Tipology:Culture & Heritage
Heritage preservation
Retreat: Kalari Kovilakom
India > Kerala

It was in the 19th century that they built Kalari Kovilakom and it was carefully, painstakingly renovated and restored over a period of four years taking care to preserve the ethos and ancient architecture. The old building is the Palace for Ayurveda, perhaps the first and only one of its kind. Its face is the face of the warrior-king, elegant and expansive. Dharmavarman stayed on to found a kingdom, Vengunad, 'The Land of the Venga Tree' and his descendants held sway over these silent and green foothills.