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7 Days Vacation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Sivagiri Mutt, Sivagiri Road, Varkala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India 695141


Peaceful Kerala India Yoga Retreat

You are usually busy with something or someone that you almost forget yourself. You need time and space on your own to find your inner peace. Be immersed in spiritual practice in a spiritual place with great energy to transcend yourself. Sivagiri Ashram offers you a yogic ashram life to practice yoga in Kerala. At the same time, you may have a short trip to explore the beautiful Indian state. The courses will make you feel relaxed, healthy, and at peace.


  • Seva (selfless service)
  • Daily Hatha yoga sessions
  • Satsang or silent walking meditation
  • Indian-style vegetarian meals
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Free time in the afternoon
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Guests will stay in the rooms located in the new building of the Sivagiri organization. This building was completed in December 2015. It has twin bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. You can choose between double occupation and single occupation.

Yoga store and bookstore

It has small yoga store in the reception and one bookstore in Sivagiri Mutt where you could buy yoga mats, books, CDs, mala beans, and stationery.

Sivagir Sree Narayana Medical Mission Hospital

In case you need to go to the hospital, their organization has Sivagir Sree Narayana Medical Mission Hospital. The hospital is 10 minutes away from Sivigiri Ashram. You will not be helpless when you need help with the medical support in Sivagiri Mutt.

The retreat will take place at Sivagiri Mutt located in Varkala, India. It is a pilgrimage center where the tomb of one of its social reformers and sages, Sree Narayana Guru, is located, and it is the place where the guru was enlightened and received salvation.

Built in 1904, it is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill near Varkala. Even decades after the guru died in 1928, his samadhi (final resting place) continues to be thronged by thousands of devotees, donned in yellow attire, from different parts of Kerala and outside every year during the Sivagiri pilgrimage from December 30 to January 1.

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Indian-style vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Daily Hatha yoga sessions
  • Morning satsang or silent walking meditation
  • Seva or selfless service
  • Tea time
  • 05:30 Wake-up bell (silence)
  • 06:00 Satsang (meditation, chanting, lecture) or silent walking meditation
  • 07:30 Tea
  • 08:00 Hatha yoga (asana and pranayama)
  • 10:00 Brunch (Indian-style vegetarian meal)
  • 11:00 Seva (selfless service)
  • 13:30 Tea
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Silent time
  • 22:00 Lights out

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). If you need pickup from the airport, it will cost you approximately 25 USD for a single trip from Trivandrum airport to Sivagiri Ashram. Please inform them at least 14 days beforehand if you need an airport pickup and e-mail them your flight details, including airline, time of arrival, and flight numbers.

Dressing information

Please note that this is a traditional ashram, and all are expected to observe the dress code. They require you to cooperate with them so that everyone maintains the pure energy of the ashram. In satsang, they wear clean light-colored clothes, not jeans or work clothes. If you do not comply, they may ask you to change.

  • No nudity or transparent clothes
  • No tank tops
  • No low-cut tops
  • No tight-fitting clothing
  • No bare midriffs (tops should be able to tuck into the trousers)
  • No tights (trousers should be knee length or longer and loose)

What to bring

You will need to bring modest, comfortable clothes for asana practice, plus casual clothes. The weather is hot, and sometimes it is raining, so bring a sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, slip-on shoes, and good walking shoes for hiking. You also need to bring your own yoga mat, meditation cushion, meditation shawls, blankets, toiletries, books, notebooks, pens, flashlights, and alarm clock.

Extension option

The maximum extension stay is five nights.

Passport / visa

You will need a valid tourist visa for India. Please be advised your visa may start from the date it was issued, not the date of entry to India. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance for the duration of your stay.

Local expenses / money information

It is preferable that you change money at the airport and bring enough for your purchases in the store, transportation fees for weekend outings, field trips, and extras like massage, etc.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Sivagiri Ashram, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message

  • Swamiji Guruprasad

    Srimad Swami Guruprasad joined the monastic order of Sree Narayana Guru at the age of 16 and was ordained a monk in 1996. His first seven years as a renunciation within the ashram were fully immersed in the study of Sanskrit, the Holy Scriptures, and yogic texts. He was considered a brilliant and diligent student, and he has now dedicated his life to sharing the teachings of yoga and helping humanity. He has proved his indomitable courage, ability, and organizational skills through various programs.

  • *Airfare
  • *Airport transfers
  • *Extra meals
  • *Local tours
  • *Personal expenses

Two vegetarian meals will be served daily, which are prepared according to yogic and Ayurvedic dietary principles.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

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

Kerala tour

Guests could arrange a tour with additional charge during day-off. The tour could be a visit to Varkala Beach, Trivandrum City, Backwater, or a Hindu temple.

  • Beach nearby
  • Meditation garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance
  • Wake-up calls

Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Sivagiri Ashram is a pilgrimage center in Varkala, Kerala, south of India. It is a safe and peaceful place for learning and practicing yoga.

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