The ayurvedic resort: Niraamaya Retreats
What Private clifftop palm gardens at Relais & Châteaux’s ayurveda-focused Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra.
Go for Customised yoga and wellness programmes of five to 14 days and the famous ayurvedic Niraamaya Spa with shirodhara treatments, where they pour warm oil over your forehead.
But don’t miss A cruise on nearby Poovar Estuary.
Where Just south-east of Kovalam.
See also Neighbouring Bethsaida Hermitage.
The surf-yoga school: Soul & Surf
What Surfing and sun salutations from October to mid-May at this British-run retreat in beachy backpacker town Varkala.
Go for Small-group surf classes, plus roof-terrace yoga and meditation.
But don’t miss Locally sourced coffee and South Indian-international bites in the clifftop cafe.
Where Up the coast from Trivandrum.
See also Soul & Surf’s southern Sri Lanka branch; ashram retreats with Karnataka’s Surfing India.
The ashram: Amritapuri Ashram
What Amritapuri Ashram is home to female guru Amritanandamayi or Amma, the celebrated “Hugging Mother”. The complex houses a community of 3,500.
Go for Yoga, chanting and meditation, with basic ashram accommodation. You might also catch Amma herself.
But don’t miss The ferry ride between Kollam and Alleppey.
Where Amritapuri, south-east of Alleppey.
See also Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram.
The luxury hotel: Neeleshwar Hermitage
What An eco-conscious jewel of a beachfront hideaway in untouristy northern Kerala.
Go for The sea-view infinity pool, secluded setting, ayurvedic spa and hatha yoga or meditation retreats.
But don’t miss Vegetarian meals and hikes in the Western Ghats; exploring Kerala’s northern backwaters aboard the Lotus houseboat.
Where Neeleshwar, not far from Bekal.
See also Kovalam’s luxe The Leela.
The cafe: Kashi Art Café
What This soothing, creative courtyard space in a Dutch heritage house combines wholesome cooking with a gallery of local artists.
Go for Artful breakfasts of zingy seasonal juices, freshly ground coffee and pillowy French toast with luscious wedges of fruit.
But don’t miss A visit to Kochi’s Chinese fishing nets up the street.
Where History-rich Fort Cochin on Bugher St.
See also Fort Cochin’s brew-tastic Teapot (Peter Celli St) and all-organic Solar Café (Calvathy Rd).