21 Day Luxury Ayurveda Rejuvenation Retreat

Kerala offers its visitors a diverse landscape, each showing off a different personality. The charming Arabian Sea is a mighty warrior; the terraced hills are old wise souls; the tall trees are an unshakeable force; and the sun is their divine light. Here, Kalari Kovilakom invites you to a rejuvenation retreat.

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. The five actions of Panchakarma according to Charaka Samhitha are Vamana (induced vomiting), Virechana (purgation), Kashaya Vasti and Sneha Vasti (two kinds of medicated enemas) and Nasya (nasal medication). It is preceded by a preparatory process called Poorvakarma. At this stage the body is prepared for removing “toxins” first through Snehanam which make the body unctuous or oily internally and externally, and second through Swedanam which means therapeutic sweating. Once the preparatory stage is completed, the doctor will prescribe one or more of the 5 Panchakarma cleansing procedures depending on each individual’s condition. The third and final stage of treatment is Samana or Paschatkarma where the patient undergoes corrective measures through medicines, moderate therapeutic treatments, appropriate diet and activities for the body and mind. On completion of the Panchakarma treatment, the imbalances that lead to diseases in the individual is stabilized and brought to equilibrium.

Any treatment offered at CGH Earth Ayurveda begins with the three kinds of diagnostic procedures in keeping with the pure Ayurveda treatments. These are: 1) Darshana – Observing, 2) Sparshana physical examination and 3) Prasna – Interrogating. The Vaidya determines your Doshas or body constitution through extensive examination of the individual using these methods of diagnosis and accordingly arrive at a course of treatment.


The therapeutic treatments are supported by internal herbal medicines. Following the traditional Ayurvedic principles, medicines, both for external and internal use, are prepared at the CGH Earth Ayurveda’s healthcare facilities 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. In fact, a well thought-out scientific principle is applied to the use of all these medicines which are prepared using intensive and lengthy procedures.

Yoga is an ancient Indian physical, mental and spiritual practice with the origins dating back to the 5th or 6th century BC. It means to ‘integrate’ ‘combine’ or ‘unite’ and it addresses ways of integrating the body, senses, life force, the mind and the consciousness. Yoga is thus used to complement the whole healing process of the treatment with the Hatha style which concentrates mainly on the practice of physical postures (Aasanás) with an emphasis on meditation and Pranayama breathing techniques. This kind of yoga is accessible to all and is light so as to support the treatment process. There is no age limit and no previous knowledge or experience required. 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 at CGH Earth Ayurveda. Meditation techniques are used to calm and relax both the mind and the body since both the mind and the body are closely tuned to each other. One of the effective techniques of meditation used here is the Candlelight Meditation in which a group sits around a burning candle and gazes at the flame for several minutes focusing on it as long as possible and praying together. This helps in gaining clarity, peace and positive energy.

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. This involves listening to or reading the scriptures, reflecting on them, absorbing their meaning, understanding and discussing the meaning of certain words and integrating their significance into one’s daily life. The idea of Satsang may be traced back to Rishis or ancient Indian spiritual masters such as Vedavyasa and Valmiki who explained their value in numerous ways. Satsangs are thus a significant aspect of the CGH Earth Ayurvedic treatments as they add the necessary uplifting edge to the whole recovery process by enhancing positive energy. Patients are therefore encouraged to partake of a rich cultural and spiritual offering including discourses, classical music and dance performances, Mantra chanting, candlelight meditation, Yoga discourses, Kalaripayattu demonstrations and doctors’ talks during the treatment course.

The retreat package will include your consultations, treatments, massages, oils, herbs, accommodation, yoga session, all of your meals, and the clothes that they will provide you on the day of your arrival.

What is included

  • Spa
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Ayurveda Treatment
  • Free Gift
  • Health Consultation
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • All Inclusive
  • Vegan
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Kalari Kovilakom, Venue for 21 Day  Luxury Ayurveda Rejuvenation Retreat

Set within the palace grounds of the old Vengunad kingdom, Kalari Kovilakom offers 18 well-appointed suites with modern amenities and a clinic with 12 treatment rooms. The living spaces and the gardens at Kalari Kovilakom complements the healing process with its nurturing and warm environment and an unobtrusive, quiet adherence to discipline.


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. The ‘Kollengode Arattu’, a traditional temple festival held annually during the first week of January to honour the Kollengode deity ‘Avvappan’ has been another custom passed down through the generations with which Kalari Kovilakom is closely associated. Featuring a resplendent procession of elephants, along with the ‘Panchavadhyam’ – a classical musical ensemble of five different instruments and performances, the festival lends the whole atmosphere a carnival-like feel.


The place is located 19km from Palakkad town  and is reachable by the train station. And the airport nearest the town is located in Coimbatore, about 55km away.

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Food

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. As part of the Manashanthi treatment at CGH Earth Ayurveda, these basic principles are strictly followed with the doctor prescribing a Sattvic diet for each person, which has a corrective and revitalizing effect. The chef at the kitchen on his part 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.

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RETREAT

Panchakarma is a purification ritual that will detoxify you internally and externally. It follows a certain principle of achieving balance within and without your body. Given this, your therapeutic treatments are supported by internal herbal medicines and yoga and meditation sessions. This will help you achieve equilibrium and will allow you to clear your mind off things that cause you stress. Along with this, your initial diagnosis with your consultant will be the routine that you will follow throughout your retreat. You are sure to enrich your identity with the things that you will learn from the staff at Kalari Kovilakom.

Joyce C.

Yovada Seeker

  Kerala, India

A city in Central Kerala in India, Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy fields. It is the chief granary of Kerala, often called the Gateway of Kerala. Palakkad lies at the foot of the gigantic Western ghats on the border of Kerala. This city surrounded by mountains, forests and fertile valleys, rivers and mountains streams are rich in flora and fauna. This tinsel town boasts serene environment and timeless landscapes. Palakkad takes its name from the Pala trees, which once dominated the landscapes of this area.


The small district is located in Kerala, the quiet and tranquil town near the Arabian sea. With beaches, backwaters, fields, and forests, Kerala will give you a diverse landscape that allures all your senses. The town is a complete antithesis of your usual idea of India being energetic and dynamic. While the town is as colourful and as interesting as other towns, its distinct feature is its serene atmosphere.


The nearest airport is the domestic airport at Coimbatore 50 km away. The nearest international airport is in Kochi.