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“Feels like at home”
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Kin-Hin
Tokyo, Japan
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“Feels like at home”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Kin-hin is located beautiful local settings away from touristic Kovalam but If you feel like visiting Kovalam you can either walk or take a auto richkshaw there. The owner Karen is very helpful and has good local contacts. Besides free meditation classes, there's a space you can practice yoga your own as well. There are also cafes and restaurant nearby much cheeper and less touristy than Kovalam. Kin-hin has a kitchen you can use though. Quiet beach is also only 10 minutes walk away. Good value! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I stayed at Kin-Hin for a few days both before and after attending a Buddhist meditation retreat at Bodhi Zendo in Tamil Nadu State. My aim was to acclimatise 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 is situated a short distance from the tourist and hotel strip along Kovalam's Beaches and sits right amongst tall coconut trees and the homes of local families. This proximity of locals provides a real taste of daily Indian life and colour. 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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

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.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I could not have begun my first exploration of India in a better place! Came for a few days and ended up staying two weeks. Meditation and yoga are a beautiful part of my life, but this was not the time for full time or even half time retreat. Instead, I got to share my meditation as a daily morning and evening practice with a few wonderful people from all over the world, while also having a cozy, private get-away-place to follow my writing passion and being immersed in Kerala with many places to go. Karen is a phantastic, warm and caring host. Her guest house is spotless, comfortable, and homey. It was great to have a clean kitchen to use. Karen is also a wonderful meditation leader and the morning and evening hour spent in the roof-top Zendo under the palm trees were my every day highlight. Being in India for the first time myself, Karen had many great suggestions on travel ideas and on how to get around. The location is away from the beach crowd, but in easy walking distance from the ocean, restaurants, bus stops. There are lots of things to do.I will be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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South Orange, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

I was looking for a place in south India to begin my travels here and found a perfect location at Kin-Hin. 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 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.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Kin-Hin
Address: Nr. Lagoona Resort | Pachalloor, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695027, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #4 of 147 Specialty Lodging in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kin-Hin is a private home and meditation centre away from the tourist crowds yet close to the beaches of Kovalam and the city of Trivandrum. Newly refurbished to a high standard the 2 guest rooms are well furnished and bathrooms have solar heated hot water. Daily meditation sittings are free of charge. Yoga classes are available at the centre. ... more   less 
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Kin-Hin Kerala, India

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