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Ayurveda on the River of Life

A sprawling, eco-conscious Ayurveda resort nestled between the sea and the 'Backwaters' featuring cottages on land and water, including its own solar panels, windmills, and electric cars. Experience classic Ayurveda therapies for detoxification, rejuvenation, and slimming in a serene setting.

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Swimming pool
Quiet location
Sustainable hotel
Ayurveda doctor
In nature
Ayurvedic dosha meals

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Poovar Ayurveda Village & Island Resort in Detail

Your Ayurveda Resort

Located on the southwest coast of India in the state of Kerala, the Poovar Island Resort is nestled between the Arabian Sea and a picturesque river estuary of the Backwaters, accessible by the hotel's own boat (approx. 10 min., included). The idyllic sandy beach in front of the hotel can be reached after about a 5 min. boat ride (occasional undercurrents and higher surf, therefore not recommended for swimming). The eco-conscious resort is NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) accredited and is set in a tropical garden, spread out like a small village with a main building housing the reception, several outbuildings, and the exclusive Ayurveda Village built for Ayurveda guests with a pool, Ayurveda restaurant, and Ayurveda Center.

Poovar & Environment

As one of the first resorts in Kerala, Poovar Island Resort has installed a solar power system that produces part of the electricity for the resort. Additionally, there are small windmills and solar lights that provide a cosy light in the garden in the evening. A water treatment plant processes the wastewater so that it can be used for irrigating the herb and vegetable garden. The harvested herbs, as well as the fruits and vegetables, are used in the preparation of Ayurvedic dishes and oils. A solar boat and several electric cars transport the guests. These and many other actions in the resort and the nearby area mark it as a model of sustainable tourism in its region.

Dining & Leisure

Overlooking the pool and garden, authentic Ayurvedic cuisine (vegetarian) is served in the Ayurveda Restaurant. For resident guests, there is a separate non-Ayurvedic main restaurant "Tiffins" offering continental and Asian specialties.

Ayurveda Center

The Ayurveda Center spans an area of about 64,583 sq ft and has been awarded the Green Leaf Award. It features a qualified team comprising 2 Ayurveda doctors and around 20 therapists. The facility is surrounded by picturesque streams and gardens, creating a relaxed atmosphere. Guests can enjoy authentic Ayurveda treatments in 10 bright treatment rooms, tailored to the needs of predominantly Western guests. The intensity of the Ayurveda therapies is adjusted according to the duration of stay.

Additionally, the center offers dental consultations and treatments such as bleaching, payable on-site (approx. INR 1500/€20 (approx. UK £17 / USD $21)). An open yoga hall is available for guests, where daily yoga or meditation classes are offered. Private sessions are available for a fee.

Free Time

Both the Ayurveda Village and Island Resort offer an outdoor pool. Internet access is also available, along with a shop, a gym, a library, and a butterfly garden. For active guests, various activities are available, including fishing, kayaking, and excursions to typical fishing villages or to Neyyar Dam and Sivananda Ashram. Depending on the season, evening entertainment is available, and guests can attend lectures on Ayurveda, cooking classes, and workshops such as palm reading or pottery. Workshops can be booked and paid for on-site, subject to a minimum of 2 participants.

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Hotel rooms at a glance

A total of 86 cottages with satellite TV, telephone, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea set, and minibar are spread across the grounds. In the Ayurveda Village, there are 16 cottages (approx. 430 sq ft) featuring an open bathroom, air conditioning (at a charge) and views of the exclusive pool for Ayurveda guests. This includes 8 New Ayurveda Cottages and 2 Ayurveda Suite Cottages (approx. 753 sq ft) with a visually separated living/sleeping area. Alternative accommodation in the resort, interspersed with green spaces and water features, includes 44 Land Cottages (approx. 538 sq ft), built in one to two-storey units in Kerala style, equipped with an indoor bathroom, air conditioning (at a charge), and a balcony/veranda. Slightly secluded are 8 Premium Land Cottages with spacious, more exclusive bathrooms. A further highlight is the tasteful 16 Floating Cottages on the Backwater branch, featuring a fan, glazed bedroom, and balcony/terrace with views of the Backwaters. Floating Cottages are not recommended for Ayurveda guests.

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Customer ratings for Poovar Ayurveda Village & Island Resort

40 verified reviews by travelersOnly customers who have traveled with us are allowed to leave a review

4.7 Outstanding  

97% recommend the hotel to others

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Wellness area
  • 'excellent care'
  • 'well-maintained'
  • 'friendly staff'
  • 'exceptional ambiance'
  • 'high-quality cuisine'
  • 'excellent treatments'
  • 'quiet location'
  • 'clean rooms'
  • 'beautiful pool area'
  • 'authentic Ayurveda'
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Sergii B.

January 2024

as a couple | 60 to 69 years | 12 - 16 days

Our stay fairly exceeded our initial expectations. Everything was very fine. Ambience is gorgeous, spa treatments top notch, managerial support from Ms. Smeeta most helpful and useful. Food pletiful and quite tasty.

Very good trip for beginners India and ayurveda

Ulrike B.

March 2023

solo | 50 to 59 years | 17 - 23 days

All around spoiled and full of new impressions and experiences


Sandra Z.

February 2020

solo | 40 to 49 years | 17 - 23 days

Ambience and Iceland excellent. Food mediocre. Care excellent.


Poovar Ayurveda Village & Island Resort
India, South-West India / Kerala, Poovar Beach/Trivandrum
Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
approx. 27 km / 44 min

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