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Ayurveda Sanctuary, Udupi, Karnataka, India
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Location: Nestled in Udupi, the land of ethereal beauty, sandhwiched between the verdant mountains of the western ghats on the east and vast, tranquil Arabian Sea on the west. It encapsulates the vast cultural heritage and well known for its religious fervour and vividity of diverse culturage heritage.

Nearest Railway Station: Udupi

Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport

About the Centre:


Ayurveda Sanctuary is Registered and Approved by Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.It is originally established as an International brand in 2002 and centres set up and run by Dr. Sreedhar Rao and Dr. Nayana Rao, a team of qualified and internationally experienced Ayurvedic medical professionals who have practiced in India (Kerala, New Delhi), Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia and South Korea with a commitment to Ayurveda, to spread their healing touch and professional management. Ayurveda Sanctuary is an authentic all-inclusive Ayurvedic experience, set in divine land of Udupi in Karnataka, to heal, motivate and educate people to become skilled stewards of their health.

Ayurveda Sanctuary offers an array of authentic Ayurveda Healing experiences in the divine land of Udupi. A mere one and half hour's scenic drive from Mangalore International Airport, Udupi is nature's haven with beaches, hills, forests, islands, mountains, backwaters and Udupi has it all - from the luscious, green trees that make up the Western Ghats to the clear, blue waters of rivers and lakes.

Ayurveda Sanctuary is housed in a facility which is quiet, spacious and conducive for healing, this is the perfect retreat far from the pressures of the modern world. Ayurveda Sanctuary is a lovely setting for guests to rest, relax, renew, revive, rejuvenate and focus on their life-long goal of improved health and vitality through a range of Ayurvedic treatments, lifestyle and rejuvenating programs. Ayurveda has achieved international recognition in the past five decades. In the 21st century, the potential clearly exists to improve our quality of life, to enhance our physical and mental abilities, and even to increase our longevity! The doctors here are experienced in treating patients worldwide and hence understand the culture, trends and characteristics of the global clients.

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The mission of The Ayurveda Sanctuary is to assist individuals, to heal, develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our integrated approach to health and well-being combines preventive, Ayurvedic and Yoga traditional approaches.

  1. We heal and energize people by providing Ayurveda -Yoga services, and integrated health care services.
  2. We educate people about Ayurvedic wellness life-style choices through retreats, individualized teaching and educational materials.
  3. We encourage people to commit to a Ayurvedic wellness lifestyle through follow-up contacts, website and newsletters and networking with like-minded individuals.



Dr. Nayana Rao
Medical Director

Dr. Nayana Rao is an Ayurveda graduate from Bangalore University, India and she also holds Masters Degree in Yoga (MSc.Yoga) and an MBA in Hospital Management. She had an opportunity to undergo an advanced Yoga training at BKS Iyengar Institute of Yoga, Pune. She has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda and Yoga from 15 years and has focused on the integration of Ayurveda and Yoga since then. Dr. Nayana Rao has introduced and popularized the concept of Ayurveda and Yoga in foreign countries like South Africa, New Zealand and Switzerland in the last decade through Ayurveda Sanctuary. She has been regularly conducting Ayurveda and Yoga retreats in Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Italy in Europe and in the Himalayas in India every year.


Dr. Sreedhar Rao
Clinical Specialist

Dr. Sreedhar Rao, MD(Ayu), hails from a traditional Ayurveda family of South India. He is an internationally acclaimed physician and teacher. Over the years he has conducted seminars and workshops for the practitioners and the students in South Africa, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand etc. He has served as a Technical Consultant (W.H.O) for International Cooperation in the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health, Government of India. He is a senior faculty member in Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, an hardcore researcher + clinician + teacher + promoter of Ayurveda. He not only presents the 'new face' of modern Ayurveda; but is also responsible for 'new phase' in Ayurveda. He has the credit of establishing the first International AYUSH Resource Cell in Malaysia on the behest of the Dept. of AYUSH, Govt.of India.  He is a qualified NABH Assessor for AYUSH Hospitals and Healthcare Organisations under the Quality Council of India, New Delhi.

Number of Doctors in Hospital: 2

Speciality of Hospital: Panchakarma, Yoga Therapy


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Abhyangam (Ayurvedic Massage) (60 minutes)

Abhyanga is the procedure where the whole body is massaged using specific medicated oil to nourish, revitalize the body tissues, impart oleation, complexion, stability, destroys fatigue and disturbances due to vata dosha.

Swedana (30 minutes)

By using special herbs specific to the doshas and ailments of a person, an herbal steam bath is administered which opens the pores and flushes and cleanses the system through the skin. Its effect is enhanced when taken after Abhyanga.

Kaya Seka (Pizhichil - Sarvangadhara) (90 minutes)

Kaya Seka is the process in which the body is made to perspire by means of pouring of warm medicated oil in a specific manner. Four therapists, two on each side of the basin carry out the process.

Dhara (Shirodhara) (45 minutes)

Sirodhara is the process in which medicated oil, milk, buttermilk is poured in a continuous stream on the forehead in a specific manner. Two therapists perform this treatment.

Sirovasthi (60 minutes)

Shirovasthi is the procedure where in the medicated oil is retained on the head for a prescribed period. Two therapists perform this procedure.

Njavarakizhi (90 minutes)

It is a procedure by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire, by the application of certain medicinal drugs with Njavara(special variety of rice that grows in 60 days.) rice puddings externally in the form of boluses tied up in a muslin bag. Four therapists administer this procedure.

