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Karikkathi Beach Houses

Near Trivandrum, Kerala, India


  • Have an Ayurveda consultation with the highly-qualified doctor. Packages of treatments or single-session massages are also available from the on-site team of therapists (there are good deals in low season), as are therapeutic diets if you want to go the whole hog
  • Catch up on some reading in a palm-strung hammock, or watch butterflies, squirrels and sea eagles swooping down to catch fish
  • Browse through the small library of books and magazines
  • Use the facilities at [i:IS002:Niraamaya Surya Samudra]: swim in the pool, relax in the spa or just make use of their WiFi
  • Wander along the beautiful white sandy beach to Kovalam
  • Visit Trivandrum (half an hour’s drive away), for some city buzz. There’s a huge Hindu Temple, a 200-year-old palace, various museums and lots of shops
  • Explore the Kerala backwaters on a day or overnight boat trip
  • Book a day trip to Kanyakumari, the point where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea
  • Spend a day in Varkala and chill out with the hippies in a laidback clifftop bar or at the lovely Jonny Cool Café
  • Shop for food, fabrics, and even tailor-made clothes in local villages (staff can provide directions and suggestions)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Plantlife/flora
  • Shopping/markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Ayurvedic Treatments
Save to favouritesPrintMailKarikkathi Beach HousesKarikkathi Beach Houses are quite simply that: small cottages next to a gorgeous white sandy beach - it would be difficult to get any closer to the Arabian Sea without falling in. The original cottage sits right on the shore and is now joined by a twin, just a few metres up the cliff. Reached on foot via a path winding through coconut groves, both houses are fabulously isolated and scenic, undisturbed by traffic or day-trippers. Designed by Swiss architect Karl Damschen (creator of the nearby [h:IS002:Niraamaya Surya Samudra] hotel, which shares the little beach), the 2 [r:IS020:cottages] are rustic yet elegant, with palm-thatched roofs supported by casuarina rafters, clean white walls and shady verandas. Windows with wooden shutters frame ocean views, floors are tiled in terracotta and the simple furniture is made from wood and rattan. Outside, tiered terraces are brightened with hibiscus flowers and red tablecloths, sprinkled with crushed shells that feel powdery-soft underfoot and furnished with hammocks and loungers. This feels like your own idyllic holiday home and, as well as Ayurvedic treatment rooms with on-site practitioners, there’s a staff of 3 to look after your every need. Your back garden is Karikkathi beach, where you can lie back to the sound of the crashing surf and watch the evening sun dissolve into the sea like a molten coin.

Book this hotelfrom 50EUR

i-escape gift

a free bottle of beer each day (one per guest per day)