It had seemed like a heritage restricted to
Gods own country-Kerala. But Dr. Kalmadi has transported a bit of heaven to the
Kerla Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre (KARE) at the misty valley at Mulshi, an hours drive
from Mumbai. Explains the quiet Kalmadi at the inauguration which was done by Yogacharya
Dr.B.K.S.Iyengar, "It seemed the perfect place to set up KARE which is spread over 40
acers with the Mulshi lake serving as the backdrop. Once you have had a taste of the
messages that we have to offer, then you are just hooked to it." And as designer
Shaina Chudasma who was there on a weekend with her mother Munira said, "I think the
location itself begins the healing process."
After a ceremonial dip in the pool, the massages in
the rooms which overlook the river take you to a different realm! With cottages to
accommodate 20 people at a time, along with accommodation for corporate bigwigs and
families in the finishing stages, Kalmadi has a lot on his hands. A team of doctors led by
Ajit Mandlecha, along with shopkeepers and masseurs, promise to help you cure all sorts of
diseases from arthritis, rheumatism, spondylitis and sinusitis. Having been trained at the
world famous parent institute C.N.S. Chikisalyam of Mezatyhur, Kerela, headed by Dr.
Srinivasan Nair, the masseurs go about their task in a professional manner. Ranging from
the simple to the complicated, these massages, like pizbichil, consist of warm herbal oils
being poured all over the body in a rhythmic manner amidst the chanting of mantras.
Chavitti uzbichil is a special Kerala type of foot massage, and the Shirodbara is very
popular amongst the foreigners who flock to this cozy retreat nestled in the arms of
While the 'whos who' of Pune have been doing the rounds
of KARE, it has a lot to offer to keep a workaholic entertained. It also has a
well-stacked library, a club house with the mandatory pool tables, tennis tables,
badminton , billiards along with the old fashioned corquet and even a putting range.
"We have also engaged a full-time trekker-cum-nutritionist and all the scenic spots
around KARE are a delight for those on the nature trail. But for those whose adventurous
streak runs amok, there is the famous martial art of Kallari Payattu which our masseurs
are trained in, they also perform and teach the guests." Besides this, for the
foodies, the low calorie food cooked in almost no oil is preceded by an arry of tempting
herbal concoction. "According to the very basics of Ayurveda, the constitution of
each person is checked and then food is prescrined."
the monsoonDr.Prakash Kalmadi will house paraplegics at KARE. "We plan to have some
of the terminally ill patients stay with us during the rains. While on one hand, we can
help them with their treatment, especially paralysis, and various other muscular disorders,
the lovely locale will also cheer their spirits up immensely." Treatment packages
vary according to the needs of the person- from a seven day programme to half a day.
A perfect takeoff for those looking forward to return to the natural and the best way of