Karkidakam is the last month of the Malayalam calendar (followed in Kerala), which falls during the month of July or August. With the coming of Karkidakam the monsoon rainfall enters its final phase in Kerala. Traditionally in Kerala, this period of the year is considered most ideal for undergoing Ayurveda based body rejuvenation therapies.

Ayurveda, a holistic system that rejuvenates not only the body but also the mind and soul, recommends Rithu Charya. It is the specific observance of diet and lifestyle suitable for each season to defend the body from the lashes of changing seasons. By following a strict routine, we can cancel the effect of the sudden transition from the scorching summer to the cool monsoons.


  • Recital or listening to spiritual scriptures and empowering discourses.
  • Special healing diet [oushada kanji] to enhance immunity. Karkkidaka kanji consists of boiled cereals and medicinal plants. Along with njavara rice, 12 to 24 types of medicinal herbs are used in preparing the gruel.
  • Karkidaka chikitsa to alleviate existing health conditions and to prevent illnesses.
  • Satsanga – Social gatherings for spiritual dialogues to keep everyone close and in a positive frame of mind to support mutually if a need arise to one of the members of society.
  • Avoid non-vegetarian foods, fried foods, alcohol and smoking
  • Avoid non-vegetarian foods, fried foods, alcohol and smoking
  • Yoga and Pranayama
  • Drink atleast 2litres of luke warm water daily

What are the goals of Karkidaka chikitsa

  • Detoxification – Over days and months we ingest toxins and pollutants that accumulate in your system. These toxins accumulate in your body and when it reaches a certain level it gives rise to symptoms like allergies, body pains, swellings, depression and even auto immune disorders. The Karkidaka Chikitsa attempts to mobilize the toxins in your body and eliminate them through channels of cleansing.
  • Boost to Immune system – The Oushada kanji which is prepared with herbs proven to enhance and strengthen the immune system .
  • Rejuvenation – The massage therapies will improve circulation and increase oxygen and nutrient level in the tissues to rejuvenate and refresh the body.
  • Alleviation of current health concerns

When to start?

In 2016, Karkidakam begins on 16th of July and extends till 16th of August. However due to global warming, climate changes are steadily moving to extremes. Since last few decades the rains start as early as June and intensify by July. Adapting to the changing times, taking the fundamental goals into consideration, ELEPHANT PASS AYURVEDA & YOGA RETREAT starts monsoon treatment program from last week of June through July and August.