Kalari Kovilakom, a 200 year old palace, is the ideal destination for authentic Ayurvedic rejuvenation. Located near Kollangode in the Palghat District of North Kerala, India, the spacious grounds are the ideal location for an intensive programme of the traditional system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India.
Set in an atmospheric 19th century palace, once home to the Vengunad royal family, this enclosed retreat complements the healing process. It is clear to guests, from the moment they arrive, that it is first and foremost a treatment centre and hospital with strict rules and no exceptions.
TREATMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Although many people come to Kalari Kovilakom, the home of Ayurveda (Kerala), simply for rejuvenation, your doctor will work with you on any niggling aches and pains that you may have during your stay. Be prepared for a strict detox over your first few days before the rejuvenation begins.
As well as adhering to a strict vegetarian diet, tailored specifically for you, you will undertake daily yoga and meditation practice and numerous Ayurvedic massages and treatments. In your spare time (of which there is surprisingly little) you are free to wander the gardens, read or chat to other guests.
Evenings are short with dinner commencing at 6.30pm and then some activity or entertainment (a performance of classical Indian music or an om chanting session for example) usually takes place at 7.30pm. Everyone is usually back in their rooms (perhaps after a final pre-bed lap of the grounds) by 8.30pm.
Each stay begins with a thorough consultation with your assigned doctor, who will fully assess your needs. You will see your doctor daily to discuss progress and how you are reacting to your treatment.
The grounds of Kalari Kovilakom are pretty and filled with trees and plants. The medical wing overlooks a small lake and the yoga platform has been ingeniously designed so that it is open on all sides but protected from bugs by fine netting to make full use of natural light and any breeze.
The 18 en-suite rooms are large and gorgeous, if a little spartan, with antique wooden beds, art deco furniture and tiled floors. Guests (or rather patients) are supplied with everything they need including hairdryers, safes and free wi-fi.
There's no need to pack much as you'll be issued on arrival with sets of loose, white, cotton shirt and trousers to wear throughout your time here. These are refreshed for you regularly.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner take place at strictly-observed times, signalled by the ringing of a bell. Guests sit at separate tables and silence is mostly observed although talking is allowed. All your food is prescribed by your doctor so there is no choice of dishes but second helpings are freely available. All meals are vegetarian.