-after and had a lovely time. We did 4 nights 5 days of yoga and meditation and were near beginners to both. As we were the only people there, we had a totally personal service so the classes were the right level for us. I would recommend getting a meal at the nearby temple one day for a truly local experience. I also had a cooking lesson one day with Sivan which was great.

    Organizer response: Many thanks! So glad you enjoyed your stay. For us too it was like having family friends come visit. Welcome back any time.

    2017-Jul-08 01:40:00

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    Review by Catrin Stewart from Great Britain

    PROS Pros: Warm welcome Excellent company Delicious food Very knowledgeable teaching instructors

    2017-Aug-29 04:05:53

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    Review by Sheila Struyck from India

    short monsoon break to re-energise!

    PROS Pros: WE had a great and relaxing time at Kin Hin. Lovely people, great food and a lot of attention to the meditation and the yoga. Wonderful to do your exercise at the rooftop platform and watch the palmtrees and the sky and hear the rain...

    2017-Aug-25 11:13:37

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    Review by Zoe Culley from Great Britain

    A lovely snap shot of Kerala

    PROS Pros: Karen and Sivan were lovely hosts and even acted as my guides to the local area. The meditation sessions on the roof were wonderful and I shall miss them! I'm very much a beginner to yoga and Sivan tailored the sessions to my level. The food was super tasty!

    2017-Aug-06 08:13:11

  • Review by Suzy

    "I loved the stay with Karen and Shivan. Their home and our room was beautifully presented with a great outlook over the lush surrounding forest and local community. Access to kovallam was easy by walking a short stroll through the village to the main road where a tuk tuk was always available. The home was certainly away from the touristy pace that kovallam offered. Karen's sunrise and sunset meditation was a true panacea for us, and as a novice, it provided me with insight into benefits and further understandings of the practice. Karen is so genuine and authentic about her practice without any pretense or judgment. It doesn't seem to matter what level or understanding you might have, there would be something to be gained by sitting with Karen. The twice daily yoga with Shivan was tailored to our level in order to provide strength and resilience over the 5 days. Once again delivered in a casual and welcoming way. The focus on breathing, balance and postures improved over the course as did my muscle strength without pain or injury. Overall an enjoyable and recommendable stay."

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  • Review by Jessica Killaspy
    10 out of 10

    "I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Karen and Sivan at Kin-Hin centre. I was the only guest for most of the time but even though I'd been hoping to meet people, it was perfect - Karen and Sivan are great company and I had private classes, plus a say in what we had for dinner each night! It was easy to get into Kovalam for lunch each day and Karen and Sivan went out of their way to make me feel comfortable - the little details make a big difference. I would definitely recommend staying here."

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  • Review by Guido L. from Belgium
    9 out of 10

    "I stayed at the Kin-Hin Zen Centre with a friend in the beginning of April 2016 for about five days. I really liked the quiet and the peace of this very open center, with a gentle rhythm of morning meditation, morning yoga, and evening meditation. The guestrooms are clean, spacious, and pleasant, there is a nice outside balcony, and Karen's fruit salads for breakfast are delicious. Karen and Sivan are not only great teachers. but they are also very happy to help you organize small excursions in the area. Both Trivandrum and Kovalam Beaches are within a short bus or rickshaw ride. Trivandrum Zoo is a must place to visit. Since The life of Pi, it's on everybody's list! I liked Kin-Hin very much as it is a base from where to further explore if you want, or a nice place to be, which has a soul with its relaxed schedule and positive outlook on life. I certainly got what I was looking for and hope to go back!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "If you are looking for a piece of zen paradise, Kin-Hin Zen Centre is the place for you. We booked a five-day meditation and yoga retreat at the center and it was one of the highpoints of our trip to India. The center is well located in the peaceful village of Pachaloor, just minutes away from busy Trivandrum and touristy Kovalam Beach. Our room was lovely. It was clean and zen, big enough for our backpacker needs, with access to a private balcony to chill out. Our host Karen led our meditation sessions on the roof: We were surrounded by palm trees and could hear birds, nearby ocean waves, and occasionally, neighborhood temple music. Hatha yoga session followed with teacher Sivan, who gently but firmly pushed us to our limits through a strong yoga routine, with just enough variety positions to keep us captivated. One session was interrupted by monkeys passing by in the street. Breakfast and dinner were taken at the center at the couple’s table or balcony. We got the chance of tasting Karen’s epic, world-famous fruit salad, as well as local food cooked at home, while chatting with our hosts about the region, local traditions, travelers tips, and others. They made us feel right at home with their generosity and warmth. We also were able to relax with a wonderful ayurvedic massage."

