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Practice yoga in a place where you can enjoy the beauty of natural greenery and the sounds of nature and the river. Here at Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat, you can experience the traditions and feelings of Ayurveda, also known as the science of life, and yoga, the science of body, on the banks of river Periyar facing the forest. This place provides the perfect ambiance for your mind and body to breathe in the natural fresh air that Kerala has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can book the following massages and treatments for an additional price.
A full body massage with herbal oil, which improves the peripheral circulation, prevents ageing, nourishes the body, provides good sleep, helps to maintain healthy skin, and get relief from muscular aches and pain. The procedure is done by applying of medicated lukewarm oil all over the body in seven different postures for a duration of 60 minutes.
It is a sudation process in which body is made to sweat by using boluses containing powdered herbal drugs dipped in oils or dhanyamla or vapor and applied throughout the whole body in seven different postures for a duration of 45 to 60 minutes. It is very effective treatment for inflammation of joints, rheumatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
In this process, specially prepared medicated liquid (Dhanyamla) is poured all over the body in a specific manner for a duration of 45 to 60 minutes. It is very useful in weight reduction and increases the fat metabolism.
The patient is allowed to inhale the fumes of medicated wick through each nostril alternatively, closed one nostril while inhaling through the other, and exhaled through the mouth. It is useful in diseases affecting the parts above the shoulders.
It is a sudation process and Abhyanga is done prior to this process. The body will sweat by using bolus containing fried medicinal leaves, turmeric, pieces of lemon, and garlic dipped into a vessel containing warm medicated oil and applied throughout the whole body in seven different postures for a duration of 45 to 60 minutes.
Special herbal medicines are made into paste with medicated liquids and applied to the face for certain duration. After that, facial massages with medicated oils or creme and fomentation are done. It is useful in toning the facial muscles, makes the skin smooth, and improves the color and complexion.
This kind of massage is done with the hands and feet for a duration of 60 to 90 minutes. This is Kerala’s traditional Ayurvedic massage which is excellent for rejuvenation, relaxation, strengthening the muscles, and improves general vigor and vitality.
A traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massage. The therapy technician applies herbal oil on the head and massages with gentle movements and techniques. Ayurvedic head massage increases memory, gives relief from headache, and improves sleep quality.
Special medicated water and medicines are allowed to be held in the mouth for 10 to 30 minutes. It is an effective treatment for weak gums, toothache, and bad odor of the mouth.
Specially prepared warm medicated oil is poured over the neck inside the herbal paste boundary and retained there for a duration of 30 to 45 minutes. It is useful in cervical spondylosis, neck stiffness, and pain and inflammatory conditions in the neck.
Warm herbal oil is poured over the lower back of the patient and retained for 45 to 60 minutes inside the herbal paste boundary. It lubricates the joints, keeping them flexible and pain free. It is very useful in lower back pain, spondylosis, intervertebral disc prolapsed, and sciatica.
It is one of the main panchakarma treatment in which the medicated concoction is administered through the anus with the help of vastiyantra in a required quantity. It is very effective treatment for all neurological diseases.
A type of Shirodhara in which medicated milk is poured in a rhythmic way on the forehead for a duration of 60 to 90 minutes. This is done for insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, and others.
Special herbal leaves and medicines are boiled in water and that water is given for bathing. It removes all the impurities and makes the skin smooth and fresh.
Some of the herbal leaves are boiled and steam is passed to the whole body for 10 to 20 minutes within the steam chamber. The individual is made to sweat, it removes all the impurities and toxins of the body, prevents skin diseases, and reduces fat.
This is a panchakarma treatment in which oils or medicines and instilled into each nostril, alternately keeping the other one closed. The patient is asked to inhale well, so as to spread the medicine. Palm, foot, face, and shoulders are then massaged well and the patient is asked to spit. Prior to the nasal medication, local application of oil followed by fomentation is done at the neck, face, and shoulder.
It is indicated in disease of ear, nose, throat, head, and eyes. Also useful in facial paralysis, sinusitis, migraine, and mental disorders.
Medicated decodtion is made to flow from the medial canthus to lateral canthus of the eye. It cleanses and prevents the diseases in the eyes.
