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in its spa and wellness category about Kairali- The Ayurvedic Healing Village.
The author days that Kairali Ayurvedic Group’s greatest pride is its flagship
property in Palakkad – The Ayurvedic Healing Village that draws believers in
the curative powers of Ayurveda from across the world.

Haven for holistic healing


MONDAY, 02 SEPTEMBER 2013 13:52

For a group that has an 80-year-old
history and continues to reinvent itself through several pioneering ventures,
Kairali Ayurvedic Group’s greatest pride is its flagship property in Palakkad –
The Ayurvedic Healing Village that draws believers in the curative powers of
Ayurveda from across the world.By Sudipta Dev

About a twohours drive from Coimbatore International
Airport, in the languid backyard of Palakkad is a tranquil retreat that
attracts people from across the globe who have faith in the healing power of
ancient Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Healing Village has been one of India’s
foremost residential treatment centres for more than two decades. The Ayurvedic
Healing Village continues to be a signature property for the group that is now
following a strategic expansion plan across all its verticals.

The property covers an area of 50 acres which
includes villas, treatment centre, herbal garden, paddy fields, etc. ?It is not
a resort, it is a retreat centre, a perfect place for undergoing healing. The
experience here is much more immersive. The guests do not come here for
enjoyment but treatment,? says Emily Yates, retreat consultant, Kairali
Ayurvedic Group. A lot of introductory courses are also organised, both in
Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation. Yates is deeply involved in a new
project ? Kairali Yoga, which is part of the education division. ?Education is
the area that we are really innovating now. Kairali Yoga is part of the
education division. It is an international venture that involves bringing
international teachers of very high renown to India to run retreats. The
facilities and the healing environment is ideal for such retreats,? says Yates.
This includes the ten-day Tai Chi and Qi Gong retreat by Shaolin Monk Shi
XingLik to Ayurveda and Restorative Yoga Retreat with special guest teacher
Taryn Herselman and Yates herself.

remedies, modern ailments

?The important thing is that we have not strayed
from the traditional Ayurvedic principles and systems. But we have also
modernised according to modern diseases,? states Yates. The treatment packages
cover an extensive range – Kairali’s Preventive & Regenerative Package;
treatment for sinusitis and migraine; treatment for bronchial diseases; beauty
and eye care; holistic treatment for rejuvenation and detoxification; stress
removal and strain; nervous disability; weightloss programme; arthiritis and
spondilitis; skin diseases; slip disc; chronic back pain; rheumatism;
Panchakarma therapy; post pregnancy programme; facial paralysis; de-addition
and rehabilitation from alcohol/drugs/tobacco, and more.

The aim is to ensure holistic healing – the
environment, daily schedule, treatments and food is focused on attaining this
objective. The name of the property was also changed from Kairali Ayurvedic
Health Resort to The Ayurvedic Healing Village so that there is no doubt in the
minds of the guests as to what the property offers to them.

A large segment of the guests are Europeans, in
particular Germans who seem to have a keen interest in the Ayurveda. ?Prior to
coming here, they discuss with our doctors which treatment is suitable for them
and for how long they have to stay here – whether 14 days, or one month,? says
Alavoor Umesh, general manager, The Ayurvedic Healing Village.

Many of the guests are NRIs. From India the source
markets are primarily Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. ?People from Chennai also
come, but mostly during off season. The off season starts from February and
ends in August,? mentions Umesh. Mostly it is individuals who come from
treatment, however sometimes there are couples/families who come together to
undergo personalised treatment for their individual problems. There are a
significant percentage of repeat guests also come to take treatment for the
same or different ailments.

Extensive facilities

The property has 30 guest
villas that have been built according to Vaastu Shastra. The villa categories
range from deluxe to classic, royal and Maharaja suite. No two villa is alike ?
from external structure to the interior decor. A Valambari Conch is strategically
placed in every room for giving positive vibrations. The floor in every villa
has red oxide according to Ayurvedic principles. Extensive landscaping marks
the property with water bodies flowing between the villas. ?We are planning to
renovate some rooms and also increase the number of cottages,? says Umesh,
pointing out that the role of the chef is very important in their overall
perspective. The speciality Ayurvedic restaurant serves 100 per cent vegetarian
food. The food is cooked specifically for what is suitable to the guests
according to the instructions of the in-house doctors. There are also
complementary diet cooking classes for guests.

The facilities include an
indoor recreation centre, swimming pool, amphitheatre, business centre,
conference rooms including one with a capacity of 80 seaters. A natural
environment is necessary for holistic healing – the property has 600 coconut
trees, 150 teak wood, tamarind, mango and fig trees.

The treatment centres at the
Ayurvedic hospital has separate facilities for men and women. The treatment
staff, most of whom are locals, have undergone extensive training in
traditional Ayurvedic massage and other techniques. Complementary yoga classes
are organised in the morning and meditation sessions are held every evening.

Kairali Ayurvedic Group has a
strong CSR focus – in terms of engaging the locals, providing them with
employment opportunities, providing funding for skills training and healthcare
of local community and education. The group has funded schools for the blind.
Our business practice is very much committed to sustainability, mentions Yates.

The history of Kairali
Ayurvedic Group goes back to 80 years, today it is the third generation which
is spearheading the expansion. There are plans to expand across its different
verticals – Ayurvedic Destinations, Wellness Destinations and Ayurveda Centres.
The group has also started a consultancy division and is also taking up
management contracts with other resorts. The different verticals in the group
include Ayurvedic Destinations (Ayurvedic Healing Village in Palakkad and Om
Beach Ayurvedic Resort in Gokarna) and Wellness Destinations (Estuary View Resort
in Karwar). Two upcoming properties are in Khajuraho and Goa.

The Om Beach Ayurvedic Resort
is a mixture of retreat and adventure – along with treatment practices there
are many water sports facilities. There are also trekking options. Estuary View
Resort is at a stunning location, at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and Kali
River, the resort is surrounded by water. Our spa is on an island, says Yates.
The group currently has 35 Ayurveda centres, in India and overseas, with plans
to add 15 more. Over the next five to 10 years there are plans for another 20
more centres. The patented medicines and body products are provided to the

Published on: 2nd
September 2013

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