A great Review of the Kairali Healing Village by Mail Today

Ayurvedic Village

Ayurvedic Village

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A great Review of the Kairali Healing Village by Mail Today

The Mail Today recently published a great and very unbiased review on Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village. The article  other than highlighting the exquisiteness of Kairali also highlights the best places to visit near the healing Village.   Mail Today is a daily newspaper in compact format and is published by Mail Today Newspapers Private Limited, a joint venture between the India Today Group and Daily Mail of London.  It is clean and straight- talking and is a very widely circulated newspaper.

 

To Nature’s Village

 Fly down to Kerala & settle in an Ayurvedic village for a week to shut the world out.

 Marco Polo in hi book has stated that Kerala is the best of all Indus. So what can be said about Kerala that hasn’t been said before? Everything that I would want to extol about my home state has been elucidated and most of it would seem clichés.  To add to expected I was headed to the Kairali Ayurvedic Village in Palakkad for a few days of healthy food, fresh air and a whole lot of silence.

the town being closer to Tamil Nadu than Kochi, it only made sense to fly down to Coimbatore and drive down to Palakkad. And to prove that it is definitely Bacchus’s land, as one crosses from Tamil Nadu border into Kerala, the first building is a toddy shop. For those of who didn’t know, Kerala is India’s tippler country.

Driving on you realise that the landscape and the skyline change with borders. What was peppered with buildings and a lot of factories puffing out smoke effortlessly slip to chocolate coloured western ghats, languid greenery, paddy fields, and multi-coloured villas.

As you get part the castleesque gate to enter Kairali you realise that silence is a virtue here. The sight of the undulating, expansive grounds studded with coconut, mango and other trees prompts the thought that some things are still right with the world. Your bags will be taken care of as you step through the gate. After you are greeted by an affable manager, slip off your footwear while you stroll across the lush lawns to your room.

With tounge- twisting sun- sign names as Thriketta, Anizham, Moolam and Revathi, you will be hard-pressed to choose your burrow. After all there are 27 star signs in Kerala. The rooms are simple. This is a place for those wanting to de-stress and not for those who are enamoured by five-star hotels. There is no fixed menu and it is an all vegetarian place. You’ll know what you will be served as soon as you saunter into their restaurant and take a peek on to the blackboard. Made from fresh ingredients, some of them from their own garden, each meal is a variety. Let your tongue be open to surprises for the flavours are different and evocative.

After an afternoon’s rest, you could consult with the in-house Ayurvedic doctor’s for your  treatments, be it the seven-day detox or just the famed massages. The Panchakarma treatment is for those wanting to sweat iy out. Rigourous as it is, it cleanses the body toxins. They also attend to infertility problems, facial paralysis, paraplegia, arthritis and obesity. But, if like me, you are just in for a couple of days and want to make the best use of it, opt for the shirodhara, abhayanga, neytradhara and thalpodhichal. Do it over two days and you will realise what rejuvenation means. And if you feel like stretching out, they also have a yoga centre.

The cyan-coloured pool amidst the splendid outdoors is all yours. But, do not jump into it if you just out fron your treatment. You could ask for a breakfast to be served here, while you soak in the sun.

If sitting idle or reading abook is not your idea of fun, take a ride to Palakkad  town. In the heart of this idyllic setting is Tipu Sultan’s fort, which was built in 1766. For the religious, there is Kalapathy Shiva temple. It is an ancient Brahmin agraharam too. Just 15 –kms away is the Malampuzha dam. It is a must- visit for it is locked amidst the Western Ghats and a sight to see. If you don’t mind driving 60 – odd km, then Nelliyampathy is where you should go. Called the queen of Palakkad hills and nestled atop the Western Ghats, you can walk around waterfalls, orange plantations, or tea and coffee estates. For those with a cultural bent of mind, a visit to the Kalamandalam, around 70-km away, is an awakening of sorts. Situated on the banks of river Nila, it I the centre of south Indian arts. There are many who drive to the Silent Valley National Park (100 km away) from here too.

After you day out, come back for tea to Kairali and nestle up on a warm bench with pakodas and a book. For those who refuse to enjoy nature at its best, hunt for the games room to indulge in a game of tennis or pool.  The service id friendly and you will feel at home.

This is usually a year-end destination. If you don’t mind the Kerala monsoon, head there as early as July or August.

 Published on: October 13 , 2013