Your treatments are made rich with yoga, lakeside walks, evening assemblies named satsangs, alive with discussions, chanting, dance and music. The cuisine is uniquely part of your therapy, individually prescribed by your physician, based on your constitution and your treatments. A green sleepy village at Kollam, with lakeside dotted with coconut groves. The location offers fabulous views of sunsets and fisher men going for their daily catch.
There are a total of 30 beds (22 rooms). All of the rooms are air-conditioned, have the same layout & size and the facilities within are modern, with the absence of television. The suite interiors are a harmony of warm woods, traditional materials and a design that allows for the plentiful play of natural sunlight and air. Even air-conditioning and other creature comforts are all in place, the key motif is simplicity, supporting you through the process of wellness. There are 11 Ayurveda treatment rooms.
Oushada: Medicines. Aahara: Food and Vihara: Lifestyle / activities /exercises.
Oushada Vaidyan / Vaidyas – Dr. Sreelal & Dr. Nidhish (Doctor’s of Ayurveda)
Aahara Vaidyan – Dr. (Mrs.) Poornima (Doctor of Ayurveda)
Vihara Vaidyas – Master Ramunni and Dr. (Ms.) Prabha Devi (Doctor of Yoga)
Apart from normal treatments, some of the Ayurvedic treatments available at Kalari Rasayana are for aliments such as Trauma (Abhigatha), Rheumatoid arthritis (Vatha raktha/ Amavatha), Paralysis (Pakshaghatha), Menstrual irregularities (Arthava dushty), Metabolic disorders (Agnimandya, Srotho vaigunya, Ama) , Bronchial disorders (Swasa), Migraine (Sirasoola), Chronic back pain (Kateegraha, Soola) and skin diseases (Kushta). In addition, Panchakarma Therapy are offered to patients depends up on nature of illness. Panchakarma treatments includes, Nasyam, Virechanam, Vamanam and Vasty. All The above treatments are for curing / preventing various illness as per the Ayurvedic medical texts like Ashtanga hrudaya, Sahasrayoga, Charakasamhitha, Sushrutha samhita etc.
The treatments offered here are for 14, 21 & 28 days only. On arrival, after an in depth consultation with the Doctor at Kalari Rasayana these Ayurvedic treatments are further customised. Consultations are arranged with Ayurveda Dietitian as well as the Yoga Doctor to ensure that your diet as well as your yoga regime concurrently supports your Ayurveda treatment. Do carry your personal medical records.
All Ayurveda treatments can only commence after detoxification of the body. As in any Detox therapy the initial days can prove to be uncomfortable. What is essential is that you come here with an open mind and work along with the Doctors to overcome your problems rather than resist them. The detoxing here is done through the intake of medicated Ghee – which is clarified, unsalted butter. The quantity of the Ghee is increased every day and during this period, you will be put on a very light diet and have to drink plenty of water. With this therapy your system will be fully saturated with the medicated Ghee which in general would take a minimum of 3 days but varies from person to person. After the Doctor has taken you off the Ghee therapy, you are put on a normal diet for a couple of days before being administered a medication to purge your system of all the ghee, which by now would have absorbed all the accumulated toxins in your system. It is only after these process, the actual Ayurveda therapies commence, during which time you will be given different types of massages & treatments using medicated powders, pouches with leaves & cooked rice in them and different medicated oils, supplemented with internal medications as required. All of which will again vary from individual to individual.
Apart from the Ayurveda treatment, which includes the special diets, herbs, oils and massages, major focus is on Yoga and meditation. The Yoga taught and practiced every morning is in general very simple, wellness Asanas & Pranayama sessions, as hard exercising during Ayurveda therapy is not encouraged. Yoga Nidra is an integral part of the Yoga therapy and is included in the daily schedule. Typically after you have undergone detoxification and purgation, you will have two massages / treatments every day and on an average each massage / treatment takes up to one to two hours. Please note that medications which are prescribed to be continued on returning home,if required, will be at extra cost and this is to be settled for directly at the time of discharge.
