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Authentic Ayurvedic Resort in the hills of Thrissur
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KJoules wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
I went to Nilayoram for a 3 week Panchakarma treatment in November and would not recommend it to anyone if your health concerns are beyond loosing some weight. Initially I had a good feeling as the place seemed like an authentic Ayurvedic retreat with simple facilities but more focus on the treatments in a beautiful surrounding. The manager/ owner replied straight away to my e-mails, making the whole booking/ organizational part very easy and transparent. However after the first consultation with the doctor I started having doubts. He did no physical examination at all, didn’t check pulse, tongue, eyes etc. This conversational panel was done once a week, again no physical examination to see if things have changed. On-site is an assistant doctor that comes past every day asking how you are but has to consult with the other doctor via phone before any amendments are done. The communication was challenging. The Indian food was delicious, however not prepared according to your dosha and not specifically Ayurvedic (black tea (with sugar) gets served twice a day). My digestion became very sluggish, which they were not able to manage the whole time. It has never been that bad before and still is. The staff is lovely, although very limited in English. There is no integrated offer of yoga/ meditation, you would need to book it extra. Nilayoram’s focus seems to be on the body only (simple symptomatic approach as in western medicine) and leaves mind and spirit out completely (which is essential in ayurveda). If you have erratic symptoms or want to find out about the reason for your condition I would recommend another place.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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James A wrote a review May 2019
Wollongong, Australia14 contributions6 helpful votes
If you would like to experience the traditional Ayurvedic treatment this is the place to be. M G Menon (Director) is a lovely person who is always ready to assist and accommodate your needs. The medical panel is professional, excellent in there diagnosis & treatment. Treatments are authentic with experienced staff. Therapist have a very in depth knowledge & experience. Food is traditional, simple & nice. All the staff are lovely & happy to service. Strongly recommend for anyone looking for authentic Ayurvedic treatment.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Helens House wrote a review Jan 2017
Stockholm4 contributions1 helpful vote
During 28days we stayed in Nilayoram for Ayurvedic treatment. We were welcomed and treated in the best way, all staff included. We had treatment (massage) twice a day with two therapists each session. The food was delicious! We are now practicing the Indian kitchen..at home! The rooms were very clean and nice, with view to the garden and river. We had daily check up with two young female Ayurvedic doctors. Once a week a professor from the Ayurvedic school had a panel for each guest. A taxi from Nilayoram will pick you up at the the airport Cochin We will be back with friends...
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Justin N wrote a review Dec 2015
San Francisco, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I are from San Francisco, and spent five weeks at Nilayoram at the end of 2015. We both knew very little before coming here (first time for Ayurvedic treatment as well). We were looking for (1) a relaxing getaway where we could rejuvenate without any stress, and (2) an improvement in both of our health. We got exactly that, and I’d highly recommend it for each of those. I was surprised at some of the negative reviews I found on Trip Advisor. If you are coming here to improve your health, this is a very good spot to be; you could view it like an hospital. However, if you’re looking for a resort experience, this is not your spot. The food, schedule, treatments, and environment are all geared towards helping you get healthy. I wanted to provide more info on our experience, as we weren’t able to learn much prior to coming here. Pre-Arrival: We found M.G. Menon to be exceptional in our email correspondence prior to arriving. We didn’t have to send in a deposit, though we did send in blood work results and a health questionnaire. He was also helpful in advising us on cheaper flights, and other arrival information. Arrival: From COK airport, it’s about a two-hour drive. They arrange for a driver to pick you up, and the ride is fine. Nilayoram is very remote, so don’t plan on site seeing (closest town is about 30 min, closest city about 1.5 hours). Since we weren’t here to site see, that was fine. Once you arrive, you’ll have a “panel” with a few treatments - you’ll describe any symptoms, and they’ll Treatments: We received two Ayurvedic treatments a day (each about 45 min to one hour), as well as medicines about 7 times a day. The personnel doing the treatments are very thorough, and do an exceptional job. Whatever it is they’re doing it works - both my wife and I left in the best health of our life, and having recovered completely or near completely from all of the symptoms we arrived with. Service: The service is really great - they’ve very accommodating, very polite, and extremely helpful. There is quite a language barrier for everyone except for M.G. Menon (perfect English) and the doctors (near-perfect English). It didn’t pose a problem for us, but just something of which to be aware. Facilities: The grounds are beautiful, beside a river. It’s probably a 2 acre lot of land. Our intention was