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November 2014
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Kalari Kovilakom

Kovalikom © Clara Le Fort

On entering this former royal palace of Vengunad, a placard summarises the philosophy of the place: ‘Leave your world behind’. Visitors come here to empty their souls, to push themselves, to make changes for a better life…all this according to a strict Ayurvedic treatment – a traditional Indian medicine that literally means ‘science of life’. Cut off from the outside world, the palace resides in a closed society, a feat made possible by the care provided by the CGH Earth group who renovated the premises: this revived former palace lives with such precision between a central basin garnished with lily pads, century-old trees, pavilions transformed into suites, passageways decorated with columns, and princely ceramic tiles, all of which link the bedrooms to one another. In these rooms, antiques and beds fit for maharajas tempt you to take a well-deserved rest. And depart feeling fully rejuvenated.
As Marcel Proust once said: “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”.

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