The food is strictly vegetarian and mainly uses locally sourced vegetables like Yam, various types of Gourds, Drumsticks, Okra, Aubergine, and a wide variety of leafy spinach, pulses, lentils and fresh coconut. In addition, as Ayurveda does not permit the serving of raw food, salads are not part of the daily regime but certain fruits like fresh Pineapple, Guavas and Pomegranates are served. Herbal teas are also served which are prescribed by the doctor. It is interesting to note that all the dishes are cooked with almost no oil, salt, chilly or any other spices and is yet unbelievably tasty. The food here is unique and has been created for Kalari Rasayana by the Master Chef, Mr. Narayanan Nair in the fullest tradition of Ayurveda.
Various dishes having been painstakingly researched and indigenously created to strictly adhere to the principles & dietary restrictions laid down by Ayurveda and Yoga. Therefore, although we are not able to offer you a wide variety of dishes, we find that without fail all our ones enjoy Kalari’s fascinatingly simple yet unique diet food which is always customised for each one, as per the Doctor’s prescription.
Some of the ‘lifestyle challenges’ you might have to overcome and accept during your stay with us, would be the total absence of coffee/tea and likewise no meat, fish, eggs, bread, milk or sugar are served here. Further the use of alcohol & cigarettes are not permitted, as it opposed to the healing traditions of Ayurveda.
05:30am – A typical day in Kalari Rasayana starts early with a wake-up call.
05:45am – A session of basic yoga Asana’s for an hour.
07:00am to 08:00am – Breakfast
10:30am – Juice or fruit
08:30am to 1130 – Massages : One session of Ayurveda treatment (depending on the type of treatment, on some days this may be skipped) & yoga (meditation)
12:30pm to 01:00pm – Lunch
02:00pm to 05:00pm – Massages : One session of Ayurveda treatment & yoga (depending on the type of treatment, on some days this also may be skipped)
04:00pm – Fruit or Juice
05:00pm to 06:30pm – We encourage you to go for a walk in the property, read a book, feed fishes in the Kayal (backwater) and watch the sunsets.
06:30pm to 07:30pm – Supper
Life at Kalari Rasayana is very restful with everything focusing and revolving around healing your body & mind, hence during the course of the treatments your activities are strictly restricted to within the premises. Keeping this in mind, after dinner hours are for Satsangs (interactive discussions) on Ayurveda, Diet, Yoga, Chanting or Meditation sessions lasting 20 to 30 minutes.
While Kalari Kovilakom, the sister concern is a traditional old palace with secluded theme, Kalari Rasayana is more relaxed with stunning views and cool breeze from the backwaters and coconut groves. An end of the road location. From here you can view pure village life with men canoeing for work, shell collectors, fishermen etc.
The property used to be a resort before it was taken over on lease and started operating it as an Ayurveda Hospital. Yes, there is a swimming pool. But it is not allowed to be used as it is against Ayurveda Treatments. Also, unlike resorts or hotels, the center offers serious Ayurveda Treatmens. Therefore, there are no distractions like TV, tea, coffee, 24hr room service, restaurant, coffee shop, all day dining and other facilities that is normally found in a resort. Wi-Fi is provided in the room free of charges.
The weather is usually hot and humid, except during the Monsoons when it is pleasant. As it is located in the banks of the backwater and due to its proximity to the sea, you can always enjoy sea breeze blowing from mid morning till evening. As the sea is around 3 kilometers away, the noise of the sea waves hardly disturbs your retreat.
Check in / Check out time.Check in: 08:00 am / Check out: 08:00 am.
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The nearest international airport at Kalari Rasayana Ayurveda Hospital is Thiruvananthapuram AKA Trivandrum is 60 km, say 1.30 hours drive. And Cochin 190 km, 5 hours.
Address: Kurumandal, Perumpuzha, South Paravur, Kollam, Kerala. Pin 691 301