A former Maharaja’s palace, this is a romantic and uplifting place to undertake a proper two week programme of India’s ancient holistic system of health, Ayurveda.
It’s set at the edge of the village of Kollengode in the foothills of the Annamalai mountains, and well off the Keralan tourist trail. Spacious grounds are dotted with ayurvedic herbs, and contain an authentically-designed yoga and meditation hall and low-rise buildings with light and airy treatment rooms. There is also a Kalari, where you can watch or learn the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu.
18 palatial suites that offer the experience of authentic palace living, divided into two wings:
The Old Guest Wing, with ’20s colonial Western-styled rooms.
The Palace Wing, which has traditional Kerala architecture reminiscent of the ‘zenana’.
Kalari Kovilakom Palace is located in the old princely capital town of Kollengode (Vengunad) in the foothills of the Annamalai range, Kerala, India. The nearest International Airport is Cochin, 105 km, or about two-and-a-half hours drive away. Coimbatore Airport is 75 km away. Palghat is the nearest railway station (on the Mumbai-Trivandrum route), a mere hours’ drive.
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