3 Days Incredible India Forest Yoga Escape

  • Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Kerala Nature Yoga Break in India

Release every inch of your stresses within the magical beauty of Indias forestlands. Guarded by lofty mountains majestically embracing the landscapes, teeming with birds, butterflies and various flora and fauna, a very pleasant environment for peace and relaxation. Experience all of these glorious bliss with School of Yoga Vidhyas nature and yoga retreat. Discover the harmony of self and nature with yoga and meditation practice on riversides and streams, and explore through adventure with an elephant ride, trekking, boating and sight-seeing. A brilliant way to ease your tensions and rediscover a whole new level of calm and inner peace.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Hill climbing and meditation session
  • 3 retreat days with instruction in English and Tamil
  • Adventure and fun activities like elephant ride and boating
  • Visit to wonderful Lions' park and sightseeing tour
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • Malayalam, Tamil, English
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Have the best of both worlds as you will be staying in comfort in a traditionally styled bungalow, with single or double bedroom, attached bathroom and fully air-conditioned. The coziness of modern life with the rustic and pristine splendor of nature right on your doorsteps. All bungalows are situated in pleasant gardens with a view across Neyyar Dam and Peppara Wildlife park up to Agastya Mountain.

This yoga nature retreat is programmed for you to be refined with an opportunity for spiritual, physical and mental rejuvenation through yoga, meditation, pranayama and spiritual dialogue. Our spiritual yoga meditation retreats are designed to renew your body energy, awaken inner potential and for you to enjoy infinite joy and calmness. Have a free and calming mind, learn and practice the age old system of yoga, meditation, and pranayama from well experienced yoga gurus. You could practice asana on the riversides and even bath in the streams, indulging in the beauty of natural surroundings.

Monsoon Season Note

Please note that, from June to mid of August, it is monsoon season in Kerala. The people who are looking for ayurvedic treatments, usually, prefer the monsoon season. This period is also considered as the off-season, due to less foreigners’ visits and to having most of the restaurants and accommodation facilities closed.

It is a good time to do indoor Ayurveda treatments, as it may rain a lot and the temperature is cooler, but in the same time, please keep in mind that many activities, like swimming, star gazing, trekking, biking, walking in the forest and others might become impossible to embark upon.

The retreat includes an opportunity to explore more of Kerala with a boating and sightseeing tour, a visit to Lions park and an exciting elephant ride.

The School of Yoga Vidhya hill resort in the idyllic forests of Trivandrum, Kerala, India will be your haven for this retreat. Just an hour away from Trivandrum and Kovalam, experience the tranquillity of a resort in the hills. Situated with breathtaking views over Neyyar Dam, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary and Agastya Mountain, this is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities and coast.

Nearby places

  • Kalippara temple -10 minutes by foot
  • Kanyakumari (where the Indian ocean and bay of Bengal meet) - 90 kilometers

Delight your taste buds and nourish your body as delicious vegetarian, sativic meals will be served to your hearts content.

Exclusions

  • There will be no meat, fish, eggs and alcohol served on this retreat.
  • 2 nights accommodation in air conditioned single or double bedroom with attached bathroom
  • Airport pick-up and drop off at Trivandrum Airport
  • Ayurveda massage
  • Boating and sightseeing
  • Daily vegetarian meals (no meat, fish, eggs, alcohol)
  • Daily yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras, and bandhas sessions
  • Hill climbing - meditation, surya kriya, pranayama
  • Visit elephant rehabilitation center and exciting elephant ride
  • Visit to Lions park
  • Yoga mats will be provided

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) and from there you will be transferred to the retreat venue.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Theresa Haimberger from Germany

    CONS Cons: Hygiene, Sauberkeit

    PROS Pros: Individuelles Yogatraining

    Organizer response: Dear Ms. Theresa Haimberger, We thanks for your review. We strive to bring more comforts in regards with ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES. We are happy to know, that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed yoga with us. All the very best! Many Thanks, School of Yoga Vidhya - Team

