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The Best Wellness Retreats in India

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Updated: 15 December 2017
Owing to its rich tradition of ancient practices like Ayurveda and yoga, India is one of the most sought after destinations for wellness and healing. From the sunny beaches of Goa to the verdant hills of Uttarakhand, these are some of the best sanctuaries to make a break for whenever you need to restore your physical health and reawaken your soul.
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Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand

The former palace of the Maharaja of Tehri-Gahrwal, makes way for a 100-acre of luxurious Ayurvedic retreat. Framed by tranquil forests and overlooking the holy town of Rishikesh, Ananda has been the retreat of choice for the well-heeled from both within India and abroad. You can select a wide-range of wellness goals from detox to anti-ageing and vitality. Their award-winning 24,000 sq ft spa is definitely the highlight at Ananda. A personalised organic health cuisine is at your disposal and you can also partake in the daily talks on ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta. A great place to rejuvenate physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Ananda in the Himalays, The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri – Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, +91 124 451 6650

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Isha Yoga Centre, Tamil Nadu

Isha Yoga Centre near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu is a sanctum that enlightens you with a very simple lesson. It teaches you about the importance of living a healthier lifestyle and that the power to do so lies within you. Your daily ritual starts with a dip in the teerthakunds, or the sacred water bodies, followed by yoga and meditation. Healthy vegetarian meals are served twice in a day. Ayurvedic massages, therapies, and a variety of Siddha and Ayurvedic treatments are available for general wellness as well as treating various ailments. Isha Yoga Centre is led by Sadhguru who is the founder of Isha Foundation.

Isha Yoga Centre, Velliangiri Foothills, Ishana Vihar Post, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, +91 422 251 5345

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Vana Retreat, Uttarakhand

Established in 2014, the Vana Retreat is one of the most recently developed wellness centres in India. Vana designs personalised wellness programmes for each guest based on the details shared by them prior to their arrival at the retreat. Their wellness offerings include Ayurveda, yoga, natural therapies, Watsu and aqua therapies and Sowa Rigpa, a Tibetan method of healing which has its roots in Buddhism. This 21-acre estate in the mountains is the place to be if you want to escape the daily raucousness of city life.

Vana Malsi Estate, Mussoorie Road, Malsi, Johri, Malsi, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India, +91 135 391 1111

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Soul & Surf, Kerala

A wellness retreat with a unique concept, Soul & Surf isn’t about rigorous routines and conservative practices. As the name suggests, here you’re encouraged to find your soul while riding the waves. You can choose to start your day with yoga on their rooftop platform while enjoying the stunning view of the glittering Arabian Sea or opt for surf lessons instead. This is followed by a bustling communal breakfast in their garden, which is a great time to connect with other guests and meet like-minded individuals from all parts of the globe. Regular musical gigs, bonfires and independent surf films night are all part of your stay at Surf & Soul.

Soul & Surf India, South Cliff, Janardhanapuram, Varkala, Kerala, India, +91 99617 11099

Varkala Beach in Kerala

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SwaSwara, Karnataka