Just a stone’s throw from Palakkad Gap, a mountain pass bordering Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Ayurvedic Healing Village is nestled at the foot of the Western Ghats in the town of Palakkad.
Winner of India’s Leading Spa Resort at the World Travel Awards 2015, the sprawling 60-acre village’s 30 villas blend seamlessly into a tropical grove. Flanked by coconut palms and mango trees, meandering pathways are crisscrossed with streams dotted with fountains.
Each villa is uniquely designed using vastu shastra (Indian feng shui) and allocated according to guests’ star signs, as the fragrant herbs and trees surrounding each are planted according to different constellations. A resident astrologer/palmist is also on hand to offer guests a glimpse into the future.
An up-and-coming hotspot for travellers to Kerala, Palakkad offers a mix of historical monuments and temples, wildlife sanctuaries and exotic rare birds and rivers. Highlights include the unspoilt Nelliyampathy Hills, the Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Attappady Hills and spectacular dams such as Malampuzha, Mangalam, Kanjirapuzha, Siruvani and Parambikulam.
A backdrop of misty mountains and tropical forests creates a serene setting for a host of ayurvedic treatments, tackling everything from stress and respiratory problems to skin conditions and weight-loss.
Alongside health, diet and fitness programmes, therapeutic massage rejuvenates both body and mind. The ayurvedic experience at Kairali is designed to heal, cleanse and revive. Join a fitness class, play a game of tennis or badminton, hit the jogging track and explore the local area on bikes before relaxing by the pool, soaking up the rays.
To kick-start a healthy eating regime, tasty vegetarian dishes made with locally sourced, organic ingredients are served at fine-dining restaurants White Lilly and Oottupura. For the best results, guests are encouraged to avoid alcohol and smoking during their stay.
Experience the authentic healing practices of ancient India, while relaxing in the lap of luxury at this jungle paradise.
At the Kerala Boat Race Festival, from July to September in Alleppey, join the crowds watching snake boats and other rowing boats
Need to know
· Panchakarma therapy
· Weight-loss packages
· Programmes: arthritis diabetes
· Physical health treatments
· De-addiction and rehabilitation therapy
· Ayurveda, yoga and meditation
· Therapeutic massage
· Fine-dining vegetarian restaurants
· Swimming pool and gym
· Recreation centre
· Astrology, numerology and palmist
· Ayurveda cooking demonstrations