Nearby airports - Coimbatore, Cochin/Kochi and Trichy/Tiruchirapalli.
Nearest railway stations - Coimbatore, Palakkad.
Direct flights from Sri Lanka, Singapore and Sharjah on specific days to Coimbatore airport.
A taxi is the best way to get to vaidyagrama from the airport/ railway station.
Please inform us in advance if you want us to arrange your transfers.
All fares are approximate and in US$.
2. taxi to vaidyagrama
Please click/touch the google map logo to explore the google maps.
Ask your driver about the distance, travel time and fare before you board the taxi.
There are multiple routes and prices - so travel time may vary.
There are pre-paid taxis at the airports.
All fares given here are approximate.
Vaidyagrama is located between Palakkad (Kerala state) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu state).
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Approximate distance: 34 kms
Approximate travel time: 1 hour
Taxi fare: AC 3-seater car - INR1300 / USD20 - AC 5-seater vehicle - INR2500 / USD40
Approximate distance: 239 kms
Approximate travel time: 4-5 hours
Taxi fare: Rs.5500 / US$80
Distance: 141 kms
Approximate travel time: 3-4 hours
Taxi fare: Rs.5000 / US$75
RAILWAY STATION, COIMBATORE
Approximate distance: 22 kms
Approximate travel time: 35 minutes
Taxi fare: Rs.1000 / US$15
RAILWAY STATION, PALAKKAD
Approximate distance: 40 kms
Approximate travel time: 50 minutes
Taxi fare: Rs.2000 / US$30
3. Before you arrive
VISA, INSURANCE & WEATHER
VISA, e-Visa, medical visa
Do you need a visa? Please verify with your travel agent if you need to get a visa for traveling to India.
Medical visa: People from all countries need to have a medical visa to come to vaidyagrama or any other treatment facility. Please remember that you cannot get an extension of stay on your e- medical visa. Your local travel agent should be able to guide you on this.
Visa application: A visa might take anywhere between 1-12 weeks.
e-Visa: Some airports in India do not accept e-Visa. Coimbatore International Airport accepts it.
Please check with your travel agent about the Overseas Travel Medical Insurance.
This would be useful in case of any emergency medical need during your stay in India.
Indian citizens with medical insurance might be eligible for a partial or complete refund from their insurance company, as we have NABH accreditation.
Coimbatore has a pleasant salubrious weather through the year due to its proximity to thickly forested mountain ranges and the cool breeze blowing through the Palakkad gap which makes the hot temperatures more pleasant. Under the Koppen climate classification, the city has a tropical wet and dry climate, with the wet season being from October to November due to the northeast monsoon. Due to the presence of the mountain pass, Coimbatore also benefits from the south-west monsoons in the months from June to August. Coimbatore is located at an elevation of about 411 meters. The mean maximum and minimum temperatures vary between 35C (95F) and 18C (64F).
The weather around vaidyagrama is generally more pleasant than Coimbatore city all through the year. March and April are hotter than the rest of the year.
However inside the patient rooms, it is pleasantly warm and does not exceed 30C throughout the year.
Average Temperature (Indian Meteorological Department)
All your medications (including allopathy medicines) that you are currently using and cannot be immediately discontinued (please bring sufficient stock to last you through the period you are here)
Simple, comfortable and modest cotton clothing (based on the season that you are here); it might be best to bring some old clothing which can be discarded if necessary after the treatment (the smell of the oils can be strong and hence you may choose not to carry the clothes back home)
Comfortable non-slippery footwear; and 2-3 pairs of socks for use in areas where footwear is not permitted
Your music system and some easy-on-the-ear music, mantras, instrumental music, motivational talks, spiritual discourses etc.
One light sweater or shawl to keep you warm (do check the section on weather to know whether you need to bring more shawls)
Your favorite scarves to cover your head and neck (to protect from exposure to sun, wind, rain, etc.) when you move out of the room
Essential reading material (please note that our physicians do not advise you to read during the treatment process)
Herbal mosquito repellent in case you are very sensitive to mosquitoes (all our doors and windows as also the beds have nets)
A torch light
One or two sheets (if necessary for you) to cover the yoga mat in the satsang hall when you do yoga-nidra
international travelers should bring
3 copies of the passport page with the photo
3 copies of the passport page with the visa stamp
bank notification / copy of the endorsement on the passport for travelers' cheques (if that is the preferred mode of payment)
please Don't bring these with you!
High sugar and addictive items such as chocolates, sweets etc.
Nuts and dried fruits
Excessive reading material
Make-up kit, hair dye, nail polish, other cosmetics etc.
Addictive things like smoking equipment, cigarettes, alcohol etc.
5. clothing, laundry & local sights
more on Clothing & etiquette
The culture in and around vaidyagrama Is to use clothing that covers legs completely, and upper clothing with sleeves. To fit in easily into this culture, you may prefer to use similar clothing.
Further the treatment also requires that you be completely covered through the entire day to prevent you from catching any fever, cold, cough, infection etc. during the treatment.
If you choose to use minimal clothing within your room, please do ensure that you keep the door locked; this will avoid embarrassment for there will be many people who come into your room for several different reasons like giving food, giving medicines, housekeeping etc.
Generally the culture in vaidyagrama is that the staff knocks on the room door once and then enter unless specifically instructed otherwise by the patient
Stain: Since the treatments are primarily oil based, there is a possibility for mild oil stains or odour remaining on the bed-sheets and pillow covers even after going through the laundry
Laundry: In the laundry, the sheets and pillow covers are first put in boiling water and then washed using a non-chemical detergent
Bring your own? In case you are not comfortable using these common sheets and pillow covers, please feel free to carry with you three sets of sheets and pillow covers which will be used exclusively for you
Clothes: Your daily wear clothes can also be got washed in our laundry itself, at an extra cost.
While on an in-house program patients are not advised to go out and do sightseeing, as this can make them feel unwell during the healing process. This section is for those who wish to explore the city before the treatment program.
The region was called Kongunadu ruled by and was ruled by semi-independent chieftains who owed nominal allegiance to the Chera kingdom and Kongu kings. Large quantities of Roman coins and other artifacts discovered in the region attest to the presence of Roman traders. The Coimbatore region is in the middle of the "Roman trail" that extended from Muziris to Arikamedu. At the end of the Sangam period, the region became a part of the Western Ganga kingdom. The Medieval Cholas conquered the region in the 9th century CE. They constructed a highway called "Rajakesari Peruvazhi" During the 9th century CE, Coimbatore was ruled by Irula chief Kovan or Covan during whose reign the city of Coimbatore was constructed, allegedly at the behest of a Chera king who accompanied Cuntarar on a pilgrimage to the Patteswarar Temple, Perur. Following the decline of the Cholas, Coimbatore was ruled for brief periods by the Pandyas.