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7 Days Private Yoga Holiday in a Boutique Beach Villa in Kerala, India

Marari Villas - Palm Villa, 4/246, Kattoor Beach, Kattoor PO, Kalavoor, Alappuzha, Alappuzha District, Kerala, India

Beach Yoga Holiday in India

Improve your energy flow and re-balance the body and mind with a relaxing holiday combined with yoga classes from a local master. Marari Villas will arrange your private yoga classes in the morning or evening on the veranda overlooking the sea in the comfort of your own villa. All classes will be tailored to your constitution and adjusted to suit your personal needs. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday with practicing yoga, enjoying a therapeutic Ayurveda massage, or looking for a venue for your retreats, Marari Villas is the place for you. Relax in this yoga beach retreat on beautiful Kerala Coast. Namaste!

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Krishna, Swapna, Sreekumar, & 1 More…
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  • Daily yoga class for 1 person
  • 1 private cooking class with your chef
  • 1 airport transfer (or up to 75 kilometers included) in AC Innova
  • Complimentary use of bicycles throughout the holiday
  • Free drinks including water, tea, and coffee
  • Delicious servings of vegetarian meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Malayalam, Russian
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Cochin International Airport
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This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at Marari Villas - a collection of award-winning "Boutique Serviced Villas" on a beautiful, undeveloped Marari Beach. The venue provides all the ingredients for a great retreat holiday: a stunning setting overlooking the Arabian Sea, fresh local food to nourish the body and soul, the best-experienced yoga and Ayurveda masters in the area, caring villa staff and all the comforts of a superior hotel. The villas were published as one of the "Top 6 Beach Retreats in Kerala” by The Independent in 2013 and have been the number one "Speciality Lodging" choice in Marari for the past seven years, according to TripAdvisor.

Accommodation will be arranged in the three neighboring beach villas (Palm, Lotus, and Bougainvillea) that provide seven spacious rooms with stunning panoramic views of the ocean. Two private pool villas are located within five minutes by auto-rickshaw or 20 minutes' walk along the beach. Daily yoga classes will be held in the yoga shala at Lotus or in the "sea-breeze" lounge of the Palm Villa. A smaller private yoga deck and Ayurveda massage rooms are also available at the Lotus Villa.

All villas are tastefully furnished and fully equipped with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioned bedrooms, tea / coffee facilities, libraries of books / games, TV / DVD, a safe locker, and serviced by a team of discrete staff who provide very personal care (chef, villa host, housekeeper, and security). Wi-Fi, drinking water, toiletries, and tea / coffee are complimentary.

Palm Villa

This stunning three-bedroom villa is located just meters from the Arabian Sea. You will wake up to the sound of the waves, laze in hammocks or sit on the veranda and spot the dolphins while sipping a cool drink. The villa's design blends traditional and contemporary styles with a large open "sea-breeze" lounge with a bar, dining, and lounge furniture, so you can enjoy tropical living to the full. Three sea-view bedrooms open onto private verandas and garden, equipped with hammocks, sunbeds, and umbrellas.

The villa is ideal for all beach lovers, particularly for families / friends. The pool and Ayurveda facilities can be used at Lotus Villa next door. There are two wings of the villa that can be booked separately. They are separated by a large shared dining and lounge area. Each wing has its own veranda and garden area with umbrellas and sun loungers and direct access to the beach, so there is ample space for privacy if you do not want to mix with the other guests.

Bedrooms 1 and 2 (North Wing)

  • Bedroom 1: Double bed / Bedroom 2: Twin / double bed (sleeps two adults in each)
  • Air conditioning and fans
  • En-suite bathrooms with contemporary fittings
  • Open air showers with access from the garden
  • Tea / coffee facilities and fridge stocked with drinks only in the shared "sea-breeze" lounge
  • Shared "sea-breeze" lounge has a dining area, bar, library and games, CD / USB player and surround sound
  • Safe box, hair dryer, and speakers for MP3 / iPod / iPad/ laptop in rooms
  • Traveler's pack with a torch, incense, repellant, and cables for iPad / iPod / iPhone
  • Beachfront garden with hammock, sun beds, and umbrellas
  • Emergency backup electricity supply (excluding AC / hairdryer / kettle)

Bedroom 3 (Suite Room, South Wing)

  • King size double bedroom (sleeps two adults)
  • Air conditioning and fans
  • En-suite bathroom with contemporary fittings
  • Kitchen with fridge, tea / coffee facilities, and self-catering facilities on request
  • Fridge stocked with drinks, snacks, and ice
  • Small lounge with satellite TV and DVD / CD
  • Safe box, hair dryer, and speakers for MP3 / iPod / iPad / laptop in rooms
  • Desk and chair
  • Private beachfront garden with hammock, sun beds, and umbrellas
  • Large "sea-breeze" lounge, dining area, bar, library, and games
  • Emergency backup electricity supply (excluding AC / hairdryer / kettle)
  • Traveler's pack with a torch, incense, repellant, and cables for iPad / iPod / iPhone


The advantage of this program that its fully personalized: Marari Villas will tailor your yoga times and schedules as per your requirement and individual program. They will invite the best practitioners in the area for private classes and make sure you have a very special yoga practice tailored to your needs. Please send Marari Villas an inquiry in advance with your yoga requirement and they will try and find the best teacher for your needs. The private yoga sessions will be arranged in the early morning and / or evening on the veranda or yoga deck of your villa. You will revel in some me-time with personal yoga and Ayurveda treatments and the full service of Marari Villas staff in the comfort of your private villa.

