Travel special: 5 untapped retreats that spell therapy
If the routine of your daily urban life is weighing you down, now might be the ideal time to check into a wellness getaway for some much-needed R&R at these wellness destinations
Shreyas Yoga Retreat | Bangalore
Set in 25 acres of greenery and frangipani gardens, a maximum of 20 guests are accepted at a given point of time in this retreat where yoga is a way of life.
The place offers sessions on Hatha yoga (postures), pranayama (breathing) and pratyahara (meditation) processes so that the guests can relax and de-stress completely. Tastefully designed tent cottages, villas, a swimming pool, library and cinema centre make for a luxurious stay.
Distance from Mumbai: 1,018 km (approx)
At: Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala-Doddaballapur Road, Nelamangala, Bangalore.
SwaSwara | Gokarna
Located at the scenic Gokarna coast, this retreat offers its guests rejuvenating experiences like sunrise yoga on the beach, meditation, and Ayurvedic treatments. Being a tad more liberal than other health resorts, this place offers wine and fish as well.
Distance from Mumbai: 687 km (approx)
At: Dhoni Bhail, Gokarna, Om Beach, Uttara Kannada, Gokarna.
Vana Malsi Estate | Dehradun
This retreat merges into its surroundings, and is uniquely perched on a small plateau with Sal forest to the west, the hills of Mussoorie to the north and the bustling small town of Dehradun to the east. Vana explores each aspect of well-being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Bringing together ayurveda, Tibetan healing, yoga, natural healing, spa and fitness activities, the retreat provides many paths to reach one’s wellness goals, or at least start a journey towards greater personal well-being.
Distance from Mumbai: 1,688.7 km (approx)
At: Mussoorie Road, Dehradun.
Kalari Kovilakom | Kollengode
Housed in a 150-year-old palace, Kalari Kovilakom is considered a storehouse of Ayurveda. This is a place where guests are expected to lead a complete Ayurvedic lifestyle devoid of meat, caffeine, leather accessories or alcohol. What you get here is a healthy amalgamation of good food, relaxing massages, and herbal treatments.
Distance from Mumbai: 1,419.3 km (approx)
At: Payyallur, Kollengode, Palakkad, Kerala.