According to an estimate by the Global Wellness Institute, Wellness Tourism is now a $639 billion industry annually and it is growing twice as fast as general tourism.
There is no better place to seek holistic healing than India, a global epicenter of meditation, holistic healing and spirituality.
However, it is important that you choose your resorts wisely so you do not get scammed. This industry, like any other, is prone to false promises and scams just as much as any other service sector.
We have compiled a list of some wonderful Ayurveda-inspired resorts and retreats across India to help you start your rejuvenation journey.
Ananda In The Himalayas (Rishikesh, Uttarakhand)
Nestled in the tranquil foothills of the magnificent Himalayas, the birthplace of yoga and meditation, Ananda calls itself a “Destination Spa.”
Housed in the former Palace Estate of the Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal, this sprawling 100-acre resort boasts manicured gardens, healthy organic cuisine and world-class facilities that attract peace-seekers from all over the world.
It offers programs for Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Holistic Detox, Yogic Detox, Panchakarma and Dhyana Meditation.
Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond (Kumarakom, Kerala Backwaters)
Sprawling over 8 acres of the most beautiful waterfront on Lake Vembanad in enchanting Kumarakom, this scenic retreat of lush tropical gardens, swaying coconut palms and tropical foliage is a healing and relaxation haven.
This 5-star retreat features a world-class spa offering ancient treatments, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and two restaurants offering regional and global cuisine.
Somatheeram (Malabar Coast, Kerala)
Located on the scenic Malabar coast of God’s Own Country Kerala, this Ayurveda-inspired resort is considered one of the best in India.
With a team of 20 world-class Ayurvedic doctors and 90 therapists, Somatheeram specializes in Panchakarma/Detoxification, Rejuvenation, slimming, anti-aging and stress-management therapies.
Swaswara, A Wellness Resort (Gokarna, Karnataka)
Situated on Om Beach on the serene shoreline of Konkan Coast, SwaSwara is a splendid resort that features a combination of nature activities, healthy meals, meditative moods, Asana practices and rejuvenating Ayurveda therapies.
SwaSwara is your perfect spiritual Karnataka escape.
Kalari Kovilakom (Kerala)
Fringed on one side by the majestic Western Ghat mountain ranges, Kalari Kovilakom, established in a 200-year-old palace of the Vengunad Chiefs of the India South, is a health retreat located in lush green North Kerala.
It is a tranquil haven surrounded by rich Venga trees with healing properties. It offers 19 special-purpose rooms, living spaces and gardens that galvanize your healing process.
Six Senses Vana (Dehradun, Uttarakhand)
Vanavas means ‘taking refuge in a forest.’ Vanavas is the act of taking refuge in a forest for spiritual rejuvenation.
Six Senses takes its inspiration from the forest and prides itself on a well-qualified team that specializes in Tibetan medicine, Ayurveda and natural healing therapies.
This 21-acre refuge in Uttarakhand Forest is home to a modern Ashram and a wellness temple and offers meditational and healing programs.
Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort (Mararikulam, Kerala)
Situated in the calm backwaters of the Mararikulam village in Alappuzha district, (Kerala) this resort offers a private beach, a swimming pool and 25 acres of landscaped gardens that provide you with unmatched serenity and solace.
The Spa specializes in authentic Ayurveda treatment, Marma, Pranic healing and Naturopathy.