Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Amboli, Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg Dist, Maharashtra, India

Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham will be running different Yoga/Vedanta courses in the beautiful ashram - Holistic Centre for Yoga & Vedanta founded by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati Maharaj, in Maharashtra state from Jun 2022 to May 2023.

Please read below for all information on this ashram in Amboli.

Location address

Holistic Centre for Yoga & Vedanta
Amboli P.O., via-Sawantwadi
Sawantwadi Taluka
Sindhudurg District - 416510.
Maharashtra State, India

The Ashram is situated about 500 m away from the Amboli bus stand.

Amboli is 30 Km from Sawantwadi.
110 Km from Kolhapur.
90 Km from Goa (Panjim).
70 Km from Belgaum.

Accommodation

The ashram has beds in double sharing rooms and in 2 dormitories with 6 beds each.
Admission is on a first come first served basis.
To maintain the sanctity of the campus, we accommodate guests on the following conditions:
• No consumption of alcohol & non-vegetarian food.
• No smoking either on campus or outside while undertaking the course.
• Should follow the yogic way of life while in the ashram.

Food

The main meals are provided daily twice at 10.00 am and 5.30 pm.
The food is based on the Indian tradition. Menus are vegetarian, simple, nutritious... and delicious!
Prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles, two lacto-vegetarian meals are served daily. Absent from the menu are meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions and coffee.
Tea is served at 7.30 am and 1.00 pm !!!

Fresh fruits,nuts and juices may be made available by the Ashram on request for purchase by guests.

WiFi facility

No Wi-Fi facility is available in the Ashram premises.

Mobile phone usage

Mobile phone signals from all major companies (BSNL, Vodafone - the best signals from Jio) are available in the resort compound. Guests may acquire a SIM card if they wish so, before arrival at the ashram (better) or once they arrive in the ashram. Use of mobile phones in all classes, dining areas and also inside the rooms are discouraged due to the respect to other's privacy.

Post / Courier services

Incoming and outgoing letters and packages by post and courier services are available at the Ashram reception.
Provide our postal address (as above) to your correspondents.
The postal address is as shown above.

Library

There is no library facility in this location yet. However, a few books on Yoga will be made available with Teachers.

Safe Keeping

Valuables may be stored in a locked safe in the reception area, however this facility is provided at the Guest's own risk.

Do not leave valuables openly in the dormitories as petty theft may occur. We recommend you not to bring high value items to the ashram as we cannot guarantee the facilities to secure them.

Other facilities

All the facilities shown below are charged.

1. Laundry Service

An independent and affordable laundry service is available.

2. Health Hut – Canteen

Fruits, juices, nuts health drinks and other natural food items are made available on demand ( depending on the seasons and availability)

Boutique / Shopping

The boutique stocks items like spiritual books, yoga mats, neti pots...etc only. Shops for other essential things are situated near-by.

Weather

It is rainy season during July – October. Temperature, usually, will be around 20 deg C.

MATERIALS TO BRING

Casual comfortable clothes that fully cover arms and legs, yoga mat, meditation shawl, toiletries, notebooks, pens, slip-on sandals, warm clothing for very cool nights & cool mornings/evenings and clothes for warm days, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, travel mug/tumbler, water bottle, sunscreen. Bring enough clothes during the rainy season.

Before you come

Visas/ID:

All guests must provide a valid government ID proof on arrival.
Foreign guests are required to present a valid passport and visa.
Check whether you are required to arrange a visa before you enter India.
Be careful to apply for a tourist visa, whilst you will be studying yoga here, a student visa is a very different visa and you will require supporting information which only academic establishments like universities can provide.
Your reason for visiting should be stated as a tourist.

Vaccinations:

You are advised to contact your local medical centre regarding any necessary vaccinations or medicines for your trip to India.

Money Exchange & Travel Arrangements

Amboli ashram is situated in a remote area. In the nearest bank - 500 m away - one can en-cash credit cards. It is highly recommended that the students en-cash (if needed) before reaching Amboli. For making travel arrangements, please approach the reception for guidance.

HOW TO REACH AMBOLI, SAWANTWADI, MAHARASHTRA

How to organise pick up by a taxi:

Those ashram guests who wish to be picked up by a taxi organized by the ashram itself, from the nearby airport or railway station or bus station should inform the ashram beforehand. This is highly recommended as the taxi driver organized by the ashram knows where exactly to bring you.
For arranging taxi pick up by us, please email us the following info to sivanandapeetham@gmail.com

Name of the Travelers: Mobile / WhatsApp number: Arrival airport / railway station: Airline name / train name: Flight number / train number: Arrival time: Arrival day:

Taxi charges are not included in the course donations and are to be given directly to the Ashram reception.
Taxi service can be arranged from Amboli to all the major places nearby.

Approximate taxi charges (may vary time to time) to Amboli:

From Goa airport (travel duration- 3 hours): Rs.5500
From Belgaum railway station (travel duration- 1 hour): Rs.3700.
From Kudal railway station (travel duration- 1 hour): Rs.2800.
From Sawantwadi Road railway station (travel duration- 1 hour): Rs.2600.

How to reach by air:

The nearest international airport is in Goa (Dabolim Airport GOI). Other International airports near-by are in Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai from where one can fly into Goa.
One can travel by bus or taxi to the ashram location.
Amboli is 110 Km from Goa airport.
Taxi can be arranged on prior request received with full details of flight no and date. Same may be sent by whatsapp or e mail.

How to reach by train:

The closest railway stations to the Amboli ashram are the Sawantwadi Road(SWV )and Kudal (KUDL) stations which are on Konkan railway route. These are not major stations. All trains may not have stops here. Amboli is 30 Km from the station Sawantwadi Road.

The major railway station of Goa are Madgaon( MAO) / Karmali (KRMI) or Thivim(THVM) (80 to 110 km from Amboli ) is also along this railway route. The other major station close by is in Belgaum and this station is not part of Konkan railway route. All these stations are linked to all major cities in India by rail.

Check with the South Indian railways for more details : www.indianrail.gov.in Ashram guests who want to arrive by train are advised to book rail tickets as early as possible. Trains are often fully booked. Train e-tickets can be booked up to three months in advance via the internet. Train journey reservation is possible by using credit card, for bookings : www.irctc.co.in From these railway stations take a taxi or bus to the ashram.

How to contact the ashram in Amboli:

Whatsapp / mobile phone: Swami Govindananda: +91 - 8547879642 / Gopal Baliga: +91 - 9820156041,8271327275.
Ashram email : sivanandapeetham@gmail.com