Fly – The nearest airport is Chennai International on the south-east coast of India.
Taxi transfers from the airport can be arranged in advance by contacting:
PRO & Kamalanivas in charge
The Taxi drive from Chennai to Malaikodi takes approximately 2.5 hours and costs 3000 Indian rupees, approximately $46.00 US. Click here to get the latest exchange rate
Rail or Bus – A cheaper option is the take the train or bus to Katpadi Railway Station in Vellore. From there you can connect with a bus or auto rickshaw to complete the 15 minute journey to Peedam in nearby Malaikodi.
The Peedam guest-house, Kamala Nivas, offers 52 rooms with A/C, ensuite bathrooms, filtered water and three delicious vegetarian meals a day. Internet and phone service is available. Please bring your own towels and toiletries.
Standard Room (Small) 1,500/-Indian Rupees per night
Deluxe Room (Large) 2,000/Indian Rupees per night
Extra Bed 500/Indian Rupees per night
Also, the new guest house has a series of units for a longer stay and budget options:
A & B block (with A/C) 900 Inrs per night, food not included (200 Inrs extra for three meals)
C block (without A/C) 700 Inrs per night, food not included (200 Inrs extra for three meals)
All the above rates may vary (current as of 2015) three meals a day –> Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Narayani Peedam. Depending on your skills here are some of the things you could do: work in the Hospital; teach English at the School; care for toddlers at the Nursery; plant trees with the Green Shakthi Program; look after animals at the Cow and Dog Shelters; offer food to people, cleaning and decorating in the Temples; music programs, recycling, care for the plants and many more wonderful activities. The volunteering is all planned once you arrived and cannot be pre-booked.