Big Banana Resort
Tucked away on Valiyapazhampillythuruth island just outside the village of Chendamangalam, a little way off the beaten track but ideal for a riverside retreat to rejuvenate from a long flight.
The owner Deepan and his wife Geraldine are friendly but not intrusive hosts and keen to make your stay comfortable, as do all the retreats staff.
The accommodation is well presented and clean with a little rustic charm. Yoga and ayeudadic treatments are available on request situated in the traditional treatment room and meditation space.
My only grumble is the choice of food which could benefit from some closer attention (and a little more spice), although the salads and indian breakfasts were great. Food options are mainly eating at the resort or you can take a 10 min rickshaw drive to Chendamangalam where there are a couple of places. Vishnu (Deepan's nephew) is happy to organise transportation as the retreat is not near the main road, so its blissfully quiet ! A rickshaw to the temple in the village of Chendamangalam will cost you about 24 -35 Rs.
The riverside setting is idyllic but remember to bring some mosquito repellant and plugins.
This is a good base for me as I will be visiting Chendamangalam again.
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- Also Known As:
- Big Banana Island Retreat Kerala/Chendamangalam, India