AAMOD - SHOGHI






AAMOD

SHOGHI at Shimla

USP: Hear the sound of silence

‘Delhi 349 km away. Chandigarh 49 km away. Stress far, far away.' That is the signage at Aamod in Shoghi, a place so still that birds usher in the dawn with an orchestra of their own.



Sitting by the window, I watch tiny drops of gentle rain fall off the leaves of walnut trees outside my cottage, slant across the pathways, rough and untampered with, all the way down to the forests, full of timeless trees where leaves kiss and tease each other. With such lovely scenery, who needs a Nature walk, I think.



The afternoon is only a shade different. The Sun now smiles benignly, then happily shares space with clouds; together, they form a nice patchwork of light and shadow.

Soon, it is time to venture out, and experience some adventure thrills by the cliff. Flying Fox challenges you to bring out the Spiderman in you. There is Burma Bridge that respects only the nimble-footed. There is a tyre ladder that stretches every sinew. Then, there is mountain biking too.



Too much for a calm, quiet day? Yes, so I quietly head to the spa at the hilltop. Here, the cool breeze ruffles my hair. Then, the fingers of the expert in-charge ease out the pain I never knew existed in my shoulders. A quick shower is followed by a nice Himachali lunch at Colonial, the restaurant that prides itself on its multi-cuisine offerings.

Dusk comes with another concert, this time provided by little nocturnal inhabitants, stepping out of their nooks and crevices. Butterflies, bright and beautiful, find their leaves and trunks, and trees — cedar, alder, pine and walnut — each of whom has a cottage named after it, all sway in the mood.



Just behind the mountains, the Sun fades away, bowing in respect one last time. Silver-lined clouds cast their shadow on the hills. Others let the Sun's balmy presence be felt on the other side of the hills. The result? Each side is drenched in different shades of green.

Aamod, which means ‘joy' in Sanskrit, lives up to its name. Here, you can hear the sound of silence. Experience the thrill of adventure. Soak in the bliss of a relaxing massage. Then, just step out to realise that there is joy beyond metropolises.

Source: The Hindu



THE ZURI SPA RESORT - KUMARAKOM








THE ZURI SPA RESORT

KUMARAKOM

USP: Therapy for the mind and body

The Zuri glows green and golden in the early morning light, and as trees turn to shadows, a bottle-blue at dusk, broken only by lemon-yellow lamps. So yes, the resort spa, voted the best in Asia for two consecutive years, can be good for the soul. The impeccable service, barring a mildly confused reception desk, eases from your shoulders every responsibility a notch short of breathing, leaving you to wander the verdant 18 acres of the property in Kumarakom, which Timeout returned to after a new management took it over. Five acres of that is a man-made lagoon that meets the Vembanad lake, borrowing its changing colours and agile fish.

The rooms are wood-beamed and high-ceilinged, lit only by indirect lighting, drawn in turquoise-blues, emerald-greens and deep-browns. You can soak in the tub, or step out for the exhilarating open-air shower, then stand in the midst of marine winds on the balcony that looks out onto the many-splendoured lake.



The Lime Tree is a casual all-day restaurant with buffet options; the upscale Laguna Bass specialises in seafood; there is the Marquess, a cigar lounge; and the Trunk Call bar, which promises to keep your spirits soaring.



But, what should really be keeping you occupied is their spa, Maya, the largest in South India, and with awards that certify it as one of the best in Asia. Ayurvedic, Oriental and Western therapies that will solve the mystery as to why everyone at The Zuri wears a dopey-eyed, blissful smile. As their tagline says, unwind like the gods do.




How to get there

The Zuri is about an hour-and-a-half's ride from the Kochi airport, or, (and we recommend this), after about an hour in the car, complete the last leg in a speedboat that will navigate Asia's largest freshwater-lake to take you straight into the centre of the resort. You can call 0481-2527272 for details and reservations.

