14 Days Body Rejuvenation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat, Kodanadu, Cochin, Ernakulam, Kerala, India


Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat India

  • 14 days with instruction
  • Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of Hindu traditional medicine of Vedic tradition native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat provides a retreat where you can experience the traditions and feelings of Ayurveda, the science of life, and yoga, the science of body, on the banks of river Periyar facing the forest.


    • Daily two yoga sessions
    • Daily internal medicines
    • Consultations with the doctor
    • Daily one Ayurvedic massage session
    • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
    • 13 nights accommodation


      • Instruction languages: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat welcomes you to the world of authentic Ayurveda. A serene Ayurvedic resort located by the riverside, the resort combines the pleasure of a forest atmosphere with authentic Ayurveda treatment and wellness therapies. The resort has all the facilities to make your stay relaxed, comfortable, and rejuvenating. Accommodations in Elephant Pass are praised by a lot of visitors in and around the world.

    Overlooking the shimmering waters of Periyar River and nestled among lush green Mahagony forests, Elephant Pass offers you a chance to unwind and have a holiday of a life time, while simultaneously rejuvenating your body and mind through effective and efficient Ayurvedic treatments. Spread out to offer nature’s view for your getaway accommodation, Elephant Pass is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday to renew your spirits.

    • 06:00 Internal medicine as advised by doctors
    • 07:00 Yoga session
    • 08:00 Breakfast meal as advised by doctors
    • 09:00 Sightseeing, will be chargeable for cab
    • 10:30 Massage or therapy
    • 12:30 Lunch meal as advised by doctors
    • 17:00 Yoga session
    • 19:00 Dinner meal as advised by doctors
    • 22:00 Bedtime
    • A.J. Solaman

      A.J. is a highly experienced and qualified yoga teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in sociology, and a diploma in yoga. He had his yoga teacher training course at Sivananda Ashram and his yoga instructor certificate course from Vivekananda Yoga University in Bangalore. A.J. has been teaching yoga since 1996 and he specializes in Hatha yoga.

    This retreat will be held in Elephant Pass Resort, Kerala, India. The magical call of the wild and the river is answered at Elephant Pass Resort, a luxurious riverside resort with a jungle atmosphere and is adjoined by the famous Elephant Kraal, Kodanad, Ernakulam district. With its natural beauty, serenity, and proximity to the river and forest, the resort provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural habitat.

    The resort also had a good view to the famous church Malayattoor, which is on the top of a mountain in Athirapally forest on the banks of river Periyar, opposite to the resort.

    • Boating nearby
    • Fishing
    • Massage
    • Spa
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Garden
    • River nearby
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Local market

    You will be provided with traditional Kerala vegetarian food. The patient’s diet is being prescribed by the doctor and is being specially prepared by the expert cooks. Organic and vegetarian food will be served, as prescribed by the physician. Avoid overeating and eating before the previous meal has been digested, as well as avoid eating too quickly and swallowing without chewing.

    Strictly avoid from eating any food from outside. Guests are advised not to take any food or drinks other than the diet provided at resort. Otherwise, it will adversely affect the treatments.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    Adhi Sankara Sthup

    Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam is an eight-story memorial built by Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. The entrance to the memorial, guarded by two elephant statues, leads to the Paduka Mandapam. Two silver knobs represent the padukas or wooden sandals of the teacher. The walls of the memorial feature framed relief paintings that tell the story of Adi Sankaracharya.

    Several large statues of Ganapati, Adi Sankara, and others are also housed in this memorial. Adi Sankara’s shrines in Kalady are open to all pilgrims, irrespective of religion and caste. Visitors can review the life of Sankara Acharya as they climb to the top. The famous Sankara Stupa has eight sides.

    Athirappilly Falls

    Athirappilly is popular among tourists. Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy River and it is approximately 80 feet in height. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal.

    Proper precautions are taken on site to prevent mishaps while swimming and a police camp is always positioned there. Athirappilly is situated on the SH-21 highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Night driving is not advised but you can enjoy the adventurous drive in the middle of jungle.

    Bhoothathankettu Barriage

    Bhoothathankettu is a dam and a tourist spot in Kerala, India. It is situated outside the village of Pindimana, about 10 kilometers away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 kilometers away from the main city of Kochi. The original natural dam has been supplemented by a modern dam impounding the Bhoothathankettu Reservoir (Thattekad Reservoir). During the Malayatoor pilgrim season, travelers use the roads through the forest.

    Large blocks of unshaped stones are placed on both sides of the Periyar River to form the dam, making it look like a natural dam built by super humans. The name Bhoothathan Kettu, means monster fort. Past generations believed it was built by a Bhootham (monster).

