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Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in India

Elephant Pass is a resort completely for enjoying holidays who loves the nature and fresh air. This is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of natural greenery and the sounds of nature and the river. Here, 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. The place provides the perfect ambience for your mind and body which keeps you calm and peaceful to regain your energy and to refresh your mind by feeling the science of life and the harmony of body, mind, and soul.


  • 1 session of yoga per day
  • 2 sessions of Ayurvedic massage / therapy per day
  • Doctors consultation / check up during the course of the treatment
  • Daily internal medicines during the course of the treatment
  • Daily meals as per Ayurvedic diet (pure vegetarian)
  • 21 nights accommodation in AC river rooms

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  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • ATM / banking
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

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.

The resort has all the facilities to make your stay relaxed, comfortable, and rejuvenating. With a makeover of its exclusive rooms, ambiance, culinary, and facilities that people equate to exceptional experiences for creating lifelong memories.

Overlooking the shimmering waters of Periyar and nestled among lush green Mahogany 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, efficient Ayurveda treatments and yoga retreats.

You will be accommodated in AC river view rooms.


  • AC and non AC rooms
  • 24 hour hot and cold water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free wireless broad band internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Family friendly
  • Smoke free area
  • Free room service


Elephant Pass Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat is mainly concentrating on traditional Ayurveda and yoga treatments located in the natural beauty of Kodanad on the banks of famous river Periyar and facing the Athirapally forest in Ernakulam (Cochin) district, Kerala. It is owned by Mr. Stephen Manikathan from a famous family Manikothu.

Yoga and Ayurveda is the perfect combination to reduce stress, relieve anxiety, reduce weight, promote healthy eating, promote sleep quality, and may help combat depression, reduce inflammation, improve heart health, reduce chronic pain, improve breathing, and may bring many other significant benefits to the health and well-being of an individual.

Increase your awareness with the combination of Ayurveda and yoga, which provides an inspiring powerful transformative experience for a healthy lifestyle and absolute well-being.

What is Ayurveda?

The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit terms "Ayu" meaning "life" and "Veda" meaning "knowledge". The literal translation of "Ayurveda" is "knowledge of life" or "right living". This Ayurveda knowledge is grounded in the Vedic scriptures, which date back to 3000 B.C.

It was also strongly influenced by the Tantric traditions. The basic therapeutic approach is, 'that alone is the right treatment which makes for health and he alone is the best doctor who frees one from disease'. This sums up the principal objectives of Ayurveda, i.e. maintenance and promotion of health, prevention of disease, and cure of sickness.

Ayurveda is considered as 'science of life'. This probably makes it the earliest medical science having a positive concept of health to be achieved through a blending of physical, mental, social moral, and spiritual welfare. Ayurveda originated in India long back in pre-Vedic period.

Rigveda and Atharva-veda ( 5000 years B.C.), the earliest documented ancient Indian knowledge have references on health and diseases. Ayurvedic texts like Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita were documented about 1000 years B.C. Ayurveda deals elaborately with measures for healthful living during the entire span of life and its various phases.

Aside from dealing with principles for maintenance of health, it has also developed a wide range of therapeutic measures to combat illness. These principles of positive health and therapeutic measures relate to physical, mental, social, and spiritual welfare of human beings. Thus Ayurveda became one of the oldest systems of healthcare dealing with both the preventive and curative aspects of life in a most comprehensive way.

According to Ayurveda, your natural state is one of health, happiness, and an inner sense of well-being. Health is defined as the body being clear of toxins, the mind is at peace, emotions are calm and happy, wastes are efficiently eliminated, and organs are functioning normally.

Ayurveda can help by reversing the negative effects of daily living. It can restore your natural state of health and wellness by cleaning your body of toxins, bringing balance into your system, and improving bodily function. Ayurveda can also help you sustain this process by making positive changes in lifestyle.

Treatment of the disease consists of avoiding causative factors responsible for disequilibrium of the body matrix or of any of its constituent parts through the use of Panchkarma procedures, medicines, suitable diet, activity, and regimen for restoring the balance and strengthening the body mechanisms to prevent or minimize future occurrence of the disease.

Normally treatment measures involve use of medicines, specific diet and prescribed activity routine. Use of these three measures is done in two ways. In one approach of treatment the three measures antagonize the disease by counteracting the etiological factors and various manifestations of the disease.

