Santhigiri - an authentic ayurvedic hospital and spa in Thekkady
Are you looking for authentic ayurvedic treatments, massaging or spa in Thekkady, Kerala? Santhigiri is one of the reputed, traditional ayurvedic ashrams in Kerala with branches in Thekkady and other places. Check out their ayurvedic packages.
Santhigiri Ashram is a spiritual and charitable organization, with its head office in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala. As part of the Healthcare Mission of the Ashram, Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru, the founder Guru of Ashram, established Santhigiri Ayurveda & Siddha Vaidhyasala 45 years ago for manufacturing Ayurveda & Siddha Medicines. Later it developed to 102 Hospitals, 2 Medical Colleges and more than 700 outlets in India.
Santhigiri's Treatment and Medicines are well known for its efficacy because of the selfless services and prayers of volunteers engaged in the production of medicines.The proceeds from the sales of medicines and treatment are completely used for the charitable activities of the Ashram, viz. providing Free Food to the Needy, Caring for People's Health and their Spiritual Enlightenment
Review of Santhigiri Ayurvedic & Sidha Hospital, Kumili/Thekkady
Santhigiri Ayurvedic & Sidha Hospital is part of the Santhigiri group of institutions and is one of the famous ayurvedic hospitals in Thekkady region. Even though this place is focusing on ayurvedic packages for the locals, considering their authentic ayurvedic treatments, a lot of tourists to Thekkady visit Santhigiri for ayurvedic spa and massaging. Usually, all tourist destinations in Kerala have a lot of ayurvedic massage centres and Thekkady is no exception. Santhigiri is one of few the authentic massaging centres in Thekkady, which offers various ayurvedic packages at very affordable prices.
Ask the drivers or your tour operator - they won't tell you about Santhigiri
Due to the commission involved, all tourist guides and drivers will take you to private massage centres in Thekkady where they get up to 50% commission for bringing guests. If you are looking for authentic ayurvedic packages, then don't go for the private massage centres. A lot of illegal activities also happen in such places.
I recently wrote another article on the best and authentic ayurvedic massage centres in Thekkady. Check it out.
Santhigiri is not a commercial ayurvedic massage centre. However, since they are located near Thekkady where a lot of tourists arrive and look for ayurvedic packages, Santhigiri is offering a couple of packages for tourists at an affordable cost. Also, they have partnered with KTDC and is offering ayurvedic massaging and some basic packages at the KTDC hotels in Thekkady.
10 reasons to choose Santhigiri
Some of the highlights of Santhigiri are:
1. A spiritual and charitable organization with no goal of making a huge profit out of this.
2. Biggest Ayurveda and Sidha medicine manufacturer in south India
3. Manufacturing nearly 100 proprietary medicines in addition to nearly 400 classical ayurvedic medicines
4. Provides genuine and authentic Kerala traditional ayurveda treatments, including authentic massaging and spa in its original form.
5. Therapists and doctors at Santhigiri are well qualified, experienced, professional and dedicated with holistic approach in treatment methods
6. Runs medical colleges in Ayurveda and Sidha systems of medicine
7. More than 700 outlets spread across India
8. Operating more than 100 hospitals and clinics in India and abroad
9. Speciality clinics for severe ailments
10. Ensures personalized and customized care for all patients
More than anything else, you can be assured that you will get authentic treatment here. In private massage parlours, tourists are highly exploited in the name of ayurveda. In many private places, they use fake oils or even re-use oils for multiple people, which is dangerous. Re-using the oil used for one person to another person can cause spreading diseases.
Special ayurvedic packages for tourists
Even though Santhigiri is not really a spa for tourists, due to the requirements from tourists visiting Thekkady, they are offering a few packages for tourists:
Packages & Tariff
Relax massage - Rs 900/- (30 minutes), Rs 1100/- (45 minutes), Rs 1500/- (60 minutes), Rs 1800/- (90 minutes)
Steam bath - Rs 250/-
Herbal steam bath - Rs 500/- (20 minutes)
Shirodhara - Rs 2600/- (30 minutes massage + 30 minutes dhar) (Dripping of ayurvedic oil through the forehead in a holistic way)
Podikizhi - Rs 1600/-
Elakizhi - Rs 1800/-
Kizhi - Rs 500/-
Njavarakishi - Rs 2500/- (60 minutes)
Pizhichil - Rs 4000/- (60 minutes, medicinal oil)
Head, face and shoulder massage - Rs 800 (30 minutes)
Padhyangam - Rs 700 (foot massage)
Facial - Rs 1000/- (mugalepam - 45 minutes)
Nasyam - Rs 750/-
Januvasthi for knee pain - Rs 800/-
Special day packages for tourists:
1. Abhyangam (full body massage), Sirodhara, Elakizhi (herbal leaf pack massage) - Total 1.45 hours - Rs 3,500/-
2. Abhyangam (full body massage), Sirodhara, Elakizhi (herbal leaf pack massage), Greeva vasthi, Kadi vasthi - Total 3 hours - Rs 6,000/-
Not a luxurious place, but a clinic with basic facilities
The Santhigiri ayurvedic clinic at Kumili is not a retreat or hotel. It is a small hospital, primarily meant for the locals. Tourists arriving here expecting a resort or retreat may get highly disappointed. Their rooms are very small, bathrooms are not well equipped and the entire atmosphere may not look appealing to the tourists and visitors.
If you want the authentic ayurvedic treatments from Santhigiri but need a better and more convenient place, then book your room in Aranya Nivas KTDC hotel in Thekkady. They have much better spa and facilities. Santhigiri team has partnered with KTDC to offer ayurvedic massaging and other packages at the Aranya Nivas hotel.
NOTE: The rate charged for ayurvedic packages at the KTDC hotel is about 40% higher than Santhigiri, even though it is the same team doing the therapy at both the places.
Location & contact details of Santhigiri, Kumili (Thekkady)
Santhigiri ayurvedic hospital and massage centre is located at Kumili, about 4 km from Thekkady town.
Address: Santhigiri Complex, Vandanmedu Junction, Kumili, Idukki - 685 509
Phone: +91 4869 223979, 8113018007
If you are looking for a more convenient place for taking ayurvedic medicine while relaxing and enjoying your stay in a resort kind of atmosphere, then I would recommend you consider Chempenkulam Retreat, which is just a couple of minutes drive from Santhigiri.
Spa was good but the persons giving spa should be communicating more about the oils and massage. Also ambience should be better.