...there were no boundaries or borders. It was as if my mind had once
long ago made up a story about separate objects with boundaries but the
story wasn't true. The true story is that there is a luminous,
spacious energy that flows through everything all the time. It's
within matter, within things as well as within space, and you can tune
in to it at any time, just like changing the frequency on the radio.
There is no distance between this essence and ourselves. It is not
otherworldly. it is right here, closer than our own flesh.
For Indians, Ayurveda has been a household name, and we
all in some way or the other have experienced its medicinal values in our life
very closely. We all remember those home remedies that our grand mothers
boasted of, and most of them emerge from ancient Ayurveda.
Though we are aware
of the benefits of Ayurveda, yet it’s becoming a neglected aspect. In today’s
time of ultra stress and running around, going back to these roots is sometimes
imperative for mind, body and soul and a trip to Kairali- The Ayurvedic Healing Village in
Pallakad, Kerala, comes as a respite in such times.
|Beautiful Dining Rooms and Gym|
the hustle bustle of city life, it's a 60-acre vast resort spread in middle of
nowhere. Surrounded by trees and lavish landscape, it was almost a wild like
natural setting, perfect for a natural retreat.
We took an
afternoon flight from Delhi to reach Coimbatore and after a 1 hour 45 minutes drive
we reached the Kairali Resort
clear one thing in the very beginning, though it's a resort, but it isn’t a
typically luxurious vacation type resort that you imagine it to be, it’s an
Ayurvedic treatment center and mostly people go their for specific ailments and
treatments and even the duration of stay is suggested by the experts there.
Though, it’s quite relaxing and moreover detoxifying.
traditional welcome awaited us as we reached the resort, and after easy
check-ins, we dispersed in our rooms for sometime, before we met again for
|Traditional Welcome at Kairali|
The accommodation definitely is
an area, which can be
upon, as the interiors look dated.
Though the scenic natural beauty
and serenity fill you with
brightness, the rooms are rather
dull and gloomy
inside. But, we
were informed and even
witnessed ourselves that they
started renovating the
cottages already that too
|Villa - Interiors|
After resting for sometime, we headed out to the canteen
for dinner, it’s called a canteen because the food is always freshly prepared
and never stored or served stale. Most of the vegetables used in cooking are
grown within the landscape of resort and hence are always fresh and organic.
available at the resort is in its simplest form, nothing fancy about it, yet the
tastes are retained. Normally the diet is suggested by the Ayurvedic Doctor and
sent to the kitchen, but there is liberty to explore and indulge in certain
dishes. Even then the food is perfect to detoxify oneself and remain light.
a light meal, we all set in to our rooms to have a good nights sleep, as the
journey had made us a little tired.
|Detoxifying Food at Kairali|
|Beautiful Morning at the Resort|
began at 6AM with a
refreshing yoga session by the poolside.
was a wonderful feeling and something
that cannot be explained in words alone,
one really needs to experience it.
yoga session, we went for our
consultation with the Ayurvedic Doctor
understood what all treatments would
be suitable for each one of us.
|Treatment Centre Entrance|
|Waiting Area at Treatment Centre|
For day 1
it was only the
Abhyangam Massage which
is like a preliminary
other levels of treatment.
Also this is the only
massage that can
by anyone and everyone.
Same sex masseurs take you to
rooms, which are
comfortable and spacious.
rhythmic movements of
masseurs on my body led to
ultimate relaxation. After the
massage, they take you for a
steam session, for which one is
enclosed in a
wooden box like
structure with just the head
sticking up, 5 minutes in steam
and your body feels ultra fresh with all pores open, helping the skin to glow
its time for shower, with specially prepared Ayurvedic scrubs and shampoos, and
trust me those make you feel even more refreshed and glowing.
entire massaging session, we were at leisure and spent our time strolling in
the gardens, exploring natural beauty and witnessing the growth of natural
Day, I was advised to have the Elakizhi , which is done using a potli which is
filled with herbs etc. dipped in warm oil and patted all over the body. This is
quite helpful in relieving pains.
day, I wished to have the Shirodhara but as we were travelling back, I was not
advised for the same. The doctor said we need to take rest for at least 6 to 8
hours after that massage as the effects are calming and relaxing. So, instead i
went in for the Podikizhi, which is again a Potli massage, but instead of oil
they use steam to warm up the potlis. This was also quite relaxing.
these treatment massages, one can meditate in their evening session and believe
me this is one thing you definitely must do, as the meditation room in itself
as an experience of another level, its beyond words can explain, but all I can
say is you feel as if you are transported in another world. Also one can take a
dip in the pool and beat the heat.
One evening, the resort made a special arrangement to showcase a Shadow Puppet program for all its guests. It was phenomenal, as it's an age old art which is being kept alive by this group who has travelled throughout the world for their shows. Each one of us, especially the other
|Herbal Garden at Kairali|
|Jack Fruit Trees at Kairali - Mr. Soni and Moi holding the fallen fuits|
Yet on the third day, we decided to
explore Palakkad a bit and headed out to one hearty meal at Noorjehan
Restaurant. The meal at this iconic place was just too good, as it was simple yet so authentic and flavorful.
Sunday, being a holiday mostly markets were closed. Though, we were
lucky enough to buy some banana chips and other stuff from a well known shop,
whose owner was kind enough to open his shop for all of us.
|Freshly Picked Mangoes at Kairali|
morning, we were
invited to witness a cooking
session with the Chef at
Kitchen. It was an
seriously, as the principles
Ayurveda, simple cooking
techniques and minimal
ingredients and spices were
used to make delicious and healthy dishes.
|Shopping at Palakkad|
On the way
to Airport, we were given a Kairali factory tour at
Pollachi, TN, which showcased how these Ayurvedic products, and medicines are
made and it truly was an enriching experience. The process of refining herbs
and other ingredients in the most perfect manner to make the best use of each
one of them, is what we witnessed.
|Chef at Kairali - Simple Ingredients Awesome Food|
spending 3 nights and 4 days at Kairali, all I can say is that this place is
surely worth a visit, just to get away from the hustle bustle of daily life and
experience some calmness and serenity in natural surroundings while you get
treatments and massages done specific to your ailments.
|Kairali Ayurvedic Products - Factory at Pollachi, TN|
You may connect with Kairali at :-
Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing
P.O. - Olassery, Kodumbu,
Palakkad Dist. - 678551, Kerala (INDIA)
(+91)-(4923)-222553, 222623, 224402, 224403
Corporate & Reservation Office
Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort Pvt. Ltd.
D - 130, Block D, Ambedkar Colony, Mehrauli,
New Delhi - 110030.
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