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Winter sun yoga retreat holidays in India


Celebrating our 10th anniversary of yoga retreats & holidays, Yoga United Ltd are very experienced and intuitive hosts who facilitate safe, fun and authentic experiences of the amazing area of south India so, apart from the yoga, you can explore, relax, and make it your own. With their passion and personal touch, these exciting and popular retreat holidays attract people from all over the world with returning guests year after year...are you ready to come and make new friends, enjoy the beauty of South India and make time for a new perspective.

With wide horizons and clear water, these stunning natural surroundings are the perfect place to relax, reflect, adventure, explore, do nothing - whether you wish to retreat, or get a taste of Keralan life. Watch sunrises over the backwaters and sunsets over the sea, enjoy ayurvedic massage, and meeting local people. 

At Yoga United, we know and love south India, it's our winter home. Over the years, we have built great relationships with local tour operators, resort managers, and local people so you can leave your guidebooks behind. We support important local projects in the spirit of yoga - an Ayurvedic ashram, Keralan martial arts school, and local businesses.

Dates for 2019/20


Mon 6--Tue 14 Jan 2020

Thu 16-Fri 24 Jan 2020

Circle of Womanhood Retreat

Yoga Nidra & Creativity Retreat

Uma Dinsmore Tuli Kerala, india    Booking soon

 Sat 25th Jan - Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Therapeutic Yoga & Wholeness Judy Hirsh Sampath Kerala, India    BOOK NOW
Sat 25th Jan - Sun 2nd Feb 2020 Yogarama India Experience Amanda Mackenzie Kerala, india   Booking soon

Add ons

Want to see more of India? If 8 nights is not enough time in India, we have organised some great add ons for you. For 2018/2019, we are adding some new and exciting add-ons so if you've always wanted to do the Golden Triangle, see the Taj Mahal, see some of the earliest and most beautiful temples, or pamper youself with Ayurvedic massage, let us know...we can help put together a package that work with your own dates.
 Jan 2020  
Tamil Nadu Temple Taster Tour
South India tours -  Tamil Nadu temples to kerala tea planatations,
Yoga homestay, Ayurvedic Massage Practical
North India - The Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal, Varanassi
Feb 2020
Tamil Nadu Temple Taster Tour
South India tours -  Tamil Nadu temples to kerala tea planatations,
Yoga homestay, Ayurvedic Massage Practical
North India - The Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal, Varanassi
Tamil Nadu Temple Taster Tour
South India tours -  Tamil Nadu temples to kerala tea planatations,
Yoga homestay, Ayurvedic Massage Practical
North India - The Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal, Varanassi




Tamil Nadu Temple Tour

A great new add on to compliment your yoga holiday - stay in a brand new resort in Mamallapuram with its UNESCO protected stone carved temple sites. You will be taken on a guided tour of the village itself, the UNESCO protected monuments, and shops. The second day will be a visit to Kancheepuram, the ancient capital city of the Pallava Kingdom famous for its temples, guided round two of the best temples with elephants, a traditional vegetarian south Indian thali lunch. See wonderful scenery, local crafts and stop of a chai or coconut water, then back to the resort to relax by the stunning swimming pool.
£450 for 3 nights, £225 single supp. (inc. breakfast, airport transfers on recommended flights, all guided trips in Mamallapuram & Kancheepuram, momument entrance fees,  Indian thali on the Kancheepuram trip). This trip does not include internal flight to/from Cochin (around £35 for 1hour flight).


Yoga Home Stay

For more yoga a short distance away from your yoga holiday, head for Solamans’ house, a yoga homestay and authentic experience of staying with a middle-class Indian family, with twice daily yoga, delicious food with home-produced vegetables and spices made at home by Priya (take your notebook), and more local trips to identify spices, swim in the river, and other local attractions accompanied by Solaman and his two young sons.
£TBCpp per night based on 2 sharing, single supp. Includes all meals and snacks, twice daily yoga, guided walks, airport transfers.


Best of Kerala Backwaters

If you are after a truly pampering experience, travel down to Alleppey by private car to the well-known banks of the Alleppey backwaters. Famous for its cruises, stay on land in a beautiful resort with swimming pool, delightful restaurant and fabulous spa with exceptional treatments. Optional daily yoga is with a local teacher, walks around backwater villages, temples, boating or staying on a traditional Keralan boat are all possibilities, even playing a few games of pool, snooker or table tennis.
£TBC for 3 nights, £TBC single supp (inc. breakfast, sunset cruise, yoga classes and airport transfer.


