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Yogalife Homestay
Ranked #40 of 2,077 Speciality Lodging in Kerala
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great yoga sessions, food and relaxing atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

My husband and I stayed at Solamon's Yogalife Homestay for 2 days in August and it was a great experience. We thoroughly enjoyed lengthy yoga practice in the morning and the evening - geared towards aspects of yoga we were eager to practice and improve on. Solamon is a patient teacher and very experienced. It was lovely practicing on the roof of his house when the weather was good, surrounded by the sounds of birds and wildlife. The food was amazing and his lovely wife let me into their kitchen to show me the secrets to her yummy food. Solamon's family were all wonderful and we had a good time playing games with his sons. Apart from that, the room was spacious and comfortable and there was a lovely porch with cosy chairs on which to relax and read. My husband also went on an afternoon hike around the area where Solamon showed him interesting local plants and natural features. Overall we had an amazing time - I only wish we could have stayed longer to really improve our yoga practice. I highly recommend Yogalife homestay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

I stayed for 4 days with Solaman and his family and really enjoyed my time. I was the only guest staying and felt thoroughly welcomed into the family. Solaman took me on day trips with his sons to the river and the elephant training centre. He also arranged trips to Munnar and Cochin. Priya is an amazing cook and I thoroughly enjoyed her cooking.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Pohang, South Korea
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

We stayed for a few days in February and had a wonderful time. Solaman was not only gracious host, but a worthy guide to the area too. We were both beginners in Yoga and he showed us a variety of exercises. We stayed in the main house in a room right off the dining area and it was perfectly comfortable. We were a little worried that it might be difficult to find, but we took a local bus and then had a TucTuc take us to the village where his house is. Solaman really had our best interest in mind during our entire stay. He took us to a local quarry, on a nature hike, and arranged to have drivers take us to a local swimming hole on the river and several other attractions. He even went as far as to reprimand one of our drivers for slightly overcharging us and the driver returned the overcharged portion. If you consider the fact that you have home-cooked meals, yoga instruction, a valuable guide, and enough side trips to keep you busy for days, this is a fantastic value. We plan on returning in the near future.

Jonas and Aga

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jones J
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

I stayed with Solaman and his family for a couple of nights after a yoga holiday in Cherai Beach Resort and I am so happy I did! I stayed with four other ladies from the yoga holiday and we all had the most amazing time. Solaman could not do enough for us, taking us wherever we wanted to go, a Tuc Tuc would always be waiting for us, and one of us would get on the back of his motorbike!! The only way to travel in India and an experience in itself! We all enjoyed walking, swimming in the Periyar River, shopping in the local town for spices, incense and banana chips, watching elephants being washed at the elephant sanctuary, temples and much more in our short stay. We enjoyed the company of Solaman's two young boys on some of our trips and they were a delight to be with. In between all our amazing trips we enjoyed some lovely yoga on the roof at sunrise and sunset to the sound of bird song, and then, if it couldn't get any better, we were treated to the most tasty homecooked food by Solaman's amazing wife, Priya. Cooked just how we liked it! Solaman showed us how to make traditional Chai and gave us recipes for our favourite dishes. The rooms were comfortable, ensuite and had ceiling fans which kept the rooms cool enough to sleep. Thank you so much Solaman and family for the experience of a lifetime, I will be back! Kerry O x

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Kerry O
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Pilton, Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

I went to stay with Solaman and his family with 4 others and we had a fabulous time. Solaman and his family are welcoming, helpful and brilliant cooks. The accommodation was a private room with en-suit bath room. Very comfortable with ceiling fan, although in February it was cool enough under the trees at night not to need the fan. We started each morning with sunrise Yoga on Solaman's roof top Yoga space and the colours, bird sounds, temple sounds and chanting are sounds that I will treasure always. I loved doing Yoga in the open air here. We also did sunset classes which were equally atmospheric. During the day, between the homecooked Keralan cooking, Soloman took us to see places of interest in Kerala. We saw elephants being bathed, shopped in town for statues, clothes and spices and hiked along and swam in the Periyar river. What a privilege to spend such a wonderful time with such a lovely Indian family.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Adele R
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Wien
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

I spent four nights with Solaman and his family prior to travelling through Kerala. The quiet and scenic location of the homestay was a perfect way to get used to the warmer weather and India in general.
I felt very welcomed from the first minute and really enjoyed the Yoga classes in the morning/ evening at the roof top, the fresh food Priya cooked three times a day as well as the trips to the surroundings. I look forward to coming back one day!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JOB13_13
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Agra, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2013

Solaman and his wife Priya were DELIGHTFUL homestay hosts during our recent week in Kerala. My wife and I enjoy yoga and Solaman is a very kind, considerate, and talented yoga instructor. We had 90-minute sessions in the morning and evening. Solaman gauged the sessions to our experience level and also introduced new postures at various session during the week. The yoga was quite doable for us yet the sessions were still challenging and rewarding.

The food was yet another huge POSITIVE in our stay. Solaman's wife Priya is an EXCELLENT cook and never disappointed us! We enjoyed lots of variety and Priya took the time to explain the dishes and even let my wife join her in the kitchen for a bit of an Indian cooking lesson.

Even more, Solaman was kind enough to lead outings, one very inrteresting hike that took us on a lovely and scenic loop trail with series of former stone quarries that had filled with water. Solaman, Priya, and their two young sons were all very kind and friendly througout the week. All and all we had a wonderful homestay and yoga experience!!! DB & PJ


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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank pattidavis89
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Property: Yogalife Homestay
Address: Aliyattukudy House,Mudakuzha P.O. | Perumbavoor,Ernakulam District, 683546, India
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Region: India > Kerala
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 2,077 Speciality Lodging in Kerala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yoga life homestay is in a private exclusive farm house in the middle of the country side yet closer to many interesting places to visit, Cochin International Airport, Near to Aluva Railway station, and closer to Cochin Munnar high way.The day start with Herbal tea, Morning yoga class on the roof top.Yoga class is enjoyable facing the rising sun,and the beauty and sounds from the nature.After breakfast it is interesting to go for walk,cycling around the village or go to riverside even swimming!. Our one day tariff includes two yoga classes, breakfast,lunch and dinner. Food is prepared afresh each meal with a variety of south Indian cuisines by your friendly host.We like to welcome the guests to enjoy our retreat that combines the best of rural charm, unique tradition and hospitality of Kerala and a revitalising regimen of yoga. ... more   less 

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