I visited Palakkad, Kerala to stay at Kairali the Ayurvedic Healing Village. It is at the outskirts of the Palakkad town. It was a tranquil place. I also visited the local market of Palakkad for spices, chips and coffee! So this is once again show it in pictures post!
I was sitting on a porch when I heard the cackle of the Golden Orioles. It had to be that one time when the camera bag was in my room. I ignored the birds for a few minutes. But then their call was simply irresistible. I ran back to my room, got the camera and got the bird!
Quite close to the Golden Oriole was a Shikra. Surprisingly the oriole would fly teasingly close to the Shikra, which is a bird of prey. Finally both of them got bored and flew away into the trees beyond the reach of my camera.
The magenta Frangipani was fiercely in bloom at Kairali. I have the exact same tree at home as well.
We visited the Malampuza dam near Palakkad. We skipped the garden visit as it was a blistering hot day. We went on a drive around the surrounding areas instead. In cooler weather it will make for a nice picnic spot.
While my group members waited in the car, I walked a short distance to click the bare landscape. Everyone seems to be waiting for the monsoon!
He was responsible for frying the delicious chips (I bought a few packets) at Karthik’s Chips Shop in the local Palakkad Market. And yes in his case the looks are deceptive!
Sometimes people react favorably to a camera. They took me inside the shop so I could see the place. This was the giant kadhai where the chips were fried!
I close the post with a picture of Karthik’s dad. He named the shop after his son. He was a soft spoken person, ever ready to let you taste all kind of exotic chips had!
Apart from an odd massage I had little understanding of Ayurveda. Visiting Kairali the Ayurvedic Healing Resort in Palakkad, Kerala was a good start for me to gain an initial understanding of Ayurveda. And I have come back impressed. They have a lovely 60 acre place full of trees, flowers and birds including peacocks.
The trip was done in association with Plush Escapes and my write up is live at their website now. Do check it out.
“It was at Kairali I realized that massage was a part of therapy and in isolation it had little meaning. I also realized that originally spas were meant to be in natural surroundings where you could see trees and hear birds naturally, and not through a speaker. Kairali has that setting. I would never view a city based spa experience with air-conditioning and piping music kindly again!
I went for four massages in three days. Abhyangam is the most common rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage and it was my first one too. Combined with the exercises and diet regime -they did wonders for me. Even my family who always fails to notice anything new about me, noticed the glow that I came back with!”
The center offers both wellness and treatment packages. For me it was a lot of fun to go bird watching! There were butterflies and flowers in abundance! I have a nice time trying to catch them in my camera.
I asked the resident doctor if he would suggest something for me, he replied, “Keep doing whatever you are doing as it is working for you!” And I was thinking that means endless cups of tea, sleeping late and getting up late and not holding an employment! What do you guys say to that?
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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