Skanda Vale
Skanda Vale
4.5
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Monday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Thursday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Sunday
4:30 AM - 10:30 PM
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Skanda Vale is a monastery and ashram with three multi faith temples. We are not a tourist destination, but a place for genuine pilgrims to enhance their spiritual experience.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Climber60501197593
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We visit Skandavale a few times a year, and each visit is truly refreshing. It leaves us revitalized, full of energy, and with a peaceful state of mind. Words can't truly capture the experience – you have to be there to understand it.

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If you're going as a tourist, you might be a bit disappointed by the low mobile signals and the no-photography rule inside the Temple. The entire place is maintained by monks and volunteers (no paid staff), and while they do a fantastic job, on very busy, rainy days, keeping everything spotless every single minute can be a challenge.

But if you're a spiritual seeker, a devotee looking for a pilgrimage, or interested in selfless service (Seva), Skandavale is like a piece of heaven on Earth. The energy, devotion, and the opportunity to serve selflessly are truly exceptional. As soon as you enter the temple, you'll feel like you're in a different, calm realm.

The temple provides free meals three times a day, so you don't need to worry about going outside for basic needs. You can immerse yourself in various pujas throughout the day. The temple doesn't expect anything from its visitors, and any donations can be made anonymously. It's a perfect place for spirituality. Simply put, it's an amazing experience!
Written 30 October 2023
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Sasha
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
An honest review of a very special sacred and holy place to offer your since prayers and to overcome obstacles in your life
Skandavale is an amazing place to visit and to be part of the pujas. I attended with my family, my husband and 3 kids over a busy weekend but we enjoyed the experience even more being with everyone who was there to enjoy the pujas. The pujas by the priests are breathtaking. I’m still in awe of it all. Seeing is believing as there are no words to describe the sacredness of these pujas having seen pujas in India , these pujas are breathtaking and pure. The singing of bhajans and Vedas are all too beautiful. We attended a few pujas and were fortunate to have the tasty Prasadum of rice, dhall , vegetables and fruit. Despite long ques for food with hundreds of people , we got to enjoy this free warm meal served by the community in the tent. We got to see the elephants, deer, donkey , pony’s , horses, birds and enjoy the flowers , gardens bring surrounded by hills , the sky and clouds , sun overlooking everything . We also visited the shop which had a range of beautiful things. We had lovely tea served by a friendly couple and delicious pakoras. Please ignore the negative reviews as this is a place to visit for pujas, to immerse yourself in the divine and to get blessings from Muruga, Kali ma , Shirdi Baba and others. My family thoroughly enjoyed the day with hundreds of like minded people and to be part of this , with the selfless brilliant behind the scenes service of the Swamis, Sisters and Sevadals-definitely a place to visit and to be with God and to offer your sincere prayers to the divine. We took offerings and surprised the bunch of flowers was place in Lakmis hands. The new Shirdi temple is very special. Even Satya Sai Babas presence is felt there. We are looking forward to visiting again soon.Toilets were clean despite hundreds visiting a place where everything is free and you can offer donations and offerings as you wish. My best advice is for families to plan your journeys , be familiar with puja times , have your snacks especially if you have kids like me 😊as with planning it can be the most enjoyable experience you will all ever have. I’ve visited temples in India including Prashanti Niyalam, Kashu Vishvanauth , and Ganges , but this place , is as sacred and holy as you will get in a place of worship. I highly recommend Skandavale to all seeking miracles , prayers answered , peace , happiness and just being in presence of the divine. Kali ma is very powerful so if this is what you drawn to, this is the place to visit. Namaste and I hope this review helps you. Thanks to everyone at Skandavale , all the amazing priests , nuns, communities and Sevadals.
Written 25 July 2023
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PriyaKD
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
The Most Amazing Pilgrimage with Beautiful Temples and sceneries.
Divine energy all around you - Peaceful
Pujas and Aartis are absolutely breath taking.
Clean and friendly worshiping
Brilliant food and hospice
Prayers/Mantras conducted by the Welsh priests are breath taking - Thank you.
See you Soon Skanda Vale
Written 22 May 2023
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Cruiser31335677574
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Excellent food given by chef Deepakji n great hospitality.
We have Excellent time in this property n stay 2 nights.
We prefer n refer for same to friends n relatives
Written 14 May 2023
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Surya Mohan
Hyderabad, India252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
A beautiful, small but very pious temple located in a lonely village of Wales . Prayers conducted by Welsh priests chanting Vedic mantras in a holy way , unseen and unheard even in a Hindu country like India. The Murugan temple, Vishnu temple and Kali temple are really great and the whole experience was wonderfully pious. Food or prasad is also served free of charge.
Written 22 October 2022
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Gee k
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Unwelcoming rude waste of journey. Discriminated because not one of the locals. Toilets dirty. Not maintained well at all.
Written 29 August 2022
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J S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Some of the negative reviewers do not appear to understand what Skanda Vale Temple is...It is not a Tourist Attraction, it is a place of pilgrimage, a peaceful, but working retreat. The use of mobile phones is understandably unacceptable, you don't come to Skanda Vale to do exactly as you do in your daily activities? Plus, some areas are Sacred places, and photographing them is not allowed. There are complaints about 'not seeing the elephants, after promising their children' ...The elephants are not exhibits, they are not a Tourist Attraction, they are Temple elephants. Whilst any place can be subject to an 'off day' or a' not as expected day' if you go expecting it to be a holiday camp, then disappointment will follow. Skanda Vale is a great place, they do a lot of good work, and I have always found them welcoming, but check what it's actual purpose is, before you go. The website has all of the information for you to make an informed choice as to whether you it would be for you. Enjoy the break from the normal noise and routine, relax.
Written 7 August 2022
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RohiniK
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Its a very peaceful place to visit. The monks pray sincerely and have learnt slokas in sanskrit over the years.

