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Kalari Kovilakom Palakkad - Kerala


Information about Kalari Kovilakom

Kalari Kovilakom is the Palace for Ayurveda, perhaps the first and only one of its kind. Its face is the face of the warrior-king, elegant and expansive. But its heart is that of a sage, offering a deep healing, a doorway to the union of the mind, body and spirit.

If the old legends are to be believed, healing is part of Kalari's very soul. Stories are told of a Prince who came to the foothills of Kerala's Annamalai Hills around the 10th century. It seems he was afflicted with a particularly troublesome skin ailment. So he came to cure himself in the healing spring waters of this land. Possibly, he also sought the medicinal Venga tree that grew here in profusion.

Dharmavarman stayed on to found a kingdom, Vengunad, 'The Land of the Venga Tree'. And for all the days to come, his descendants held sway over these silent and green foothills.

It was in the 19th century that they built Kalari Kovilakom.

Accommodation at Kalari Kovilakom

18 palatial suites that offer the experience of authentic palace living.
The Old Guest Wing, with '20s colonial Western-styled rooms.
The Palace Wing, which has traditional Kerala architecture reminiscent of the 'zenana'.

Royal pleasures: an antique swing-divan in the Palace Wing. We inherited much of the furniture when we took over at Kalari, and what we didn't has been recreated faithful to the spare and sensible style of the originals.

A typical room in the Old Guest wing, a section of the palace buiilt specially for visiting European visitors.

Note the four-poster beds and the '30s - style tile flooring.

Restaurant in the Kalari Kovilakom

You are what you eat' isn't just granny's favorite saying. It's one of the key underlying principles of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic diets, contrary to common belief, do not prohibit meats or wines. Rather, they stress moderation, and selection of foods in harmony with your body type.

Ayurveda also gives us the unique idea of food as medicine. The ancients believed that a person's diet had the power to cure many ailments, large and small.

A piquant gram-and-sprout salad forms the centrepiece of this ayurvedic lunch, served in gleaming brass 'katories' (cups) on a banana leaf platter. Organic rice (top) provides rich fibre and the glass of buttermilk cools the system. The dishes of local vegetables are picked to provide a medley of tastes and textures, without having to use excessive fats or spices.

Kalari Kovilkom's breezy dining area adds some special ingredients to your diet: plenty of light and fresh air

Ayurveda at Kalari Kovilakom

Kalari Kovilakom offers ayurveda unveiled in its most authentic form.
The herbs used are pure and freshly picked, usually from the herb gardens maintained on Kalari Kovilakom's own extensive grounds.
All food is prepared in a full fledged ayurvedic kitchen, using pure spices and ingredients to create simple, yet delicious vegetarian meals that form an integral part of the treatments.
And the therapies are in strict accord with the ancient texts of Ayurveda.
Through a combination of massages, herbal treatments, medicines, diet and purifying baths, the Kalari experience promises you a chance to see the world afresh, to be twice born.
10 therapy and massage rooms offer a complete range of treatments. Expert masseuses and therapists work with you from head to toe, bringing new life to tired muscles, bones and tendons. The healing continues at our Yoga and meditation centres, and even at the dining table. And of course, hovering protectively over your whole treatment are Doctors Shreelatha and Jain, qualified ayurvedic physicians with years of clinical experience.

Want to learn more about Ayurveda in general and our treatments in particular? Read our Doctor's briefing.

Yoga at Kalari Kovilakom

Yoga is the ancient Indian mind-body-spirit discipline, said to have originated in the 'sutras' (philosophical verses) of sage Patanjali, millennia ago.
The word is from the old Sanskrit, and means 'union'. While there are many different forms of Yoga, the purpose of all of them is the same - to achieve oneness with the cosmos. For the serious Yogi, the ultimate aim is to attain 'moksha', or liberation from the karmic cycle of birth and death.
The form of yoga that's most widely known in the West is 'Hatha Yoga', a system of 'Asanas' (postures) meant to perfect and discipline the body, and its accompanying breath exercises, called 'Pranayama'.

At Kalari, we use the Bihar school of Hatha Yoga, a gentle, yet powerful form that combines particularly well with other therapies.
Afternoons in the Yoga Centre are reserved for 'Yoga Nidra', a special meditative technique that brings about deep relaxation in the individual.
Like everything else here, yoga therapies too are personal and focused. You'll be guided through a routine that's designed for your age, ailments, body type and general condition.

Facilities in the Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurveda treatment rooms, catering to 10 persons simultaneously.
Ayurvedic beauty therapy centre.
Extensive gardens growing Ayurvedic herbs.
Yoga, meditation and chanting hall.
Well-stocked library.
Traditional Kalari arena.
Spaces for music and cultural performances.

How to reach Kalari Kovilakom

The Kalari Kovilakom is located about in the old princely capital town of Kollengode in the foothills of the Annamalai range, Kerala, India
The nearest International Airport is Cochin, 105 km, or about two-and-a-half hours drive away.
Coimbatore Airport. is 75 km away and Palghat is the nearest railway station (on the Mumbai-Trivandrum route), a mere hours' drive.

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