If money is not a constraint, head straight to Kalari Kovilakom for the best ayurveda in Kerala.This erstwhile 19th century palace has been magnificently restored without losing the essence and flavour of its yore. The ethos of Kalari Kovilakom is totally different, visitors are in for a no-frills experience - no liquor, non-vegetarian food, air-conditioning, television, swimming pool, foot wears, cell phones etc. But on the other hand, many things will be prominent by their presence. These include a diet kitchen serving organic food, traditional outfits, kuli kadav or bathing ghats in the traditional Kerala style, and chanting rooms to listen to high-quality classical music.
Kalari Kovilakom is a combination of spa, ayurvedic hospital and an ashram. Get here for your anti aging, weight reduction, detoxification or stress management treatments. It is a two and half hour drive from Cochin International Airport towards the inland hills of Palakkad and the western Ghats. At Kalari, every therapy is personal. The treatments are customized by the doctors, often combined with yoga and other methods to provide deep healing from within and without. Every treatment is based on your needs and the ayurvedic body type you have. Even the food served here is individual, with health drinks and herbal preparations that vary with your treatment.
The Kalari Kovilakom offers the kind of accommodation that best complements the ayurvedic treatment. Wake up call before Sun's up, Warm water to drink, Meditation, Yoga and Ayurvedic regimens based on your physician's recommendation; all this combined with a regimen that encompasses rhythmic massages, medicated baths and herbal diets is ideal for the exhausted body and mind. Kalari Kovilakom offers a unique experience in wellness. Experience the subtle blend of the healing power of authentic ayurveda with the grace and finesse of opulent living. Kalari Kovilakam is an essential stopover for connoisseurs who wish to make their life a big celebration.
What People Say about Kalari Kovilakam ......
Best place for Ayurveda in india
I was here for 21 days and felt completely relaxed and balanced at the end of it. The property is an old palace that has been renovated. The rooms are stately and beautiful with all modern amenities. The staff are very polite and friendly. The doctors are knowledgeable and take the time to listen to you. Food is light, fresh, very tasty and prepared according to your ayurvedic constitution and served in a traditional way.Tripadvisor
Leave your world behind
It is nestled in eight acres of gardens, including an organic vegetable patch from where all the food for your meals is harvested, a huge stone pond (not for swimming, alas), a temple and a backdrop of mountains. (We get to know it all very well as leaving the grounds is verboten - too much stimulation apparently.) Kalari's 18 rooms are vast and comfortable with no hint of a spartan ashram-style set up. Polished terracotta floors, heavy teak beds and wooden shutters on the windows induce a feeling of understated luxury. A minimum stay of two weeks at this is recommended at this Ayurvedic spa - the resident doctors say that this is the very least amount of time needed to harmonise the body based on the 4,000-year-old Ayurvedic practices for which India, and in particular KeralaTelegraph
Ayurvedic detox heaven in Kerala
It’s a magical place, which weaves its spell slowly. The buildings that appeared forbidding on the website became intensely beautiful over the course of two weeks; the confinement, liberating. The grounds of this palace are like a physic garden. Almost every plant has healing properties harnessed in some way by the herbalists who brew them into richly coloured medicinal massage oils, decoctions and tablets. The Times
A destination for dreams
Kovilakam’s USP is that full regime of food, daily activities and even the intake of the kind of water relies on the doctor’s diagnosis report. Kalari Kovilakam is definitely not a place to drop by if you are looking to visit a tourist spot that amuse. Instead it’s a place perfect for you to have a journey into yourselves.FWD Life Magazine
Ayurvedic detox heaven in Kerala
“If there is a heaven on earth , it is here! It is here! It is here! HUGH AND COLLEEN GANTZER in The Hindu News Paper
l went for my final consultation with Doctor during which he told me that everything seemed just right-my pulse, my blood pressure, and my dosha. He gave me the thumbs-up. I was perfectly balanced.Earth Calling
Ghee and Sympathy
Kalari offers a mixture of health, heritage, spiritual tourism and something rare and hard to defineThe Sunday Times
Retreat yourself with some hardcore detox
Legend has it that a thousand years ago, a handsome prince afflicted with a terrible skin disease travelled to the Annamalai hills in Kerala in search of the medicinal venga tree. So impressed was he by its healing that he founded a new kingdom on the spot, and 900 years later his descendants built Kalari Kovilakom there. Visit today and you'll find yourself locked in (yes, literally) to an austere Ayurvedic retreat where you're expected to take things seriously - no meat, no leather, no alcohol, no caffeine, no phones, no make-up, definitely no fun - and toe the line. This is emphatically not one for the faint-hearted - it's the mother of all detoxes, and we all know how tough a mother's love can be... London Evening Standard
What Sholto Thinks
Had I woken up in heaven, I wondered as I walked in mundu from my spacious colonial suite to a breakfast of local vegetables and good company? Kalari Kovilakom is a one off partly because it is relatively unknown compared to the world's other great spa centres like Ananda in the Himalayas. As a result it hosts more eccentric customers: no super models or stick thin socialites. During my stay here I chatted happily with an exhausted French phorographer, an artist and an elderly couple of writers. Good company as the sun sets across the wide, dry plain of Palakkad lighting only the distant Western Ghats to the East.
