People come here for the yoga and Hari is an accomplished instructor. Having lived 3 years in an ashram, he provides an authentic, fully rounded yoga experience, effortlessly combining the physical exercise with meditation and spirituality. All this with small group instruction and without the rigidity of the ashram environment. Guests are invited to two yoga sessions daily at an outdoor yoga pavilion floored with packed red river sand and covered by a thatched roof. Yoga mats are provided.
The homestay and pavilion are located on a lush couple of acres with banana, papaya and coconut trees. It's a short 2 minute walk to the bustle of the Varkala cliff scene.
Sharanagati has a nice vibe to it. The refrigerator is always stocked with fresh fruit and leftovers, and Hari has an open kitchen policy. Guests are free to use the gardens, swing in one of the 3 hammocks, or engage in one of the impromptu discussions that seem to spring up regularly. There is a small common room but the convening of guests and sharing of tales tends to take place at a smaller outside thatched pavilion, where meals are served.
Our room was on the smallish side, compared to other places we stayed in India, but was entirely adequate. A mosquito net was provided, but we did not feel the need for it in early December. If you are a tall person the beds might be a challenge as my husband's 6' frame just fit.
Breakfasts were simple, fresh fruit salad, oatmeal and chai. Lunch tended to be a vegetarian thalis made up of about 5 dishes and Hari was auditioning a new cook while we were there. Some of the dishes really stood out, including a beet root torren which was delicious.
We considered the homestay to be an excellent value when one considers that our 3,000 rupee room gave us yoga instruction twice daily, a light breakfast and a substantial lunch.
- Also Known As:
- Sharanagati Yogahaus Varkala, Kerala