If you want to experience Kerala's peaceful backwaters in style, there's no better place to do it than aboard the Oberoi Vrinda. This intimate luxury motor vessel features eight guest rooms, all with king beds and outward-facing views. There's also a bar and a restaurant that...more
A beautiful yoga ashram targeted at foreigners. It's in the jungle, across from a warm (allegedly crocodile-filled) lake. Facilities are basic but clean (and probably in better shape than your average Indian budget guesthouse). All classes and meals are included in the cost of...more
Taking a houseboat on the backwaters is the quintessential Kerala experience and will give you access to areas that are not easily reached by road. Make sure to do an overnight trip. If you only go one night, they will often try to bring you back to the port you boarded at to sleep. Ask to stop somewhere...more
Busy bustling South Indian city with an unpronounceable name. Most people just call it Trivy! Nearby, the Sivananda Neyaar Dam yoga ashram is popular with foreigners and offers yoga vacations (3-14 days) and yoga teacher training.