A Day at Amal

Rituals and Wellness Activities

Wellness activities are an essential part of the Ayurvedic way of living. By engaging in activities such as these, one can reduce stress, engage in positive social interactions, and achieve optimal wellness through the stimulation of the mind and spirit.

Amal Tamara - Ayurveda Retreat in India
Kashayapura Experience
An in-house apothecary of Ayurvedic design, known as a Kashayapura, offers our guests the opportunity to explore and understand how medicines and herbal concoctions are prepared in Ayurveda. The raw and dry herbs, along with the various instruments, used in Ayurvedic treatments are stored here. For those so inclined, the participation in the making their own medicine and understanding the ingredients involved and preparation methods can be an unforgettable and hands-on experience.
Duration: 30 minutes
Agnihotram Ritual
Agnihotram is a Vedic ritual, typically conducted before yoga sessions, to provide a unique spiritual experience that helps in purifying the air and surroundings. Agnihotram is best performed during sunrise or sunset for best results. At Amal, this ritual is conducted every day at 6:30 AM at the Yoga Peedam, promising those who take part a holistic beginning to each day.
Timings: 6:30 AM
Nakshatra Vanam
The green spaces and gardens at Amal Tamara were designed to offer our guests an experience deeply interconnected with nature. Embark on an Herb Garden visit, and learn about different medicinal plants used in Ayurveda, experience the Nakshatra Vanam in the herbal garden, housing the 27 species of trees representing Indian astrology, or plant a sapling in your name during your stay to mark your healing journey.
Duration: : 45 minutes
Kreeda Games
The word “kreeda” means "play" in Sanskrit. The Amal Yatri can play a variety of Kreeda games, or traditional Indian board games that hope to impart learning through play. These traditional Indian games promise an engaging and entertaining experience for those who need their daily dose of engaging activities.
Duration : 60 minutes
Raga Therapy
A raga is a specific sequence of selected notes that offer a structure under which classical Indian music is composed. Ragas lend specific moods and emotions when played, often specific to season and occasion. Raga therapy harnesses the healing power of music, and offers our guests a unique experience. This kind of experience has been known to soothe the turbulent mind and restore peace and harmony.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pradakshinam
Take a walk with an Ayurveda expert through the Dhanwanthari walkway, also known as the spiral walkway. On this short journey, our guests can learn to stories about Ayurveda, narrated to them by in-house experts. Absorb the riveting story of the origin of Ayurveda, learn about the herbs used in Ayurveda, and principles and practices of this ancient school of wisdom, while engulfed in the tranquil beauty of Alleppey.
Duration : 30 minutes
Dhyanam (Guided Meditation)
Dhyana, or guided meditation, is a unique experience that allows the opportunity to train the mind to focus & redirect thoughts. This practice also helps reduce stress & develop stronger concentration. Meditation also increases self-awareness & improves imagination & creativity.
Duration: 30 minutes
Deepam
The traditional Indian oil lamp has a deep spiritual significance. The oil or ghee used to lubricate the wicks in the lamp symbolises our vaasanas or negative tendencies and the wick itself represents the ego. When lit by spiritual knowledge, the vaasanas are slowly exhausted and the ego too finally vanishes. It is a traditional activity in Kerala to light a lamp during the dusk in most homes and is believed to bring positivity to those around it. The Deepam activity is conducted at dusk for each guest in front of their respective rooms, hoping to bring light and positivity to the mind and heart.
Timings : 6:30 PM
Singing-Bowl Meditation
A singing bowl is an instrument, played traditionally by communities in the Himalayas, that produces a rich, deep tone when struck and played. The sounds produced by these bowls promote deep relaxation and muscle regeneration. They are believed to relieve pain in the joints & muscles, increase mental and emotional stability, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
Duration: 45 minutes
Culinary Session
At Amal, only pure vegetarian and wellness cuisine is prepared for each guest, according to specific body constitutions and healing goals. The culinary sessions offered to each guest will ensure that you know how to prepare these dishes by yourself at home, taking the wisdom of Ayurvedic cuisine home with you.
Duration: 45 minutes
Therapeutic Yoga
Amal Tamara’s therapeutic yoga sessions are designed by applying the principles of traditional yoga to each individual’s needs and goals. The objective is to achieve true spiritual, psychological, and physiological healing. This form of therapy has proved effective in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, and in creating a greater sense of well-being, Experience the feeling of relaxation & improved self-confidence by the practice of this ancient, traditional practice.
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
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Cultural Experiences