Things to do

After visits to Kottayam, Allepey and the spice plantations, take a houseboat onto the still waters of the Vembanad, fish, set out on horticultural walks, cycle within and outside the property, play billiards, box cricket and volleyball, attend yoga sessions at the Body Temple, and, without fail, take part in a boat race.



Tariff

The Zuri Rooms come for Rs.17,000; the Deluxe ones for 18,500; the Cottages for Rs.23,000 and the Presidential Pools Villas for Rs.75,000.

Source: The hindu



THE BANYAN TREE - SETHUMADAI






THE BANYAN TREE

SETHUMADAI

USP: Luxury in Nature

Driving away from the hustle and bustle of Coimbatore towards Pollachi, we take in the scenic beauty of the countryside — picture postcard perfect with endless greenery, streams and unpaved roads. Entering Sethumadai, a village located in the foothills of the forests of the Western Ghats, the gates of the resort emerge amidst the greenery.

The cottages here are designed with an ethnic touch and sport detailing such as earthen pots, terracotta horses and woodwork made from palm and coconut trunks in keeping with the theme. Relax on a hammock in the middle of the coconut plantation; the gentle breeze makes you lose track of time. A perfect way to complete the evening is to savour the cocktails served on request.

Adding to the farm house experience is the host, an expert cook himself, well-exposed to food preferences of international guests. Though the guests can have their choice of Chinese and Continental, the ‘must-try' is the traditional Indian meal served with the right blend of spices. The resort specialities such as tender coconut curry, horse-gram gravy, pigeon roast and fish curry are mouth-watering.



The Banyan Tree is not just about relaxing; the wildlife safari adds adventure to the holiday. Driving through the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve nearby in an jeep with the anticipation of spotting wild animals gets your adrenaline pumping. The private waterfall located not too far from the resort is a perfect way to calm your nerves.

How to get there

The nearest airport and railhead is Coimbatore.

From Coimbatore, it takes about 90 minutes by road to the resort

Things to do

Walks on the hillside. Nature walks, safaris, bird-watching, cycle trips, fishing, cooking classes and tribal village visits




Tariff

A double room per day costs Rs.4500, inclusive of all meals

Source: The Hindu



Mayapott Bungalow - Thekkady





Ever been to a home built, literally, on a rock? If you haven't, check out Mayapott Bungalow near Thekkady. If you're looking to give the outside world a miss and commune with Nature, then this trendy property, set amidst 100 acres of cardamom plantation, and belonging to the Pottamkulam family of Kerala, is the place for you.

Mayapott is almost like an illusion, much like its name. The three-room bungalow rests in the “Chekuthanmala” (Devil's rock) valley and is built around a huge rock, which apparently used to be a resting place for hunters.


Built entirely of rock from the region, the bungalow is unique since little cement was used to bond the rocks. Each rock was painstakingly templated on to the other and it took nearly three years to build this property.

The bungalow remains enveloped by mist and clouds round the year. Built as two portions and connected by a wooden bridge that curves around the natural rock, below which gurgles a crystal clear stream, each of the rooms has two large panelled glass windows opening out to a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills. The views are particularly awesome during the monsoon when water gushes down the stream, which for the rest of the year remains gentle and calm.



Mayapott breathtakingly incorporates all natural features of the site — the huge rock, the boulders, trees and the stream, and the wood (‘mullu venga') that is used around the house can withstand the wet weather.

The rooms are neatly laid out with plenty of natural light, and air and rock protrusions have been retained inside the home. Children can enjoy a bit of rock climbing within the room itself.

The open-to-the-sky bathrooms too need special mention. A part of the giant rock forms one of the four walls while the other three are tiled walls with modern fittings. The flooring is natural — with pebbled floors. No water is wasted as it seeps back into the ground.



Managed and marketed by Green Apple Homestays and Tours Ltd., members of the caretaker family fill in as cook, guard, and helper. Food is served hot and fresh as per the choice of the guest, and there is no fixed menu.