Elakizhi (Patrapotala Sweda) (60 minutes)

This is a type of Swedana Chikitsa (fomentation) wherein herbal leaf poultice are used to give fomentation and simultaneous massage on whole body or any specific part.

Podikizhi (Choorna Sweda) (60 minutes)

This is a type of Swedana Chikitsa (fomentation) wherein medicated powders are made into poultice and used for giving fomentation.

Udwarthanam (Dry Massage) (60 minutes)

Udwarthanam is the treatment where in the massage is done with powders of medicines. The powder is rubbed forcibly on the body in upward direction.

Thalapothichil (30 minutes)

This is a special procedure of application of medicated paste on the head.


In this procedure specially prepared warm medicated oil is placed on the back region(Lumbar) for a specific time


In this procedure, specially prepared warm medicated oil is placed on the chest for a specific time.

Shiroabhyanga (30 minutes)

A soothing massage of the head, neck & shoulder for 30 minutes using warm herbal oils.

Tarpana (30 minutes)

A therapeutic application and retention of medicated ghee on the eyes. Tarpana is widely used for various conditions of the eyes.

Shiropichu (45 minutes)

Medicated oil is applied to the head in a special manner.

Chakra Basti  (45 minutes)

This Basti is applied to the umbilical region. It acts on the solar plexus and balances the digestive fire.

Padaghata (60 minutes)

This is a very unique whole body massage using feet instead of hands. It is performed by two therapists for one hour.

Shiroabhyanga (30 minutes)

A soothing massage of the head, neck & shoulder for 30 minutes using warm herbal oils.

Padaabhyanga (30 minutes)

A very stimulating massage of the lower legs and the feet for 30 minutes to activate the acupressure points.

Hrid Basti (30 minutes)

This procedure is applied over the heart for 25 minutes using warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions.

Janu Basti (30 minutes)

In this treatment the knee is bathed in warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions, taking 20 to 30 minutes. It promotes the strength of the knee joint by improving the circulation.

Greeva Basti (30 minutes)

Bathing the back of the neck using warm medicated oil or herbal decoction for 20 to 30 minutes.

Accommodation facilities: 4 units (single & twinbeds) with western toilets and all amenities. 2 State-of-the-art Therapy Rooms.



Is white sugar served?: No

Are nightshades served?: No

Is chilli served?: No

Is there any pollution in the vicinity?: No

Noise in the vicinity?: No

Are there cell phone towers?: No

Is vaastu applied?: Yes

Source of Information: Vaidya Sreedhar Rao



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Castor Oil (Erand Taila) (50ml)

Fruit of the Earth Arnica & Tea Tree Shampoo (100 ml)

Eosiinowin Legiyam (200 grams)

Contact Details
Ayurveda Sanctuary, Udupi, Karnataka, India
Address: Seetharam Shetty Nagar, Indrali, Udupi, Karnataka, India 576102
Phone: 919483995806, 917353913434, 917353913551
Reviews of Ayurveda Sanctuary, Udupi, Karnataka, India:
Review by John Abraham Monday 17 August, 2015

We have visited the Ayurveda Sanctuary 2014-15 and the treatment given is body massage, nasyam and sirodhara with south Indian food served during breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place is quiet and away from Udupi town. They used to be near beach but now changed to some interior village after udupi town. Unfortunately, our experience is NOT at all good. The food served in the night was the same as served in the lunch ( side dishes) and sometimes we felt food was even spoiled. The pathetic experience is with the night bugs in the room. The oil used for sirothara is being reused, hence please expect the hair problems of our patients passed on to you through the used oil. The owners never took care of the hygiene and bugs issue in the rooms. The price charged was too much for the services they had provided to us. The treatment therapists are local people with out any professional training that they claim on the website. The owners brag too much on their past experience and visits to other countries, while the treatment provided in the center is substantially below the standards. We strongly recommend NOT to visit this center unless you wish to face the problems I mentioned above.

Hope this review is helpful. Please find better Ayurveda retreat from Kerala or Coorg with latest reviews and higher rating by many users.

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Review by V.V. Sarachandran Tuesday 20 August, 2013
Apprehension........ !Anxiety.........! Travel stress.......!This was my state of mind upon disembarking at Udupi on Saturday 3rd Aug 2013 at 9am after gruel some overnight sleeper bus/road journey from Bangalore the previous night

Howewer the balming effet was immediate upon stepping down from the bus at Udupi.There to greet me was the reassuring presence of Dr Sreedhar Rao and his assistant-both equally mild mannered and thoughtful about all details
The mornings of both my 2 weeks at the sanctuary was filled with discussions demonstrations and guided practice of yoga and pranayamas conducted by Dr Sreedhar Rao personally
Ayurvedic massages and related treatments as prescribed by Dr Nayana were carried out both mornings and afternoons
For ther sanctuary the well trained and courteous massage therapist was a hand.Treatment included diet eating healthy food in moderation!
Evenings were filled with outings to scenic spots and local points of interest
I found the sanctuary at its ambience more like a home.Even my onward travel arrangements were organised by the sanctuary.The two weeks were a period of both physical and spiritual rejuvenation

V.V. Sarachandran, Penang Malaysia

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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Review by Brown Beate Saturday 17 August, 2013
I experienced 14 days of genuine Ayurvedic treatments in this quiet place. The room was spacious with excellent facilities. The staff was very kind and the Ayurvedic treatments were very good. I appreciate the service and felt cared for. I enjoyed the vegetarian food based on Ayurvedic principles with the doctors. I felt felt almost as new after completing the program.

Brown Beate, Kollam

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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