Attractions at Statue of Unity – Arogya Van (Santhigiri Wellness Center)
From prehistoric times, humans have realized the importance of medicinal plants. Modern as well as traditional medicinal systems like Ayurveda, since ancient times, have been using herbs to maintain health, for wellness treatments and therapies like massages, curing certain conditions, and preventive treatments.
- Distance: 2 Km. From SOU
- Timing : 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Close Day: Every Monday
- Ticket: Free Entry (No Ticket Required)
- Suitable For: Family with Children’s
- How to Reach: Internal Bus facility
About Aarogya Van:
Recognizing the importance of these medicinal plants, Arogya Van (Herbal Garden) is developed near the Statue of Unity, which is spread over an area of about 17 acres. Arogya Van exhibits a wide range of medicinal plants and health-related landscapes. The aim of this attraction at kevadia is to raise awareness about the important role played by plants in the wellness of human beings. Emphasis is also laid on Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation for being an integral part of a person’s well-being.
The entry gate of Arogya Van has all 12 postures of Surya Namaskar of human size, to emphasize on the importance of yoga, which is to be practiced daily for healthy living. The digital information center has been set up to acknowledge visitors and make them understand the heritage and the importance of medicinal plants in our day-to-day life.
The indoor plant’s section has been created to spread awareness regarding the importance of interior landscape. Interior landscaping plays a vital role in providing a pleasant and tranquil environment in which one can walk and relax. It is a semi-covered fabricated structure.
Key Facts & Attractions of Aarogya Van:
The key highlight at Arogya Van is the ‘Aushadh Manav.’ This is a giant three-dimensional layout of a human body in a resting posture. Each human organ is represented by a medicinal plant that is beneficial for that particular organ. So these plants are planted on the specific part of the body to make the visitors understand the specific plants used for therapeutic treatment of that particular organ. There are five gardens inside Arogya Van – Garden of Colours, Aroma Garden, Yoga Garden, Alba Garden, and Leutea Garden.
Also to explore the wisdom of traditional healing in its true form at Arogya Van, Gujarat Forest Department has joined hands with Santhigiri Ashram from Kerala, an organization with more than 60 years of experience in the ancient treatment systems of Ayurveda, Siddha & Yoga. This venture caters to holistic healthcare based on Ayurveda, Siddha, Panchakarma, Yoga, Marma & Naturopathy to visitors from India and abroad. Therefore, come and experience the true traditional treatments at the serene atmosphere of Narmada valley at Arogya Van-Santhigiri Wellness Centre.
This Arogya Van-Santhigiri Wellness Centre or Arogya Kutir provides therapeutic remedies and treatments like Dhara, Snehapanam, Sirovasti, Pizhichil, Udavarthanam, Marmachitiksa, Nasyam, karnapooranam, Tharpanam, Njavarrakizhi, Herbal Steam Bath, Rasayanchikitsa, Spinal Bath and Therapeutic Massages which are very popular in Kerala. While walking through this Arogya Van rather than a herbal garden, music is played to offer typical tropical forest surroundings.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
- Best Time to Visit?
The best time to visit the Arogya Van – Santhigiri Wellness Center is in the cooler time of the day 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM. it’s opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday.
- What to See & Do?
There are 5 different gardens and they have their own attractions. Also visit a wellness center where you get different types of therapy like Siddha, Panchakarma, Yoga, Marma, Naturopathy, etc..
- What to Bring or Not?
If you visit with your family, Bring some food & snacks, and play instruments like volleyball, football. Avoid any type of alcoholic or tobacco substance & Harmable weaponry.
- How to Book Tickets?
There are no special tickets required with the statue of unity entry ticket you can visit aarogya van, But for any healthcare therapy, tickets are available at the therapy center in aarogya van.