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Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda

Kollengode, Palakkad 678506 India
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Kalari Kovilakom is an Ayurveda Hospital, opened to treat ailments by a rigid combination of authentic Ayurveda, Sattvic diet and yoga. No smoking, drinking or non-vegetarian diet is allowed or available. Once admitted, the patient cannot leave the premises until after discharge. Light cotton tops and pajamas, and rubber footwear are provided, complimentary, and no other dress is permitted during the duration of the treatment. Cell phones, tabs and laptops/notebooks can only be used in the rooms. Admissions will be only after a prior email consultation with our doctors.
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Riya wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution7 helpful votes
I stayed at Kalari Kovalikam for the 14 days panchakarma and was really disappointed with my experience. It is extremely expensive in comparison to other places and prides itself on it's authenticity towards its Ayurveda treatments. As someone well versed in holistic wellness and who has travelled to India twice a year for the last 27 years, it really didn't meet my expectations. The doctor spent maximum 2 minutes with me every day and if I asked questions about my treatments or about the process he told me to read the sheet of paper I was given or go to the library and read a book. He completely lacked empathy and seemed like he was there just to do a job rather than to genuinely care for his patients. I was left with little idea about what my body, mind and spirit was going to go through over the next two weeks. The property itself was 3 hours from Kochi so I was expected someone remote surrounded by beautiful nature. Unfortunately this was not the case. The property was next to a busy main road and I couldn't sleep the first night because of the trucks and horns throughout the night. The property is walled so you can't see anything outside the compound and it makes you feel slightly like you have voluntarily admitted yourself into a mental hospital or prison. The rooms were dark with little to no natural light. My room had two twin beds despite me being alone. It was full of Russian and European clients who had never explored or wanted to explore India and were happy to do their 2 week detox in a walled compound and return back to their country. I have been to many other Ayurveda centres where the doctors really cared for my wellbeing, took the time to explain the process and had not been westernised or turned into a resort for wealthy paying European/ Russian clients. India has an amazing warmth and positive energy that was lacking in Kalari Kovilakom. Ultimately ayurveda and holistic wellbeing is about balancing your mind, body and spirit. I was introduced to the owner after my stay and he didn't ask me once about my experience, just spoke to me about his busy travel schedule and lifestyle, which to me was example that the intention from the top was not in the right place. At Kalari, the lack of warmth, empathy, community, meant that it was like any old hospital, tackling simply your physical symptoms and completely missing out on your mental and spiritual wellbeing.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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samierol wrote a review Feb 2020
Istanbul, Turkey72 contributions28 helpful votes
Kalari Kovilakom in Kollengode, Palakkad- India is probably one of the most serious Ayurveda Treatment Centers in the world; my personal opinion the most serious and effective one. Located in the above mentioned region of south India ,Kalari is operating on a 13-14 acre land of a 300 year old Indian Palace which has been used by the British as a garrison and military barracks for quite some time. Minimum stay for this exceptional treatment is 14 days under doctors supervision and maximum capacity 24/25 guests and great ayurvedic cuisine along with twice a day almost 3 hours long ayurvedic massage by therapists. Not to mention the 3 times a day routine yoga sessions. At Kalari you can not only rejuvenate your body but also your soul in this beautiful garden with exotic trees , flowers and small animals. It’s a life changing experience once you complete the minimum 14 days treatment and been farewelled in tears..The moment the car takes you to the airport after the 14th day, you easily might start thinking about the next trip..trust me !!! I
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bigiuhl wrote a review Aug 2017
Essaouira, Morocco2 contributions4 helpful votes
it was a absolutely wonderful excperience. The people working there are so lovely & honestly. The massages are .....just wow....but the treatments are sometimes a bit hard. But at the end, I felt like a new, younger person. Also the food is very good....everybody gets food for they constitution. Vegan.... without oil, sugar & spices. But be careful - it's not a luxurious wellness hotel. It's the real Ayurveda. The palace it's old & simple....so as the rooms. You can't go out the hotel area - but you have to walk a lot. So you make you're rounds inside the (quite small) hotel area. The hotel is with his 18 rooms very small & they have maximal space for 24 people....but when it's fully booked then it's quite tight.
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Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Eli B wrote a review Jul 2017
Sydney, Australia3697 contributions3030 helpful votes
This accommodation is as grand as you can get in a wellness retreat in this lovely enclave.The care and service is immaculate. You cannot book in for the weekend: minimum stay is two weeks. We came to detox from air mileage overload and were more than mildly surprised to see people from everyplace on the globe seeking rest and recalibration of their burnt-out bods and spirits. I loved the gardens full of medicinal herbs and trees, the centre point being an enormous old mango tree in which mischievous turquoise kingfishers played up a storm. We were cosseted behind a high wall which nullified most sounds of the outside cacophony. A peak over the fence revealed local women doing laundry in the lake with loud slapping as they beat their soapy clothes against the rocks. On arrival we undergo an Ayurvedic examination and based on my disharmony of the primary dishes was relegated a diet to redress the imbalances. My balance liked the morning treat called pasha Katter, a petite banana coconut cake served with a spicy fruit chutney. Daily yoga and meditation played a pivotal role in with lots of opportunities to connect to my inner child, steamed apples for breakfast, kid-like yoga poses, warm milk being poured over me and toying with paints and paper kept me from stimulation which borders on the fringes of my febrile mind. That being that, the whole package of quiet surroundings, yoga, meditation meant i fared rapidly towards my journey inwards.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
SudhaNatarajan wrote a review May 2017
223 contributions80 helpful votes
Very good and very nice place to start with the family in the weekend. Every kind of health tips we can have a great solution in this point. All the children and adults will have a great idea in this place, so all of us can make a visit to the point.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda
Which popular attractions are close to Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda?
Nearby attractions include Seethargundu Viewpoint (7.2 km), Meenampara View Point (7.2 km), and Thiru Kachamkurissi Temple (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Does Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Seethargundu Viewpoint (7.2 km).
Is Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace for Ayurveda accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.