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.
|Beautiful Dining Rooms and Gym|
Away from 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
Let me 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.
A 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 dinner.
|Traditional Welcome at Kairali|
an area, which can be improved
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
have started renovating the
cottages already that too
|Villa – Interiors|
|Detoxifying Food at Kairali|
Food 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.
After 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.
|Beautiful Morning at the Resort|
|Treatment Centre Entrance|
Our morning began at 6AM with a
refreshing yoga session by the poolside.
It was a wonderful feeling and something
that cannot be explained in words alone,
one really needs to experience it.
After the yoga session, we went for our
consultation with the Ayurvedic Doctor
and understood what all treatments would
be suitable for each one of us.
Abhyangam Massage which
is like a preliminary
massage, preparing for
other levels of treatment.
Also this is the only
massage that can be taken
by anyone and everyone.
Same sex masseurs take you to
the massage rooms, which are
comfortable and spacious.
The 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 naturally.
After this its time for shower, with specially prepared Ayurvedic scrubs and shampoos, and trust me those make you feel even more refreshed and glowing.
Post this entire massaging session, we were at leisure and spent our time strolling in the gardens, exploring natural beauty and witnessing the growth of natural vegetation.
The 2nd 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.
The 3rd 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.
Apart from 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|
|Freshly Picked Mangoes at Kairali|
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.
|Shopping at Palakkad|
The next morning, we were
invited to witness a cooking
session with the Chef at
Kairali Kitchen. It was an
seriously, as the principles
of Ayurveda, simple cooking
techniques and minimal
ingredients and spices were
used to make delicious and healthy dishes.
|Chef at Kairali – Simple Ingredients Awesome Food|
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.
|Kairali Ayurvedic Products – Factory at Pollachi, TN|
After 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.
Palakkad Dist. – 678551, Kerala (INDIA)
(+91)-(4923)-222553, 222623, 224402, 224403
D – 130, Block D, Ambedkar Colony, Mehrauli,
New Delhi – 110030.
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