Travel Information

To ensure the safety of those living in the ashram and new arrivals, please review our Covid Safety Guidelines prior to making travel arrangements


By Air

  • There are no international flights to Madurai airport.
  • Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore are the nearest international airports that operate domestic flights into Madurai airport.
  • You can also fly into Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) International airport and then connect to Madurai by train.

By Train

  • Madurai is linked to all major cities in India by rail. Check with South Indian Railways.
  • You are advised to book rail tickets as soon as possible. Trains are often fully booked in high season (December and January) due to local festivals, so you may need to allow for this when planning your time of travel.
  • Train e-tickets can be booked up to three months in advance via the internet. Train information can be obtained via Limited seats in higher classes are available for credit card bookings via
  • From Madurai Railway Station take a taxi, auto-rickshaw or bus to the Ashram (approximately 22 kms).

By Bus

  • Local buses from the Periyar Bus Station (1km from Madurai Railway Station) go to Natham or Lingavadi.
  • Get down at Pavanna Vilakku Junction (Bus #62A, 62B and 23P). The Ashram is about 300m away from the junction.
  • Or take bus #230 from the Periyar Bus Stop, which passes in front of our Ashram.

By Taxi / Auto Rickshaw

  • The Ashram is about 22 km from Madurai city along the New Natham Road, near a small junction – Pavanna Vilakku. Approximately 45 minutes.
  • This junction is 2 km past Mount Retreat Resort. When travelling along the Natham-Madurai Road the Ashram is after Kadavoor village.
  • Agree with the taxi/rickshaw price for the journey to the Ashram before leaving the station or airport.


Foreign Nationals are required to bring their original passport The Ashram accepts only those Foreign Nationals with a valid visa Indian Nationals are required to bring a valid photo ID A visa is required from most countries to visit India


Guests are advised to check with their local health authority regarding vaccinations required for visiting India