This rainforest bungalow also houses a huge pond that gets filled up during the monsoons, and is used to irrigate the entire estate.

Things to do

Trekking, either within the estate for which small paths have been marked, or to Chekuthanmala.

Take the plantation tour or visit the famous Periyar wildlife sanctuary.

Else, simply dip your feet in the stream and gaze at the birds and butterflies.

Indulge in some amateur rock climbing.

Feast on the goodies rustled up by the cook.

Read a book in the stylishly-done hanging study room

How to get there

Thekkady is 125 km from Madurai. The bungalow is another 25 km (a 30-minute drive) from Thekkady on the new highway. From Kochi, it is 175 km and from Thiruvananthapuram, 250 km.



Tariff

Rs.10,500 (inclusive of tax and food). Rs. 9,000 during off-season. For enquiries or reservation, call 0484-2335673 or e-mail

info@thegreenappleexperience.com

Source: The Hindu



RAMADA RESORT - KUMBALAM





RAMADA RESORT, KUMBALAM

USP: So close to citylights, yet so rural in ambience

At Ramada Resort, just half-an-hour from the hustle and bustle of Kochi, it's serenity, food, and a good swim any time you please. Bordering the Kumbalam Lake, this eight-acre resort has a long pool which is accessible to every waterfront cottage. There are 24 cottages that face the Kumbalam backwaters. In fact, the idea is that every room has its own space in the pool, while across the pool, the lake meanders along, the various islets dotting the lake lending their own charm to the scenic splendour.

Standing on stilts, these cottages have one large air-conditioned bedroom, washroom and a balcony. It's an ideal place to sit and read a book, with the rustling wind in your hair. The décor of the rooms is neat and uncluttered while the curios and wall decorations, some from Thailand, are beautiful, especially the ones with elephant murals in wood. The rooms, restaurants, spa, library and other facilities are linked by walkways which are punctuated by smart wooden flooring. The well-maintained garden and greenery are soothing while the décor is pleasing, mint-fresh earthy colours and offbeat furniture.

Walk into Fennel, the multi-cuisine restaurant, where the chefs will rustle up any kind of food, whether Continental, Indian or Mexican. The other eating place here is the Hotcoals grillroom where you can order grilled delights.



Across the main building is the beautifully designed Royale Club, which can seat 450. There are two small conference rooms that can seat 80 people each, and a smaller one that can hold 40.

The health club is a big one, should everyone in the resort decide to use it, says the management.

The stylish spa is a big draw. There are many rooms for Ayurvedic treatment, aromatherapy, mud therapy and detox programmes.


Source: The Hindu



COTTABETTA BUNGALOW






COTTABETTA BUNGALOW

SOUTH KODAGU, KARNATAKA

USP: Live the planter's life

There is freshness in the crisp air caressing your face. Picture-postcard greenery fills your senses. Add to it a welcome shower. There is magic in Coorg, the coffee country.

The escape to the Tata plantation coffee trails in Coorg during the monsoon turns out to be a bonanza. After a six-hour drive from Bangalore, past the Mysore Highway, Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, bamboo forests, cinnamon trees interspersed with teak trees on which pepper vines climb to great heights, and the ubiquitous coffee plantations, we reach Tata's bungalow in Cottabetta (meaning cold mountain).

Tata owns seven bungalows in Coorg, and every bungalow is set amidst a 1,000 acre plantation. The three-bedroom and five-bedroom bungalows, occupied by the managers of Tata, have been converted into cottages, superior, luxury and heritage rooms and heritage suites. “The bungalows went vacant after the managers took VRS. As the butlers, cooks and gardeners continued working to maintain the bungalows, our management came up with the idea of homestays,” says K.C. Poovaiah, head of Plantation Trails, Tata Coffee.

Once occupied by British planters, the bungalows are more than 100 years old, but modified suitably for modern-day needs. Every bungalow is built on a higher elevation, overlooking the mountains and the plantations. Cottabetta is one of them. And, what a view! The majestic mountains open up — on the south is Kerala and to the North is Periyapatna, Kushal Nagar and the Madikeri hills.

