I returned recently after a fortnight at the Sree Chitra Ayurveda home.
It was a great disappointment. It left me with none of that wonderful sense of wellbeing I felt after my ayurvedic fortnight in Kovalam last year. The very contrary: I have to recover from it.
It is sad, because I cannot speak sufficiently highly of the people in charge: they are kind, warm and helpful and certainly sincere in their commitment to ayurveda. They were so nice that I hesitated about sending you a report. In the end I decided to do it because of the misleading claims on their website.
True, the location on the riverbank is exquisite. Yes, there is a lovely breeze blowing from the river. Unfortunately, despite the superb location on the river bank, no riverside walk is available, nor indeed are there any walks of any kind. One can walk to the main road and back; that is all.
The building is as described, very impressive, masses of marble. The rooms, we are told, are “well furnished with modern facilities”. Not exactly well furnished: there is only one chair, no armchair, nowhere to put your suitcase. As to modern facilities, yes there is air conditioning, but the lighting is miserable. Yes, there is hot water, but one cannot be sure how long it will take to arrive, or whether it will arrive at all, so that cleaning off the oil after ayurveda treatments is a problem.
According to the website there is a “spacious restaurant in ethnic Kerala style with delicious vegetarian food”. The “spacious restaurant” is a separate structure, situated between the generator and a wall, therefore it is curtained permanently. So at breakfast time you step out of the glorious morning into this unattractive, dark space; at dinner time it is very poorly lit, and it is hot and airless as well. To get some air you prop the door open with a chair. The table cloths, however messy, are never changed.
The cooking was not of a high order, only just OK. Fresh fruit not a matter of course: you were given it if you asked for it. None of the abundance of the glorious fresh produce I learned to love and expect in Kerala! Most people bought their own supply.
By about 6 it gets too dark to read out of doors, so you look for somewhere to read indoors. However, there is no decent lighting anywhere and there are no power points into which one could plug a reading lamp. I ended up sitting on my bed to read. My bedroom gave on to the veranda, which is the only place for socialising, so that noisy conversation there precludes all hope of quiet relaxation.
I cannot comment on the treatments. I am sure they are of a high order. My observations are for the benefit of those who are not motivated by serious medical problems in their choice of destination. Sree Chitra Ayurhome may well be the place where the treatment is the very best available.
- Also Known As:
- Sree Chithra Ayur Home Thrissur, Kerala