Accommodation in Kerala
About Isola di Cocco
Isola di Cocco is an Ayurvedic resort situated in the back-waters on a small island, just off the sea. It is located in Poovar in southern Kerala, about 45 minutes from Trivandrum airport and 40 minutes from Kovalam. The resort is located in a huge park with palm trees and long passages with climbing plants. Hibiscus with red flowers growing naturally. Since Isola di Cocco is on an island one finds peace and solitude here while you can easily take a “rickshaw” to the heart of Poovar with lunch on banana leaves of 7 crowns, jewelry shopping, or to enjoy India.
Enjoy the picture gallery from Isola di Cocco here!
Isola di Cocco has a large pool overlooking the sea, with a small children’s pool by the side. If you want to sunbathe on the beach or take a walk along the ocean, you can use Isola’s own boat across the canal to the beach. On the beach there are umbrellas and beach chairs to borrow.
The Ayurvedic Centre offers most types of Ayurvedic treatments and if you want, the Ayurvedic physician will plan a menu for you that suits one’s body type (dosha). At the beauty salon you’ll get manicures, pedicures and facial treatments. We (the yoga group) receive a discount on all ayurvedic and beauty treatments, but with different rate depending on the type of treatment you choose. We do not recommend undergoing Pancha Karma during yoga teacher training, since it is a time consuming and slightly tiring Ayurvedic treatment.
The chef is one of Isola’s ace in the sleeve (Josephine thinks). The food is tasty, good and varied. In addition, all fruits and vegetables are rinsed in filtered water, so the risk to get “Delhi-belly” at Isola is small. The restaurant serves mainly South Indian dishes, but pastas, salads and Western dishes are also on offer. Right on the water, they have a seafood restaurant where you sit with your feet in the sand in the light of candles and eat delicious seafood plateaus. A lunch / dinner in the restaurant can cost anywhere from about 3 EUR to about 16 EUR, depending on what you choose. If you want an Ayurvedic menu will cost a goal approximately 7 EUR.
Isola di Cocco have two types of rooms: standard rooms and Heritagerum (right). All rooms have ceiling fan, AC, refrigerator, telephone, TV and safe.
Standard rooms (left) is airy with a balcony or patio and is held in a building. We aim that all standard rooms that we sell has twin beds, which you can pull apart.
Heritage rooms (below) are built as classic Kerala house with wooden interiors and they are slightly smaller, but the bathrooms are large and located in a separate, minimal “garden”. Heritage Rooms are all on the ground floor and has patio. There are two heritage rooms per building.
There are also a few suites and a wooden house. They prices are a bit special, but if you’re interested, you can get prices for them.
The yoga Shala
We do our yoga in a big “shala” overlooking the river and if you take a carefully look you can see the ocean. There are mats to borrow, but we recommend most strongly that you can still bring your own mats! Please also bring your own blocks and straps.
During the free hours during the day you can use the studio for your own yoga (except between the hours. 8:00 to 9:00, then Isola’s own really cool yoga guru teaches).
In the reception area there is Wi-FiI and you also find an internet room and computer. Laundry service is available. A souvenir shop is at the front desk where all sorts of stuff can be obtained. You can pay your bills by credit card. The reception staff will help you if you want a ride somewhere.
In Poovar, two kilometers away is a small hospital and the nearest specialist hospital is located in Neyattikara, 14 Kms from Isola.
Activities and excursions
The island ig Isola di Coco in on a branch of Kerala’s famous “back-water”, a channel system that was built in the north of Kerala to ship goods to the southern part of Kerala. From our resort you can take a short trip in a couple of hours in the boat and check out the surroundings. We also organize an extended tour of “back water” in the houseboat, which is based on Appaley and that takes 24 hours to do. We will make a one-day excursion to the Sivananda Ashram and another excursion is to the southern tip of India, where Swami Vivekananda left India to take yoga to the west in 1893.
Are you eager to go shopping you can in Kovalam to get cotton clothing, silver jewelry, Murti’s (sculptures of Hindu gods), incense, yoga, music and beautiful scarves.
There are probably some sports-like stuff that you can do, but since Josephine is not sporty at all there is unfortunately not much info here (written by her ;-)