Dr Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute

Resort in Pulinkudi & Chowara

Though not on the beachfront, friendly Dr Franklin's is a reputable, more affordable alternative to the flashier ayurvedic resorts, with tidy, comfortable rooms and cottages, daily yoga, a pool shared between its two separate blocks and personalised ayurveda packages.

During the May-to-September low season, there are ayurvedic, massage and yoga-teacher training courses. It's 7km southeast of Kovalam.