    2017-Aug-07 09:49:05

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    Review by Patricia Mallay from Spain

    worst holidays of a lifetime

    CONS Cons: this was not a retreat.i ve paid all together 1480 $ for a very transformational holidays indeed..ended up in hospital from a throat infection and entirely covered with bug bites.this yoga retreat at that time of the year...very low season is not worth more than 500 dollars .no tourists around.only indians.I was the only person booked in.and knowing that it was rainy season I thought there was a lot organised to keep you busy.instead of that I was basically locked in a room for 2 weeks.no swimming allowed in 3 months...no sunbathing. pool...what pool?wifi?TV...?when available..fridge?what fridge?you have sea view.ok.no star gazing.walk in the forest sunset meditation..I did that trip to see 2 liionesses and the so called elephant rehabilitation center. which is horrendous. the elephants are chained.and treated very badly.the only chance I had to get out of the place.the whole place was fllfy smelly.and depressing.after a week I ve asked for a refund to leave the place and go somewhere else with the argument of not getting any of the things published.they refused.that s when I got sick.jijiu brought me to hospital up the Rd. and hindu the massage therapist had a bit of compassion and brought me mangoes.and to compensate they offered me a few more treatments. but to conclude...I ve paid nearly 1500 $ and wasted 14 days holidays for a fake retreat.a total scam.and I m a yoga teacher.I ve traveled the world and organise myself retreats in tenerife. so I know what I m talking about

    PROS Pros: nothing

    Organizer response: Dear Ms. Patricia, Thanks, we understand your frustration because of monsoon season. We know, other than monsoon everything was excellent here as usual. Even though we have given an additional compensation of 5 ayurveda rejuvenation treatment with additional yoga sessions to compensate this and made you fully engaged with other yoga sessions and outing program. The reason we have found in regards with your hospitalization was consuming toxic things with very chilled water and skipping yoga sessions continuously - we found the proof of your things in the room only after your check-out. That we have already informed to BYR. We don't want to mention it here. So, you have made your retreat unpleasant and putting the blame on us. See Ms. Patricia, only people with bad intentions and running their institution to entertain wrong activities will be scared on your threaten. You tried to fool us by taking all services we offered with additional services for 7 days and then asking for refund to visit other places. People with common sense can understand that - If you didn't like our retreat, you would have returned from the retreat with in a day of two and we would have done the repayment. We remember you have threaten us, by saying you will write a very worst review on us. PEOPLE WITH REAL YOGA INTERESTS ALONE COME TO SCHOOL OF YOGA VIDHYA – WE DON’T ENTERTAIN PEOPLE WITH OTHER INTENTION We encourage and promote real yoga aspirants. With prayers, School of Yoga Vidhya - Team

    2017-Jul-15 06:02:49

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    Review by Catherine Mcdermott from Great Britain

    Don't do it!

    CONS Cons: I am so disappointed in my retreat that I went on last week. The vidyha school of yoga does not exist. It is a man that puts a poster up in a hotel and rents rooms out to people who book on. I was the only person who booked onto the 7 day 'retreat' last week. The hotel, Sea Rock in Kovolam, was filthy. Everything you touched felt sticky and grimy, the corridors were dark and you could barely see even in the day and the whole place smelt of urine. Yes I had a sea view but the windows were so filthy I could not see out of Them. The bed linen was covered in stains and there were tiny ants everywhere, I was bitten very very badly all over my body with swollen weeping bites. The 'yoga master' Jiju taught me yoga everyday but it is clear he had not planned anything nor did he want to be there, he checked his phone literally every minute of class. It was also the same poses, triangle, tree etc, and he seemed to lack content to fill an hour. He told me I needed to lose weight also! This all feels uncomfortable for me to say these things, unyogic, I am a yoga teacher in London myself and I have been to many retreats around the world, I understand basic and don't mind it, but this was different. I didn't last the whole week, I left early as I Had been bitten so much. I was also the only western person and felt vulnerable, jiju's yoga was not worth sticking around for. Perhaps the most disappointing part is that I emailed bookyogaretreats last week with my feedback and have heard nothing back after paying over £700 for this 'retreat'. Please don't use this company.