to just read, chat, and relax, and we did just that. Bring plenty of books. The internet is usually very fast, but very unreliable. It went out about 8 times while we were there (as long as 24 hours once, but usually just a few hours). I was working remotely while there, so this caused a lot of inconvenience, but if you’re not working remotely it should be fine. If you want to watch TV shows while you’re there, you’d be better to download them in advance. We’d just download a few shows at night, and then have them for the next day, but we didn’t watch that much TV. The rooms are all nice - on par with what you’d find in an upper-end hotel in India. Food: I’m assuming you’re there for health reasons, so just know that the food will get you healthy. But it is very, very repetitive. It felt like about six meals rotated between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All vegetarian, no alcohol (which caused me to lose about 11lbs / 5 kg while I was there). The food for me was the hardest part - I’m used to much more variety, but also know that there’s a purpose for that they’re serving. I wouldn’t advise bringing many snacks - the point is to do a health cleanse, so it was not fun, but necessary. Yoga: My wife liked this, but I stopped after the first session. If you do yoga in the US, this isn’t what you’re used to. My biggest recommendation, given the other reviews I’ve read, is to ask to try one class before committing to pay for it for the duration. We plan on coming back in the future and would advise this for anyone looking to get healthy, both physically and mentally.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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ramsachin wrote a review Jul 2015
Aluva, India2 contributions5 helpful votes
I have an great experience for Panchakaram therapy for my uncle in Nilayoram Ayurveda Kerala Resorts, Thrissur. I found that the treatments and massages especially Kerala rejuvenation massage are superb.My uncle got a great retreat from Nilayoram Resorts and a great trip too..It was a great decision to take panchakarma therapy from Nilayoram and my uncle was really happy...
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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sreelal905 wrote a review Jul 2015
Kottayam, India1 contribution2 helpful votes
I had a wonderful stay at this Ayurveda Resort hospital for my friend's treatment. Ayurveda Kerala Nilayoram Ayurvedic Resort is great retreat center did wonder and now he is perfectly cured. I suggest it is a great place for Ayurveda treatments...it's a very excellent destination, very beautiful resort..
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Date of stay: March 2015
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ToriDance wrote a review Aug 2014
Juneau, Alaska1 contribution5 helpful votes
When I first went to India for panchkarma, I went to a PK hospital in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Nagpur is a busy city almost in the middle of India. The PK was great but each day I had to walk through the bazaar to get to my treatments. Noisy, crazybusy, aggressive. Although that hospital now offers it’s own accommodations, at the time, I vowed to find a place that was peaceful. So that's why I went to Nilayoram and one of the many reasons I keep going back. There are many loyal groups that come to Nilayoram, but they don’t post reviews. I am not part of a returning group, but I have been there when there were groups from around India and Europe. They’d been coming for years getting treatment. It occurred to me that the Trip Advisor readers would be missing out if they weren’t aware of how popular Nilayoram is. I now live in Alaska (too cold for PanchaKarma) but I used to have the Ayurveda Center of Tucson (warm but a bit dry). I assisted people to find a place to go for PK and gave them ongoing support when they returned. You’ve probably googled many of the Ayurvedic resorts and healing centers throughout the world, but for those who would like PK with the fullest range of fresh herbs, in authentic environments, with experienced doctors and therapists without having to pay an arm and leg, India is the place to go. Ayurveda is practiced throughout India, but Kerala is where many of the medicinal herbs are grown. Kerala Tourism has introduced the "Green Leaf" for Ayurvedic institutions to help people distinguish between facilities. The "Green Leaf" is given to those Ayurvedic centers, such as Nilayoram, that provide 5-star facilities. While 5-star may not be exactly the same in the west as in Kerala, the award is an indication of high standards. Ayurvedic healing centers are particularly prominent in Kerala because the rain and warmth serve to assist the cleansing actions of the Ayurvedic treatments. People who don’t understand this may protest that it rained too much during their stay. Bless the rain; it’s all a part of our healing. From my own experience, a good measure of whether a resort is giving authentic treatment is whether or not they encourage you to be peaceful or suggest you be more active. A facility that has more emphasis on pleasing the guest, like a western resort, will provide whatever the guest wants. But an authentic Ayurveda center will prescribe activities that have a healing focus. Similarly, the meals may seem bland to some, but appreciated by others as a rest to their over-worked digestive systems. Another measure is the care and compassion of the therapists. When you’re getting one or more treatments everyday for 6 weeks, who you’re getting them from is very important. Mrs. Santhi, head of the female treatment team, was so skilled and kind with such a warm sense of humor I can remember her like it