We are much more than the body and mind, our suffering or our thoughts. On this journey we learn how to go within and see the outer world as our blank canvas, to paint the picture we desire.
Mookambika is a small village in Kollur, in the state of Karnataka in the area at the foot of the Western Ghats. Mookambika temple is among the most important shrines for Devi feminine worship. It is one of the Shakti peethas founded by the sage Adi Shankar.
Everyone will be staying at a beautiful and modern yet simple hotel in the village which is only one of three which has been built in the last 2 years. The room will come with AC and wifi.
You won't need to bring too much clothing or things with you on this trip. Simplicity is best.
It is best to pack very light because you will probably like to take some things back from India.
Clothing. For ladies we recommend clothing which is traditionally Indian such as Kurtas with pants. You can also wear western clothing but not skirts, dresses or tops that show the shoulders. Indian women traditionally cover the shoulders up to the middle of the arm.
This way of dressing is set so you can also enter the temple.
For men western clothes are fine also but no shorts. Lose pants and top are perfect.
You will no doubt get into the spirit of India and buy some local clothing as it is comfortable and very beautiful.
Money. There are ATM's in the village which will give you local currency of Rupees but they are not always reliable so you should bring some cash with you, if you plan on buying anything.
Adaptors for your computer and phone need to fit for Indian sockets and outlets. Please look online for what they look like.
There will be wifi in the hotel. Making calls are not an issue neither is sending emails.
Everyone entering India who doesn't have an Indian passport will need a visa.
You can apply for your visa by visiting these sites which are official government sites and not 3rd party ones which charge a fee. You will be able to get your e-visa within a few days although you should go through the process at lease 3 weeks before to make sure you don't have any issues.
For People coming from the U.S.A visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html#.
From the E.U visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
The closest airport to Kollur is Mangalore airport. You will be picked up from there.
There will be flights coming in to mangalore airport if you fly into Dubai for a connecting flight from your original destination such as the U.S.
Otherwise you will be flying into one of the bigger airports such as Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore and getting a connecting flight to Mangalore.
You also have an option to arrive the day before the retreat starts and or a day later after the retreat finishes. You can ask us about this and we can advise you about it.