    Iringole Kavu Forest Temple

    Situated in the tropical rain forest in Pattal near Perumbavoor in Cochin, the Iringole Kavu resides the deity in the form of ‘Vana Durga as the power of the forest. An amazing dense forest surrounded by big trees grabbed the attention of all. It is believed that the power is flanked by the numerous gods and goddesses on all sides in the form of thick trees and plants.

    The genealogy of the temple dated back to the Dwapara Yuga of Lord Krishna in Hindu mythology. When Kamsa, the uncle of Lord Krishna, tried to kill the little girl child in fury, she glided away and sustained in the air as a powerful radiance. This was called Irrinole, hence came the name for the temple as Irrigole kavu. The deity was in the form of Yaga Nidra, a form of maya (or illusion).

    Any person coming here got struck by the rich flora and fauna, including teak, tamarind, mango, pine, monkeys, squirrels, mynah, and rare medicinal plants. The turtles in the nearby lake also draw undivided attention.

    Jungle safari

    Daily jungle safari trips are organized by Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council with Athirappilly Destination Management Council from Chalakudy to Malakkappara. It is the most attractive wildlife watch and eco-tourism jungle safari through the evergreen forest of the Sholayar ranges of Western Ghats, Kerala. It is also the most beautiful jungle safari watching wildlife in the entire Kerala and is about 90 kilometers across the rain forests of Sholayar ranges.

    Experience a unique opportunity to experience the rich flora and fauna of Athirapally-Vazhachal Ecotourism, covering Kauthukapark, Thumboormuzhy dam and butterfly garden, Athirapally waterfalls, Vazhachal falls, 40 kilometers of amidst thick forests, valleys, lofty peaks, tea garden, and wildlife watch. This jungle safari is the most memorable experience one can have in a Kerala visit.

    Kallil Cave Temple (Jain)

    The ancient Kallil cave temple is sited in Methala, a small rural community in Asamannoor Village in Kunnathunadu Thaluk of Ernakulam District in Kerala. The noted towns in the vicinity like Kothamangalam, Perumbavoor, and Muvattupuzha are all at a distance of about 10 kilometers from the temple.

    Bhagavathi’s (goddess) shrine or prathishta is in a cave beneath the massive rock that stands sans a support on the ground. This very rock holding onto its position solely owing to Bhagavathi’s grace, which may perhaps be called one of the wonders of the world, is the unique feature of this temple.

    This giant of a monolith measuring a whooping 75 feet in length, 45 feet in width, and 25 feet in height, it stands tall as nothing less than enigma before the keepers of history and the very scientific community. Studies indicate that the inception of the temple might date back to third century BC. This natural structure situated right in the middle of a jungle as wide as 28 acres is considered one among prime ancient Jain temples in Kerala.

    Kaprikadu ecotourism center

    Kodanad is in the list of eco-tourism destination projects sponsored by the Government of India. As a part of this project, Kaprikkad, a village lying three kilometers adjacent to Kodanad on the river bank has been set up in 2006 for entertaining visitors in the most natural and environmental friendly way.

    Kodanad Elephant Training Center was a popular attraction in the banks of Periyar in Kerala. Even though it was started as an elephant training center, over a period of time hundreds of animals and birds were brought into this place and it was developed as a mini-zoo.

    As the number of animals significantly increased, animal activists started complaining about keeping such a large number of animals in a small area of 2.5 acres of land in Kodanad. Deers were struggling in a very small fenced area. Elephants had no space to walk around. The objective of Abhayaranyam project is to develop an animal rescue center for the rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals.

    Malayattoor Church

    Malayattoor is a village in the north eastern corner of Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala in South India. The name ‘Malayattoor’ is an amalgamation of three small words: mala (mountain), arr (river), and oore (place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.

    Kurisumudi is a mountain at Maiayattoor 1269 feet above sea level. Kurisumudi has its fame as a place visited by St. Thomas, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave a mandate to his apostles to go out to the whole world and to proclaim the good news. Taking upon himself this commandment, Thomas set out to India and landed at Kodungalloor in AD 52.

    Thomas spent 20 years in India and traveled through different parts of this great country of spirituality. He founded seven communities of believers which were Kodungailoor, Palayoor, Kottakavu, Kokkamangalam, Chayal, Kollam, and Niranam.

    Malayattoor Mala

    Kurisumudi (where they found the cross) as is popularly known, is 1269 feet above the sea level. Set in serene conditions, one cannot miss the traces of the divine mountain peaks gently caressing the clouds, the shimmering sheen of the Periyar below, the steep cliffs, and the winding roads, all provide an ambiance that is truly heavenly.

    Right from the time the golden cross was found, the locals began a practice of lighting an oil lamp and whenever the lamp gave in to the wind, a herd of goats came down wailing and people used to climb the mountain and light the lamp again. Pilgrims who climb the mountain even today carry with them seasamum seeds to feed the goats, even though goats are a rare sight.


