Fodor's Expert Review Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort

Chowara, Kerala, 695501, India

Stress-free Westerners in green robes roam the winding pathways of this popular ayurvedic beach resort that's 2 km (1 mile) south of Kovalam, on 15 lush acres down by the sea. Lodging is in traditional wooden houses or simple brick cottages, some of them without air-conditioning, that are furnished with simple wood furniture and with white drapes and netting over the bed, The grounds are a bit crowded with both people and cottages, but the setting is still pleasant, and there's a nice green-tiled pool. In 2006, the brothers who owned Somatheeram divided the resort into two, with one brother taking over the similar Somatheeram Beach Resort next door. The resorts share a restaurant. Guests here are focused on yoga and absorbing ayurvedic treatments, so it has a more virtuous, slightly goody-two-shoes feel. Nonvegetarian food is limited and needs to be requested; alcohol is frowned upon, and don't even dream of wearing swimwear and roaming the resort.


  • plenty of activities, including yoga and meditation
  • atmospheric


  • it's a big climb from the lower rooms to reception and the restaurant
  • smallish, basic rooms
  • resort rather large to get around


On the beach
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Phones: 471-226–6501 | 471-226–6502


76 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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