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Yoga and Cooking Holiday in Kerala

Aymanam Homestay (near Kumarakom) is located in a village area in Kottayam District. This village is a non-touristy area with large agriculture fields, canals and lakes that lead to Vemband lake. The homestay offers a variety of traditional Kerala dishes with the flavor and aroma of spices and coconut. Your host tries to incorporate farm fresh organic food as much as possible. Mrs. Chitra Philip, will be delighted to show you how your food is prepared in the traditional kitchen and will share with you the recipes, tips and culinary arts. Also, you will enjoy daily yoga practice and Ayurveda massages. The homestay is situated in Kerala, India, close to the Arabian ocean.

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  • 3 cooking classes
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Ayurveda wellness treatments
  • Guided local tours and travel related services
  • Consultation with yoga and Ayurveda therapist
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Guided local tours

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Along the paddy fields and swaying coconut palms, one of the streams of river Meenachil makes her silent journey to the backwaters of Kumarakam. And there awaits one of the best kept secrets of the backwater experience, Riverdale Villa. A cozy home with three bedrooms, lot of sun and shine to soak into, and above all one gets initiated into curative village experience of the backwaters. The surprises include fresh water fishing in the river, canoe rides, best home cooked Syrian Christian cuisine and the simplicity of an entire village.

The Riverdale is a family home of Binoy and Sheena and their only son, Thomachan, and their parents. Binoy moved from Idukki district of Kerala in the early 90's, the hilly western ghats to the backwaters after his pre-college as an assistant at Mozart Gallery, helping Mr. Somu Aymanam, one of the famous water color artists and home designers of Kerala. As he slowly got used to the waterscapes of Kumarakam and its village life he also got in love with Sheena and then it has changed their life. Shena’s perents belong to Kottayam: Mr. Mathew and Anna are from Syrian Jacobite Christian traditions. Mathew is a trained fresh water fishing expert and he knows the palpitations of the river, the ebbs and tides of the canals as he is an encyclopedia about fresh water fishing. Both Anna and Sheena have great hands on local Syrian Christian cuisine! It will be a sin if one does not taste their delicacies and curries during the stay at Riverdale.

During the holiday you will stay at a village homestay in an air-conditioned double room with attached modern toilet and private sit-out for 6 nights.


Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Pranayama meditation session
  • 06:30 Asana (Hatha yoga practice)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Resting time
  • 13:00 Lunch (Kerala traditional vegetarian meal)
  • 15:00 Relaxation therapy
  • 17:00 Herbal tea and snacks
  • 20:00 Vegetarian dinner
  • 21:00 Bed time


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Riverdale Villa is located at Karipputhatt, at Aymanam Village, in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is a small strip of land with paddy fields alongthe River Meenachil. The nearest village town is Aymanam and the Vembanadu lake is only 20 minutes away from here by car.

Aymanam village has captured the imagination of many well-versed authors. One can see and read the beautiful description of the village in Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning novel, “The God of Small Things”. Situated within 10 kilometers radius of Kumarakom, Aymanam is a tiny village that has Lake Vembanad to its left and River Meenachil flowing from its right. The village abundantly blessed with nature’s bounty, almost two-thirds of the land is covered with paddy fields (rice). As in any Kuttanad village, the paddy fields lie below sea-level.

Riverdale Villa is set in the middle of the agriculture farms, fishing ponds, prawns and fresh water hatcheries; it is a house of openness and light, serenaded by birds, shaded by trees and lulled by gentle breeze from the backwaters. The three sides of the house has moving water body connecting the Vemabanadu lake to the west in Kumarakom. A ride in the canoe through the river and canals to reach Kumarakom boat jetty is indeed very scenic and inspiring.



  • Boating
  • Fishing


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance


Like all large, multi-ethnic countries, India has host of diverse foods, the cuisine of each region defined by the indigenous produce of the land and the various cultures that have influenced it. The culinary efforts of the different communities of Kerala come out in distinctly different dishes of great variety. The Syrian Christians are heirs to an astonishingly rich culinary culture. We serve all the variety and richness of traditional Kerala cuisine with farm fresh products.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Birding at Thattekkad
  • Cycling in forest or village
  • Enjoy barbecues
  • Fishing in the lake
  • Lowland forest trekking
  • Mayapott candlelit dinner
  • Motor boat cruise
  • Plantation visit
  • River kayaking
  • Spice gardens and shops visit
  • Visit forest and wildlife
  • Visit local village
  • Visit nature preserves
  • White water rafting

Spa treatments

Ayurveda massages are included in the package.

What's included

  • 6 days yoga practice
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals (pure vegetarian)
  • Ayurveda wellness massages
  • Coffee, tea, mineral water
  • Cooking lessons

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Boating and village tour
  • Tour packages to other tourist locations

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Airport transfer from Cochin International Airport (COK) is 35 EUR per couple and from Tiruchirappalli International Airport (TRZ) is 80 EUR per couple.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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