At the entrance as you remove leather shoes and switch off your mobile, there is a wooden sign that greets you as you enter the palace proper: "Leave your world behind". It exactly captures the spirit and colour of Kalari Kovilakom: a place dedicated to you and your needs and not to that crazy, smoggy world which we all need to retreat from on occassion. Would I recommend it? Yes, it is the sort of place that helps take on new paths and away from the old. Enjoy!
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- Open Fire
- No smoking Lounge Area
- Non Smoking Rooms On Request
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Time To Reach Hotel From Airport2 hrs
Distance to Airport75 Km
Nearest Railway StationPalakkad
Distance to Railway Station30 minutes
Nearest Coach Bus StationKollengode
Nearest Local Train StationPalakkad
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Anti-stress Programme - Manasanthi (14 Days)
Kalari Kovilakom’s 14-day anti-stress programme is designed to combat the symptoms of stress, insomnia, lack of concentration, fatigue and headaches that seems to partner today’s hectic lifestyles. The Manasanthi treatment consists of classic ayurvedic treatments, such as uzhichil, sirodhara (pouring oil on the forehead) and nasyam (excess body humours are eliminated through the nose. These are supported by special Yoga therapies, herbal medicines and herbal teas.
General Rejuvenation - Panchakarma (21 to 28 Days)
Pancharakarma is preceded by poorvakarma or pre-purification. The body is ‘readied’ to let go of toxins through swedanam and snehanam. Swedanam means ‘sudation’ or sweating. This procedure liquefies toxins and increases their movement into the gastrointestinal tract. Snehanam, which follows, means oleating the body. It helps toxins to move towards the gastrointestinal tract and makes tissues soft and supple, thus helping to remove stress and nourish the nervous system.
The doshas are now active. A particular panchakarma is then given according to the individual’s constitution and disorder.
Panchkarma is the classic five-point revitalisation treatment that is gaining worldwide fame these days. Although Panchakarma is often thought of as the entire procedure, it is, in fact, part of a group of therapies belonging to a class of cleansing procedures called shodhana. At Kalari, the Panchkarma rejuvenation process is intensive and closely follows the early texts of Ayurveda like the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita.
Pradhana karma - main procedure
There are five basic Shodhanas, or cleansing methods.
1) Nasyam: Elimination of toxins through the nose
2) Vamanam: Therapeutic vomiting
3) Virechanam: Purgation
4) Vasthy: Enema
5) Rakthamoksham: Detoxification of the blood
This is followed by paschat karma or post-purification measures, which advises a diet and lifestyle that is harmonious with one’s constitution.
Slimming Programme - Sthoulyagna chikitsa. (21 to 28 Days)
The Ayurvedic slimming programme works by increasing metabolism. The prescribed light, non-kapha producing foods relieve the system of excess kapha and also control vata. The programme, which includes medicated steam bath, medication, herbal teas and yoga, works to create a genuine metabolic change.
Anti-aging: Rasayana Chikitsa (28 Days)
The programme starts with a two week cleansing treatment to eliminate toxins. Only then do the rejuvenation treatments start, with medicines and diet. The aim is to arrest the degeneration of body cells and increase immunity.
In fact, the treatment helps to keep individuals free from diseases even at an advanced age.
Based on a person’s constitution or dominant doshas, therapies include pizhichil (massage with lukewarm, medicated oil), pouch massages, different types of uzhichil (massage), and other purifying treatments. The cleansing is followed by a rejuvenation treatment with special creams and oil, backed by a nourishing diet.