    Caressed and nourished by the River Periyar which flows between Malayattoor in the north and Paniyeli in the south, the place obtained its name from the routine fight of raftsmen with the wild waves of the river. The river also offers one with a panoramic view of this pristine spot.

    Earlier bamboos were cut and tied as logs to form a raft. The raftsmen who carried these bamboos to Malayattoor and other places through the river had to battle the tough waves of the river. The place got its name from poru, the Malayalam word which means fight.

    The lush green vegetation around Paniyeli Poru is home to numerous species of birds and animals and assures an exotic experience to all visitors. The chirping and twittering of birds and the melody of rivulets and the waterfalls all blend to compose a harmony that would relieve you from all worries. The sight of River Periyar winding its path along the dense forests and rocks is incredible to watch.

    For those who are into photography, Paniyeli Poru is a not-to-be-missed destination. The canopy of trees, warbling birds, and manna will surely tempt you to recapture all the wondrous things in several frames.

    Sringeri madam

    Kalady, the holy birthplace of Jagadguru Adi Shankara Bhagavadpada, is a beautiful village with rustic simplicity and serenity. It is situated very close to the river of Periyar (Poorna). Kalady is a pre-eminent center for inspiration on the banks of the Puma River that purifies every man in thought, word, and deed. A visit to Kalady increases tranquility, self-restraint, and other eminent virtues of those engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.

    "It is the duty of every common man to visit the Holy Kalady, the birth place of Adi Sankara, and more so any aspirant for liberation, the sanyasi and those who follow the Advaita school of thought” said Jagadguru Shankaracharyas of Sringeri, Dwaraka, Badari, and Puri in joint message.

    Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

    The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of barely 25 square kilometers and located about 12 kilometers from Kothamangalam, was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist, described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen lowland forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala.

    The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries, and the important ones include the Indian pitta, which visits the sanctuary during winter and spends almost six months here.

    • 2 daily yoga sessions
    • 13 nights accommodation
    • Consultations with the doctor
    • Daily one Ayurvedic massage session
    • Daily healthy vegetarian meals
    • Daily internal medicines
    • Additional activities
    • Additional spa treatments

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK).

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • Review by Alaa from United Arab Emirates

      "Elephants Pass Ayurdeva and Yoga Retreat was exactly what I needed. I booked this retreat as a getaway from work, stress and to relax and have some quality alone time. What I got was much more than that. The location of Elephant Pass was perfect, with a breathtaking view just out of my room's door. I had breakfast at my terrace every morning, just to take in the view and it couldn't have been any better. The Yoga sessions were refreshing and rejuvenating, a much needed work out. The Ayurvedic massage treatment was a bliss. People who work there will not only make you feel welcome but will make you feel like family. Each and every one of the amazing team of Elephant Pass will go the extra mile to ensure that you are fully satisfied and happy. Although I wasn't a big fan of Indian food before, but their vegetarian curries were scrumptious!! I definitely recommend this retreat for anyone who needs a break from life and needs to destress, and I myself would definitely come back again next year."

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    • Review by Catherine Bradley

      "I wish I could get a refund. I tried to make the best out of a bad situation but then on the morning I was leaving I was given a bill for the 2000 R for the transfer from and to the airport. I showed the manager the site where it states "Arrival by airplane. Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport. He said that is not from them, Elephant Pass. It was no good trying to discuss this matter with them. This place is not a yoga retreat, it is a place that can provide yoga to clients. As well it is not luxurious as the advert states. Maybe by Indian standards it is. All linen and towels were stained, old, mismatched, etc. There were a lot of outlets that were uncovered, holes in the wall. There was nothing Ayurvedic about the meals, whatever that is supposed to mean. It was vegetarian, often very oily. I tasted it. Although I asked for Juicing Detox only and they said they could provide it. They couldn't. As I said it is not a retreat, there were very few clients there and the ones that were there were just regular clients. If I am on a retreat I do not want to see other people eating crisps and junk food. I went to another retreat in Turkey and although I didn't expect it to be of that standard, I expected at least a retreat. To be honest I could go on about all the things that were wrong with this place. I had a week off for my vacation and I am so disappointed. Over 1000 US dollars wasted. The staff were nice and tried their best. "

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    • Review by Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat response to the review of Catherine Bradley

      "We are miserably sorry for the inconvenience caused from our part and would like to apologize for the same. Ms.Catherine Bradley was our valuable customer as in the case of others.The transfer fare, to and from the airport, actually we failed to notice in BookYogaRetreats site earlier. Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat will take care of the refund."

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    • Review by Stephanie Navarro from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      "I had a wonderful four days at Elephant Pass. A peaceful place with a fantastic team and breathtaking surroundings, the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate! The team is so kind, friendly, attentive, helpful and professional. They know how to take care of their clients and make them feel special. I highly recommend Elephant Pass, it was a fabulous four days, and I hope to go back again soon!"