Marari Villas suggest the following daily schedule:

  • 07:30-08.30 Morning Hatha yoga class
  • 09:00-10:00 Kerala vegetarian breakfast
  • 10:00-13:00 Relax, swim, or enjoy sightseeing with some outdoor activities
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00-16:30 Ayurvedic treatments or additional gentle yoga class, pranayama, and meditation class (not included in the package)
  • 18:00 Enjoy the sunset
  • 19:00 Have a dinner, relax, enjoy the stars, dance, play games, or sleep

Kerala cooking classes

If you would like to learn to cook some traditional Keralan dishes, you can arrange a convenient time with your chef. He will take you on a local market tour and teach you some of his secrets in creating delicious local dishes, such as fish molly in coconut milk, creamy dhal, Kerala parota, or other traditional curries. Classes can be arranged in your garden (Orchid or Hibiscus) or lounge (Palm Villa) at an additional charge.


Krishna Kurup




Retreat location

Marari Villas and Retreats is located in central Kerala, near Alleppey backwaters and the closest international airport is Cochin International Airport (COK). Marari Beach lies on a relatively undiscovered shore near the renowned backwaters of Alleppey and is ideally located just one and a half hours from Cochin International Airport (COK) and within a few hours of a drive from all major tourist destinations in central Kerala. The beach has not been marred by development, unlike other tourist destinations. Only the local fishermen, their traditional colorful wooden boats and the abundant wildlife share the beach, so you are virtually alone to enjoy the endless white sand under your bare feet, the vibrant green coconut palms, the welcoming warm ocean, and an experience of "real India" with a touch of luxury.


  • Cochin International Airport (COK) - 1.5 to 2 hours

Unique features


  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance


During your stay, you will be served three delicious meals cooked daily by your villa chef. Kerala has a great variety of delicious vegetarian dishes, so you can eat something different at every meal during your stay. You can also choose from the menu of other items like seafood and meat options with additional supplement and Marari Villas will serve a la carte in your villa dining. Daily purified water, tea, and coffee are also included.

Healthy vegetarian food prepared by Marari Villas' dedicated chefs is a fundamental element of the retreat experience: daily herbal tea and fresh fruits before the morning class will be followed by healthy buffet brunches with fresh juices, tropical seasonal fruits, muesli, eggs, toast, homemade jams, and a variety of delicious South Indian breakfasts like idli, appam, dosa.

In the evening, the creative chefs will spoil you with delicious vegetarian Kerala dinners from Marari Villas' "Kerala Delights Menu" that offers various vegetarian dishes, salads, rice, and local bread (appam, chappatis, or parotha). You will experience a traditional Kerala "Sadhya" Feast on a banana leaf, which is a treat for every visitor to Kerala and a barefoot barbecue in the beach garden (fresh seafood options are available on request with a supplement). Additionally, guests can explore the local market with the chef and have a cooking class, so you can replicate some Kerala dishes back home.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There will be plenty of time to discover the local area between the yoga classes, Ayurveda treatments, and pool time including a relaxing boat cruise on the famous backwaters of Alleppey, the "Venice of the East". Marari Villas also offers a wide range of local activities: cycling, a visit to an elephant corral for a ride, village crafts tour, church / temple visit, as well as Alleppey town and Fort Cochin tours. The welcoming Arabian sea is suitable for swimming most time of the year.

Ayuverda treatments

Marari Villas can also arrange a variety of traditional Ayurveda massages and treatments with the best local specialists in their Ayurveda rooms at Lotus Villa. Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurveda – the ancient Indian medicine and holistic system of health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic treatments recharge the body, reactivate the mind, recoup youthful vigor and vitality, build resistance to diseases, and improve complexion.

If you want to have a deeper understanding of Ayurveda; your body type, what foods are better for you, learn about your constitution and how to balance body and mind, then Marari Villas can arrange a consultation with the local Ayurveda physician. They will provide a pulse diagnosis to establish your individual mind-body constitution and the nature of any imbalance and then prescribe daily authentic Ayurveda remedies and medicinal diet to enhance health and wellbeing.

Ayurveda is one of the oldest healing systems, indigenous to Kerala. Holistic Ayurveda massages can be done for positive health and well-being in addition to your yoga retreat. Marari Villas don’t employ therapists and invite the very best of them from the local area to come and do the treatment in the comfort of your own villa. You can have a general body massage (Abhyanga 2,500 INR) and some other rejuvenation packages without doctor’s consultation. For more serious treatment or in case of any disease / body complaint you should consult with their physician, who is available at short notice for a consultation.

Ayurveda therapists, Sreekumar for gents or Swapna for ladies, will provide a unique style of Ayurveda with deep tissue massage. They will find all your pain points and commits to relieving them within five days.

