Where is The Good Karma Hospital filmed?

Learn more about the beautiful setting for the ITV drama.

The Good Karma Hospital has opened its doors for a second series, inviting viewers back to the sunshine and warmth of India.

But where exactly is the programme set, and is it really India that we’re seeing on screen?

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Find out more about where Amanda Redman, Amrita Acharia and Neil Morrissey filmed their cosy hospital drama.

Where is The Good Karma Hospital set?

The storyline is that junior doctor Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia) heads out to South India after a break-up to start afresh with a new job.

She arrives in Kerala to take up a post with The Good Karma Hospital, run by Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman).

Where is The Good Karma Hospital filmed?

Despite being set in India, filming actually takes place in neighbouring Sri Lanka so that the production can avoid the rainy season.

The series is mainly shot in Unawatuna in the south of the country, which boasts a beautiful beach that viewers will recognise from many episodes of the show.

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If you’re looking for the actual building of the Good Karma Hospital, head into the town by the beach where what we know as Dr Fonseca’s hospital is really a teacher training college when scenes aren’t being shot.

Fans of the show may also see episodes featuring neighbouring Galle, a Portuguese-Dutch town further up the coast featuring a fort, stone sea walls and European architecture.

What do the stars think of the filming locations?

Star Amanda has a close connection to Sri Lanka that made it an emotional place to film for her, as she had been on holiday there in 2014 when she was told that her mother was seriously ill. She passed away later that year.

Amanda told Dundee’s Sunday Post: “By the craziest of coincidences, we were filming Good Karma in exactly the same place.

“I felt that coming back again might bring a bit of closure. When I had days off from filming I did have time to reflect, but those times could be quite lonely.

“My family weren’t there, I missed my husband and my daughter. But I felt closer to my mother when I was there, which was very strange.”

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Neil, who plays Dr Fonseca’s boyfriend Greg McConnell, told the Radio Times how much he loved filming in Unawatuna.

He said: “The beach is beautiful during the day and has everything: sun, sea, great surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. But in the evening, it really comes alive: outside every restaurant there’s a table with mountains of fresh fish, prawns, squid – the best tuna I’ve ever eaten.”

The Good Karma Hospital returns on Sunday, March 18 at 9pm on ITV.

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