As you take in the picturesque landscape from the portico, a curved road amidst the Tithimathi forests catches your eye. “It is a part of the Mysore Road,” Poovaiah explains. “When the British planters used to drive down, they would dim and dip the headlights at this point to alert the cooks.”

I check into one of the luxury rooms — the decoration is minimal but it has the comfort of a home. However, the bathroom is lavish with a bath tub. And, there is a beautiful balcony to sit and soak in the silence.

Barbets, drongos, golden orioles, parakeets, red whiskered bulbuls, flower peckers and sunbirds flutter by and feast on the jamuns, guavas, chikkus, mangoes and gooseberries, the inter-crops supported by the plantations.

Our tour of the bungalows begin with Woshulli, known for the spectacular view it offers of the Durbeen (binoculars) Road snaking through the plantations. (Vishal Bhardwaj has shot here for his new film “Saat Khoon Maaf”, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham.)

At the manicured 25-acre, nine-hole golf course in Polibetta, it is monsoon magic again. As it buckets down, we take cover under the majestic ficus tree, watch the rain pour down in sheets and sprint back to the car.



Then, we set off to Surgi bungalow and the plantation trail at Taneerhulla and Woshulli plantations spread across a sprawling 1,340 acres. “We get tonnes of litchis every year,” says plantation guide M.K. Umesh, pointing to the giant litchi tree (planted by the British) at the bungalow.

Umesh peppers the trail with scary elephant stories, and we stop at intervals to touch and smell coffee beans, pepper and vanilla. The Robusta coffee bushes here are 130 years old. Back at the bungalow, biting into crisp, hot onion pakodas served by the courteous staff, sipping coffee and watching the mist-capped hills is just the perfect way to end a beautiful outing in the hills.


There is freshness in the crisp air caressing your face. Picture-postcard greenery fills your senses. Add to it a welcome shower. There is magic in Coorg, the coffee country.

The escape to the Tata plantation coffee trails in Coorg during the monsoon turns out to be a bonanza. After a six-hour drive from Bangalore, past the Mysore Highway, Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, bamboo forests, cinnamon trees interspersed with teak trees on which pepper vines climb to great heights, and the ubiquitous coffee plantations, we reach Tata's bungalow in Cottabetta (meaning cold mountain).

Tata owns seven bungalows in Coorg, and every bungalow is set amidst a 1,000 acre plantation. The three-bedroom and five-bedroom bungalows, occupied by the managers of Tata, have been converted into cottages, superior, luxury and heritage rooms and heritage suites. “The bungalows went vacant after the managers took VRS. As the butlers, cooks and gardeners continued working to maintain the bungalows, our management came up with the idea of homestays,” says K.C. Poovaiah, head of Plantation Trails, Tata Coffee.



Once occupied by British planters, the bungalows are more than 100 years old, but modified suitably for modern-day needs. Every bungalow is built on a higher elevation, overlooking the mountains and the plantations. Cottabetta is one of them. And, what a view! The majestic mountains open up — on the south is Kerala and to the North is Periyapatna, Kushal Nagar and the Madikeri hills.

As you take in the picturesque landscape from the portico, a curved road amidst the Tithimathi forests catches your eye. “It is a part of the Mysore Road,” Poovaiah explains. “When the British planters used to drive down, they would dim and dip the headlights at this point to alert the cooks.”

I check into one of the luxury rooms — the decoration is minimal but it has the comfort of a home. However, the bathroom is lavish with a bath tub. And, there is a beautiful balcony to sit and soak in the silence.

Barbets, drongos, golden orioles, parakeets, red whiskered bulbuls, flower peckers and sunbirds flutter by and feast on the jamuns, guavas, chikkus, mangoes and gooseberries, the inter-crops supported by the plantations.

