Soon after the Amazon India Fashion Week ended I was invited for an experiential at Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village in Palakkad, Kerala for a relaxing weekend. So naturally, after the hectic 4 days of fashion week, I just could not say no! Later on I also realized that I had never even been to Kerala before! Yay! Neither had I ever experienced an ayurvedic retreat before plus they have yoga everyday so I was super duper excited.
The Ayurvedic Healing Village is a haven for people to rediscover their bodies and an environment that heals. You have patients with real medical problems coming in to get treated with Ayurveda (yes they actually have a hospital license!) and you also have people who are looking to just switch it all off and rejuvenate amongst nature. They have doctors who diagnose your ‘Prakriti’, determine what kind of an imbalance there may be and work towards restoring the balance which leads to overall well-being and an improvement in health.
We flew from Delhi to the Coimbatore Airport from where it is a 1 hour 45 minute drive by road. The drive was not as scenic as I had imagined it would be frankly – it’s the highway and the views are pretty basic and even hazy. But once you start nearing Palakkad you see how the air becomes clearer, forest denser and everything greener. Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village is located in the middle of nowhere and is quite well cocooned within it’s cover of lush greenery. If you ask around the neighbouring areas, the locals don’t even know about it – they are more likely to point you in the direction of the ‘Kairali Bar’ lol!
There is yoga everyday in the morning, a pool if you’d like to take a dip to escape the humid heat of Palakkad, a gym, massages everyday, meditation daily in the evening and more fun activities to keep the guests engaged. There are hammocks for you to laze the rest of your time in. We witnessed a cultural program that showcased the dying art of shadow puppetry that played the story of Ramayana and how Sita was rescued back. There is just 1 family in Kerala that is left that practices this art-form and travels the world to keep it alive. 10 years back there were 20 more families who did this!
We also witnessed an organic cooking class where the in-house chef shared some super easy local recipes using organic ingredients. All the food that you are served at the healing village is grown by the Kairali group themselves and is all organic – right from the rice to the fruits to all the veggies. The plants are not only used for food but to also manufacture Ayurvedic medicines by the Kairali Group. Quite self sufficient.
Our rooms were quite spacious. Each villa/room is designed according to a particular zodiac sign. They have red oxide that is used on the roof and flooring. Each room has a rare Valambari Conch shell and there is a water stream that runs continuously throughout the property connecting all the villas. Enough talking – enjoy the photo-story below!
Photographs of me courtesy Aman Godara