One should visit to connect with nature and inturn connecting to God. The monks and the mantras are trying to create a good environment for our spiritual experience. Its ones own responsibility at the end of the day; not the monk's nor the elephant's.

Some devotees come with the sense of entitlement and lash out complaints on how this time the puja was shorter than the last time or how the prasad food was more elaborate a while ago. However, the whole point is lost.

The monks have created and running the place, they are generous enough to welcome all people who are looking for some senere spiritual experience AND provide them free food; allow them to be part of their monastry poojas etc. They are giving us an opurtunity to peek into their day to day life. Yet people complain they arnt doing enough or have not treated them with utmost importance. This holier than thou attitute is rude. Oh dont get me started on 'my children want to see the elephant where the hell is that animal now?'.

Just go and enjoy a beautiful temple connected with nature. Grab Sri Ranganatha Swamy and Kaali matha blessings. Feel happy about the animals who seem to be taken care well. Be part of the group of people who are living there. Have hot maha prasadam and end the day smiling, why make it any complex than that?
Written 31 May 2022
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Samhi1986
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Nov 2021 • Solo
As others have said Skanda Vale feels very unwelcoming and insular. The only people who don't feel hostile are other visiting pilgrims.

They ask that you don't come as a tourist, come as a pilgrim- but it's very hard to feel any connection when you're acutely aware of how unwelcoming it is. This does not feel like a healthy place.

If you want to visit as a genuine "pilgrim" you will leave feeling alienated and sad. If you want to visit as a "tourist" you will have a very strange day out observing what you might view as a predominantly white run social enterprise meets cult.
Written 7 November 2021
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Jolly P
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited 25/10/21. Skanda vale temple in WALES after Driving-for nearly 5 hours and waiting nearly 1.15 minutes for darshan even though we had pre booked the Visit online we were given the Slot at 4.30pm there was no one available to check us in at arrival then to be told no darshan until 6.00pm. We decided to wait until 6.00pm then to be told we Cannot stay in the temple due to COVID-19 Regulations. Then we were asked to leave the Temple to watch Arti Ceremony in the Tent on the t.v screen as the locals were given priority over the visiting Guest to enter the Temple for arti. We were told we can do darshan after arti which will be 45 to 50 minutes later. Firstly the website didn’t Clerify that Temple will remain Closed until 6.00pm. Do not issue visiting booking Prior to 6.00pm online. Why allow locals Priority over Vistors who have travelled a long way and pre booked a slot for Dharshan. This is Totally out of Order and defeating the objective of Pre booking a Visit. A huge Disappointment for the Whole Family members and whole Experience. I would like to Advise anyone who is planning to Visit please kindly check your time and not come to the Temple before 5.30pm. Jai Maha kali, om shanti
Written 26 October 2021
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