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Heal your in­ner and outer be­ing with a stay at Kairali – it’s sim­ply in­cred­i­ble!

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Head to Kairali to re­ju­ve­nate

The weather in Coim­bat­ore air­port was gloomy, ready to rain any mo­ment, but the drive to Palakkad was a vis­ual treat. On reach­ing Kairali, The Ayurvedic Heal­ing Re­sort, a tra­di­tional wel­come with Ker­ala’s off white and gold vas­tram, a light­ing of the lamp and fresh melon juice awaited us! The flora at Kairali has a rus­tic feel with no ar­ti­fi­cial prim­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture in all its glory. It is a beau­ti­ful sight to see jas­mine, hi­bis­cus, an­thuri­ums and flow­ers of var­i­ous breeds bloom­ing all over and or­na­ment­ing the stone walk­ways.

A cosy villa with a pretty ex­te­rior wel­comed us… It was fas­ci­nat­ing to know that each villa was based on the prin­ci­ples of vastu shas­tra, and de­signed and named on the dif­fer­ent naksha­tras. A lit­tle sit-out out­side each villa gives you a view of the scenic prop­erty while re­lax­ing, read­ing or chat­ting up other health en­thu­si­asts stay­ing with you.

Shi­rod­hara A mas­sage beck­oned, where a pot full of warm her­bal on oil was poured a my fore­head in con­tin­u­ous stream. me It in­stantly made re­lax and slip into deep sound sleep.

As I step in­side my cot­tage, I no­tice no tiles but rooms built with red ox­ide floor­ing which helps in keep­ing the in­te­ri­ors cool and adding a pos­i­tive vibe – great for the heal­ing of the pa­tients. Each room has a conch shell ( shankh), again to add ‘pos­i­tiv­ity’ in the room. I also no­tice that the toi­letries in­cluded dant man­jan in­stead of a tooth paste! In my first half-hour, I un­der­stood that Kairali is not just a heal­ing hub for var­i­ous kinds of prob­lems but also a well­ness cen­tre where detox­i­fi­ca­tion merges with lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties.

Heal­ing Be­gins

Our stay be­gins with a per­sonal med­i­cal and well­ness con­sul­ta­tion with the res­i­dent doc­tor who as­sesses your body type ( tri­doshas - vata, pitta and kapha) and pre­scribes Ayurvedic ther­a­pies ac­cord­ingly. To ease us into the mas­sage rou­tines and ther­a­pies, we were given a very light form of Ab­hyangam mas­sage. Two masseurs si­mul­ta­ne­ously and rhyth­mi­cally rubbed my body with her­bal oils, which was re­lax­ing. I could feel my mus­cles loosen up, as the mas­sage is also known to

im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion. A steam bath fol­lowed the mas­sage, af­ter which we were given a kaya lepam (paste made from dals) to scrub the body and re­move the oil. Soon af­ter the mas­sage was time for a med­i­ta­tion ses­sion in a serene room in the mid­dle of the prop­erty. The sounds of the stream of wa­ter flow­ing in the back­ground and birds chirp­ing were sooth­ing to the ears.

Healthy Eat­ing

Soon as the ses­sion was done, my stom­ach be­gan to growl… A four-course din­ner – a bowl of spring onion soup, salad, two small ro­tis (no ghee or but­ter), eg­g­plant, dal, red rice and pineap­ple halwa made with jag­gery and ghee – awaited us, which I rel­ished hap­pily. Food at the re­sort is veg­e­tar­ian and Ayurvedic, with in­gre­di­ents be­ing picked right be­fore cook­ing, from the re­sort’s own her­bal gar­den. While the por­tions are fixed and pre-de­cided by the doc­tors, ex­tra serv­ings are not ad­vised. Even the wa­ter served is pink her­bal wa­ter, which is ac­tu­ally de­rived from the bark of a tree and boiled.

Morn­ing Bliss!

At 6.15 the next morn­ing, I woke up be­fore my alarm be­cause of the birds chirp­ing out­side my villa. I let my­self soak in the morn­ing bliss and get ready for a re­ju­ve­nat­ing yoga ses­sion… Post my de­li­cious South In­dian break­fast, I headed for my sec­ond mas­sage, this time on my re­quest for a healthy look­ing skin. I was ad­vised Ud­warthanam pow­der mas­sage along with a face pack. The mas­sage com­prised rub­bing of her­bal oils and pow­ders to help ex­fo­li­ate dead skin, in­crease blood flow and add glow to the skin. The day passed quickly with Ayurvedic ses­sions and or­ganic cook­ing classes for the guests. In the evening, guests were in­vited to meet the in-house as­trologer for a ‘dekko into the fu­ture’.

Food at the re­sort is veg­e­tar­ian and Ayurvedic, with in­gre­di­ents be­ing picked right be­fore cook­ing, from the re­sort’s own her­bal gar­den.

Holis­tic Well­ness

Day three started with sight­ing a huge toad hop­ping its way into my room and nu­mer­ous beau­ti­fully tex­tured snails try­ing to cross paths. The idyl­lic set­ting around me put a spring in my step… A Shi­rod­hara mas­sage then beck­oned, where a pot full of warm her­bal oil was poured on my fore­head in a con­tin­u­ous stream. It in­stantly made me re­lax and slip into deep sound sleep. Post the mas­sage, I headed to the phar­macy to buy a few her­bal oils and also meet up with the res­i­dent doc­tor to know more about the Ayurvedic treat­ments of­fered at Kairali. In­ci­den­tally, dis­eases like paral­y­sis, arthri­tis, rheuma­tism, bone and joint dis­or­ders, slipped disc, ner­vous dis­or­ders and life­style re­lated ail­ments are known to be suc­cess­fully treated here. …Whether it was the sooth­ing mas­sages or re­lax­ing on the ham­mock watch­ing the streams of wa­ter flow by or sip­ping her­bal tea or just sim­ply rev­el­ling in the nat­u­ral beauty of the place, ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence at Kairali was bliss­ful! HAR­SHA KANAL

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