Which airport do I have to book my flight to and who collects me at the airport?
The transfer from Trivandrum Airport to the hotel is free of charge and is organised by the hotel as long as we are aware of your flight details (time of arrival and flight number). Hotel staff will await you outside the airport terminal. When leaving the airport, please look out for the sign “Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort”. The trip to the hotel takes about 30 minutes by taxi. For your arrival flight, you should be at the airport check-in at least 2½ hours before departure.
Are any vaccinations necessary?
There are no obligatory vaccinations for India.
The health service of the German Foreign Office recommends protection from tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A.
Kerala is not known as an area for malaria. From our experience of the last 20 years, we are not aware of any case of malaria in Somatheeram and environs (as of December 2008).
Please consult your GP.
Do I need a visa to enter India?
For your trip to India you need a valid visa. The necessary application forms can be obtained from the Indian Consulate. A tourist visa costs about €75. You also need two passport photographs and a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months). It may take up to two weeks for the visa to be issued.
Detailed information can be obtained from your consulate office.
We must request you in all cases to ask your local consulate for the current terms of application.
Since 2015 citizens from Australia and the United States, amongst others, can apply for a 'Visa on Arrival' at the Trivandrum airport. As this procedure is still in its infancy stage and we have already encountered problems with it, we would currently still advise you to obtain your visa before departing to India.
When do I have to be at the airport for my return flight?
For your return flight, please make sure that you obtain confirmation of your flight at least three days before your departure. Our reception will be happy to help you.
What kind of clothing do you advise?
Simple and loose-fitting clothing is sufficient. For the evening hours we recommend some warmer clothing like a sweater or cardigan.
Is it possible to swim in the sea all year round?
The best season for bathing in the sea is the period from December to February. The Indian Ocean is very turbulent, so bathing in the sea is not possible every day. This applies particularly outside the above-mentioned months. Our swimming pool is additionally at your disposal all year round.
During your programme of Ayurvedic treatment, we advise keeping any strenuous physical exercise to a minimum. Please consult our doctors on site about this.
What currencies are accepted at Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort?
At Somatheeram you can change money or pay in euros. We accept Master and Visa credit cards, while elsewhere all other widely used credit cards are accepted. You can change foreign currency into the national currency at most banks.
What is the difference between Somatheeram and SAMANA?
Somatheeram is a resort situated in a tropical garden with individual cottages and Kerala Houses constructed in a traditional South Indian style. SAMANA on the other hand is characterized by a more European ambience and amenities like free Wi-Fi in the entire building and air-conditioned rooms.
The SAMANA is only a few minutes walking distance (approx. 200 meters) away from Somatheeram and accommodates its own small Ayurveda unit. Depending on availability, consultations and treatments take place at the Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort most of the times. The latter incorporates an Ayurveda Center with treatment rooms spread all over the property. Yoga and meditation classes take place several times a day at the Somatheeram.
SAMANA guests can use all the facilities at Somatheeram as well.