En Route to Better Health: 5 Must Visit Ayurveda Resorts in Kerala
Not only pristine beaches and tapioca chips, God’s Own Country has some of the best Ayurveda retreats in India.
Ayurveda centres are cropping up all over the country, but if you want the authentic experience, you should head to Kerala.
If you are planning to take a health sojourn to God’s Own Country for some much needed rejuvenation of the mind and body, we’ve got you covered. From luxury resorts to the more economical ones, we’ll help you find one that fits your needs.
1. Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort
For the rich and famous, the Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort has a range of wellness programmes, including Panchakarma, Yoga and anti-ageing. The expansive (and expensive!) campus and serene surroundings add to the overall appeal.
It is ideal for those who are looking for a high-end vacation with luxury villas, private pools and in-house beach. For instance, a 2-nights and 3-days stay in Mallika-Pool villa, which happens to be the cheapest lodging option at the resort, will cost you a whopping Rs 90,000!
And that’s just covers the stay. The Ayurveda programmes at the resort can cost you upwards of Rs 2 lakh.
But then, with great luxury (and mullah) comes great satisfaction. TripAdvisor review of the Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort gives it a big thumbs up!
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2. Somatheeram Ayurveda Village
Somatheeram is located on the Chowara Beach, spread over a 15 acre campus, and is surrounded by lush greenery – sounds like a perfect setting for Ayurveda therapy, along with the rejuvenation of the mind and body. From therapies focusing on body purification to stress management programme, to the much revered Panchakarma therapy to Rasayana Chikilsa, they have it all covered.
But of course, all that upliftment of the body and soul doesn’t come cheap. A seven-day stay at Somatheeram will cost you anything between Rs 65,000 to a couple of lakhs, depending on the type of room and the season you are visiting in, with May to September being the cheapest, while December to Februray being the costliest.
A 14-nights package inclusive of stay, meals, consultation and chosen treatment (Panchakarma to specific treatments) may set you back at least by 1.5 lakh rupees, and for the upper budget – sky is the limit.
Users seem to have enjoyed their stay at the resort. A look at the TripAdvisor review will tell you that:
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3. Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort
Located in Palakkad district of Kerala, Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort offers several ‘Ayurveda and Yoga & Pilgrimage Packages’ with an aim to restore health and wellbeing among people weighed down by the exigencies of life.
Specialised packages, as per individual medical needs, are one of the many USPs of the place. Some of the activities that take place in the resort include yoga, meditation, astrology, trekking and cultural activities for holistic health benefits. The resort has its own garden, swimming pool and even an individual stream through each cottage. The resort also holds special training sessions for people wanting to specialise in Panchakarma therapy.
Room rates start from around Rs 30,000 per night for a double room, inclusive of meals, consultation, yoga, a one-time oil therapy. For the rest, you will have to look for individual packages which will cost extra.
Travellers who have already availed services at the resort, seem to have had a good experience. Here’s what the TripAdvisor review of the resort looks like:
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4. Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center
A third generation Ayurveda health center, Sarovaram is located on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala. If you want all those holistic benefits without burning a hole in your pocket, this might be a good pick for you.
Rooms cost somewhere around Rs 3,000 per night, including breakfast. You can also choose the programmes you want to sign up for from a range of available packages. Charges are extra, but they too fall under the economical category.
What’s best? Customer reviews which give a big heads-up to the place. Quality experience without cleaning out your bank? What more would you want?
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5. Athreya Ayurvedic Centre
Situated on the outskirts of Kerala backwaters, Athreya is unlike other Ayurveda resorts. The focus of the doctors here, who happen to be the fifth-generation practitioners, is solely on imparting authentic Ayurveda experience. The centre also houses one of the only three kutee huts in India, which are constructed for those undergoing the Ayurveda process of Kutee Praveshika Rasayana. Athreya comprises of “16 guest cottages built in traditional Kerala wooden architecture.”
Athreya offers a wide variety of programmes and Ayurvedic packages. Prominent of these are 30 day Kutee Praveshika Rasayana and 14-day complete detox program. These will set you back by Rs 8500/- per day (inclusive of living costs).
Go there for an authentic Ayurveda retreat. The user verdict is in favour of this resort, with TripAdvisor giving it a perfect score.
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