While planning your stay at the ashram, you should know that Dharmikam Ashram prides itself on being a comfortable, clean and pleasant place for people from all around the world.
What to expect
You can expect from the ashram:
- Clean, filtered drinking water available in the guest dining hall
- Delicious and traditional meals that have been selected by Guruji
- Regular chaia (tea) made from milk that comes from the ashram cows
- Fresh fruits, such as bananas grown at the ashram
- Water that comes from a private well
- Wireless Internet available in certain parts of the ashram
- Access to low-cost transportation to locations outside of the ashram
Accommodation at the ashram consists of several spacious private guest rooms designed to allow relaxation between treatments. Each room has a bedroom with a bathroom and sit-out veranda that allows guests to enjoy the ashram atmosphere in their own private location. Each room has mosquito netting on bedroom windows. Additionally, bedrooms and bathrooms are cleaned regularly.
Situated just outside the ashram compound on an organic banana and vegetable field is a private family cottage complex. This option is ideal for guests who wish to have more privacy and yet be close to the ashram. Facilities include an air-conditioned master bedroom that has an attached bathroom with a bathtub and shower; second bedroom; large, fully equipped drawing room; dining room; treatment room; prayer room and private garden. Guests staying here receive their treatments within the cottage.
Students may stay in the dormitory and eat in the student dining hall for a small monthly fee. Alternatively, students may stay in a private guest room for the guest fee, depending on room availability.
Traditional Indian medicine places the utmost importance on food. Proper food leads to a healthy body, which in turn leads to a healthy mind. The ashram puts this into practice by growing its own food (rice, vegetables and coconuts) in a sustainable and organic way. Fresh, vegetarian meals are prepared in the traditional style of Kerala and served in both the student and guest dining halls.
Additionally, fresh, organic milk is available daily, and this milk comes from cows cared for at the ashram. This local milk is very healthy and medicinal as the cows are given great attention, provided with nourishing food and proper exercise.
Students of Kalariypayattu are expected to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their studies. This involves arriving on time for class each day and giving maximum attention and energy to training. Learning Kalaripayattu not only includes participation inside the Kalari, but outside the Kalari as well. All students are expected to do ‘seva’ and help the ashram with such activities as serving Nature, animals, other people at the ashram, and the temple. Students are also encouraged to learn meditation from Guruji and practise regularly as part of their Kalaripayattu training. Click here to read more about Kalaripayattu training.
Guests undergoing treatments at Dharmikam are also encouraged to participate in ashram activities as much as they can and wish. By learning Kalaripayattu or Kalari Yoga training, doing ‘seva’ (work at the ashram), and joining in the daily temple activities, guests can benefit from authentic life at an ashram.
Transportation to and from the airport is available for students and guests. If anyone wishes to go out during his or her stay, transportation will be arranged from the ashram to ensure safety.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
You should be mentally and physically fit. After meeting Guruji, he will decide if you are eligible to join the training.
Kalariyil Dharmikam Ashram is located at PARASUVAIKKAL, about 32km south of Trivandrum, the capital of the state Kerala.
How to reach the ashram via train: On arrival at Trivandrum Railway Station, take a bus from Trivandrum bus stop stand going towards Kanyakumari; get off at PARASUVAIKKAL. From here you can take rickshaw to the ashram. You can always call the contact number provided on the website.
How to reach the ashram via plane: On arrival at Trivandrum Airport, hire a taxi or auto rickshaw, mention the place PARASUVAIKKAL near PARASSALA. As you get close to Parasuvaikal, anyone in the neighbourhood will be able to direct you to the ashram. You can always call the contact number provided in the website if necessary.
While practising Kalaripayattu:
There is a specific uniform for training. Uniforms will be made by local tailors on request. New students can start practising Kalaripayattu in the below attire.
Men: For men, the preferred dress code is a simple dhoti and belt, which students can purchase in stores near the ashram. For training, students may order a uniform which can take a few weeks to arrive at the ashram.
Women: The preferred dress code is a loose fitting Salwar kameez / Kurta and salwar and upper cloth/shawl/scarf/dupatta. The dress should be loose and cover the shoulders and knees. High collar and high neck kurtas are preferred. Sleeveless shirts and deep necks are not allowed. Students can find appropriate attire for an affordable price in stores near the ashram. For Kalaripayattu training, students may order a uniform which can take a few weeks to arrive at the ashram.
The Basic syllabus takes about 3-6 months to complete.
The Intermediate syllabus takes about 1-2 years to complete.
The Advanced syllabus takes about 2-3 year to complete.
The minimum age for studying Kalaripayattu is 7 years.
We are able to provide the option of either the dormitory or a private room to the students.
We have limited rooms available for accommodation, which we can provide to students on prior request according to availability.
There is a fee per person per month for the accommodation and food provided. This varies depending on whether the students/guests will stay in the dormitory or in the private rooms.
The instructors can speak English and all Indian languages.
For those with Indian bank accounts, it is possible to do a bank transfer. Other guests may bring dollars or euros and exchange them at a reasonable rate, which can be arranged here at the ashram, or withdraw cash in rupees at nearby ATMs.
Centre for Kalaripayattu Training
& Marma Therapy Research
Registered under the Charitable Society Act Reg. No. 493/83
Approved by Kerala Sports Concil, Reg. No. KSC (A1) 410/83
Regd. under All Kerala Sidha Vaidya Federation, Reg. No. 312/83
Approved by Department of Tourism, Government of India