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Niraamya Surya Samudra Retreats

Kerala and Karnataka, India

Just outside Kovalam, in a quiet location, Surya Samudra is a 22 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.

At a Glance

  • Fantastic spa

  • 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

Beach, Couples, Family, Spa & health

Insider's View

Cool off in the infinity pool that is formed from one single block of granite.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Niraamya Surya Samudra Retreats or take a look at our itineraries to Kerala and Karnataka


Originally a private house, Surya Samudra is now a delightful boutique resort with stunning views of pristine beaches and the Arabian Sea.

Many of the rooms are actually 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. Since its renovation in 2009, the rooms have been beautifully updated.

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.

Location & Directions

Kerala and Karnataka, India

Surya Samudra Private Retreats 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.

When to go

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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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Niraamya Surya Samudra Retreats or take a look at our itineraries to Kerala and Karnataka

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