Our tour of the bungalows begin with Woshulli, known for the spectacular view it offers of the Durbeen (binoculars) Road snaking through the plantations. (Vishal Bhardwaj has shot here for his new film “Saat Khoon Maaf”, starring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Priyanka Chopra and John Abraham.)

At the manicured 25-acre, nine-hole golf course in Polibetta, it is monsoon magic again. As it buckets down, we take cover under the majestic ficus tree, watch the rain pour down in sheets and sprint back to the car.

Then, we set off to Surgi bungalow and the plantation trail at Taneerhulla and Woshulli plantations spread across a sprawling 1,340 acres. “We get tonnes of litchis every year,” says plantation guide M.K. Umesh, pointing to the giant litchi tree (planted by the British) at the bungalow.

Umesh peppers the trail with scary elephant stories, and we stop at intervals to touch and smell coffee beans, pepper and vanilla. The Robusta coffee bushes here are 130 years old. Back at the bungalow, biting into crisp, hot onion pakodas served by the courteous staff, sipping coffee and watching the mist-capped hills is just the perfect way to end a beautiful outing in the hills.

Source: The Hindu



Orange County - Coorg






Situated amidst coffee and spice plantations, Orange County in Coorg is just the place to unwind

Misty and majestic hills, lush green valleys, vast acres of coffee and tea plantations and orange groves… Coorg offers an endless expanse of picturesque beauty. The Orange County — situated at an elevation of 900 meters, at Karadigodu, four km away from Siddapur — is one of the best holiday resorts in the country. The travails and rigours of the 140 km terrible road journey through the dense jungles of the Kerala-Karnataka border were forgotten once we reached the resort

Natural canopy

Emmanuel Ramapuram, the resort's founder from Kottayam, named it The Orange County after the orange orchards in the area. But the orchards were destroyed due to blight. Orange County is situated amid 300 acres of coffee and spice plantations, flanked on one side by the 50,000 acres of Durbare Reserve Forest and the Cauvery on the other. The aroma of Coorg coffee will linger for months to come.

Thomas Ramapuram took over after his father's death. Realising the area's tourist potential, he constructed cottages in the Tudor style. Ten hectares of coffee plantation complete with thatched roofs, chimneys, wooden beams and cobble stone pathways give it the perfect village look. Each of the 12 cottages presents a picture of serenity with smoking chimneys in an eco friendly world. The cluster of cottages is named after the plants grown around: Coffee Cluster, Mango Cluster, Palm Cluster ... Presently, there are 48 cottages in six clusters. Each cottage has a kitchenette, a fireplace and a balcony offering panoramic views. Cardamom, cinnamon and coffee scent the pathways and ubiquitous wooden signposts on the giant rosewood, fig, mahogany, jack trees under which the coffee grows display names and illustrations of the various species of birds including some rare ones. Interlaced bamboo groves, as tall as 45 feet, make a dense green canopy.

The ambience and topography of the cottages blend perfectly with Nature. Located in Chickanahally, the estate is beautifully landscaped. The pool-side villas display classic South Indian architecture with a private backyard and a pool; both of which are embodiments of elegant structures. Built using laterite cut stone, the rustic magnificence of Kodava architecture is apparent. High beds, cylindrical pillars, wooden benches, cornices, chairs with turned legs and cane weavings, a charming study table, chest of drawers and ornamental mirrors are a part of the charming ambience. Heavy wooden carved doors with brass artefacts secure the décor. The Presidential villas are also epitomes of comfort with a sumptuous en-suite bedroom, and a separate living room with a private sit-out. The King's Court is a plantation-style magnificent villa with elegant fittings and furnishings; a regal living room with a private sit-out, and two luxurious en-suite bedrooms in typical Kodava design.

Freshly brewed steaming cups of coffee are always available in the lounge on stilts, overlooking the lush paddy fields and the coffee and spice plantation. There are three restaurants: The Granary has an exhaustive menu with a strong Kodava flavour including the signature Pandi Curry (spiced curried pork), Coorg chicken (koli) curry and other delicacies from the ethnic melting pot. The Peppercorn is a specialty restaurant serving kebabs and grills in a serene setting overlooking the private lake. The Plantain Leaf serves an array of North and South Indian vegetarian delicacies. The packages include both stay and complete meals.



