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About Swami Nithyananda Ashram

There are 44 caves here for meditations and a temple on top of these caves.

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Built by Swami (sage) Nithyananda, the monastery is located south of Kanhangad Town. This area was part of a forest and here, Swami Nithyananda constructed 44 caves in a mountain slope. These caves are an architectural wonder and thousands from all over the world visit here yearly to take a look at them.

A look around the monastery premises

There is a temple inside the ashram on top of the caves called Nithyananda Bala Mandir, built similar to the famous Lord Krishna Somanath Temple in Gujrat State.

The ashram also houses a full size statue of Swami Nithyannda in sitting posture. Just in front of the temple is the imprint in marble of the soles of Nithyananda’s feet. Usually it is the dorsum of the feet that are sculpted. But here, his soles are embossed on marble.

The 44 dark caves were once used by Swamis to spend long hours in meditation. The linen, crockery, vessels, and religious things used by the Swami is exhibited in a room adjacent to the caves.


The life of sage Nithyananda

Nithyananda was born at Quilandy in Kerala in 1897, he left home at the age of twelve, and performed meditation in the Himalayas for several years. He them traveled to Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and later to Calicut, Tellicherry, Kumbla, Mangalore, Udupi, places in Kerala State. He found numerous monasteries during his journeys. 

Nithyananda came to Kanhangad in the early 20th century. He first did his meditation five kilometers away from the main Ashram in a rocky hillock surrounded by 40 acres of forest. The place is called Guruvanam and it is believed that through meditation he created a stream of flowing water considered to be holy in which devotees could take a holy dip.?

The Nithyananda Ashram was founded in 1931. He lived in the ashram for many more years until migrating to Ganeshpuri in Bombay and building another monastery there. He died there in 1961.

Getting to Nithyananda Ashram

The monastery is located in Hosdurg Town of Kasaragod District of Kerala State in Southern India. Hosdurg is connected to the nearest large town Kanhangad by buses. Kanhangad hosts the nearest major railway station and is connected well to rest of the parts of the country.

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Palayi Kadavu

Palayi Kadavu

9.68km from Swami Nithyananda Ashram

Palayi Kadavu is pretty much hidden from outsiders. A couple of kilometers away from Nileshwar town is Palayi Kadavu with its amazing view of coconut plantations bordering its banks, and the slowly moving picturesque Tejaswini river. The river which is rather small upstream looks mighty here, nearing its completion of journey to the Arabian Sea.

Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort

11.36km from Swami Nithyananda Ashram

Spreading over 40 acres, Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kerala. It is situated in Bekal village of the northernmost Kasargod district of Kerala state. The 360-year-old fort is shaped like a giant keyhole and it is surrounded by a spectacular beach. The tall observation towers where huge cannons were once placed offer a scenic view of the Arabian Sea and adjacent towns.

Pulimoot Beach Cheravathur

Pulimoot Beach Cheravathur

12.63km from Swami Nithyananda Ashram

Long streches of white sandy beach lined with coconut palms. Popular for sunset, swimming, beach football.

Kappil Beach- Kasaragod

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15.85km from Swami Nithyananda Ashram

One of the cleanest and pristine beaches in Kerala, decorated with loads of broken sea shells on its sandy floor.



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A marshy island noted for its biodiversity and local conservative efforts. Home to endangered "White-bellied Sea Eagle". The monkey feast here during the Onam festival is extraordinary.

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