While Kalari Kovilakum is a beautiful place, I am very disappointed in the trip and wish I had gone elsewhere. The ayurvedic treatment involved drinking larger and larger quantities of clarified butter, daily until you were (not surprisingly) quite ill and sick. There were generally two treatments a day, which ranged from being quite enjoyable to downright uncomfortable. I am quite open to introspection but guests were just left to their own devices between treatments and meals and it actually became quite tedious. We were not allowed to leave the grounds so I would have appreciated more talks or group cookery lessons or individual yoga lessons to make better use of the time and learn more about ayurveda.
I hoped to immerse myself in the entire experience and return with a better outlook and feeling rejuvenated but Kalari didn’t deliver any of this for me. The treatment was not well explained, the doctors were uncommunicative (mine wasn’t there for three or four days of my treatment) and there was no mental stimulation, other than that provided by the other “inmates”. The other guests were mostly women, travelling solo. Most were Russian, with some French and Polish. English speakers were the minority.
The yoga lessons were almost exactly the same every day and the instructor insisted on my attending the earlier class and setting my wakeup alarm for 5.30 am (against my wishes), since it made the rather dull days even longer. I must stress that I am extremely interested in alternative medicine and holistic treatments and have visited several other “wellness” clinics/resorts. I wish I had gone back to one of those.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kalari Kovilakom - The Palace For Ayurveda Kerala/Palakkad