Kalari Kovilakom 5* dlx (CGH), Marari (Kerala)

Address: Kollengode, Palakkad, Kerala - 678506, India 688530


Set in lush Palakkad is this century-old palace that preserves for eternity a vibrant history and a rich tradition. History that dates back to the 19th century, when the Kovilakom was home to the Vengunad Kings. And a tradition of Ayurveda that is a way of life here.

Kalari Kovilakom, the palace of the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala now converted into a palace for Ayurveda, offers Ayurveda in its most authentic and substantive form as the Rajas of Vengunad would have had it, without wine, meat and shoes.

Adhering to the strict tenets of Ayurveda as a universal healing art rather than a medical system, the treatment offered is a combination of the physical, psychological and spiritual therapies in our approach to health that is relevant to the modern world as it was to the ancient world. Nothing has been re-invented, nothing diluted.

While living in the comforts of the "The Palace", you will have a glimpse of an experience of the lifestyle that was advocated in the ancient Indian Traditions. This lifestyle helps you to balance your energies, to balance the outer material world and the inner spiritual self.

Kalari Kovilakom is the Palace for Ayurveda, perhaps the first and only one of its kind, offering a deep healing, and a doorway to the union of the mind, body and spirit. If the old legends are to be believed, healing is part of Kalari's very soul.

Ayurveda at Kalari Kovilakom

Kalari Kovilakom offers ayurveda unveiled in its most authentic form. The herbs used are pure and freshly picked, usually from the herb gardens maintained on Kalari Kovilakom's own extensive grounds. All food is prepared in a kitchen, using pure spices and ingredients to create simple, yet delicious vegetarian meals that form an integral part of the treatments. And the therapies are in strict accord with the ancient texts of Ayurveda. Through a combination of massages, herbal treatments, medicines, diet and purifying baths, the Kalari experience promises you a chance to see the world afresh, to be twice born.

10 therapy and massage rooms offer a complete range of treatments. Expert masseuses and therapists work with you from head to toe, bringing new life to tired muscles, bones and tendons. The healing continues at our Yoga and meditation centres, and even at the dining table. And of course, hovering protectively over your whole treatment are the qualified ayurvedic physicians with years of clinical experience.

Yoga at Kalari Kovilakom

The word is from the old Sanskrit, and means 'union'. While there are many different forms of Yoga, the purpose of all of them is the same - to achieve oneness with the cosmos. For the serious Yogi, the ultimate aim is to attain 'moksha', or liberation from the karmic cycle of birth and death.

The form of yoga that's most widely known in the West is 'Hatha Yoga', a system of 'Asanas' (postures) meant to perfect and discipline the body, and its accompanying breath exercises, called 'Pranayama'.

At Kalari, they use the Bihar school of Hatha Yoga, a gentle, yet powerful form that combines particularly well with other therapies. Afternoons in the Yoga Centre are reserved for 'Yoga Nidra', a special meditative technique that brings about deep relaxation in the individual.

Like everything else here, yoga therapies too are personal and focused. You'll be guided through a routine that's designed for your age, ailments, body type and general condition.


- Kovilakom Suite

- Vengunad Suite

- Attic Room

Fact sheet

In-Room Facilities

Air conditioning Wi-fi
Telephone Hairdryer

Services & Activities

Ayurveda treatment rooms Ayurvedic beauty therapy centre
Extensive gardens growing Ayurvedic herbs Yoga, meditation and chanting hall
Well-stocked library Traditional Kalari arena
Spaces for music and cultural performances

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