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Valiya Pazhampilly Thuruth, Chendamangalam 683512 India
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Big Banana Island Retreat is an eco-friendly retreat located on the water's edge on a small island in the backwaters of Kerala, South India. Following a retreat at Big Banana is to allow you to become Swasthan, a Sanskrit word that means to be physically, mentally and socially in perfect condition. During your stay, you will experience a lifestyle close to nature and authentic practices of Yoga and Ayurveda. As the days go by, the body is purified and strengthened, the mind calms down and gets more clarity and you will approach a new understanding of life. This will inspire you every day. Our 6 independent cottages are on the river bank of the Periyar River, which throughout your stay invites you to contemplation and meditation. For meals, we serve a sattvic food, respecting the principles of Yoga and Ayurveda, rich in fruits and vegetables, some come from our organic garden. Our vegetarian dishes, spicy but not hot, are freshly cooked, over a wood fire in terracotta pots according to Kerala tradition. Times of silence may be requested at certain times of the day. These are precious moments to observe nature and what drives it. The Big Banana is therefore a privileged place: a real ecosystem preserved from the use of any pesticide or chemical product since its creation 15 years ago. It is home to many varieties of trees, medicinal plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, birds, insects, squirrels ... And if you want to experience local life, the Big Banana Island Retreat is also located in a rural area, rich culturally and historically, still preserved from tourism. You can easily visit the surroundings from the center. You can also take a boat ride on the river at sunrise or walk to the villages to meet people and their smiles. Looking forward to welcoming you, to share and to care. Namaste
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Canoeing
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Facial treatments
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Charlotte wrote a review Oct 2022
Beautiful location, highly recommended to relax and take care of yourself. Excellent service, the owners are very kind and welcoming. The food is healthy, simple, and yummy. Geraldine's yoga classes are great, slow and focused. I also recommend the massages, very unique steaming experience!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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agnes b wrote a review Mar 2022
France2 contributions2 helpful votes
What a wonderful place. Geraldine, her husband and the staf are most welcoming. Nice, caring, listening. A magnificent garden, nice rooms, a paradise in a wonderful nature. The ayurvedic treatments are great, the food excellent. Geraldine perfectly knows the insider tips, and will do her best to satisfy her clients. I can only recommend. GO!!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anne Tisserand wrote a review Mar 2022
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I enjoyed my stay in this Heaven . Geraldine and Deepan take care of us , so attentive people . The bungalows are confortable The food is vegetarian, tasty , fresh ,colorful,various, made with love .(cooking look available) Geraldine’ Yoga is a delicat wake up of our senses. The Ayurvedic massage/cure is in the traditionnel way ; the therapist is an expert and follows an doctor ‘ s prescription. Body and soul are in a so peaceful area : I didn ‘t want to go back …
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anne wrote a review Feb 2020
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I highly recommend this beautiful retreat grounded in a heavenly location, by a peaceful river. Both Deepan and Geraldine make sure each guest receives the full benefits from the well thought-out program : delicious, fresh and refined vegetarian meals, relaxing ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes and meditation sessions make this a well rounded cure for the body and mind. The whole setting offers a unique opportunity to reconnect to nature and one's self. Many thanks to the entire team for their unrelenting kindness and care.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Anna wrote a review Dec 2018
Brindas, France2 contributions1 helpful vote
A little paradise, peaceful piece of land near the Periyar River. Just enjoy the landscape, the nature, the yoga, the meals, the great ayurvedic treatments. A place to meditate and to reconnect yourself with nature, a place to rest, a place to experiment...the place to be! A great place to understand what is yoga and Ayurveda and how it can benefit your body, your soul and your spirit.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Therese wrote a review Dec 2018
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Great stay ! People were all lovely and very professional too. Ayurvedic of high quality. Yoga course were great too. Geraldine and Deepan are very attentive. The place is beautiful with very clean and charming cottages. Food is very good too. We were also able to swim in the river and to have boat trip in the backwaters. My son played football with children from the nearby village. Many thanks !
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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manuele wrote a review May 2018
Witten, Germany28 contributions16 helpful votes
I stayed 4 weeks at this beautiful place on that beautiful Island in the middle of the Periyar River. It was a unique experience full of tropical nature, great Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments. Alone the concert of the birds in the morning, the meditative flow of the Periyar and its hourly changing atmosphere, magical! Geraldine, the leader of the retreat is a sensitiv and very nice host. Great food, cooked by Indian moms, is quite authentic Kerala food, just less hot...The room was perfect for my needs, airy, big enough, very clean. Thank You so much for all the staff of BBI for making my stay so enjoyable and unforgettable. I already miss my bicycle trips and walks in this lush and tropical landscape.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Sophie B wrote a review Mar 2018
Sevres, France16 contributions10 helpful votes
Big bungalows, most pleasant outside shadowed eating place, quiet and discreet surroundings, a river where to bath. AND so good welcome and attention to visitors and excellent food. Top quality ayurvedic cure.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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cathjasa wrote a review Feb 2018
Lyon, France56 contributions7 helpful votes
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Deepan and Geraldine are just fantastic all the team is so nice and sweet (Ayurvedic Doctor, massage people, cookers, servers etc) The location is so beautiful, on a small island of 700m/ 300m. Great ayurvedic treatment, made yoga practice in the morning, followed by various massages with oil, hot pouches etc... excellent food under the management of “chef” Deepan and with product from the garden And on top of that, yoga classes and exchanges / discussions with Geraldine and Deepan. I warmly recommend it
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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E6033CSsophie wrote a review Jan 2018
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Wonderful experience ! The bungalows are comfortable and close to the water, very relaxing atmosphere. Geraldine & Deepan are very nice, the staff is very friendly and the food is delicious ! You can do yoga, excursions, have ayurvedic massages, it is super !
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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$64 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaErnakulam DistrictChendamangalam
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Big Banana Island Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Big Banana Island Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Kodungallur Bhagavathi Temple (7.8 km), Paliam Dutch Palace (1.6 km), and Chalakudy River (2.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Big Banana Island Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Big Banana Island Retreat?
Top room amenities include a desk, extra long beds, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Big Banana Island Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Big Banana Island Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Big Banana Island Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Palaaram, Sukh Sagar Restaurant, and Baskin Robbins.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Big Banana Island Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does Big Banana Island Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Big Banana Island Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Big Banana Island Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.