INDIA - Kerala, Kottayam
The Athreya Ayurvedic Resort had been tastefully designed in the traditional Kerala style, utilizing mainly wood and laterite. The ancient healing science had been practiced and taught by his ancestors for six hundred years, a tradition that continues to this day in a seamless progression. Handsome portraits Dr. Girish and Dr. Srijit family patriarchs going back five generations adorn the walls of the well appointed reception area. The retreat is nestled in a bucolic hamlet and surrounded by a network of canals flowing into the gorgeous Kerala Backwaters. Floating water hyacinths, vivid green paddy fields and gently swaying coconut palms, Ficus, Pipal, Banana, Papaya, Ashoka and Eleocarpus trees punctuate the Vedic symmetry of the resort. It includes a yoga room, a treatment center, ten beautiful residential cottages and a separate chamber for training in Kalaripayattu.
INDIA, KERALA, KOTTAYAM
Athreya Ayurvedic Resorts offers a specialized course of healing in the form of Unique Kerala Panchakarma Treatment for body and mind.
Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel
THE HEART OF AYURVEDA - Athreya Ayurvedic Resort by by Vikram Zutshi
In late October of this year, after a long flight from Los Angeles and a two hour drive from Cochin airport, I arrived at Athreya Ayurvedic resort, on the outskirts of Kottayam town at approximately 4 pm.
As I was driven into the grounds, the first thing to hit the eyes was an imposing statue of the Hindu deity Hanuman facing the entrance. Upon alighting, I was greeted by a smiling attendant and shown to a pretty cottage facing a vast expanse of paddy fields that was to be my home for the next three weeks. Soon after unpacking I was taken to meet Dr. Srijit, the head physician, for initial consultation. Without much ado he began to ask various probing questions while taking my pulse and peering into my mouth. This is the traditional method of Ayurvedic diagnosis that enable Vaidyas or ayurvedic physicians, to identify the patients core issues and design a tailored program for their specific needs based on Tridosha readings.