Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra
Kovalam, Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
Cliff-top setting over looking the Arabian sea with fantastic views and a great spot for watching unbeatable sunsets
Close to near private beaches
All the restaurants have views of the sea
A great spot to relax and unwind
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
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Just outside Kovalam, in a quiet location, Niraamaya Surya Samudra is an all suite eco-friendly resort set in expansive tropical gardens. This boutique resort is perched high on top of the cliffs overlooking two almost private white sand beaches.
Originally a private house, Niraamaya Surya Samudra is now a delightful boutique resort with stunning views of pristine beaches and the Arabian Sea.
There are twenty two rooms at the resrot, all authentic Keralan houses transplanted from their original derelict locations to the hillside that slopes towards the coast. They have heavy wooden doors and window shutters and the interiors are finished in traditional style, with outdoor garden bathrooms. All rooms face the sea to get the full effect of the cooling breezes.
The open restaurant serves up a variety of food, including seafood freshly caught by local fishermen. Below this is a unique pool hewn from the hillside and featuring exposed boulders. Ayurvedic treatments are available at the massage center and yoga can be practiced at the pavilion overlooking the twin bays separated by a granite promontory. Other activities at the hotel include catamaran and motorboat rides, astrology, cooking classes and selection of cultural experiences to explore the stunning local landscape.
The Rock Garden Classic Suites are their entry level rooms, located in the main block without sea views. The cottages called Heritage Classic, Heritage Superior and Heritage Premium have sea views. Essentially the better the room, the closer to the sea you get with better views and their top suite is the cliff-front Octagon and Banyan Tree Bungalow which is ideal for honeymooners offering an outdoor bath.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Surya Samudra Private Retreats. There is a kid's playroom at the resort and babysitting can be arranged with prior notice.
Facilities at Surya Samudra Private Retreats include a swimming pool, Ayurveda center, yoga, the open air 'Oottupura' restaurant, 'Kanal' specializing in barbecued and grilled seafood, a seafront bar, library, children's playroom and the 'Old Curiosity Shop' selling antiques and pan Indian and Keralite artifacts.
Use of the swimming pool and yoga are complimentary at the hotel. Activities at an additional cost include Ayurveda treatments, catamaran and motorboat rides, astrology and cooking classes. Cultural experiences offered by the hotel include visits to the Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the Kerala state, Kanyakumari, Neyyar, Thenmala and the Alleppy Backwater Cruise to explore some of the most spectacular scenery India has to offer.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Surya Sumudra is in the most idyllic location, perched on the side of the cliff with easy access down some steep stone steps to a private, Keralan, yellow sand beach. This small resort is a retreat located far enough from Kovalam center to be extremely peaceful. Relaxing on the edge of the infinity pool means you make the most of the wonderful views. Many of the rooms have teak wood interiors meaning the Villas tend to be dark. This hotel is more boutique in style than any other at its level in and around Kovalam.
Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.
Location & directions
Kovalam, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra sits on a private beach 8km south of Kovalam, overlooking pristine beaches by the Arabian Sea in Kerala. Within easy reach of Vizhinjam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Hawah Beach.
How to get there
Fly to Trivandrum via Delhi. From Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is around a 30-minute drive.