While in one of the most beautiful parts of the Indian subcontinent, an experience would be incomplete without the opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional arts of the region. Kerala is a land of deep-rooted history and culture, and is home to some of the oldest, and most beautiful forms of music, dance, and martial arts. We invite our guests to open their senses, minds, hearts, and souls to the healing nature of the performing arts.

Kathakali
Kathakali is one of the oldest, most sophisticated forms of performance art dating as far back as 500 BC in Kerala. It is distinguished by elaborate masks, traditionally built onto the face with make-up – a process that in itself was considered a ritual, and traditionally took hours to complete. The art form fully developed by the 17th century, and was best known for long plays performed by artists overnight, depicting stories from ancient Hindu epics. The artists are skilled at isolating every muscle on their faces and bodies, and engaging a sophisticated set of hand gestures to communicate stories in one of the most nuanced forms of Indian classical dance.
Kalaripayattu
Popularly known simply as Kalari, this is an traditional martial art form, originating in Kerala. Kalari is considered one of the oldest and most scientific martial art forms. Training of these skilled artists begins at a young age. Regular an oil massages of the entire body keeps the body agile and supple. Feats like chattom (jumping), ottam (running) and marichil (somersault) are also integral parts of this art form that places equal emphasis on strength, flexibility, and grace – the ultimate balance of mind and body. The practice and performances also feature the manoeuvring of weapons including swords, daggers, spears, maces, and bows and arrows.
Veena Performance
The veena is one of the oldest of Indian musical instruments. Specifically, the Saraswati veena is used in Carnatic music of South India and the Rudra veena is the most commonly played veena in Hindustani music of North India. This ancient string instrument produces the most haunting of melodies that allow for complete immersion in the beautiful synergy of history and art.
Mridangam Performance
The origin of the mridangam can be traced back to ancient Indian mythology, where stories suggest that the sound created by this ancient drum matched and represented the movement and dances of the Gods. The mridangam is made from a large piece of carefully hollowed out jackfruit wood. The two openings on either end are covered with goatskin that are stretched attached to each other with tightly bound leather straps. The two sides of the drum are of different sizes, allowing for bass and treble sounds from a single drum. One of the main percussion instruments of the Carnatic style of music, these percussion instruments stand strong in solo performances as much as in orchestral ones, and promise to stimulate the sense like never before.
Backwater Cruise and Village Tour
This experience offers an exploration of the backwaters of Alleppey through a scenic and peaceful boat cruise. We invite our guests to experience up close the practices of clam collection, de-shelling, and fishing on a captivating village tour. Here, our guests can catch a glimpse of local day-to-day life. Guests may also catch the sight of Pathiramanal – a close by island, uninhabited, untouched, and home to a variety of rare migrating birds.
Dhanwanthari Temple Visit
Lord Dhanwanthari is known as the God of Ayurveda. Amal Tamara offers its guests an increadible visit to the nearby Dhanwanthari temple at Maruthorvattom, Cherthala. This diety, Dhanwanthari, is perceived as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is said that he emerged with a pot containing Amruth, or the nectar of immortality. The westward-facing temple also includes idols of Ganapati, Sastha, Bhagawathi, and Shiva in Nalampalam. It is believed that name of the temple – Maruthorvattom – is derived from the Malayalam phrase ‘Marunnu Oru Vattam’ which means ‘a single dose of medicine’.
Coir-Making
From time immemorial, Alleppey has been well known for the manufacture and trade of coir. Coir-making has long been a major source of livelihood here. From the process of husking, retting, and defibring, to rope making is laborious work, practiced by women in every village of Alleppey. Through this coir-making experience, our guests are invited to engage in the mesmerising work of combining combed coir fibres to form intricate and strong ropes with the traditional spinning wheel, along with the local women in Alleppey.
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