SwaSwara, Gokarna, Karnataka
‘An Indian Consciousness’ ‘Ayurveda and Yoga on Om Beach’ ‘SwaSwara means your inner voice and true to its name, this is a place of natural harmony to release, refocus and recalibrate the self.’ “Situated on Om beach, there is little, apart from the rhythm of the rolling waves and the meditative hum of birdsong, to disturb your inner explorations. Crafted in colours of the Earth, and in harmony with the land that nurtures her, SwaSwara is designed for holistic and transformational experiences; a space where the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga embrace you to rejuvenate body and spirit.”
At the healing fount of silence We live unaware of the nurturing inner voices of our being, drowned out as they are by the din of daily life. Only when everything else quiets down and we are at peace with ourselves in our surroundings can we hear it. That’s why we made sure that the shouts and clamors of the world die down to whispers at SwaSwara so that you may be uplifted by clouds of enfolding tranquility. SwaSwara is poetry in stone, painted with colours that symbolise the grounding energy of the earth, offset by the healing purity of white. The dwelling units at SwaSwara are villas that invite you to revel in the open and green spaces that have been created within the confines of your walls. These afford privacy, yet open up to the skies and exposes nature in its full bounty to the senses. A yoga deck on the second level offers spectacular views of the countryside and ocean while also serving as a perfect nook for Yoga practices. Earthy and simple as its design is, SwaSwara is not spartan or lacking in comforts. Its architecture pays homage to the terrain and its character while infusing your personal spaces with an abundance of nature that plays its own unseen hand in healing. Spirit of the Land Hand woven for you We try to introduce local elements into your stay wherever we can, to remind you of the customs in vogue at our locations. The towels that we place in our rooms at SwaSwara – Kara Thorthu – are an old tradition and made by local women weavers to this day. They are known for their capacity to absorb moisture easily and to dry quickly as well. They are ideal for the climate of this region and have been used by the locals for a long time. An ode to the earth SwaSwara is of the earth in all respects. It is poetry in stone, an artistic expression in laterite, painted with colours that symbolise the grounding energy of the earth and offset by the healing purity of white. Its architecture pays homage to the land, infusing your personal spaces with an abundance of nature that stimulates even as it heals. An aura of healing SwaSwara has a great profusion of healing plants and medicinal herbs that grow on the property in different spots including the courtyards of the guest villas. We believe that their presence creates an aura of healing for all who enter here. These plants are also used by our therapists in their various formulations and preparations aimed at your wellness. KONKAN VILLA WITH PRIVATE COURTYARD GARDEN Accommodation in spacious Konkan villas that boast an open inner courtyard and partially open to the sky bathrooms. To make the most of the beautiful natural surroundings only the bedrooms can be enclosed and are air conditioned; the rest of the villa opens out to nature. You Are What You Eat The adage that ‘you are what you eat’ is a given truth at SwaSwara. Good food- planned and appropriate – is an intrinsic part of wellness. They are chosen made with care to hasten the process of wellness in you. You are welcome to visit our interactive kitchen gallery to understand and partake of this intensive and complex culinary process dedicated to wellbeing. Much thought goes into the ingredients for the SwaSwara kitchen . We prefer to make food that is grown in harmony with nature, ripened naturally on healthy soil and cooked with an air of mindfulness. Our fresh produce – from the organic vegetable farm at SwaSwara and the neighbourhood – consists of seasonal tropical fruits,vegetables and freshly caught seafood. These are complemented with juices and herbal teas. Dairy and eggs are limited in their use as is the use of oils in our preparations. For those on the Swa Wellbeing, wine is offered. Our menu does not feature meats, hard liquor, refined sugar or refined flour. Experiences Nature Trails and Bird Watching What better way to start your day than with a sighting of Hornbills or the White bellied Sea Eagle that nests in our property! With a protected patch of forest and the rainwater lakes, SwaSwara plays host to a wide variety of migratory and resident birds, with occasional visits from endangered species too. Experience all this and more on our guided bird watching walks offered every Wednesday morning. You could also hike across Om Beach, up the cliffs through the scrub jungle and acacia plantation to Half-moon beach and trek back uphill along a mud road to the resort. Boat Ride You can contact our front desk for Boat Rides to Mirjan Fort, Long Beach and Tadadi Harbour. A very interesting cruise to the historic Mirjan Fort, takes you through the sea up the Aganashini river. A tuk tuk ride will get you from the boat jetty to the fort. Return by boat to OM Beach. Cruise by the pristine long beach where you can explore a relatively un touristy beach and fishermans village and a typical Konkan style temple. Cruise to the busy fishing harbour to experience the local flavor of a bustling fish market. Return by Tuk Tuk. Visit The Temple Town Meander around and find yourself back in time at Gokarna’s 2 streets amid the sacred cows; visit its famous Shiva temple; or tour the inland temples and forts. Interactive Cooking Learn to cook healthy South Indian Cuisine with our chefs in the Kitchen. Everyday, our chefs offer interactive classes for healthy cooking. The guests are encouraged to go into the kitchen and cook with our chefs to learn how to cook healthy and improve our food habits. They give you recipes to try at home and healthy alternatives you can find in your city. With the skill to cook with almost no oil, no refined sugar or flour , our guests have been able to successfully change their own and their family members’ lifestyle at home. Art Studio Expressing oneself through art was an activity enjoyed and reveled in as children. At SwaSwara get back in touch with that forgotten child within us. To break the ice our Artist in residence can take you through the paces besides introducing you to different mediums of art if you so wish. Images and Content Credit – CGHEarth
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