was yesterday. However, I realize that not everyone experiences things in the same way. I have read reviews on this site that complain of being requested to “stay in my room”. If someone has a vata imbalance, then quiet, or “decreased movement”, is essential to their healing. Reading a book out on the green lawn as the Nila River flows serenely by will do just as well. When I was at Nilayoram last, I heard the opposite complaint from someone who was dealing with a kapha imbalance and had been requested to take lots of walks and do yoga. Do not fear being forced to stay in your room. In the past, Mr. Menon has been happy to arrange excursions. There are many temples as well as the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary within a half-hour drive. The Kerala Kalamandalam, a traditional performing arts school, is even closer. IMO: it’s best to do touring before PK begins. One of the reasons for going to India is that there are many more experienced physicians with the four-year degree: Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.). For instance, when I was at Nilayoram last, Dr. George Joseph, who did a great job of bringing down my vata, drove weekly from one of the oldest Ayurvedic hospitals in Kerala. Mr. Menon, the owner, worked as an accountant in England for many years before creating Nilayoram and knows how to balance the requirements of Ayurvedic healing with the needs of Westerners. So as the number of his guests increased, he added a chief consulting physician, Dr. Jaseela, who resides on property. I am going once again to Nilayoram next month (Sept. 2014) and have referred others there. Because Mr. Menon is an accountant, he makes payment a very straightforward process. I feel quite comfortable referring people to Mr. Menon’s well-run resort because he has western hygiene standards and comfortable accommodations with a peaceful and beautiful countryside ambiance. But most of all I go because of the quality of professional medical direction and treatments. It’s the most important investment I make for my retirement years.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Surya M wrote a review May 2014
San Francisco, California1 contribution9 helpful votes
We did not even get the chance to BE there - my wife phoned and an extremely rude man answered the phone - he would not shut up long enough to let her speak - and she was calling long distance - calls are extremely costly to India, yet he continued to interrupt and speak when she was speaking. She wanted Ayurveda treatments. To us, then, the most logical thing to do would be so obtain the doctor's mobile number to discuss the case and see if he could help her. The man refused her. She said she could not come unless she could call the doctor some time, the man said, well then just leave it. And closed the call - she was shocked. Want to know who the rude man was? THE OWNER OF THE RESORT!! If the owner can be so horrible in his attitude and how he treats people he does now know, you can expect the same attitude and bad treatment from the rest of his staff. That is how businesses are run - idiots hire idiots. Nice looking website, nasty owner. So don't let advertisings throw dust in your eyes. Just stay away, and save yourselves a lot of frustration and grief. This man does not seem to need any new business and also does not have the intelligence to at least understand that business is build by people telling other people about it. For sure I will not tell any of the people I know and I meet about this place. My wife and I will spend our hard earned money at a decent place where people are given understanding and respect. Plenty of other choices, my friends. Go and find them.
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Date of stay: June 2013
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TulipTrip wrote a review Oct 2011
Chennai (Madras), India1 contribution7 helpful votes
After reading the reviews here, I made a conscious choice to check out Nilayoram since I was looking for a place to get my sore neck treated without having to bear the grind of a hospital regimen. I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly attitude of the health staff and the cleanliness of the place. The food, initially was not completely to my tastes but soon changed on providing feedback. I would have been a bit boring if not for the chess sessions in the evening. What really makes this place stand out is the fact that it is set amidst nature in its raw form. Whether it is the sound of the stream careening through the rocks or the wake up calls in the morning by peacocks and a whole variety of birds, you many not want to miss a beat.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Room Tip: Pick the ones closer to the stream and take a companion along
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s s wrote a review Sep 2011
USA1 contribution3 helpful votes
I went to the retreat to help me with a health issue that I was dealing with for 4 years. I went for a 7 day treatment. I had to continue treatment with ayurvedic medicines for 3 more months. Within 1 month, my issue had resolved. The treatments are based on ones condition. I received twice a messages and it was great. The medicines were bitter but that was expected. The rooms are cleaned daily and was nice. It can be boring if you don't bring someone or bring something to do. But I had expected this. The yoga teacher was great and I am not sure about the review by others. He explained things and teached yoga poses for my level and conditions. The resort itself is located in a very nice area.
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Date of stay: April 2011
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