Kalari Kovilakom, Accredited Kerala Retreat

Philosophy & Approach

The philosophy at both Kalari Kovilakom and Kalari Rasayana is that healthy living is about living wholly, in harmony with nature, our environment and our own core self. It is about integrating our mind, body and soul. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing and living, is the only one of its kind that addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our wellbeing. With a therapeutic approach that gets to the core of our personality, behaviour and lifestyle, Ayurveda is more than a mere system for curing ailments; it in fact charts out a complete lifestyle for disease-free living.

Kalari Kovilakom, an Accredited Kerala Retreat

Kalari Kovilakom and Kalari Rasayana are certified and accredited by the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare providers), and adhere to the strict tenets of the old school of Ayurveda.

The treatment process at both Kalari Kovilakom and Kalari Rasayana features the following elements


Any treatment offered begins with the three kinds of diagnostic procedures in keeping with the pure Ayurveda treatments.

  1. Darshana — Observing
  2. Sparshana – Palpating and
  3. Prasna – Interrogating

The Vaidya determines your Doshas or body constitution through extensive examination of your body using these methods of diagnosis and accordingly arrive at a course of treatment

Treatment Course

2 stage treatment course

  1. Rookshana- Pre-preparatory stage During the first stage, the patient undergoes a treatment called Rookshana which means drying. This process helps to improve the metabolism, reduce heaviness and prepares the body for the next stage of Snehanam (oleation).
  2. Poorvakarma- Preparatory stage Here the body is prepared for removal of toxins through two methods namely Snehanam, where the body is oleated internally and externally, and Swedanam, where the body undergoes therapeutic sweating. Depending on the medical condition and Doshas, the Vaidya will determine the course of cleansing processes.

The therapeutic treatments are supported by special internal herbal medicines. Following the traditional Ayurvedic principles, medicines, both for external and internal use, are prepared from organically grown local herbs at the herbal garden. These are freshly picked for use by the gardeners who care for them with love and attention. This enhances their effectiveness. The medicines are prepared at the Ayurveda kitchen based on hygienic and traditional practices.


Diet and lifestyle being core aspects of the Ayurvedic healing process, are integral to the treatment. There are many specific guidelines to be followed while consuming food as Ayurveda distinguishes six different tastes or Rasas which interact with the five elements in the body. Food is an intrinsic factor in balancing the bio-energies according to each individual’s body constitution and the balance of five elements. Ayurveda also strongly recommends the consumption of fresh and organic food and encourages mindful or meditative eating by which the full essence of food can be assimilated by the body in an aware, fully engaged and respectful manner. These basic principles are strictly followed with the doctor prescribing a specific diet for each person with the focus being on a Sattvic diet that has a corrective and revitalizing effect. The chef closely follows the doctor’s instructions for each individual’s diet and accordingly prepares his meals using freshly plucked vegetable organically grown at the herb garden, which in turn is tended to with care by a staff tuned to the healing ethos.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga is thus used to complement the whole healing process. Each one is initially supported on an individual basis until he or she is ready to partake in the group exercises. This complete body and mind experience is aimed at improving your health and total well-being.


With Ayurveda’s thrust on internal healing, meditation as a practice in disciplining the mind and the thinking process is made a core part of the treatment.


Satsang which can be translated as ‘true company’ (sat- true, sang- company) has always been one of the fundamental elements of Indian philosophy and it means: 1.Company of the highest truth, 2. The company of a Guru 3. An assembly of people which listens to, talks about and assimilates the truth. Patients are therefore encouraged to partake in a rich cultural and spiritual offering including discourses, classical music and dance performances, Mantra chanting, candlelight meditation, Yoga discourses , Kalaripayattu demonstrations and doctors’ talks.

Accommodation & Location

Located near Kollangode in the Palghat District of North Kerala, India, and fringed on one side by the majestic Western Ghat mountain range, Kalari Kovilakom the 200 year old palace, is where history meets natural tranquility.

Kalari Kovilakom Retreat Facilities
  • A clinic with 12 treatment rooms
  • Peaceful gardens
  • Restaurant

Since the Vengunad kings were patrons of the classical arts ‐ especially Kathakali dance and Carnatic music — such cultural programmes are an essential part of the daily ritual at Kalari Kovilakom. Dance and music performances, with the use of traditional Indian instruments such as mrudangam, flute, violin, harmonium etc depicting mythological stories are a way of life here as in early times.


Set within the palace grounds of the old Vengunad kingdom, Kalari Kovilakom offers 18 well-appointed suites with modern amenities and private en-suite bathrooms.

Kalari Kovilakom, Dining

The kitchen at Kalari Kovilakom is managed by a chef dedicated to the preparation of health inducing food for the guests using natural and organically grown ingredients. He, along with his team, make sure that the food is high on both taste and medicinal value with no compromise on quality and hygiene. Each meal is tailor-made under the direction of the Vaidyas to suit each guest’s health condition and body type and served with love and care while unobtrusively conforming to the discipline of traditional rituals.

The Ayurvedic treatments offered by Kalari Kovilakom follow the eliminative process of Ayurveda called Shodana. It is one  of two properties within the CGH Group offering these treatments and has been endorsed by NABH-National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare provider.

The treatments offered adhere to the strict tenets of the old school of Ayurveda. Every patient partakes in a thorough induction to understand the complete treatment programme and is encouraged to adhere strictly to the treatment programme in order to get the results.

Treatment Programmes offered by Kalari Kovilakom, Kerala 

Weight Management Programme – 21 to 28 Days 

This Ayurvedic treatment for weight management works by increasing metabolism, which will help in utilizing the fat and increasing the body’s vitality

Anti Aging – 21 to 28 Days

Rasayana Chikitsa is the treatment for rejuvenation and regeneration of tissues, mental well-being, intellect and boosting of immune system

Anti Stress – 14 to 28 Days

This anti-stress treatment aims at helping you combat the symptoms of stress, insomnia, lack of concentration, fatigue and headaches that are part of today’s hectic lifestyles and help in improving your mental health.

Cleansing & Rejuvenation – 21 to 28 Days 

Panchakarma is an intensive cleansing treatment that follows the early texts of Ayurveda like Charaka Samhita. Panchakarma, which literally means five actions, is essentially about purification of the body.

Specific Ailments & Conditions

A wide range of ailments and conditions can be treated with individual programmes developed to meet specific needs

Prining and Inclusions

Please contact us directly on info@aitholidays.com or phone 01792 315499. Each treatment programme is priced individually based on range of treatments required, time of year, whether you desire a single or double room and availability.

Treatment programmes at the Kalari Kovilakom Retreat normally include

  • Accommodation
  • Freshly cooked healthy, organic meals
  • Morning & evening yoga session
  • Individual wellness consultation with the in house Ayurveda doctor
  • Healthy cooking demonstrations
  • Transfers to and from airport

If you choose to book through Authentic India Tours you also have the added peace of mind of travelling with a company that is ABTA protected.