You may be aware of Soukya because of it’s royal connections (Camilla & Charles love it here) and its high profile VIP clients. We know it as a very serious health sanctuary offering the best in Ayurveda healing - a cure-it-all bolthole founded by the esteemed Dr Isaac Mathai. It is beautifully set amongst 30 acres of orchards and herb gardens on the fringes of Bangalore. It has 21 deluxe rooms and four suites, all with private gardens and open-air showers. The rooms are bright and spacious with the simple clean lines typical of Keralan-style.
Guests come here to address serious health issues - depression, thyroid problems, migraines, diabetes - you name it, they can fix it. You start with an in-depth consultation with the doctor, and they will then create a programme especially for you. It’s a fusion of the best ancient medical traditions with top-notch Ayurveda, and all herbal concoctions and oils come straight from their very own organic garden. Diet is an important part of the stay, with delicious low fat vegetarian food the order of the day, freshly picked from the garden. Breakfast is a feast of Indian fruits, freshly squeezed pomegranate, watermelon and herbal teas, all freshly plucked from the garden. Lunch and dinner start with a hearty homemade soup and salad, which is then followed by a tasty selection of vegetarian curries and a dhal of the day. The staff are happy and friendly and there is a great homely feel. If you are too whacked after your treatment they will sweetly serve you in your room. Alternative therapies include everything from homeopathy and yoga to reflexology and acupuncture, all which take place in the vast thatched shala. There are Ayurveda treatments ranging from shirodhara, (oil on the third eye), to abhyanga, (a blissful oil massage performed by 2 therapists), as well as nasal cleansing, and of course enemas. It’s all about purging the system of impurities. The massages range from Swedish to underwater and energy balancing massages. There is bowel-cleansing colonic irrigation, mud wraps and herbal packs. An endless list. There are daily group blessings and the spiritual side is treated with equal care. This is the epicentre of alternative care.
Nearest Airport: Banglore
Transfer Time: Approx. 50 minutes
Including transfers, accommodation, full board and a 7 night programme
Ayurveda | Panchakarma | Detox
There are a total of 25 tastefully decorated garden rooms and suites, each with their own gardens from where you can practice your yoga or sunbathe.
Include both a living and dining room. The bedrooms each have four-poster beds and a separate dressing area. Large bathrooms have separate bathtub and shower areas and the suite bathroom has an outdoor shower located amongst the banana trees.
Have separate dressing areas and spacious bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower areas.
The name SOUKYA is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Soukhyam' which means well being and a harmonious state of the mind, body and spirit. This is a unique facility which helps to combines modern medical advancements, ancient medical techniques and complementary therapies used worldwide.
Soukya has one spacious dining area views of the gardens. Food here is ovo-vegetarian and is based on low salt, low fat and low spice. There are fixed menus and those who are staying on a medical programme will be prescribed a custom diet. Most of the fruit and vegetables served here come from Soukya’s own gardens and orchards.
During your stay here you can join Common Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation Session in the Yoga Hut to learn different kinds of meditation, relaxation techniques, yogic breathing, kriyas and loosening exercises.
- Table Tennis
- There are no televisions in the rooms, however there is cable television and DVD’s in the common areas
- Mobile phones and laptops are not allowed in the therapy area, and limited use is encouraged.
- ISDN connection is available at an extra cost.
Located about 50 minutes drive from Bangalore airport, Soukya sits on thirty acres of beautifully cultivated land, with all structures built around a central area filled with lawns, flowers and trees. The medical and administration centre, yoga hall, therapy centre, dining hall, and the four residential clusters are all low-level and built in unobtrusive, traditional south Indian style, using as many local and handmade materials as possible.
Driving time from Bangalore international airport is 50 minutes.
- If you are travelling with a group of friends, club together and bag the presidential suite, it has oodles of space.
- It’s very easy to get to, as it’s a mere 50 minutes from Bangalore, where there are direct flights daily to with BA.
- Do the Wednesday cookery classes, and try and replicate some of the amazingly-flavoured dishes.
- Do go for a minimum of a week, any less, and you simply won’t reap the benefits.
- Take plenty of loose clothing, as you are in and out of massages most of the day.
- Take some CDs to play your favourite music.
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