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  • Review by Grace Ann-Penning from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Kin Hin Zen center with Karen was a highlight of my first ever trip to India. It was unique and comfortable and Karen was the best hostess. We had a ball and our trip to the tip was an unforgettable experience of sheer wonder and delight. I cannot thank Karen enough for her friendly open hospitality and to receive daily aromatherapy massages and meditation was sublime! I highly recommend spending some time at this delightful haven."

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  • Review by Alan Jones from England
    10 out of 10

    "Kin-Hin is a comfortable, friendly meditation place, with Karen as the helpful guide and Shivan as the (optional) yoga instructor. Away from crowds, but near beaches, under coconut palm trees which the birds like. Be prepared for early awakenings sometimes when youre staying there! I got to know a small group of daily meditators and aim to return before too long."

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  • Review by Michael Smolka from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Kin-Hin Zen Centre is beautifully located under huge trees providing a nice shade. Its close to the sand beach and in walking distance to shopping facilities. The place is calm, clean and convivial. Karen is a helpful and caring hostess. As a resident, you can get all necessary information you might need for your trip through India. You will wake up every morning to the beautiful voices of the birds living around the house. Enjoy meditation during your stay. I can highly recommend this guest house to everyone. You wont regret being there, even though youre here only for a short stay."

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  • Review by Malar Jayaprakash from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "We had an enjoyable relaxing holiday and we have learned so much during the trip, especially at Kin-Hin with Karen and Sivan, that we are taking things slow and comparatively more relaxed than before we started the holidays. We had such a wonderful stay at Kin-Hin and were grateful of Karen and Sivans hospitality and kindness."

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  • Review by Helga Braun from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Meditating early morning on the rooftop, surrounded by birds, craws and the soft sweeping of many brooms in the village; eating fresh fruit salad on the terrace, having a nice little chat with Karen; walking to a quiet little beach with shady palm trees; looking forward to getting a competent and relaxing massage from Karen; reading and sleeping a little: planning trips into the surrounding nature and visiting old temples; in the evening, eating fresh fish in front of the sea, enjoying the purple sunset; dreaming of coming back again as soon as possible - this and much more is Kin-Hin Centre."

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  • Review by Geoff H. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Kin-Hin Zen Centre for a few days both before and after attending a Buddhist meditation retreat at Bodhi Zendo in Tamil Nadu State. My aim was to acclimatize after my flight from Australia, to sample some good local cuisine, to shop, meditate, and to do a little sight seeing. All these goals were more than satisfied without hassle or stress thanks to the depth of local knowledge possessed by the owner Karen, and the suggestions and assistance she so freely provided.Kin-Hin Zen Centre is situated a short distance from the tourist and hotel strip along Kovalam's Beaches and sits right among tall coconut trees and the homes of local families. This proximity of locals provides a real taste of daily Indian life and color. A highlight of my stay was being able to witness the traditional climbing and harvesting of coconuts right outside the building. The regular morning and early evening meditation sessions are also a great asset in you wish to participate. I would most certainly stay again."

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  • Review by Rajasingh G. from India
    10 out of 10

    "If you are beckoned by the sea, but wish to stay slightly away from crowds, and have an eye for natural beauty, Kin-Hin is the place for you. The host is amazing, her laughter is contagious, one does not feel like staying in a place that is profit-driven. Instead, what you have here is a place that feels like home. It's a perfect place to laze around, dream, spot birds and marvel at the beauty of a Kerala village.You could take walks to a quiet beach if you're inclined towards being a recluse. Or you could walk up to the beach with many restaurants and people, which is 10-15 minutes by walk. Karen is one of the most wonderful hosts you'd find around there. You need to be there to experience that. She is a meditator, an aromatherapist, teaches laughter yoga. Above all, she is a wonderful human being, who would never impose these things upon you. I would recommend this place to all peace-loving people."

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  • Review by Lauren R. from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I was looking for a place in south India to begin my travels here and found a perfect location at Kin-Hin Zen Centre. The rooms are spacious, clean, and very comfortable. You are just a short walk down some lanes to the ocean if you are seeking time at the beach. There's lots going on for sight seeing and Karen, the host, is a fantastic resource to figure out what to see.I was hoping for both quiet time in meditation as well as the freedom to go touring. And that is exactly what I've found here. If you are interested in meditation and yoga but not sure you're ready for the ashram scene, Kin-Hin Zen Centre may be just the place to get started. If you are already a serious meditator you'll be right at home too. I couldn't have found a better place to dip my toes in India for the first time."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Karen and Sivan's new location is beautiful amongst the palm trees, and it is a two-minute walk to the river and sea. The rooftop is great for meditation, as it's covered so no sun beating down on you, and there is a balcony area for relaxing outside the rooms. Karen is a great hostess and both she and Sivan can give you whatever information you need about the entire Trivandrum / Kovalom area."

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Trivandrum, India

Kin-Hin is a meditation center that offers meditation sittings in Zen tradition which is open to all, yoga classes with Sivan, and accommodations for home stay.

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