1. Visiting the Ashram

      Things you may need to know about visiting the ashram.

      Q.1 When is it possible to visit Amritapuri?

      Everyone is welcome to come and stay at the ashram at any time, and take part in the daily activities. Please bear in mind that Amma travels frequently and her schedule sometimes changes on short notice. Please check Yatra for Amma’s current schedule. International visitors are kindly requested to confirm your arrival date in advance by registering online. Indian visitors are kindly requested to send an email addressed to stay{at}amritapuri.org. For groups of six or more, please give at least 7 days advance notice.

      Q.2 How do I get to Amritapuri?

      By air and taxi: The two closest airports are in Trivandrum (110 km south of Amritapuri) and in Cochin (140 km north). International visitors may order an ashram taxi to pick you up at the airport or from a hotel in Cochin or Trivandrum by completing the online form at www.amritapuri.org/visit

      If you have not ordered a taxi in advance, at the airport you may go to the “Airport Taxi Service” counter and ask for a prepaid taxi to “Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram” at Amritapuri in Vallickavu. Please see route maps

      The journey from Trivandrum takes about three hours and the cost for a non-A/C car is about Rs. 2,200. From Cochin, the journey takes about four hours and costs about Rs.3,300. (as on Jun 2013) You can ask to come by the “Beach Road” from Karunagappally. This road crosses the backwaters by a road bridge and brings you directly into the ashram premises. Otherwise you will be dropped off in Vallickavu, from where you can cross the backwaters over Amrita Setu, the ashram’s new pedestrian bridge. If you find yourself on the other side of the backwaters with heavy luggage you may also take a hand-poled boat across the backwaters.

      By bus or train: Kayamkulam or Kayankulam [Railway code KYJ] (12 km north of Amritapuri) and Karunagapally (10 km south) are the closest towns to reach. Small auto-rickshaws can bring you to Amritapuri premises as explained above Vallickavu village to the Ashram.) There are also regular buses from Kayamkulam Railway Station to the foot of the Amrita Setu bridge.

      Q.3 What should I bring?

      While we make every effort to provide private rooms for couples, single men and single women are given dormitory accommodation. All the rooms are very simple, typically with mattresses on the floor and an attached bathroom and shower.

      Simple, Indian style ashram meals are provided along with your accommodation. Non-spicy, Western style food is also available.

      Please note – It is essential that you bring your passport and a copy of your passport and visa if you want to stay at the ashram!

      Most of the basic necessities (including sheets, pillows, mattresses, buckets) are provided by the ashram. You may, however, wish to bring a small inflatable mattress, earplugs, and a luggage lock for travelling with Amma in India. It may be helpful to bring vitamins and protein supplements, and any medicines that you may need. Other items such as clothing, shoes, toiletries and household items are available at the ashram.

      Q.4 Are there any other special items that I should bring for my child?

      It may be necessary to provide powdered protein supplements for your child, to be taken in addition to the foods that are served in the canteen. It is also a good idea to bring vitamins, or any medicines that your child may need.

  1. Amma

    Amma’s darshan and availability.

    Q.1 When is Amma at the ashram?

    Whenever Amma is not on tour, she will be at Amritapuri ashram. It is always a good idea to check Amma’s tour schedule immediately before planning a trip to Amritapuri, as her travel dates are subject to change. Click here to see Amma’s current schedule.

    Q.2 What is Amma’s darshan schedule?

    Amma holds public darshan on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays darshan starts around 10.a.m. Free tokens are given out earlier in the day.

  2. Services

    The services availiabe at Amritapuri

    Q.1 What services are available at Amritapuri?

        – Bank (here you can change foreign currency, get cash advances on Mastercard and Visa cards, and wire money)
        – Health Care: Holistic Health Care Services, Ayurveda Hospital, Ayurveda Medical Clinic and Pharmacy; Allopathic Medical Clinic
        – Internet access
        – International Telephone and Fax facilities
        – Laundry Service
        – Libraries for children and adults (with spiritual books in various languages)
        – Photocopying
        – General goods
        – Tailoring
        – Travel Desk
        – Library – a vast collection of spiritual literature
      – Children’s Library
  3. 1 It is best to bring traveller’s checks, as they are safer than cash. A bank is located on the premises. There you can change foreign currency, get cash advances on Master and Visa cards, and wire money.

    2 For medical needs the Amritakripa Charitable Hospital is located on the south side of the Ashram. In addition we have an Ayurveda hospital that also offers an extensive Panchakarma treatment.

    Q.2 What facilities are there at Amritapuri for young children?

    Amritapuri has an extensive Children’s Library with spiritual and educational materials for children. Play areas are limited, however. Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s favourite toys, books and art supplies when coming.

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