Anita, Founder and Head of Mad about Coco Varkala
Anita was born in Bombay in the late 70’s but growing up in Germany. After studying Educational Science and Psychology at the University of Hamburg/Germany & a psychological counseling qualification she’s holding now a Master degree in Educational Science.After several visits in Varkala and undergoing regular Ayurvedic treatments she also studied Ayurveda in Germany and became a certified Ayurvedic Therapist. She came to Varkala in 2014 to start the project that was primarily concentrating on traditional Ayurvedic treatments together with an Ayurvedic Doctor. They opened the hospital in the New White House.
In October 2016 many things changed, first of all Anita decided to change the name from Ayurvidya Canopy to Mad about Coco. Ayurveda was replaced by Yoga and she focused on arranging Retreats for Groups. A small Garden Café was set up that year and the focus was set new.
Mad about Coco expanded immensely and in 2019 the business became a registered company called Mad about Coco Hospitality Pvt. Ltd..
In the same year Anita opened the restaurant NOMAD at the cliff with beautiful sea view. It was a powerful and exciting year until in early 2020 Covid-19 forced her to shut down the new restaurant.
She started focussing again on her little Café set back in the garden of Mad about Coco premises. During the lockdown time she was renovating and updating the Café and opened the doors again in October 2020. During the lockdown she and her business partner Binod were opening a small local hotel (which means actually restaurant) called RASAM at Kurakkanni Junction, about 15 minutes walk away from Mad about Coco.
Beginning of 2022 she opened the Restaurant at the Cliff again under the new name SUN FRANCISCO. The location looks totally different but the view over the ocean and the sunsets you can enjoy from here are still stunning as ever.
Now Mad about Coco is offering 14 rooms in three houses, the small Café is open every day for breakfast for the in-house guests. Having lots of space and facilities on offer they are now focussing again on group bookings, especially for Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Mad about Coco is inviting Yoga Teacher from all over the world to run their own Retreats on their premises.
And when everything is going easier again and tourists are coming to India again, the planned Garden Spa on Mad about Coco premises is getting ready too…so stay tuned & don’t forget to visit them as all these kind of small businesses need the support by guests to recover from the Corona pandemic.
What Anita says about Varkala: „First time I came to Varkala was in 2007 and since then I came back almost every year. There’s something very special about this place that will make you stay longer as planned and come back again and again. As soon as I finished my Ayurveda course in March 2014 I came to Varkala to start this project and I was becoming a part of this place I call home now.
‚Mad about Coco‘ is my life, the Team is my family and some of our guests became good friends.“