    PROS Pros: The food was good

    Organizer response: First of all, we don't consider or take this review seriously at all. We have been in this field for many years and we are established in Authentic Yoga and Ayurveda in Kovalam with great outreach with more than 20 countries with many repeated guests. School of Yoga Vidhya stands to strive better quality services and we keep upgrading ourselves in the services of world class yoga. This case is very strange for us. We have no ideas whether this has been a manipulation of our competitors or... ? This review video has been taken 15 minutes before her departure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R132PQGh1jw We are not the right choice for fun activities like dancing, alcohol parties, drugs, socializing etc. Those who are looking for such retreat, Our kind request to Ms. Catherine is to kindly do a consultation with a physician and correct her problem / stress etc… Please focus on breathing (Pranayama) practice and meditation. We can provide free treatment, if you want it from us. May god bless you Ms. Catherine, you may please feel free visit us again. We have complete report and records on this guest with all communication on email, whats up etc., those want to know, please contact us. With prayers, School of Yoga Vidhya

    2017-Jun-01 18:38:55

  • Review by Oonagh from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a truly exceptional week practicing yoga with Jiju in Kerala. He is an amazing teacher and a very inspirational person."

    "Though having practiced yoga for a number of years back in England, there were certain postures that I had just accepted that my body would never be able to do. Within 3 days I was touching my toes for the first time since childhood, and by the end of the week I was able to go from shoulder stand into full plough posture- something I was very far from before, and I had always wanted to do before."

    "Jiju opens your mind to what is possible, and I now feel like I can achieve anything- this really is no exaggeration! Come and learn from him and experience this for yourself!"

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  • Review by Sweta from USA
    8 out of 10

    "The School of Yoga Vidhya arranged my four-day stay in Kerala for a yoga retreat. Jiju was very communicative before I arrived, answering any questions I had and sending me a full itinerary before my stay. When I arrived, Jiju was there and was very accommodating. He made sure everything was taken care of for me and planned excursions around the area. I recommend School of Yoga Vidhya for any first time yoga retreats or visitors to Kerala."

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  • Review by Michelle from Great Britain
    9 out of 10

    "I was looking for a retreat vacation in India stumbled upon school of yoga vidhya online. I mailed them for the details and I was surprised to see a quick response. The experience has been amazing. The hospitality and the stay were very satisfactory. I loved the peace and feel completely rejuvenated. A perfect place to be, if you are looking for a retreat."

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  • Review by Chung Ha from China
    8 out of 10

    "This was my first trip to India. Been to Delhi, Bangalore and also Trivandrum where I took this rejuvenation and yoga package. I like the environment. I like the teaching of peace. I like the yoga. Very great people and support."

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  • Review by Azure from West Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I was under depression and worry. My doctor advised me to practice yoga and meditation. Perfect time for me to take a vacation and come to India to school of yoga vidya . The breathing exercises, the calm surroundings, the wonderful yoga has made me clear of thoughts. Although I am not completely recovered, I can go back to Paris with a better mind and body. missing this place already. Definitely a place to visit more often."

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  • Review by Olvier Busson from France
    8 out of 10

    "What I can say is that during his retreat I could improve a lot my self practice in yoga, meditation and pranayamas; and I really appreciate that everyday, even now that I'm back to my daily life. This retreat was fulfilling also because of the very communicative enthusiasm of Jiju the yoga master. Plus, it was really conducive to do a very short break in the middle of my 2-weeks retreat to go to the deep forest, not so far from the hotel. I could add that the accomodation was perfect for the retreat (both room and meals) especcially during low-season: it was quiet and the staff was very kind."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Mahtaab from Iran
    10 out of 10

    "Today in my country is Teachers Appreciation Day. I’d like thank you for all amazing yoga experiences in Kovalam. I’m grateful for all changes in my life. I've never felt so alive."

