Welcome to the Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar Dam.  Discover classical yoga and meditation in a traditional ashram setting, nestled in the tropical splendour of south India. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced in your practice, we offer courses and retreats for all.

Yoga Vacation (Office | Home | Ashram)

  • A great way to go on holiday or work away from the office or home and really feel a difference!
  • Designed to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate body and mind leaving you feeling inspired and revitalised
  • Experience the power of yoga with twice-daily asana classes, meditation and talks on yoga philosophy
  • Open your heart with bhakti yoga and kirtan
  • Serve with the ashram community through karma yoga
  • Visit for a few days, a week or two, or more and experience the tremendous benefit of taking a break from the relentless stresses of everyday life

Sivananda Yoga Teachers’ Training Course (TTC)

  • Develop the skills to teach yoga asana and meditation
  • Gain a solid grounding in the classical yoga tradition
  • Deepen your spiritual connection to yoga
  • Open yourself to profound inner transformation
  • Establish a firm foundation of discipline that promotes physical, emotional and spiritual growth
  • Build a strong base from which to teach others naturally and with confidence
  • Certified by Indian Yoga Association (IYA) and Yoga Certification Board (YCB, Govt of India)

Ayurveda – The Sivananda Institute of Health

  • Situated in the Ashram grounds
  • Extensive range of Ayurvedic therapies
  • Herbal medicines and oils, diet, exercise and lifestyle regimens
  • Personalised therapies and detoxification programmes based on each individual’s constitution
  • A unique opportunity to experience the healing effects of classical Ayurveda in the peaceful environment of the Ashram
  • Ayurveda is a sister science to yoga and when practised together forms a total system of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being

The Sivananda Experience

Yoga Vacation students


Daily Yoga Classes

Morning & Evening Meditation

Inspired Spiritual Teachings

Relaxed Work Space

Delicious South Indian Vegetarian Fare

Open Year Round

Welcoming to All

Yoga Teachers' Training Class


Skills to Teach Asana & Meditation

Theory & Practice


Bhagavad Gita

Anatomy & Physiology

Four Week Residential Gurukula

Connection to Ancient Teaching Lineage

Ayurvedic Herb Bundle Massage


Stress Relief

Detoxify Body & Mind

Weight Loss Therapies

Curative Massage Therapies

Preventative Medicine

Personalised Treatments

Ayurvedic Wellness Course

Visit Us

The Ashram is set in twelve acres of tropical splendour in the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats. The natural beauty of Neyyar Dam lake, the forested surroundings, the cool green coconut tree groves and colourful flower-filled views offer an ideal atmosphere for the practice of yoga and meditation. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned practitioner, immerse yourself in a classical spiritual tradition that brings health, vitality and peace of mind.

The Ashram is part of a global network recognised internationally as one of the most important and authentic yoga institutions in the world.

Our founder Swami Vishnudevananda synthesised the essence of yoga into five principles that could be easily incorporated into daily life. These are the core teachings of the four paths of classical, traditional yoga and make the wisdom of the ancient sages easily applicable to our modern life.

Travel Information

By Air

  • The nearest airport is the Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Airport. 
  • Most major airlines domestic and international are available. Click Here to view all available airlines.
  • The pre-paid taxi booth is situated near the exit as you come through Arrivals

By Taxi

  • Pre-paid taxis are available from both domestic and international terminals. Travel time to the ashram is approximately 1 hour
  • Rideshare options are available through Uber and Ola
  • Taxi Rickshaw Association a taxi can be booked from the ashram location to pick you up and bring you to the ashram. Please call +91. 8547. 273888 for a booking and rates.

By Bus 

  • From Trivandrum Bus Station (KSRTC Central (Thambanoor) Bus Station), located across the street from the Trivandrum Central Railway Station

Two options

  • Bus to the town of KATTAKADA, relatively frequent, departing from Platform No.1 or 2. From KATTAKADA take an auto-rickshaw directly to the ashram  (20 minutes)


  • Bus goes directly to NEYYAR DAM, irregularly once or twice an hour from Platform 1 or 2
  • The bus will drop you at the bottom of the hill. Then a ten-minute steep walk to the ashram

By Train

  • Trivandrum Central Railway Station (TVC) is connected by rail to all main cities in India
  • Train e-tickets can be booked via up to three months in advance or through travel agents
  • Then taxi/auto-rickshaw/bus