Orange County is a bird watchers' paradise with more than 350 species of birds. The resident naturalist Ganesh takes the residents on a conducted tour and entertains the guest with his knowledge of birds. It is amazing to hear him imitate birdcalls of every bird one can think of! He also takes guests on a tour to give them an idea of the working of coffee estates. Wild elephants, boars, deer and other animals, which come to the river, can be spotted. Fishing in the lake and trekking in the forest with a guide are other touristy activities.

Another unique activity is a coracle ride in the Cauvery. Coracles are circular local fishing crafts ideal for navigating the river water. About six feet in diameter, traditionally coracles are made of woven bamboo and cane and covered in animal hides. The coracle ride enables a view of the surrounding forest and the habitation, and the moods of the river. The Vaidyasala, designed in traditional style with graceful wood work, offers various Ayurvedic packages to relax revive and rejuvenate the body. There are also daily entertainment programmes, which include Kodava-style singing and dancing besides the facilities available for playing indoor games.

Outside the Orange County, one can also take trips to Kushal Nagar, Bylekuppe, the largest settlement of Tibetans in the country, Madikeri, the headquarters of Coorg district, Talacauvery, where the revered river originates, the Durbare elephant camp and the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary.

Quick facts

Orange County Resorts & Hotels

Karadigodi Post, Siddapur,

Karnataka, India, Pin – 571 253

Ph: +91 (0)8274 258 481 - 4

Fax: +91 (0)8274 258 485

E-mail: coorg@orangecounty.in

website : http://orangecounty.in

Getting there

Nearest Railway Station: Mysore (100 km)

Nearest airport: Bangalore (275 km) or Mangalore (195 km)

Source: The Hindu



Kairali Ayurvedic Resorts - Kerala






With massages that de-stress, food that detoxifies, and an ambience that soothes you Kairali Health Resorts simply offers you bliss!

I was in the land of fish and chips; in the land of lanky coconut trees and pristine backwaters. I was in the land where the science of Ayurveda has transcended time; in the land where this ancient practice is a prided legacy. I was in God's own country to experience the healing touch of Ayurveda.

At the foothills of the Western Ghats is the unassuming town of Palakkad, popularly known as the granary of Kerala. Amidst the green cover and prosperous paddy is Kairali, an Ayurvedic Health Resort. Spread across 50 acres of luxuriant greenery, Kairali is an oasis of calm and a blissful retreat from the cacophony of our cities. Being a premier health resort, Kairali was ranked among the top 50 wellness Meccas in the world by National Geographic Traveler in 2008.

Starry effect

Thirty aesthetic cottages named after Indian zodiac signs dot the expanse of the resort's sprawling lawns. Aswathi, Karthika, Bharani, Makariyam, Punartham, Avittam and Uthradam are a few jewels in the tiara of this resort. The cottages are designed to conform to Vaastu Shastra and are unique in name, style and decor. Bricks and stones used in the construction of each cottage are visibly different from the other. The red oxide coating on the floor acts as a natural coolant. The divine Valambari Conch (Turbinella pyrum) is placed in every cottage to emanate positive vibrations. A cascading rivulet running by the side of the cottages creates a harmonious atmosphere.

Designed by renowned horticulturist and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. G.S. Randhawa Kairali's landscape strikes a chord with nature. There are about 600 coconut trees that announce their presence by sending their sun dried leaves down to earth. Plants with therapeutic value are interspersed between trees of leak, mango, guava, pine and coconut. Medicinal plants are grown in the herbal garden. Blooms of jasmine, hibiscus and anthurium adorn the stone walkways. The coconut trees are the only high-rises here and sambrani is the room freshener.