    "At first l thought it's miracle of India, which is land of miracles, but remembering the time that TTC course had finished (when we still stayed at Searock) proves its miracle of yoga."

    "Truth is I’m not even close to Aparigraha."

    "I miss Yoga At Kovalam."

    "I miss Pranayama classes. After each Pranayama session I felt like a free seabird."

    "I miss sunset on ocean in the middle of Ashtanga Vinyasa classes."

    "I miss your Om NamaShivaya chanting that sounds tone of God."

    "Wherever I go in my life, I will always remember my amazing yoga experiences with you. I know, I’m so lucky."

    "Thank you for sharing your gift with us."

    "You will always have a special fan, that’s me!"

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  • Review by Tanuja from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "About organizer: I have chosen the yoga retreat on my own, never seen any reviews or seek any advice from anybody and it turn out really wonderful. Of course I was impressed by the package they offered me! Magically, I was meeting all nice people here, who believe in giving more than offered. "

    "Place: It’s a beach hotel! When I arrived at my room I could hear the sea-waves, I was feeling so near as if I am on beach; however, as it was night, I wasn't able to see anything further. I stayed in the balcony for a while, just looking at the sky and some stars around, amazing breeze, was just enjoying my own company. Watching performance of nature, stars were shining so brightly, sea-waves were as if dancing on some melodious rhythm on awesome windy chorus, nice breezy romantic aura surrounded me allover. Awesome starting. Woke up early morning around 5:30 and opened my balcony door and this was miracle... what a beautiful view, I was standing in front of wide seashore unbelievable, I was like "is it true or a dream?" For around 10 minutes I was just watching the wide view of the sea and seashore and then I realized I should get ready and roam on beach, so rushed to my shower and just step out and I was right there on the beach. Roamed all around, from the right corner to left corner, while coming back, I saw some fishermen were catching fish and lots of tourists were pretending as if they are among them , so they were enjoying to pull those heavy ropes with them, haha, laughing , giggling all over. I watched for around 20 minutes, lots of people came and left, one after another, some of them were there till end, I clicked plenty of pictures, also recorded one small video. The fishermen were singing some nice song in beautiful rhythm, wow everything was so original and amazing! I also wanted to experience the same, so i joined them and what a fun it was! I also sat silently for 20 minutes and enjoyed every bit of it. Food- (mostly fruit-) sellers and toy-sellers were roaming all over the beach, coconut water is common in all corners of Kovalam, as well as bananas (I enjoyed especially the brownish big bananas). Tourists are mostly foreigners and some locals on weekends, also met some Indian families and groups."

    "Shopping: Nearby shops are mostly selling beach-ware, different patterns of elephant show pieces, handicrafts, precious stones and studded traditional jewelries. "

    "Yoga Program: My yoga guru Mr. Jiju is an amazing human being and yogi. He has been to the Himalayas to study the authentic yoga, experienced and gained the highest wisdom from all great yogic gurus. It’s amazing to receive all insights and wisdom from him, so here again, it’s not only yoga postures and meditation techniques, one can also learn ancient dhyagna (wisdom). He shares different experiences which make you realize many new things about life, sometimes you feel like as if a whole new life is unfolding in front of you. Interacting with him was always my best memorable moments. We had nice question-answer session, where I cleared most of my doubts. You will feel as if you were in safe hands. He says “only way out is way inward and listen and believe in yourself“."

