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Allgemeine Informationen / FAQ

Visa

Foreign tourists need a visa to enter India. Please contact a visa agency or the Indian Consulate in your country of residence.
 
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months.

Seasons and climate

The Treatment House is open from the end of July to the end of March. Climatic conditions vary somewhat during this time. Traditionally the rainy seasons are the perfect time for Ayurvedic treatment. The main monsoon is in June/July. The hot months of April and May are not suitable for treatment. The average daytime temperature is about 30°C (86°F), depending on sunshine, cloud or rain.

 

July: monsoon ends, warm, changeable

 

August: warm, mostly dry
 

September: warm, mostly dry, chance of heavy rain
 

October: initially mostly dry, mid-October the second monsoon begins, chance of heavy rain
 

November: cloudy, regular showers, heavy rains
 

December: second monsoon ends, dry season begins
 

January: dry season, warm and sunny
 

February: warm and sunny
 

March: warm and sunny (temperatures rising), mostly dry

Vaccinations

Visitors coming from Yellow Fever countries must show a valid vaccination certificate. No other vaccinations are compulsory. Tropical institutes can provide information about recommended vaccinations.

Packing the bag

Light summer clothes and natural fibres are recommended. On the Treatment House premises it's fine to wear tops and shorts or short skirts/dresses. Outside the premises – in the village or the city – it's advisable to keep the shoulders and legs covered. Long pants/skirts/dresses and t-shirts/blouses/shirts are fine – a scarf or shawl round the shoulders can also work well.

 

Open shoes (flip-flops or sandals) are fine. An extra pair of shoes that will not be damaged by oil are useful for going to the treatments. Bath robes and towels are provided.

 

You might want to bring a small torch to be prepared in case of power cuts.

 

Our library offers a small selection of books in English.

 

Anything you omit to pack is likely to be available in Trivandrum (e.g. cosmetics etc).

 

A washing machine is available.

Payment

Payment is possible in cash (INR, EUR, GPB, USD, CHF) or via bank transfer.
We don't accept credit card payment at the Treatment House.

Bringing Rupees into or out of the country is not permitted. The best exchange rates are offered by the exchange offices in the city (not at the airport!).

Touching the senses

India is a country that touches all senses. It's full of life – full of colours, scents and noises.

 

The temple music in the early morning hours and in the afternoons is part of every day life. When there is a temple festival on the music might be quite loud. There are various festivals in India – especially during the festival season in February and March.

Electricity

The voltage is 220 volts. C, D, F and M type plugs match with the sockets at the Treatmenthouse.

Taking pictures in Choozhattukotta

We kindly request not to take pictures of the people showering in the river. Thank you.