On the western fringes of Neyyar Dam, this superbly located 1978 ashram is renowned for its hatha yoga courses, starting on the 1st and 16th of each month. Courses run for a minimum of two weeks and include various levels of accommodation and vegetarian meals. Bookings essential: around two months ahead for high season, when one-month yoga-teacher training is also offered.

There’s an exacting schedule (5.20am to 10.30pm) of yoga practice, meditation and chanting. Ayurveda courses are available too.