    "Food: I imagined it may be tasteless food, but again I was wrong here, very tasty delicious and still healthy food. Every dish I ordered has amazing taste. This menu is prepared by the founder, who is a highly-qualified ayurvedic practitioner, who started his practice some years back and then, at some point in time, he thought of giving full package to his guests. Every menu is designed by him and prepared by expert chef. It was interesting to interact with some foreigners as most of them were pure non-vegetarian, and here they ate only delicious vegetarian food. My favorites were cauliflower kurma made in coconut milk, fruit rice, veg biryani (with minimum and essential spices), banana thoran, inf act I liked everything, so yummy and mouth watering. "

    "Ayurvedic Massage: Here again, a pleasant surprise when I did my first full body massage therapy, the therapist was very well-prepared. She is trained in proper medical college in Trivandrum (Kovalam), and most of all, she enjoys working here. I have also taken Shirodhara therapy, where a lukewarm ayurvedic oil is falling on your forehead for 40 to 45 minutes rotates from right to left, i was feeling like so stress-free and relaxed , slept for a while and when I opened my eyes I was feeling so fresh, as if if every part of my body is renewed and tension-free. It affects your whole body, very powerful treatment!"

    "Excursions: Here, I can say I felt like I was a princess. First of all, they accompanied me everywhere, to make sure everything goes well, as I was alone. Otherwise, they normally organize cab with driver and that’s it and you will be on your own, of course, in order to respect your privacy. So that day, he was my guide and my photographer, as well, haha, kidding, he is an awesome person to travel with. I was taken to the best places, because of his wide and nice network... he knows every corner and all people so well. My two day excursions were really great. My tour to elephants rehabilitation center, lion safari, crocodile park, and deer park were absolutely memorable and the amazing part was, I was traveling everywhere in fairy. "

    "So this is again part of yoga, nature walk and being close to nature. They can, also, organize for a forest-stay, where you can be accommodated in well-built cottages. There, one can be close to nature and do yoga and mediate, for long. Next day, I had a magical travel in between huge coconut, banana and mango trees. "

    "Watching different birds with awesome colors was an amazing experience. And having coconut water, in between the regular water was really amazing. I have seen huge floating restaurants, as well as some comfortable and luxurious cottages near water. Yes! I like hospitality everywhere I go, and here, they make you feel you are special."

    "Restaurants: Hey, very interesting (maybe everyone is aware of this, but I would still like to share), most of the restaurants have big display-area, mainly at the entrance, so one may select the fish (raw) of his choice and they prepare it for you. This is common scenario in the evening, otherwise hotel guys show you the raw fishes they have and then, you have to decide which you wish to have. "

    "Languages: Mostly English and of course, everybody knows Hindi. Even the small seller on beach know English very well and I observed well-behaved people all around."

    "Comments: On my last day, I was feeling bad to return back home! My stay was really remarkable and pleasant."

    "Message: I am really thankful to all of you for making my stay so, so wonderful, amazing, awesome and memorable!"

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  • Review by Sam from Great Britain

    "The School of Yoga Vidhya (which means correct knowledge or clarity) is a place of immense learning and personal development. Whilst not a traditional school in one location/building, the power of Jiju’s guidance and instruction transcends the physical space you occupy. We were fortunate enough to stay at both the outer forest and beachfront locations. The blend of two entirely different atmospheres provided an excellent backdrop to five days of yoga enhancement and powerful meditation. Jiju is an excellent yogi and spiritual guide, who understands the struggles we face in a modern Western society. His program has been carefully created to provide some incredible opportunities to enhance your yoga journey, and to enhance your individual ability to reach inner peace and clarity through meditation. The outer forest location in Kerala has some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen, and Jiju knows the very best places to take you for practice. If you are looking to learn in an authentic Indian yogic environment, where you can be taught non-judgmentally, by an expert, then the School of Yoga Vidhya is a wonderful place to go. I will certainly be back to continue my journey. Thank you, Jiju."

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  • Review by Chandni Chugh from India

    "Dear Jiju, thank you so much for such a great yoga experience. I could not have asked for a better yoga teacher to start learning yoga from. Really hope we meet again, soon! Do stay in touch! :)"

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  • Review by Chris from Belgium

    "To my Guru Ji, thanks for these wonderful 10 days of relaxation!"

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Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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