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Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Charaka says of all the treatments in Ayurveda Basti comprises the main component. By cleansing the colon and then applying herbal medicines there that nourish and heal the colon and improve its absorptive power we nourish the entire body. Charaka gives the analogy of nourishing a tree by its roots to get good flower, leaves and fruit.

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The Ayurveda Sanctuary is located in Vavvakkavu, just 0.5 km from the National Highway 47 on the way to Mata Amritanandamayi's Ashram which is 1 km from the centre in Kollam District, Kerala - God's own Country. This is established in a place which is ideal for this type of work requiring peace and tranquility. This peaceful and relaxing environment makes a unique and ideal setting for those wanting an “out of town” venue, close to town, but away from the stresses of city life.


People that visit us are always impressed with the peaceful atmosphere that prevails from the time they enter into the premises. The gardens take a beautiful shape with medicinal herbs. With a wide range of indigenous trees, shrubs and flowering plants in the gardens birds sing happily. The area set aside for morning Yoga, Meditation and prayer takes your breadth away as one is immediately taken to the land of spirituality. Everything about the type of work is tranquil, healing and blends with nature.

You can choose from an extensive range of treatments. Special, individual and group packages can also be customized to suit your needs. Just a few days at the Ayurveda Sanctuary can bring a radical change in your life.


The treatments offered by this centre are; Rasayana Therapy which increases the effectiveness of Panchakarma rejuvenating processes. Panchakarma is Ayurveda's primary purification and detoxification treatment - Vamana, Virechana,, Nasya ,Basti,Raktamokshana. Rejuvenative Therapies (Ancillary therapies) – Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Netra Tarpana, Swedana, Talapodichil, Hrid Basti, Greeva Basti, Janu Basti, Chakra basti, , Navarakizhi, Pizhichil, Udvartana, Padaghata, Shirobhyanga, Padabhyana, Shirobasti, Kati Basti, Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, determination of individual pattern, practical advise for everyday life, herbal remedies, Panchakarma detox advise, yoga & meditation techniques - including 2 Ayurveda treatments Abhyanga and Swedana or Abhyanga and Shirodhara (Relaxation therapy for the head & nervous system.

Outdoor patients may also book all Ayurveda treatments & all therapies, except Ayurvedic beauty treatments, will be prescribed by an Ayurveda doctor. We also offer Beauty Therapies.


Treatments at The Ayurveda Sanctuary have been designed by a highly qualified and experienced Ayurveda Doctors from Kerala.

Dr. Sreedhar Rao – MD (Ayu), Ayurveda Physician and specialized in Ayurvedic Pathology & Diagnostics. He has contributed many scientific papers on Ayurveda, published in various national and international journals. He has introduced new concepts in the field of Ayurveda useful to the medical professionals. He is largely engaged into research exploring the role of Ayurveda for the treatment of difficult diseases. He is also serving as Senior Faculty Member in Mata Amritanandamayi's Amrita School of Ayurveda which is a constituent unit of Amrita University, Kerala.

Dr. Nayana Rao, BAMS is a dynamic Ayurveda Consultant, graduated from Govt. Ayurveda Medical College, Bangalore, India. She is now a world renowned expert of Ayurveda and Yoga in her own right. She has been learning, practicing and teaching Yoga from 20 years and has focused on the integration of Ayurveda and Yoga since then. She is involved in active global practice. Dr.Nayana served as a Medical Officer and Yoga Consultant at Ayurvedic Hospital attached to the Ayurvedic Medical College in Goa, India. She has also been a Lecturer of various Ayurveda subjects at Ayurvedic Medical Colleges affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India.

She has actively involved in Research activities related to Medicinal Plants conservation, building database and trainings besides organizing hundreds of Ayurvedic and Yoga Awareness Camps. She is also currently in the Service of Mata Amritanandamayi at Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kollam, Kerala as a Faculty Member and Yoga Consultant.
Dr. Nayana and Dr. Sreedhar Rao form a dedicated team who has ventured into visualizing and implementing global Ayurveda projects. They are devoted to Ayurveda in the areas of education, practice, promotion and research. They have been working on several research projects. They are working with a sole aim to bring Ayurveda close to the mainstream medicine. Dr. Rao couple has been working hard to make Ayurveda globally available.


We offer wholesome vegetarian diet prepared according to the Ayurvedic principles using organic fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Personalized service is ensured by us.


Guest rooms of Panchakarma residential program are accommodated in comfortable ethnic rooms in the centre in an atmosphere conducive to a healing, quiet and supportive environment.


We provide upon request and depending available capacity, furnished dayroom with shower at $ 50. The costs for a medical consultation are included in the therapy prices. Should you wish your medical consultation to include a pulse diagnosis, determination of constitution and specific medical counseling, $ 50 will be charged. We charge USD 500/week for Panchakarma residential program. The cost varies from Rs 3500 to Rs 5000 /day including food accomodation(nonA/C) and therapies. Cost of medicines shall be additional.


In the eye clinic, treatment is rendered to various types of Eye Diseases in general and Refractive Errors in particular. There is a regular inflow of new patient's for practice of Eye exercises daily. The rush in the eye clinic is much, during the vacations and holidays. The patients are trained to learn the eye exercises, for a period of 14 days and then instructed to practice the same in their own premises having a follow-up eye check up once in 15 days.


