The first and only one of its kind resorts in Kollam, Kalari Kovilakom was built in the 19th century. It was the erstwhile palace of the Vengunad Kingdom and has now been converted into a palace for Ayurveda. Today, Kalari Kovilakom has been refurbished and restored into a unique Ayurveda resort. There are 18 palatial suites- Old Guest Wing and Palace Wing- which offers the experience of authentic palace wing. While the Old Guest Wing features 20’s colonial Western styled rooms, the Palace Wing exhibits traditional Kerala architecture. Besides, there is an Ayurvedic Kitchen where food is served on the basis of therapies, treatments and constitution among others. The Ayurvedic treatment rooms can accommodate 10 people simultaneously. There are extensive spaces for music and cultural performances.
Kalari Kovilakom, Kollengode
Languages : English and Malayalam
Best Season : December to February
Weather : Summer 32 to 38°C, Winter 17 to 30°C
How to Reach
By Air : The nearest international airport is the closest airport to Coimbatore. It is located 49 kilometers away from the palace.
By Train : Palakkad Junction is the main railway station in the town of Palakkad. Auto Rickshaws ply between railway station and the city.
By Road : Government buses and private buses connect Palakkad to different parts of Kerala. Private buses are also available from places such as Kozhikode and Kochi.
Kalari Rasayana Kollam is an in-house Ayurvedic center at Kalari Kovilakom. The center is located along the Paravur Lake in Venad, which sprawls over an area of 8 acres of lakeside coconut groves and offers 22 well-appointed suites with eleven treatment rooms.
At Kalari, every therapy is personalized. These treatments are customized for you by your doctors, often combined with Yoga and other methods to provide deep healing. Each treatment is suggested on the basis of body type. Also, the food served here is individual, with health drinks and herbal preparations that vary with your treatments. The herbs used are pure and freshly picked from the herb gardens built on the grounds of Kalari. According to the ancient texts of Ayurveda, there are herbal treatments, medicines, diet and purifying baths. Some Ayurveda treatments offered here include:
- Dasamoola Ksheera Dhara
- Special Treatments
- Anti Ageing - Rasayana Chikitsa
Kalari Kovilakom has 18 palatial suites which offer the experience of authentic palace living, each of which exhibits an array of modern amenities such as air conditioning, luxury bath fittings and four-poster beds. These suites are categorized as Old Guest Wing and Palace Wing.
Old Guest Wing
The guest rooms at the Old Guest Wing exhibit the 20’s colonial Western styled guest rooms. The section was especially built for the European visitors and feature 4 poster beds and 30’s style tile flooring.
The guest rooms at the Palace Wing exhibits traditional Kerala architecture reminiscent of the ‘Zenana’. The antique swing Diwan, four poster beds, air conditioning, lovely old style bathrooms and hot & cold water are some of the features of these rooms.
The cuisine is prepared in a full-fledged Ayurvedic kitchen, which uses pure spices and ingredients to create simple yet delicious vegetarian meals. All the cuisines are prepared in brass, clay and iron vessels only. The Chef Nayaranan Kutty utilizes his culinary skills to prepare vegetarian cuisines with minimum oil and almost no chilies. Dhyana Bhojanam is a simple and beautiful technique to help you eat better, feel better and live better.
- Ayurveda treatment rooms
- Ayurvedic beauty therapy centre
- Extensive gardens growing Ayurvedic herbs
- Yoga, meditation and chanting hall
- Well-stocked library
- Traditional Kalari arena
- Spaces for music and cultural performances
- Training and demonstrations of Kalaripayattu