Timeless Experience at Kairali, India's Most Popular Ayurveda Destination-Mint Newspaper

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Mint is an Indian financial daily by HT Media that was founded in the year 2007. It mostly targets readers who are business executives and policy-makers. Supriya Aggarwal, an author of this daily newspaper, shared her experience of being in Kerala and enjoying the serenity and purity in the air of this south-Indian state.

She visited Kairali-The Ayurvedic Healing Village, which is situated in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The name Palakkad come from two words 'pala' and 'kadu' which connotes to 'pala trees' and 'forest' respectively. Mesmerized by the hospitality of the staff and the authenticity of Ayurvedic treatments and therapies, Supriya thinks to visit Kerala time and again. This health retreat has received the NABH certification under AYUSH for Ayurvedic hospital in India. Organic meals are served throughout the day to the guests so that they can heal from inside. And getting a chance to stay at this health hub, can never get better. It provides for complete rejuvenation and detoxification programs and various other healing techniques of one's choice. Therefore, being one of the most popular wellness destinations, Kairali proves its serenity and resembles the true essence of Ayurveda.

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"A WORLD AWAY FROM THE FAST AND FURIOUS

Kerala’s heady blend of history, architecture, tropical weather and layered landscapes can soothe the weariest of souls. But its status of one of India’s most popular tourist destinations means that well-known locations like Alleppey, Fort Kochi and Munnar need some valiant wading through crowds. So, I pinned Palakkad on the map for a tryst with a more serene part of the state.

Situated in the northern part of the state, it is the ideal destination for the traveller who wants to take it slow.

Palakkad is a rather sleepy town. It boasts of neither a coastline nor hills draped in tea plantations. What it does have is vast expanses of verdant plains interspersed with low hills, rivers, hill streams and forests.

The gateway to Kerala from the north is a 40 km break in the mountains, known as the Palakkad Gap, which offers access from neighbouring Tamil Nadu. This natural chasm played a key role in trade relations between the eastern and western coasts of peninsular India. Deriving its name from the Malayalam words pala (an evergreen tropical tree) and kadu (forest), this was once a stunning stretch of land, covered in the sweet-scented flowers of the pala tree. An abiding amalgam of Tamil and Malayalam culture exists here.

After an overnight train journey from Bengaluru to Palakkad, I checked into Kairali-The Ayurvedic Healing Village. After an organic meal and a rejuvenating massage, I decided to spend some time exploring the village.

The Malampuzha Dam, the biggest irrigation dam in the state, featured high on my list since the location was said to be stunning. And it indeed lived up to its reputation. But what caught my attention was the garden on the edges of the reservoir that was fashioned by the late Nek Chand Saini, better known for building the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. The Malampuzha gardens too have been created with waste material like broken bangles, tins and plastic cans.

Adjacent to the dam is the Malampuzzha Snake Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. I strolled around the enclosures containing pythons and cobras in comatose stillness, some of them coiled around the branches of sandalwood trees.

Kerala is home to many stately looking forts, one of which I visited the next day. The Palakkad fort, built in the 18th century by Sultan Hyder Ali, is one of the most well-preserved.

I spent the rest of the day shopping in the town’s wholesale market. I practically walked into every shop selling coffee, tea, banana and jackfruit fritters, spices, dry fruits and the trademark gold and white kasavu (handwoven saris).

Keeping my stride slow and thoughtful had been a whole new way to explore this Kerala town- something I hope to repeat on future trips."- Supriya Aggarwal