Unique and Authentic Meditation and Yoga Retreat Kerala

Immerse yourself in the world of sacred songs and mantra healing vibration, and join Shiva Rishi Yoga at Varkala Cliff for a yoga and healing retreat in Kerala, India. Rejuvenate yourself with yoga healing practice (asanas), meditation (pranayama) and with various relaxing Ayurvedic massages.

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  • Two massages
  • 2 classes of yoga or meditation per day
  • Day trip at Golden island, in the backwaters
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Free vegetarian lunch
  • Airport pick-up
  • Free Wi-Fi

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport
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Come and join Shiva Rishi Yoga in their beautiful Ganesha Palace Guesthouse, in the Palm Tree area, relax on the terrace, located near the tropical garden, five minutes from the amazing Varkala cliff and its beaches, restaurants and boutiques.


This program benefits the body and mind by:

  • Removing energy blockages by balancing the chakras and regulating energy distribution throughout the body.
  • Yoga strengthens the body and clears the mind from the inside, you will learn Hatha Vinyasa and Hatha shanti yoga sequence, which you can further continue to practice on your own, afterwards.
  • Massages function as acupuncture for the nadis / nerves from the outside and balance blood circulation and immune system.

The philosophy class is based on the ancient philosophy of yoga, Vedanta teaching, Patanjali Sutras, Shiva Sutras, Bakti yoga, chanting and japa mala (mantra repetition). You will receive a book of Patanjali Sutras as a gift to explore and a support for your spiritual practices of Yoga.

During the noon meditation session, you will be exploring different types of meditation techniques, such as pranayama or breathing exercise, since that is where the relaxation starts and that is how you can unwind from stress.

Shiva Rishi's yoga teacher, Shivaji, will provide body alignment and special attention to everyone, with caring and respect.

Please note the afternoon program and times will vary daily depending on the type of activity (excursions, massages, etc). Thus, when there are trips planned, your afternoon schedule will start earlier than 4:30 p.m.

Included excursions

You are always welcome to join (for free) the yogic local community, doing tantric pranayama techniques, mantra chanting, tantric pujas (fire ceremony), Ayurvedic diet, and cooking classes.


Siva's life is totally dedicated to yoga. He has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and is sharing his knowledge and techniques in Varkala. As a Swami Satyananda disciple, his fascination for the teachings of Patanjali and his love for yoga practice have changed his life completely. He discovered yoga as a way of living, which is the perfect communion between mind, body, and soul. By placing practice within the context of Indian culture and philosophy, Siva's classes are an ever deepening experience of the true tradition of yoga.


This retreat will take place in Varkala Cliff, Kerala, India. Varkala Beach is situated in south-west India on the Arabian Sea. With its backpacker vibe and various possibilities for Ayurveda yoga and adventure, it attracts numerous travelers of all kind. Varkala is a great place to relax or take long sunset walks on the cliffs through various fishermen villages.


Daily healthy breakfast, along with traditional Kerala lunch are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hilltop meditations
  • Join yogi communities for mantra chanting
  • Mountain-trekking
  • Temple visit

Spa treatments

You will enjoy two Ayurvedic basic massages, relaxation and stress relief massage and regeneration massages.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a private single room, private bathroom, and balcony
  • 2 classes of yoga or meditation per day
  • 2 massages
  • Free pick up at Trivandrum Airport only
  • Day trip at Golden island, in the backwaters
  • Free vegetarian lunch
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Kindly advise your flight details to Shiva Rishi Yoga, as the pick-up from the airport is included in the package.

Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Airport transfer included: Trivandrum International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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