A wall boundary is made around the eye socket with herbal paste and then medicated ghee is poured into it slowly with the eyes closed. Then the patient is asked to open the eyes slowly and retain the drug for a required time. It is very effective treatment for eye diseases like loss of eyelashes, clouded vision, poor eyesight, and it relieves eye strain and improves the eye sight.
It is a sudation process in which njavara rice is cooked and filled in boluses made out of cotton cloths. These boluses are massaged over the body after liberal application of medicated oil. The rice used is cooked in cow’s milk and medicated oil. The boluses are then dipped in this mixture and applied all over the body.
It is highly nourishing, rejuvenating, and helps to improve the immunity. It is an effective treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, malnutrition of limbs, and also improves the luster of skin.
A thick piece of cotton wool is soaked in warm medicated oil and is applied over the affected area for a duration of 45 to 60 minutes. It is very effective in lower back pain, osteoarthritis, sciation, spondylosis, and other injuries.
It is one of the special therapies of Kerala. It is the combination of sudation and oleation process in which lukewarm medicated oil is dipped and poured all over the body followed by a gentle massage until the body is perspired in seven different postures. It is effective in neurological disorders, rheumatic disease, and low back pain and builds up immunity for a healthy life.
Ayurvedic relaxation massage or rejuvenation massage includes head massage, face massage and full body massage with medicated oil for duration of 90 minutes. It gives complete relaxation of body and mind.
Herbal medicines are made into paste with medicated liquids and applied all over the body for a required time. After that, a gentle massage is given. It improves the tone of the skin, makes the body feel cool, useful in skin diseases, and good for complexion.
Medicated milk is poured all over the body and head with a special vessel from a certain height in a rhythmic manner. It is good for skin complexion, pitha dominant diseases, and menopause problems.
It is a process in which a cap without top is made to fit on the head and medicated oil is poured onto it to a certain level. It is made to retain the oil there for a duration of 30 to 45 minutes. It is useful in insomnia, paralysis, and headaches.
Intake of medicated ghee or oil for the preparation of the patient for the main panchakarma process. Medicine is given in the early morning in empty stomach and is allowed to drink medicated water to increase the digestive power. Light diet like kanji is given at the time of appetite. Snehapanam will increase the digestive power and useful in gastric problems.
Snehavasthi or fat enema is the anal administration of medicated oil through a disposable syringe or vasthi yantra in a required amount. It is done before kashayavasti and is an effective treatment for neurological disorders.
In this process, medicated oil is poured continuously in a rhythmic manner for duration of 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Shiro abhyanga is done prior to the process and gentle massages are done during the process. It is mainly for stress, headache, insomnia, loss of memory, neurological disorders, and others.
It is a type of Shirodhara in which medicated buttermilk is poured on the forehead in a rhythmic way for a duration of 60 minutes to 90 minutes. It is very effective for insomnia, skin diseases, stress, and others.
It is a special treatment of Kerala in which herbal medicines are made into a paste and applied to the scalp and then the scalp is covered with lotus or banana leaves for a duration of 30 to 60 minutes. Prior to this treatment, head massage is done with medicated oil. It is very effective treatment for insomnia, depression, anxiety, and hair fall.
Udwarthanam or powder massage is the application of medicated powder or paste all over the body against the direction of hair follicles with a certain pressure in different postures for the duration of 45 to 60 minutes. Accumulated fat and adipose tissue is useful in reducing weight, gives stability and strength, and improves the skin tone.
It is done by application of herbal paste over the affected area and then covered by using medicinal herbal leaves. Then it is covered with cotton cloth bandaging. It is removed after a few hours or as per requirement. It is very effective in localized swelling and pain, joint injuries, and osteoarthritis.
Warm medicated oil is poured on the chest inside the herbal paste boundary and retained there for 30 to 45 minutes. It is useful in chest congestion, bronchitis, and it improves the heart function.
Vamana or emesis is one of the panchakarma treatment in which the patient is subject to vomit after giving a large quantity of milk mixed with vamana dravgas. It is useful in bronchial asthma, skin diseases, fever, and cough.
In this panchakarma treatment, the patient is subjected to snehana and swedana. A single dose of strong purgative medicine is given to eliminate the vitiated doshas. After purgation, light diet like kanji is given. It is the treatment for piles, splenetic disorders, jaundice, intestinal parasites, and gout.
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