Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala are plentiful, due to the moist humid climate and abundant supply of medicinal plants and herbs there. Not only can you rejuvenate your body, you can have a wonderful vacation at the same time. However, the treatments at some Ayurvedic resorts are much better than others. These top Kerala Ayurvedic resorts are all well managed, and have an excellent range of properly administered Ayurvedic treatments.
Mekosha opened near Trivandrum in early 2018, and brings a notable new concept to India—in-suite spas and unlimited massages. That's right, you can have as many massages as you want, and you can even have them in your room (or anywhere else on the property, for that matter).
Each 600 square-foot guest suite has its own adjoining private treatment area, with balcony overlooking the swimming pool and river beyond. As well as traditional Ayurvedic treatments, administered by doctors according to guest requirements, international treatments such as Swedish massage are available. Feel like a foot massage while relaxing by the river? It's possible! Of course, Ayurveda is more than just treatments. It also extends to food. At Mekosha, guests can learn how to cook Ayurvedic cuisine. Local ingredients are used, and there's a communal dining table for guests to chat while eating meals. The experience at Mekosha is designed to be informal and friendly.
The ultimate in luxury and pampering, award-winning Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort at Marari beach offers holistic treatments that combine Ayurveda, yoga, mantra, and naturopathy and includes individualized Ayurvedic diets for guests. A wide range of programs are available, ranging from detox to healing. Accommodations are provided in opulent villas with private plunge pools.
At Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village, Ayurvedic treatment is also about getting back to nature. The resort is set on 50 acres of lush land in the Palakkad district of Kerala, and there's even a stream running past each cottage!
Although it's a resort, Ayurveda is treated seriously here. Only vegetarian food is served, and no alcohol is sold or allowed on the premises. Guests are also encouraged to participate in early morning mediation and yoga sessions. The resort also has its own organic garden and swimming pool.
Room rates at the Kairali Resort include meals, consultation, one Ayurvedic herbal oil therapy, yoga, and meditation. Packages are available for numerous health concerns such as diabetes, arthritis, and chronic back pain.
If money is no object, head straight to Kalari Kovilakom—the palace of the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala, now converted into a palace for Ayurveda by CGH Group. It's quite out of this world.
No meat, leather footwear, or alcohol are allowed at Kalari, and the resort doesn't have a television or offer any entertainment of any kind outside of healing practices. However, hymns are chanted in the evenings, and there are several group activities you can participate in.
Every therapy session is personal and customized, often combined with yoga and other methods to provide deep healing from inside and out. Even the food is served according to individual requirements. The aim, according to the resort, is to give guests a chance to start their lives over again and be reborn.
You won't find the sea or a swimming pool at this very popular Ayurvedic center, surrounded by paddy fields on the outskirts of the Kerala backwaters near Kottayam, but that doesn't mean it won't be a relaxing experience with plenty of outdoor activities.
Athreya Ayurvedic Center is owned by a family of Ayurvedic doctors whose experience goes back five generations, and is very authentic and traditional with high medical focus. Also notable is that the center has one of only three kutee huts in India, especially constructed for undergoing the ancient Ayurvedic treatment of Kutee Praveshika Rasayana (to build immunity and halt the ageing process).
The center has 16 guest cottages, sustainably built in traditional Kerala style, plus a guesthouse in a newer wing of the center that has eight rooms.
Soma Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village is located right by the beach, in front of Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort and Somatheeram Aurveda Resort. It's owned by the same family that introduced the concept of Ayurvedic resorts to India.
However, it's a bit less traditional and more modern as yoga and meditation are offered in addition to Ayurveda and children under the age of 12 aren't permitted on the premises.
Simplicity by the Backwaters: Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center
If you're on a budget, try escaping to the tranquil Kerala backwaters for your Ayurvedic treatment. The very serene Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center is a simple place that's spread over three acres of garden, right on the water's edge near Kollam.
Family owned, it's run by third generation Ayurvedic doctors. While there you can enjoy activities such as a houseboat ride along the backwaters, evening dance performance, or visit nearby villages.
Another affordable option for Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala, the Ideal Ayurvedic Resort is located in Kovalam. It's situated on the edge of a small village within a canopy of coconut palms, five minutes walk from Chowara Beach. Although not as luxurious as other Ayurvedic resorts, treatment is still of a high standard and is administered by doctors. Yoga and meditation complement the wide range of packages available.
Located in the lush Wayanad district of Kerala where nature abounds, the Ayurveda Yoga Villa offers a unique blend of Ayurveda treatment, yoga practice, and training in Kalari marital arts.
Guests tend to find the atmosphere really special at this place. There's a temple, cow sanctuary, and organic garden and shop on the premises. Additionally, teachers and doctors are properly trained, and the staff is very caring.
Also a budget option, Shin Shiva is comfortable and informal, but also extremely professional. The resort was founded by a doctor whose family has a 400 year old tradition in Ayurvedic treatment.
The Shin Shiva Resort is located on top of a cliff at Chowara, overlooking the ocean and close to Kovalam beach. It's around 30 minutes drive from Trivandrum airport. A wide variety of packages is offered, including de-addiction treatments for habits such as smoking.
Perumbayil Ayurveda Mana is housed in the ancestral property of the aristocratic Perumbayil family, who have been associated with Ayurveda for generations. This center is best suited to those with serious medical conditions, who are willing to forego luxury to benefit from age-old Ayurvedic traditions, administered by senior doctors from Kerala's leading Ayurveda families.
Its 20 guest rooms are spread over three categories and two buildings, overlooking a stream. The heritage rooms are located in an ancestral home dating back over 370 years while a newer-built replica contains the others.
Perumbayil Ayurveda Mana is situated in the Guruvayoor region of Thrissur in central Kerala. Numerous packages are available, ranging from general wellness programs to treatment of specific ailments. Other facilities include a library, herb garden, and yoga room.