Our Story

Pura vida. Its literal translation is “pure life.” More than just a phrase, it is a way of living. It is the moment of clarity on a lazy Tuesday afternoon, seeing how life is passing by and waking up to the possibilities that lay before us; the clarity that makes us realise how magnificently self sufficient our body is, and look after it with gratitude. It is the moment of clarity that makes us see the tendencies and habits that drive our lives, enabling us to consciously re-educate our minds to develop tendencies that further our wellbeing.

Set on the south cliff of Varkala, in Kerala, we found the perfect spot for you to STOP, relax and reflect on where you are are heading, The lush green garden overlooking the Arabian sea, palm trees swaying over your head under the blue sky and golden sand beaches just steps away, all come together to shift the mind to a dimension very few places are able to.

We are a team of people from different parts of the world, of different age, with very different stories of how we go here. What brings us together is our common aspiration to live a life of lightness, joy and wonder. Together we created Pura Vida, a place where anyone can come to feed your wanderlust, reconnect with the energy that is within you and let it guide you onwards.


East meets West, Designed to the highest standards, our spaces aim to ensure your rest, relaxation, and recuperation. All of our rooms offer ensuite bathrooms, private patios, wifi, complimentary coffee and tea, luxurious linens, and privacy and quiet. Choose from seaview, garden view, AC or non-AC. Whatever your selection, we are sure that you will enjoy your time with us.


Sit in stillness and breath or stretch, move and flex. Sunrise, sunset, in a class or on the beach. Pura Vida works with a variety of local yoga instructors to meet the diverse needs of our guests whether your interest is ashtanga, hatha, iyengar, kundalini, vinyasa or yin. Try one or try them all.


Developed in India, ayurveda is one of the world's oldest, holisitc healing systems. With an aim to rejuvenating and harmonizing mind, body and spirit, practioners assess your energies and create a plan tailored to your specific needs. From a relaxing massage to a full body cleanse, experienced doctors are here to help you find your inner peace.


A land of plenty. With its rolling hills nestled between the sea and the backwaters, Kerala offers something for every palette. Homegrown spices, seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, and an influx of cultures. The culinary possibilites are endless. Craving a traditional curry dish or something a bit closer to home? With 70+ restaurants just outside our door, you can try a bit of everything.


Stroll along golden sand beaches, surf the Arabian sea, visit an ancient temple, stay in an ashram, watch a festival or snake boat race, cruise the backwaters, tour coffee, tea and spice plantations, sleep in a tree house, check out architecture, read a book or just catch the sunset while sipping a fresh coconut. Varkala and its surrounding areas offer something for everyone. Not sure what to do or how to do it. Ask our staff. We can help you plan your time.


For your convenience, Pura Vida offers the following additional services... discounted airport pick up and drop off service, payment via Paypal, BACS or credit card, money exchange, booking of cars, trains and tours, e-bike rentals, printing and photocopying, and bag storage up to two weeks. Just ask us.