We spent a whole month in Kaivalyam, in the thick of the monsoon season, practising yoga, meditating, trying to become part of the place. Six months has taken us to write a review, but maybe this has an added value. During this time we've often reflected on what Kaivalyam and its people offered us and believe it is an excellent retreat.
In a month we tried several rooms. The tree house still remains our favourite. Although we had decided that we were there for the yoga, we went for walks in the tea gardens, visited the waterfalls, went shopping to Munnar, etc. All of it was interesting. But Kaivalyam was home. Harish spent hours and hours with us, teaching and accompanying us. The rest of the staff was also very helpful. We could write a long review talking about many of them. But other travellers have pointed out all of this.
Maybe our contribution could be to talk about the Monsoon season yoga package. We had experienced a very rainy winter and spring in Europe. In Kerala it rained almost every day, sometimes very heavily. It was one of the strongest monsoons in the last years. Still, we enjoyed Kaivalyam thoroughly. Whereas in other parts of the area there were problems with water, the only one we had was the absence of internet connection for the most part of our stay.
We and two friends of ours were the only ones on the yoga package. Some days people on shorter stays would join us for morning yoga sessions. We strongly recommend the package. Kaivalyam may not be an ashram, if that is what you are looking for, but in many ways it is much more than that and Harish himself is passionate about yoga.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst a calm and scenic surroundings, the retreat provides a destination for visitors to indulge in learning experience of holistic lifestyle with traditional Yoga and organic way of living and dining. The place is a fusion of rustic external with smooth internal space creating luxurious facilities and natural environment to enjoy and pamper. ... more less
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