Our yoga ashram venue is a beautiful villa near the model community Auroville in South India. It is located nearly 2 miles away from the Auroville Beach. A long private driveway leads you to the 4500sq ft villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres. The villa is built in the traditional kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool throughout the year.
The house has 4 bedrooms with private bathrooms, a family room, a large kitchen and utility and an open terrace. The large central courtyard acts as a focal point of the villa allowing in natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home.The house is sufficiently away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence. Enjoy some of the organically grown fruits and vegetables from the garden with our compliments.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
The charter of Auroville:
"Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity."
“Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress and a youth that never ages.”
The residents of Auroville come from some 45 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,160 people, of whom approx. one-third are Indian.
At the centre of the township lies the Peace Area, comprising the Matrimandir and its gardens, the amphitheatre with the Urn of Human Unity that contains the soil of 121 nations and 23 Indian states, and a lake to help create an atmosphere of calm and serenity and to serve as a groundwater recharge area.
Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India, best-know for its serenity and charm. It is placed right besides the sea and offers some spectacular tourist attractions.
The city of Pondicherry (Puducherry - 'New Village' in Tamil) is based on the French grid pattern and features perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter (Ville Blanche or 'White town') and the Indian quarter (Ville Noire or 'Black Town').
French architectural styles are common, a reminder of the years that the territory formed part of French India. Many streets retain French names, and French-style villas are a common sight.. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically colonial style with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grilles. These French and Indian style houses are preserved as they are considered heritage buildings. The French language can still be heard in Puducherry.
Puducherry has a large number of Indian and a small number of non-Indian descent residents with French passports. These are descendants of those who chose to remain French when the French establishment presented the residents with an option to either remain French or become Indian at the time of Puducherry's transfer to India in 1954.
Among the French cultural organisations, the French Institute of Pondicherry, the Puducherry Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient and a branch of the Alliance Française are noteworthy. A French-medium school system, the Lycée Français de Pondichéry continues to operate under the aegis of the French Minister of National Education.
Pondicherry has a wet and dry, tropical climate. Summer lasts from April to early June with maximum temperatures of 41°C. The average maximum temperature is 36°C and the minimum 28–32°C. Period of high humidity and occasional thundershowers lasts from June till September. Humidity during this period might range up to 93%. Rain season lasts from October to December due to monsoon. Winters are warm with temperature around 18-30°C.
The city has many colonial building, churches and temples that still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the most importans ashrams in India. It was the residence of Indian freedom fighter Sri Aurobindo and today is one of the prime destinations for tourists and spiritual seekers.
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and consists of 16 forms of the Lord called Bhuvaneshar Ganapathy or Manakula Vinayagar. Kokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from the beautiful pillars and two majestic towers, this temple is significant for its annual temple car festival. Also, in this temple women pray to Prasava Nandi before their pregnancy delivery.
There are a number of old churches, heritage buildings and monuments in Pondicherry like Gandhi statue, Nehru statue, Bharathi Park, and French War Memorial. With Mahe Beach, Paradise Beach, and Auroville and Serenity Beach nearby, Pondicherry is perfect for all those who want to enjoy solitude, sun and sand.