The Resorts

Yoga United Holidyas in Kerala, India for every Yogis

We are very excited to add new resorts to our itinerary this year:

Kerala Island resort - with the most stunning unspoilt backwaters near Trivandrum (TRV). Its so serene and calm that you need to get a boat to get there! For the perfect retreat, this really is THE place to relax, there's even a pool bar. But don't worry, boats leave 24/7 so you can find shops, bars and tailors in nearby Kovalam.

Tamil Nadu - Mamallapuram, our second home. This resort is on a beautiful clean beach about 4km away from the UNESCO protected monuments, a lovely walk along the beach, anceint history, and guided tours on your doorstep. It's vibrant, spicy and exciting - and of course, there's shopping, and loads of cafes and places to eat!

We will aslo be back at our beloved Cherai Beach venue, nestled between the Keralan backwaters and the Arabian sea about an hour from Cochin. Beautifully landscaped with banana trees, coconut palms, lagoons and thatched villas. Watch sunrises over the serene backwaters and sunsets on the beach. The sea is warm and suitable for swimming. You may be lucky enough to spot kingfishers on the backwaters and dolphins in the sea.

The Area

South India is slow-paced and friendly. We use venues in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

1.  Blessed with a unique blend of warm sea and backwater corridors edged with coconut palms, Kerala is an exotic mixture of nature and culture at its best. Known locally as God's own country, the fertile land and natural beauty is truly magical. As Kerala is the wealthiest state in India, the welcome is very warm, the whole ambience is soft and slow-paced, a perfect introduction to India.

Annual religious festivals are bursting with colour and vibrancy, and as this area is attracting more tourists, you will find a wide variety of Western and Keralan cuisine prepared to y

What's included?

  • Twice daily yoga session (and related practices) with your chosen teachers (one full day off)
  • Air conditioned accommodation with en-suite bathroom, fridge and private verandah.
  • HALF board means TWO delicious buffet-style meals a day. See 'The Food' section below and check your individual holiday for a definitive guide
  • Airport transfers on recommended flights (see recommended flight section below)
  • There are yoga mats at the resort but you may want to bring your own or buy one to bring with you

Advice on flight bookings, visas, and onward travel - email holidays@yogaunited.com or phone customer services on 020 8361 1882


Yoga United Holidyas in Kerala, India for every Yogis

The restaurants serve breakfast and dinner buffets every day with the option to eat lunch elsewhere if you're out. Breakfast has a choice of fresh juice, cereal, toast, butter and honey as well as local south Indian delights like idli, dosa and puttu. Dinner consists of a huge array of delicious lightly spiced vegetarian curries, traditional authentic cuisine, complemented by less spicy options, and western dishes, soups, salads, puddings and fruit – just divine. Beer and wine is also available.

Speak to the restaurant captain for any special requests, and dietary requirements. As all food is freshley prepared with natural and mostly local ingredients, there's always a great choice, and the resorts we choose know how to cater for western tastes!


All accommodation is based on two people sharing twin or doubles. Please add a single supplement to your order if you prefer your own space or are travelling alone.

Spacious villas are all air-conditioned, but also have fans so you can adjust the temperature to suit you. All rooms have their own fridge, television, air conditioning, and veranda.


Cherai Beach Yoga United Holiday Retreat Kerala India

Beaches are long and clean and good for sunbathing, swimming and walking. All venues have swimming pools for those who prefer to stay cool within the resort. 

What's not included?

Excursions may vary - check what's available on your individual holiday!

Optional extras not included in the cost of your holiday, and are often determined by availability with contacts so may vary from holiday to holiday but to give you a taste:

  • Punt on the local backwaters around the resort, local walk to the nearest town
  • Local ashram (Cherai Beach only) - if the Swami is in residence, we offer a visit to his apothecary of ayurvedic herbs and remedies which are produced on-site.
  • Watch the amazing Kalari school perform traditional Keralan martial arts sticks, swords, jumps - sparks literally fly!
  • Day trips for sightseeing and shopping. Lovely Indian crafts, spices and clothes to buy!
  • Tuk tuk ride around the local area, bicylcle rides,  to take in local life - great photo opportunity as well as a taste of the local culture
  • Muzuris Heritage sites - the ancient Muzuris port was taken by floods in the 14th century - filled with historical and cultural historic temples, churches, forts and synagogues
  • Wooden palace & temples 

Flights, travel insurance and ayurvedic treatments

CHECK whether your holiday is based in Cochin or Chennai before you book and make sure your ARRIVAL DATE matches Day 1 of your holiday - this means you often leave the day before! Please check the recommended flights with us before you book and also email a copy of your booking confirmation to us so we can check them. 

