Vidyavanam ( An Indian Christian Ashram) is blessed on January 03, 1997 on the Feast day of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is one of the Institutions of the CMI( Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) Congregation, belonging to Preshitha Province Coimbatore.

Vidyavanam as a Catholic monastery in southern India that strives to combine Indian religiosity with Christian spirituality has been attracting God-seekers from around the world for the past 25 years.

Vidyavanam opens its gates for people of all religions and allow anyone to stay with in, if they are true seekers of God,”

Christians and people of other faiths discover at this ashram “a way of truth and orientation of life” through prayer and meditation, Retreat and Yoga. Aim of this Ashram is, Making Christianity “truly Indian and help to experience the true depth of Indian spirituality in Christianity “

Built nearby  the National Park in Bangalore on a small  hill Area,  the ashram comprises a beautiful Chapel, Meditation and Yoga rooms, and a library stocked with books on the Bible, monastic spirituality, theology and comparative religion. It also has some huts scattered on the rocky hill for the God Seekers to stay.


Fr. Johnson Valiykulathil

Our New Director

Fr. Shyjo Paramel

Our new Asst. Director

Late. Fr. Francis Vineeth Vadakkethala

Founder of Vidyavanam, .


Vidyavanam offers a variety of Spiritual Retreat programmes for the consecrated persons and the lay faithful according to their needs.