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    • Review by Ranjith B. from India

      "In the first week of September, my family and I stayed in Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat for a week. The experience we have gained was very fantastic. The retreat location was amazing and mesmerizing. The salient feature of river Periyar is wonderful, the treatment and care given by the team were praise able. I truly enjoyed the with my family. I will definitely visit this resort again with my family."

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    • Review by A traveler from Abu Dhabi, UAE

      "We visited this place in August 2016. The resort is amazing and has a scenic beauty of the greenery and the river, especially the early morning view. We enjoyed thoroughly the stay at Elephant Pass resort and would love to visit again."

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    • Review by J.P. Vac from France

      "Peaceful place on the river bank, close to a little old temple dedicated to Shiva where the energy is very high. Nice team, very serious treatments and comfortable accommodation and food. After 21 days of Ayurvedic treatments and yoga and meditation, I feel really rejuvenated! Serious treatments, good doctor, serious following by the manager Suresh, very good massages, high level mastery of yoga and the team is kind and efficient. Enjoyed every day. I'll return next year with great pleasure!"

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    • Review by a traveler

      "I arrived late at night at Elephant Pass and was immediately tended to and take care of. Everyone there treated me as a most honored guest that I was made to feel so special. Every day I received massages and great healthy clean food. Being at the Elephant Resort really inspired me to continue practicing what I learned there and to apply it into my life."

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    • Review by Agwan from Consecon, Canada

      "My wife and I stayed at Elephant Pass for 20 days, receiving Ayurveda treatment and daily yoga instruction. The treatments were planned and executed by a fantastic, friendly and competent staff lead by Suresh. The location is beautiful, green and exotic complete with a gorgeous River at your doorstep, beautiful gardens where they grow many plants used in the daily treatments and do not forget the elephants. The vegetarian meals were well prepared with great variety and we did not miss the lack of meat or fish. Bashir was not only a great masseuse but a fantastic chef who along with Sherin introduced us to the traditional food from Kerala.I hope to return on a regular basis both for my health and for the chance to spend time with our Kerala Family at Elephant Pass. Suresh especially went out of his way to help us with our health issues and introduced us to a highly competent dental surgeon for some dental work which was completed to very high standards.Our Yoga Master Solaman was patient with us and yet managed to push us to make great strides in our abilities (in our opinion anyway). An unforgettable experience, I recommend this retreat to anyone serious about their health and relaxation."

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    • Review by T Kam

      "My friend and I stayed here for 4 nights and had the most pleasant and relaxing time! Watching the elephants bathing was a wonderful highlight as well. The yoga classes in the morning were more calming than taxing on the body, nevertheless they were very good. Above all I cannot speak any more highly of the staff who were helpful, attentive and just looked after us with such great care."

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    • Review by Jennifer from Port Douglas, Australia

      "I stayed at Elephant Pass for a total of seven nights and my partner joined me on the last three nights as he was having dental treatment in Cochin. Loved the location with Elephant Training Centre right next door and was fascinated to watch them be washed each morning in the river and have a swim each afternoon at 3 p.m. This complimented my stay whilst receiving two massage treatments each day which were professional and exceptional. I have a daily yoga session where the yoga hut overlooks the river which was divine on sunsets. I really enjoyed my yoga sessions and found i came away with a rich experience with his teachings. The food was wonderful and I liked to sit outside mostly to eat and enjoy the view of the river. The staff were very supportive and friendly, great place to have a retreat even on your own."

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    • Review by Dorie from Vienna, Austria

      "I stayed for one week at this beautiful place at Elephant Pass, for enjoying Ayurvedic food, treatments, special pure nature of Kerala and I visited different amazing nearest places. Special moments watching of elephant bathing, kind and friendly staff at the resort, best service with a great food, fruits and vegetables from the holy Indian earth. It was my first time practicing yoga and I was really impressed with the good yoga training with the yoga master and the combination with Ayurveda treatments was a very healthy feeling for my body and my mind is coming full of silence, great thankfulness to the universe and the whole staff at Elephant Pass. Coming back sure."

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    • Review by Mark Krand,

      "I visited this beautiful place for ten days and enjoyed it really a lot, pure nature touched with elephant smell, looked at elephant bathing every day. The Ayurvedic food there is healthy with the special cooking served by a lady every day, holy and delicious dishes with natural produce from the rich Kerala earth. The Ayurveda treatments are healthy too with the therapists taking great care of me. Thanks to all, my health is improving after this short time at this high energy place. Also the management from the resort is doing best work. Coming back for sure."

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    Kerala, India

    Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of natural greenery and the sounds of nature and the river.

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