Your transfer is included on the recommended flights - your driver will pick you up from  just outside the terminal buidling and transfer you to your chosen resort. Good connections from all UK and US airports with Emirates. When you leave, if you have to...is up to you.  If you're on an adventure, Emirates have excellent connections from all major Indian airports, and Dubai.


You will need a tourist visa for India - the official website and online application process is http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/.You can apply for an E visas 3 months in advance and we always recommend you apply early in case of any issue.


For Kerala and Tamil Nadu, please check that your tyhpoid, Hep A and tetanus are up-to-date. We advise you to check with your health care practitioner for the latest information. There are not many mosquitos around because of the sea but at dusk, you should cover yoruself in mosquito repellent - you can anoint your mat with yogaunited's Bug-Off essential oil or mix it with your after-sun.


  • Thank you so much Judy for your inspirational teaching as always. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! And Saz, you’re a star -  a superb organiser!
  • An enlightening and uplifting retreat. Just what I needed and I return to the UK with renewed energy
  •  Thank you so much for a truly fantastic introduction to India. Your care and loving kindness has made the week an unforgettable experience.
  • Thank you for helping me restore my ‘hopefulness’. I can now accept where I am.



I want to say thank you to Judy, Saz and Amy for such a fabulous week in Cherai.  You 3 were so hands on, and so involved, which it was such a lovely surprise.  Very reassuring actually to know that you were there the whole time. 

The staff all worked hard to make sure we had a good experience, from the moment we arrived, they were ready and waiting with those lovely garlands, right through to the last day. 

The yoga studio was above and beyond.  Not only with our mats and bolsters neatly tidied up each morning and evening but those wonderful floral displays.  Just jaw dropping really. 

I loved the whole thing, the hotel, the people, the colours, the massages, the beach, the sunsets, the sunrises. and the colours, everything was so colourful.  I loved the food, my huge bed, oh and the hammocks.  I had no idea hammocks were so comfortable!    

The trips were fantastic, again a total surprise that you would organise these.  The personal touch was very much evident and it made a big impression on me. 

To you all, thank you again, Namaste

Charlotte O   April 2018


Thank you for organising such a wonderful trip to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  I would never have ventured to these areas without the opportunity to do so through Yoga United and my Yoga teacher.  It was an unforgettable experience ! 

Claire L April 2018


I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the Indian yoga holiday.      It was certainly an adventure not to be missed and I discovered a part of India I hadn’t been to before, which was magical.

Liz C April 2018


The perfect place for a relaxing and restorative yoga week with Yoga United.   If this had been my first trip to India I would certainly choose to do one or more of the add-ons suggested. It’s a good and safe way of getting to know India.  The day trip organized by Saz to the temple/palace was lovely. Well organized, everything seemed to run smoothly, including the thali lunch and it was quite exciting being the only ‘tourists’ around.

Sharon 2017


I came last year and will be coming again next year. A rich and exotic week with Yoga United  feeling love, warmth, gentleness, calm, sun, sea sand, sights, insights. Excellent food and great coming together and connecting with a wonderful group of people. And of course…yoga…yoga..yoga

Chris T 2017


It was such a brilliant holiday in all aspects, the yoga, weather, people, food, and the wonderful relaxed feeling  – a real holiday.

Everyone was very helpful wherever we went.  I can’t stop thinking about India, it had a great impact on me.

Christina C 2017


My first holiday with Judy was also my first experience of India. I travelled with my mother, in her late seventies, and we were both made very welcome. I loved it so much, I returned the following year to join the holiday again. Judy's teaching was both inspirational and interesting, with her skills and experience shining through in her classes. The balance of Yoga, sight-seeing and relaxation were perfect. The Ayurvedic massages of Kerala are so restorative that you can see the tension in the group members being massaged away as the days go by. Yoga, God's Own Country and massage all in one perfectly wrapped holiday - what more could you want

Del 2016


Terrific holiday – wonderful yoga, sunrise meditations over the backwaters and sunset meditation on the seashore. Sunshine, delicious food, interesting trips, range of ayurvedic massages to try, great company and the flexibility to spend your time however you chose – what could be better?

Hazel H 2016


 The most wonderful way to do yoga & meditation in the home of yoga - It felt timeless and it couldn’t get any better than that! Judy & Saz are the most wonderful hosts – thank you!

Judy M 2016


Yoga teachers and group facilitators

Why not take your group to India? Let us take care of everything while you concentrate on the teaching - apply early!

We run yearly yoga holidays in India and have lots of experience and contacts to ensure your holiday is as successful as possible – come with us for a magical experience where everything is taken care of.

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