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Kalari Kovilakam is a unique property that is elegant, expansive and lets you experience a deep healing touch for the unison of one’s mind body and soul..

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Kovilakam’s USP is that full regime of food, daily activities and even the intake of the kind of water relies on the doctor’s diagnosis report.

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A long drive from the madding crowd of Kochi and we set off for Kalari Kovilakam , a palace beholding age old stories, traditions and mysteries of royal clan.

Located in Kollemkode  it’s a palace which was built on rage by Dhatri Rani against the stifling atmosphere created within the family. The palace has the authentic form of age old Ayurveda apart from the 21st century comfort and 19th century Romance. The guests are received at the poomukham with a tikka , a spray of rose water and a cup of refreshing coconut drink. As one sits in the arrival room front of the poomukham they are very politely listed about the do’s and dont’s.

Only the pair of kurta pajamas provided to you are you  suppose to wear within these palace premises.Guests are then  given a pair of mat soled slippers and led to the luxury suits. Surviving without Tea/ coffee, without laptop, without cell phones and without every option that helps one to kill time may be a tough task though.

Luxuriously giant rooms of Kovilakam with exquisite wood carvings, paintings and books reiterate a trunkful of stories. One has to be really lucky for a day out at a palace that was once home to the 19th century Vengunad Kings of Old Malabar. An excellent opportunity to explore the vibrant history and rich traditions preserved for eternity.
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The name Kalari Kovilakam came up as it was once the ritual space reserved for Kalari Payattu . But soon after British banned the martial arts it fell to disuse and the mud walled structure was demolished. Every nook and corner of the palace reflects the vibrant history associated with it.

The ‘Agrasala’ of Kalari Kovilakam serves natural flavors cooked in age old kalchattis.Gleaming brass thali is used to serve fibre rich red rice, creamy bitter gourd and lentil curry, beans toran curry etc. The Kovilakam’s long spread yard is full of herbs like Cannon ball tree, Black Plum, Sappam wood, Dye fig, Beach Naupaka.

Kovilakam’s USP is that full regime of food, daily activities and even the intake of the kind of water relies on the doctor’s diagnosis report.

Kovilakams Kulam is still preserved as a part and parcel of the royal lifestyle. Just next to the kulam is the water bar (a space that’s meant for the patients to sit back, relax, draw, paint or engage in any leisure time activities.)

All the constructions have been made strictly keeping in mind the vaastu .The poomukham walls have vegetable dye paintings that narrate mytholical stories like Sita Kalyanam, Anantashayanam and different incarnations of Lord Krishna. Yet another interesting fact is the age old legendary and spiritual stories of Shakthan Tampuran (the guardian )  whose spirit is believed to strode through these corridors.

Dinner options at Kovilakam will get you to experience dishes like tomato soup, Roti’s ,Steamed beetroot etc. Half an hour is set apart for cultural programmes every day after dinner that depicts and displays the extravagant cultural art forms of Kerala. Once the sun dusk’s in here a wave of unusual silence and tranquility sets in changing the whole mood .With the sculptures, age old paintings, cool breeze, the jingling chimes the whole palace seemed to put on a spooky feel.

Kalari Kovilakam is definitely not a place to drop by if you are looking to visit a tourist spot that amuse. Instead it’s a place perfect for you to have a journey into yourselves.

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Kalari Kovilakom,
Kollengode, Palakkad,
Kerala, India

Distance
From Cochin 138kms
From Trivandrum 375kms

Nearest Railway Station
Vadankkenchery

Must go places
Nelliampathy Hills
Mangalam dam
Parambikulam Tiger reserve
Pothundy Dam


Photographer : Jinson Abraham

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Beat The Heat This Summer At The Palazzo Versace Dubai

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When the sun drains you out this summer, it’s always best to relax in luxury

Words: THRS      Images: THRS

Reminiscent of a 16th century Italian Palace, Palazzo Versace Dubai is a Neoclassical masterpiece with subtle traces of Arabian architecture. Featuring a striking entrance, high ceilings, landscaped gardens, and a range of well-crafted Italian furnishings, the hotel is truly symbolic of the Versace lifestyle.

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Set in the heart of the Culture Village, less than 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport and 8 minutes away from Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, Palazzo Versace Dubai is conveniently located along the shores of the historic Dubai Creek.

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Immerse yourself this summer with a luxury escape to Palazzo Versace Dubai. Book your stay before 30 September 2017 and enjoy this summer deal which includes great savings of up to 35% off your room or suite. If you’re keen to save up this summer, but still indulge in a luxury getaway to Dubai’s most fashionable urban resort, this is an offer that you should take advantage of.

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The offer began on 23rd April and ends on 30th September 2017 with the starting rate set at AED 850++ per room per night. The package includes accommodation in a luxuriously appointed room or suite designed exclusively by Versace, breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children below 12 years, 20% discount on Food and Beverage (except Q’s Bar and Lounge), 20% discount on Spa treatments, complimentary internet access, complimentary shuttle service to Dubai Mall and Dubai Festival City Mall and an extra bed that can be arranged for a child at AED 170 per night.

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The rates are exclusive of 10% municipality fee, 10% service charge and AED 20 tourism Dirham fee per bedroom per night on Bed and Breakfast basis. The offer is also subject to availability and black-out dates apply as well.

For Bookings, Contact: +91 124 430 9300 or Email at [email protected] For further information, you can contact THRS at: Smiti Talwar Rohra, +91 999 9384214 ; [email protected]

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Auctions in 2013 That Made History

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Auctions in 2013 That Made History

From Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” to the Original Apple-1 Computer, here are eight artworks and other memorables that were auctioned off in the year 2013.