In the second approach, the same three measures of medicine, diet, and activity are targeted to exert effects similar to the etiological factors and manifestations of the disease process. These two types of therapeutic approaches are respectively known as Vipreeta and Vipreetarthkari treatments.


Elephant Pass Ayurveda and yoga retreat, the best Ayurveda resort in Kochi, Kerala, India, welcomes you to the world of authentic Ayurveda. Located by the riverside, the resort combines the pleasure of a forest atmosphere with authentic Ayurveda treatment and wellness therapies from Kerala.

The resort is situated behind the famous tourist destination in Kodanadu called Elephant Kraal, a very famous elephant training center with park and zoo. It is called “Elephant Pass” because the elephant pass literally pass in front of the resort to go to the river for bath.

The retreat also has 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, is opposite the retreat.


  • Cochin International Airport, 20 kilometers
  • Ernakulam (Cochin City), 45 kilometers



  • Shopping
  • Spa


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace


  • ATM / banking
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance


The package includes full board meals on an Ayurvedic diet (pure vegetarian).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Optional tours

Par Paniyeli Poru

It is 7 kilometers away from Elephant Pass. It's an amazing sight of Periyar river flowing through rocks and between dense rain forests. The lucid streams of water that would wash away the worries and weariness of everyday life; pebbles that will surpass the charm of precious stones. The vast view of distant green hillocks and the tranquility around the place is really great.

Mahagani Thottam

It is 6 kilometers away from Elephant Pass. A rare garden of Magagoni trees, a scenic place nearby. Elephant Kraal is within walking distance from the resort, a very famous and largest elephant training and care center in South India with a mini zoo.

Here, you can watch elephants and some other animals and the training, bathing in the river, feeding the elephants etc.

Malayattoor Kurisumudy Church

It is 10 kilometers from Elephant Pass. Malayattoor is famous for the Catholic Church, located on top of the Malayattoor hill, at a height of 609 meters. Dedicated to St. Thomas the apostle of Jesus Christ. The name 'Malayattoor' is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place).

This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land. Kurisumudy is a mountain at Maiayattoor, 1269 feet above sea level. Kurisumudy has its fame also as a place visited by St. Thomas. Blessed by natural bounties, Malayattoor offers an ideal environment for those seeking spiritual happiness.

Nowadays, the hill shrine at Malayattoor has emerged as the largest pilgrim center in the name of St. Thomas in India.

Spa treatments

Kerala Ayurveda treatments


It is 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 application of medicated lukewarm oil all over the body in seven different postures for a duration of 60 minutes.

Medicated steam bath

Some of the herbal leaves are boiled and steam is passed to whole body for 10-20 minutes within the steam chamber. The individual is made to sweat, it remove all the impurities and toxins of the body, skin diseases, reduce fat etc.

Special herbal leaves and medicines are boiled in water and that water is given for bathing. It removes all the impurities, makes the skin smooth and fresh.

Foot massage

This kind of massage is done with the hands and foots for duration of 60 to 90 minutes. This is Kerala’s traditional Ayurveda massage which is excellent for rejuvenation, relaxation, strengthen the muscles, improves general vigor and vitality.

Relaxation massage or rejuvenation massage

Ayurveda 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.


It is one of the special therapy 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 gentle massage until the body is perspired in seven different postures.

It is effective in neurological disorders, rheumatic disease, low back pain etc. and builds up immunity for a healthy life.

Njavara Kizhi

It is a sudation process in which njavara rice are 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 etc. and also improves the luster of skin.


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 etc.


Type of Sirodhara 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 etc.


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, hair fall etc.


It is a process in which a cap without top is made fitted on the head and medicated oil is poured on to its to a certain level. Made to retain the oil there for a duration of 30 to 45 minutes. It is useful in insomnia, paralysis, headaches etc.


Warm medicated oil is poured on the chest inside the herbal paste boundary and retained it there for 30 to 45 minutes. It is useful in chest congestion, bronchitis, and it improves the heart function.


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, pain and inflammatory conditions in the neck etc.


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.


Vamana or emesis is one of the panchakarma treatment in which a patient is subject to vomits after giving large quantity of milk mixed with vamana dravgas. It is useful in bronchial asthma, skin diseases, fever, cough etc.