It's back to basics at Kairali. The day begins with yoga. The food served is vegetarian. Fruits and vegetables are home grown. Warm herbal water is favoured over bottled water. Fresh juices are in and iced colas are out. Until it becomes a routine, the guests are cajoled to unwind while being pampered with good food and great hospitality.

Chasing butterflies, reading by the poolside, watching a kingfisher pick up its meal from the gurgling water and relaxing on an old rocking chair. For a city-dweller like me, these simple pleasures are hard to come by. Strolling in the 10-acre organic garden was an experience in itself.

Within a few feet from each other were plants of pineapple, chilli, tomato, bitter gourd, pumpkin, ladies'finger, eggplant, banana, snake gourd and a lot more. As we were taken on a tour of the garden we were told that these were fruits of labour and no chemicals went into making them look fresh and healthy.

Given that vegetables harvested across the road make it to our plates, it comes as no surprise that food was delectable. Apart from the food itself, the attention to detail at the Ayurvedic canteen was impressive. Everything from the juice, to the salad to the arrangement of napkins on the table was different for every meal. The food was delicious and the service delightful.

DATING THE SUN

The outdoor yoga session was a unique experience. This was the first time I was doing to the suryanamaskara (sun salutation) with the sun in my line of sight. I joined Europeans and Americans at the yoga session and we spent an hour together performing various asanas (exercises) and chanting sholkas. After stretching and bending we were treated to an amazing concoction of lime and mint. It was worth the effort of pulling myself out of bed early in the morning!

Through traditional techniques of Ayurveda qualified doctors administer treatments to cure ailments and relieve stress. The vivacious chief doctor, Dr. T. R. Chandrashekaran has been Ayurvedic practitioner for over four decades. Seasoned masseurs use their deft touch and the power of herbs and traditional oils alleviate stress.

Kairali is all about good health and happiness. As the warm oil was rubbed over my body, my muscles loosened and relaxed. I realised that a good massage is a great treat for an over-worked body. A steam bath followed the massage and I rocked myself to sleep on a hammock listening to birdsongs and gazing at the sky above. Indulging massages followed by delicious meals and an inviting cosy bed. It was blissful to say the least.



I was told that Panchakarma (a five-fold procedure for cleansing the body) and detoxification and rejuvenation therapies are the most common treatments opted by visitors. The guests are encouraged to practise yoga and meditation in the natural setting that complements the holistic treatment. Dhara, Abhyangam, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi and Nasyam are a few of the many Ayurvedic treatments on offer. The doctor prescribes a special diet for guests undergoing treatment.

Every aspect of the resort from the sounds one hears and the water one drinks to the activities one indulges in, aim at imbibing the positive energy exuded by the elements of nature. Butterflies flit from leaf to flower with boundless joy. Birds wait eagerly to snatch a catch from water while fish dart across the stream. Lying in the lap of nature amidst the sound of falling water, the golden glow of the sun's rays, the hiss of the wind and the kiss of the breeze is the perfect setting to switch off your mind and derail its train of endless thoughts.

Quick Facts

Getting there

Palakkad is less than two hours away from the Coimbatore and Cochin airports. Palakkad has a railway station and good road and rail links with all major cities.

Season: The Resort has visitors all year through. The weather is at its best between November and February. March, April and May can be oppressive but the trees act as protective umbrellas and the weather is tolerable. June, July and August is the time to visit if you want to experience the monsoons.

Accommodation: Deluxe, Classic, Royal and the exclusive Maharaja suites are the four classifications of the 30 cottages at the Resort.

Leisure packages: Rs. 2999 per person per night on a double occupancy basis.

Treatment packages: Rs. 35,000 (taxes extra) onwards for 7-nights/8-days person on a double occupancy basis.

This package includes accommodation in a Deluxe Villa, one Ayurvedic treatment a day, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), complementary yoga and meditation sessions, consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor, one lifestyle evaluation session and the use of the resort's facilities.

For more details log on to www.kairali.com

source: The Hindu



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