Text: FWD Media      Photos: Various Sources

The Forbes indicates that the world’s super-wealthy are turning ultra-wealthier. Even after the recession the wealth of mega-rich has been mounting, making the art-market activities more vigorous. A lot of money is being pooled into art-market which is considered to be an alternative investment.

Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”:$142 million

Auctions in 2013 That Made History 1

The 1969 painting by the late Irish painter Francis Bacon was sold for a whopping $142 million this November at Christie’s in New York City, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud”, depicts Freud seated on a wooden chair against an orange background.

Pablo Picasso’s “Le Reve” for $155 million

Auctions in 2013 That Made History 2

American hedge fund manager Steven Cohen bought Pablo Picasso’s “Le Reve” for $155 million from casino owner Steve Wynn. The 1932 oil painting by Pablo Picasso was earlier set up for auction in 2006 when Steve Wynn accidentally put his elbow through the painting. Steve Cohen, however never gave up on the deal, and after the extensive restoration work has managed to shell out the princely amount for the rare work of art. The private sale happened in March of 2013.

Gaitonde’s untitled painting goes under hammer for record Rs. 23.7 crore

Auctions in 2013 That Made History 3

World’s largest fine arts auction house, Christie’s debut auction, which took place at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai on was memorable, for the sale of a painting by Vasudeo S Gaitonde; it went under the hammer for Rs. 23.7 crore ($3.7 million), which marks a record sale for an Indian artist at any auction. The untitled artwork is an oil-on-canvas abstract painting portraying Zen Buddhism. It was sold to a telephone buyer after about seven minutes of bidding.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S Nart Spyder Sold for $27,500,000

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Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever made, the NART Spider is named for the company’s North American Racing Team, an early effort to promote Ferraris when they were just another Italian car trying to enter the U.S. market. Bidding started at $10 million, and quiItalianse to $16 million , before hammering at $25 million plus commission to an undisclosed bidder in the room.

Bob Dylan’s Stratocaster sold for $1 million

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The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was sold for nearly $ 1 million- the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. The Sunburst Fender Stratocaster made rock history when he played it at the 1965 Newport folk festival. The Newport festival, in Rhode Island, was a defining moment for Dylan, marking his move from acoustic folk to electric rock’n’roll. Dylan’s guitar had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years after the singer left ot on a private plane.

World’s largest orange diamond goes for $31.5M

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A rare orange diamond, the largest known gem of its kind, was auctioned off for a record $31.5 million in Geneva. The price excluded another $4.04 million in taxes and commission. Christie’s have not revealed the identity of the man who made the purchase. The deep orange gemstone, which was found in South Africa, weighs a whopping 14.82 karats. Pure orange diamonds, also known as “fire diamonds”, are extremely uncommon and very few have been auctioned, with the largest never more than six karats.

Original Apple-1 Computer Auctioned for $387,750M

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One of the first 25 Original Apple-1 Computers that were hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was recently sold for $387,750. The Apple-1 computer assembled in 1976, is inscribed with the serial number 01-0025, along with Wozniak’s signature, “Woz” . Beginning in 1976, the Apple Computer Company produced approximately 200 Apple-1 computers. The devices, which were designed by Wozniak and hand-built in Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage, were originally sold for $666.66.

Fetches $ 14M

Auctions in 2013 That Made History 8

The first book written in USA fetched $ 14.2 million in becoming the world’s most expensive printed book sold at auction. The translation of Biblical psalms “The Bay Psalm Book” was printed by puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640. Sotheby’s named the buyer as David Rubenstein, the billionaire American financier and philanthropist. He was in Australia and his bid was conducted by telephone.

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Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive to visit the city of Kochi in God’s own country

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FWD Life Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive to visit the city of Kochi in God’s own country

After winning hearts in the city of gardens, Bangalore, Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive is all set to visit the city of Kochi to expand its footprint in the Southern state of Kerala. This unique customer engagement programme will entice the people of Kochi with its luxurious brand experience and engage with its strong and evolving customer base. Luxe Drive is based on the three strong pillars of Adrenaline, Gourmet and Lifestyle. This event will also give patrons an opportunity to experience Mercedes-Benz cars on a specially designed track. Mercedes-Benz has also associated itself with Chef RanveerBrar for the event who will be preparing some delicious cuisines for the patrons present there.

Apart from these attractions, Genesis Luxury will have an exclusive lifestyle boutique at the venue that will offer luxurious souvenirs. Along with this, Luxe Drive will also facilitate a complementary car evaluation and provide patrons an opportunity to pick up exclusive Mercedes-Benz merchandise from the venue. Many more attractions like live band music along with the display of New Generation Cars are also lined up for more fun and frolic.

Other Highlights:

  • Merchandise Zone – A special zone for the sale of exclusive Mercedes-Benz merchandise
  • Kids Zone – Special games to engage the tiny toddlers while their parents get the feel of the Luxe Drive
  • MercedesTrophy Zone – Exclusive golf section that will highlight the popularity of the MercedesTrophy and educate patrons about the renowned golfing tournament
  • Vehicle Evaluation Counter – The pre-owned car sales team will conduct a free car evaluation for all the participants and will also provide an opportunity for special trade-in with personalized finance offers
  • Mercedes Benz Financial provides innovative and customer friendly finance solutions, focused at increasing sales of Mercedes-Benz cars. The aim is to identify the best ownership solution for our customers by offering differentiated products and services via leasing, financing & insurance. Association with events like Luxe Drive gives MB Financial a great opportunity to interact with customers & showcase their offerings

Details:

Date : 25th and 26th March, 2017

Venue : Samudrika Convention Centre, Cochin Port Trust, North East, Willingdon Island, Kochi, India 682009

Time : 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

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