Ayurveda Development Research Foundation (Regd.) India offers the following courses.
Certificate Courses: 1. Introduction to Ayurveda, 2. Ayurveda Cooking Concepts, 3. Ayurveda Beauty Concepts, 4. Ayurveda Diet Lifestyle, 5. Abhyanga, 6. Shirobhyanga, 7. Paadabhyanga, 8. Shirodhara, 9. Pizhichil, 10. Navarakizhi, 11.Elakizhi, 12. Nasya Karma, 13. Basti Karma, 14.Yoga therapy, 15.Yoga for kids, 16.Yoga for eyes, 17.Yoga for pregnant women, 18.Yoga for aged.
Diploma Courses: Basic principles of Ayurveda, Principles of Ayurveda Treatments, Panchakarma Therapy, Ayurvedic Pharmacology, Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants, Ayurveda Spa Treatments, Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Cookery.


1. To propagate and promote the basic principles & concepts of Ayurveda & Yoga to the whole world in an impressive and understanding way as standard, safe, effective and reliable approach to positive health. 2. To encourage younger generation to study and practice Ayurveda and Yoga. 3. To give impetus to research activities in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga. 4. To conduct seminars and conferences for the benefit of the practitioners, students and researchers of Ayurveda and Yoga. 5. To bring modern scientific techniques in all possible fields of Ayurveda and Yoga. 6. To provide Free Medical Treatment to the downtrodden through Medical Camps. 7. To conduct research on diseases like AIDS, Hepatitis B, Cancer, Diabetes, Ischemic Heart Disease, Infertility etc. 8. To conduct Camps, Exhibitions, Public Meetings, for bringing up awareness to create village level mini forest of medicinal plants especially in Tribal areas and provide information. It will make medicinal plants accessible as well as promote and protect the Bio-diversity in the region. 9. Promoting cultivation and collection of Medicinal and Aromatic plants. 10. Training, Extension, Technical, Financial guidance to Medicinal and Aromatic plant cultivators. 11. Coordinating with research institutes on adoption of Biotechnology, tissue culture, green house cultivation for Medicinal and Aromatic plant cultivation. 12. To encourage and develop biological and pharmacological standardization of indigenous medicinal plants. 13. To establish conservation parks in different agro climatic / bio climatic regions. 14. To encourage research organizations to conserve in Field Gene Banks the germplasm of rare, threatened, economically & clinically important medicinal plant species, for further work related to breeding, genetics & conservation biology research. 15. To encourage community oriented health & environment NGOs to grow and maintain all the medicinal plant species diversity of the region in ethno-medicinal ‘forests’ for the purpose of community education related to revitalization of cultural diversity associated with medicinal plants usage. 16. To meet rural community needs of medicinal plants for Primary Health Care. 17. In addition to their conservation role, to develop the conservation parks as “Bio-Resource Centres of Learning” for the revitalization of Local Health Traditions and as repositories of ethno-medical knowledge. 18. To get the village communities involved in these processes of eco restoration. 19. To take up Health Programs which are community based, people oriented, need based, decentralized, culturally acceptable and low cost programs including provision of safe drinking water, installation of hand pumps and training of local youth in maintenance and repairs of hand pumps, promotion of herbal kitchen gardens, use of smokeless chulhas and recycling of waste water. 20. To do Action Research in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), empowering persons with disability to organize themselves.



Name: Maria Elena L'Abbate, Italian Translator
From: London
Comments: The deep knowledge and dedication to the Ayurvedic and Yogic Science, the attention to individual needs, the holistic approach, the carefully devised modules of theory and practice, the peaceful environment and surroundings and the professionalism coupled with caring and loving handling of the client make the Ayurveda Sanctuary a true heaven.
Name: M.N.Tanna, Businessman
From: Pretoria
Comments: The treatment was excellent. Dr. Rao’s hand gives much more satisfaction.
Name: Romilla, Housewife
From: Johannesburg
Comments: Sree and Nayana, you have been guided into the support of Ayurveda Sanctuary, a place where you give with gratitude and extend simplicity in greatness- you fit in comfortably without exploitation.
My late Dad always reminded me of what India has to offer and now I’ve experienced it: your wealth of culture, lifestyle, professional knowledge, mutual support and down to earth simplicity makes you two what he would call ‘ pint-size giants’ (and that’s a very favorable term to me).
You have made my stay a very memorable one – I came to two health care professionals and go leaving two family members. You have connected me to Ayurveda, a system which would continue to be a part of my life – not because Dr. Deepak Chopra made me aware of it but because of the special spiritual way you introduced your high standards and depth of professionalism.
I wish you every success and hope I’ll be a patient in your books for a long time.
Name: Radha, Divine Life Society
From: Johannesburg
Comments: The program was beyond expectations. It was good to have a total break from my busy schedule. I did not know I could sleep so much. My mind especially feels clear and light. It was extremely good for once to let others do the thinking and planning for me. My body feels rejuvenated and ready for work again. Well done team. It was fantastic. I shall definitely be back for more and I intend introducing my whole family to this program as well. Thank you.


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Ayurveda Sanctuary, Kollam, Kerala
Address: 'Ram Vihar', Changankulangara Vallikkavu Road (near AMMA's Ashram, Amritapuri), Vavvakkavu P.O., Dist. Kollam – 690528, Kerala.
Phone: +91 476 2642980
Mobile: +91-9995790876
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