‘Swa’ in Sanskrit means ‘the self ‘Swara’ refers to ‘sound’. We live, unaware of the inner sound of our being, drowned out by the chores of our daily life. Only when everything else quiets down and we are at peace can we hear it. That's why at SwaSwara shouts of the modern world die down to whispers, providing a serene environment for soul healing.
Gokarna…meaning ‘cows ear’ – this is an ancient village full of lore, a famous Shiva temple, with two main streets lined by shops and traditional tile roofed brick houses. A happy mix of traditional Brahmin communities and a large tourist population that seeks the sun, the sands and the sea enjoy living here.
A little away from Gokarna village, SwaSwara lies on 26 acres of rolling hills and gardens adorned by flowers, shrubs and spices that give each other company on a carpet of green lawns, lined with serene coconut palms. Beyond the lawns is a vegetable garden bursting with the greens of the season and paddy fields that nourish those who stay at SwaSwara.
And within this spiritually enlightened and sensitive environment nestle 24 villas inspired by the homesteads, tradition and craft of the Uttara Kannada region of Karnataka.
Accommodation • Accommodation at SwaSwara consists of 24 self-contained Villas, built in the local Konkan style, featuring air -conditioning, modern plumbing and most other modern conveniences you'd expect
Cuisine • Fresh fish, shellfish and other seafood, based on seasonal variants and the catch of the day. These are accompanied with fresh produce from the local farms and a selection of Indian wines
Things to Do • There are extensive Yoga, Pranayama and meditation facilities, with individual attention from qualified yoga teachers • SwaSwara has an Ayurveda centre, where you can try out a variety of massages and other therapies. Ayurvedic massages and therapies at SwaSwara are designed to refresh your body, soothe away frazzled city nerves, improve blood circulation and put the spring back in your life • SwaSwara believes that you are what you eat. Holistic food is an intrinsic part of wellness at SwaSwara. SwaSwara also believes that its guests would benefit from understanding the cuisine served at SwaSwara. You will be invited to join in plucking the vegetables and cooking them, along with the culinary team, at SwaSwara’s interactive kitchen gallery • Then there are the charms of Om beach, and a number of other beaches that are a short boat ride away. The temple town of Gokarna and Gokarna beach make for fascinating day excursions
Getting there • The nearest airport is Goa's Dabolim Airport (fairly well-connected internationally), which is 170 km away. Mangalore Airport is 240 km away. The nearest rail station is Gokarna Road, on the Konkan railway. It is a scenic train ride linking Mumbai (Bombay) to the major cities of Kerala, including Cochin and Trivandrum.