Kalari Kovilakom is the destination for an incredible, authentic Ayurvedic experience that combines physical, psychological and spiritual therapies, complemented by daily yoga and meditation practices.
Kalari Kovilakom is set in an ancient palace in Kerala that has been beautifully converted to offer guests a comfortable wellness retreat – it’s the perfect setting for embarking on a new way of living, whilst learning about your body and mind and how to balance your energies. Along with relaxing amidst the peaceful ambience at the palace, guests can enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty of the breathtaking surrounding hills.
With 12 treatment rooms and a clinic on the property, Kalari Kovilakom offers the highest quality treatments for Complete Detox, Stress Management, Weight Management, Healthy Aging, Specific Ailments and Conditions. Initially on each retreat, the focus is on detoxification, after which the system is better prepared to accept and respond to the various other treatments and medicines offered at Kovilakom. Ayurveda treatment includes a special, personalised diet, daily morning Yoga and meditation, and daily massages – a well-rounded experience that enhances physical and mental wellbeing.
Guests enjoy a restful stay that is entirely dedicated to healing, and always leave feeling healthier and calmer. All activities take place within the premises, and additional experiences include practising mindfulness, enjoying interactive discussions on Ayurveda, and after dinner entertainment such as dance and musical perforances.
Amongst the various comprehensive programmes available, all of which are personalised, guests can choose from: Anti-stress Programme-Manasanthi (14 Days), designed to combat stress, insomnia, and headaches; Slimming Programme-Sthoulyagna chikitsa (21-28 Days), which works by increasing metabolism; Anti-aging: Rasayana Chikitsa (28 Days), a therapy that aims to arrest the degeneration of body cells and increase immunity. There are so many incredible programmes to choose from and Kalari Kovilakom is well-renowned for achieving wonderful, long-lasting results.
Featuring only 18 guest rooms, a Kalari Kovilakom retreat is intimate and tranquil. Spring for the Vengunad Suites for extra space and charm. All rooms are well-appointed with modern amenities.
Cuisine at Kalari Kovilakom is delicious, based on traditional Kerala vegetarian cuisine, with most recipes based on locally sourced vegetables and fresh coconuts. It is important to note that coffee, tea, alcohol and cigarettes are not permitted at the retreat, so as to adhere to the principles and dietary restrictions of Ayurveda. Similarly, meat, fish, eggs, bread, milk and sugar are not served, nor are salads part of the daily regime, but certain fruits are served. Food is unbelievably tasty and healthy and after only a few days of following the regime, you’ll start to feel the positive impact of the dietary changes.
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