Snehavasthi (Anuvasanam)

Snehavasthi or fat enema is the anal administration of medicated oil through Kashayavasti and effective treatment for neurological disorders.

Kashayavasti (Asthapanam)

It is one of the main panchakarma treatment in which the medicated decoction is administered through the anus with the help of vastiyantra in a required quantity. It is very effective treatment for all neurological diseases.


It is done by application of herbal paste over the affected area and them covered by using medicinal herbal leaves. Then it is covered with cotton cloth bandaging. It is removed after few hours or as per requirement. It is very effective in localized swelling and pain, joint injuries, osteo arthritis etc.


A thick piece of cotton wool is soaked in warm medicated oil and is applied over the affected are for a duration of 45 to 60 minutes. It is very effective in low back pain, osteoarthritis, sciation, spondylosis, injuries etc.


Special medicated water and medicines are allowed to held in mouth for 10-30 minutes. It is effective treatment for weak gums, toothache, bad odor of mouth etc.

Choorna Pinda Swedanam

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, osteo arthritis, etc.


The patient is allowed to inhale the fumes of medicated wick through each nostril alternatively, closed one nostril while inhaling through other and exhaled through the mouth. It is useful in diseases affecting the parts above the shoulders.

Sareera Lepanam (Herbal Body Pack)

Herbal medicines are made into paste with medicated liquids and applied all over the body for required time. After that, gentle massage is given. It improves the tone of the skin, makes the body feel cool, useful in skin diseases, and good for complexion.

Netra Prakshalanam

Medicated decoction is made to flow from the medial canthus to lateral canthus of the eye. It cleanse and prevent the diseases in the eyes.

Sarvanga Ksheera Dhara

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, menopause problems etc.


Udwarthanam or powder massage is the application of medicated powder or paste all over the body against direction of hair follicles with a certain pressure in different postures for the duration of 45 to 60 minutes. Accumulated fat and adipose tissue and is useful in reducing weight, gives stability and strength, improves the skin tone etc.

Head Massage

A traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massage where the therapy technician applies herbal oil on the head and massage gentle movements and techniques. Ayurvedic head massage increases memory, give relief from head ache, and it improves sleep quality.


It is a sudation process and Abhyanga is done prior to this process. Body is made sweat by using bolus containing fried medicinal leaves, turmeric, pieces of lemon, garlic etc. dipped into a vessel containing warm medicated oil and applied through out the whole body in seven different postures for a duration of 45 to 60 minutes. It is good for pain and stiffness of joints, arthritis, rheumatism, neurological disorders etc.


It is a type of Sirodhara in which medicated butter milk 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 etc.


This panchakarma treatment 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, splenic disorders, jaundice, intestinal parasites, gout etc.


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 low back pain, spondylosis, inter vertebral disc prolapsed, sciatica etc.

Face Pack (Mukha Lepanam)

Special herbal medicines are made into paste with medicated liquids and applied to the face for a certain duration. After that, face massages with medicated oils or cream and fomentation are done. It is useful in toning the facial muscles, makes the skin smooth, and improves the color and complexion.


This is a panchakarma treatment in which oils or medicines and instilled into each nostrils alternately keeping the other one closed. 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, mental disorders etc.

Netra Tarpanam

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 eye lashes, clouded vision, poor eye right etc. and it relieves eye stain and improves the eye sight.


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 increase the fat metabolism.

Important information

Kindly take note on the rules and regulations of the resort:

  • 1.Without a valid government approved documents check-in is not given
  • 2. Alcohol and beverages are strictly banned in and around the premises. For couple married certificate copy is mandatory.
  • 3.Food from outside is prohibited. Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat will arrange it on request.
  • 4.Massaging is as per gender basis only. Male for male, female for female only.
  • 5.Cab service on request only
  • 6.Any tips to give kindly put in an envelope and put in Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat Box at reception
  • 8.Any guide or escort needs please inform our manager for assistance.
  • 9.Food order must be given one day before and dinner order before 3 pm.

What's included

  • Daily 2 session of Ayurvedic massage / therapy per person (1 to 1.5 hours each) as prescribed by the doctor
  • Daily 1 session of yoga
  • Daily internal medicines during the course of treatment
  • Doctor's consultation / check up during the course of treatment
  • 21 nights accommodation in AC river view cottage
  • Full board meals (Ayurvedic diet, pure vegetarian)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • GST

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  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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