  • 1-hour Abhyangam (full body massage with deep tissue): 2,500 INR, 60 minutes
  • 2-hour rejuvenation massage (including head, face, and full body): 3,500 INR, 120 minutes
  • Head and shoulder massage: 1,000 INR, 30 minutes
  • Foot massage: 1,000 INR, 30 minutes
  • Mukha Lepanam (facial pack): 1,500 INR, 45 minutes
  • Shirodhara (oil poured on forehead): 3,500 INR, 60 minutes
  • Full body Dhara (oil poured on body parts): 3,500 INR, 60 minutes
  • Njavara Kizhi (rice bolus massage): 4,500 INR, 60 minutes
  • Ela Kizhi (herbal bundle massage): 4,000 INR, 60 minutes
  • Pizhichil (oil bath): 4,000 INR, 60 minutes
  • Udvarthanam (powder massage): 3,500 INR, 60 minutes
  • Podi Kizhi (herbal powder bundles): 4,000 INR, 60 minutes

Charity programs and voluntary work

There are orphanages and charity projects in the area, and Marari Villas can arrange a visit for you. The children love to meet foreigners and practice their English. Please inform Marari Villas in advance if you would like to make a donation or volunteer to work with a local charitable cause, and they will find the best way to ensure your time or money makes the most significant impact.

Church, temple, mosque, and synagogue visits

Kerala has diverse religions and beliefs that live together in mutual peace and friendship. Marari coast is mostly developed as a Christian area with many churches with different shapes and colors. There are few major temples in Mararikulam and Kalavoor villages, where you can experience bright Hindu celebrations with energetic drummers, caparisoned (decorated) elephants, thousands of candles, fireworks, and loud music.


Bicycles are a great way to get around Marari and explore the beaches and fishing villages along the beach road. Marari Villas has two complimentary mountain bikes, which are available if you wish to discover some off-the-track parts of Marari. Take a ride along the quiet beach road and experience the smiling children on their way to and from school, do some shopping in the local market, and visit another resort for lunch

Houseboat or country boat backwater tour

The best way to experience the famous backwaters is to hire a gorgeous houseboat or Kettuvallom that has become a defining image of Kerala. Marari Villas can recommend the best mid-range and luxury operators and arrange a houseboat trip for you on the nearby backwaters of Alleppey, which is only a 20-minute drive from Marari.

Kerala festivals and culture

Kerala has a wealth of cultural experiences for you to enjoy. Museums, local festivals, snake boat races, martial arts performance, traditional dance, music, and theater, such as Mohiniyattam (the dance of the enchantress), Kathakali, and drummers. You can experience some of these in your villa at an additional cost.

Kerala tours: multiple day programs

Marari Villas can also arrange longer tours to the cool green hill stations in Munnar, wildlife sanctuaries in Periyar, spice plantations in Thekkady, and other major tourist destinations in Kerala. Please inform them in advance about your requirements. They can organize your full itinerary, suggest suitable accommodations, and arrange reservations if required.

Local market tour

If you are an active gourmet traveler, you can shop with Marari Villas' chef in the local markets and select fresh produce that showcases the exciting tropical flavors of Kerala. Explore the local market stalls with fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, and a host of unusual tastes and smells. Marari Villas' chef can show you how to combine your fresh ingredients with an interactive cooking class, or you can cook yourselves in your private kitchen.

Local tours (one day program)

Marari Villas has developed personalized local tours that include visits to temples, churches, weaving and coir factories, fish markets, museums, and more.

Local village tour in an auto rickshaw

Kerala is widely referred to the land of coconuts and is known for its articulate craftsmanship, which is an intimate part of its tradition. Marquetry in wood, ivory, and buffalo horn carvings, bamboo and cane products, kora grass weaving, and lace making and granite carving are some of the specialties of Kerala. Join rickshaw village tour and we can show you all the local sights.

Shopping (crafts, antiques, souvenirs)

Kerala’s handicraft centers have extraordinary collections of wood, coir, coconut, and rosewood souvenirs, trinkets, fabrics, clothing, and jewelry. Marari Vilas can arrange a shopping tour to local crafts centers, such as Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, which offer plenty for every art, crafts, and antique lover. Wood carved Kathakali masks, snake boats, elephants and jewelry boxes, and spices and essential oils can be perfect gifts for friends and memorable decorations for your home.

What's included

  • Daily yoga class for 1 person
  • 1 private cooking class with your chef
  • 1 airport transfer (or up to 75 kilometers included) in AC Innova
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Complimentary water, tea, and coffee
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Additional Ayurveda treatments and consultations

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from this airport is included. Marari Villas will pick you up from the airport.

Marari Villas will arrange their car and a very good English-speaking driver to pick you up at the airport. It takes approximately two hours from Cochin International Airport (COK) to Marari. For flights, Marari Villas recommends Qatar / Etihad / Emirates airlines via the Middle East, British Airways via Bangalore / Chennai, or Jet Airways via Mumbai to Cochin International Airport (COK). Their driver will meet you at the airport and Marari Beach is one and a half hours’ drive away.

Airport: Cochin International Airport Airport transfer included: Cochin International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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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