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Dr. Franklin's Panchakarma Institute and Ayurveda Centre
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Owner description: “Dr.Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute”, the Unique Centre for Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation was established in 1997 by Dr.V.Franklin, formerly the district chief medical officer of Government of Kerala, registered as "Ribis Health Care Pvt Ltd” and awarded with “Green Leaf” certificate ( Govt. of Kerala). The therapeutic crew consists of 52 qualified and expert Ayurvedic therapists and 7 Ayurvedic Doctors who work under the guidance of Dr.V.Franklin (Chief Physician) and Dr.Sony Joseph (Managing Director). The Yoga & Meditation sessions are handled by the Yoga expert Master Soorya Ravi who is the general secretary of the Yoga Teacher’s Association, South India.
Reviewed May 20, 2012

I am old patient of Dr.Franklin and Dr.Sony (since 2003). I visit the clinic with an average interval of 1 or 2 years.
I was there in the centre in August 2011 and presently one of my dear friends is undergoing treatment in the clinic.
Dr.Franklin is not too old (bout 70yrs) and he is still active in consultations. We can visit Dr.Franklin just fix the time with reception.

In my own past experiences the centre has changed in favor of guests. I find the quality of the treatment is improving in all the aspects.
15 rooms for treatments + 6 Doctors (including Dr.Franklin and Dr.Sony), 55 Therapists & new nursing staffs to give medicines and external applications, etc, wood palace Ayur restaurant, etc.
Caring of guests is excellent. Everyday Doctors check BP and improvements before treatments (some day after treatment also). We are free to visit Doctors at any time. There is now new consultation room for personal health discussions with Doctors. Massages are treatments are very good s usual. I find improvements in internal medicines and external applications are high. Dr.Sony is strict in Ayurveda treatments and life style recommendations. They won’t allow alcohol, non veg etc., They won’t allow local people local people to enter into the guest premises. If you want to mingle with local peoples we can go to beach and villages.

My therapists are same from 2003 onwards. Staffs are very happy to do their jobs. They have very good awareness in massages are treatment, which assure the patients’ cure and comfort.
If any medical examinations like CT scan, extra, blood analysis, etc doctors will guide you the medical labs in Trivandrum.
They have travel desk for short sightseeing trips. But in special treatment days trips are not allowed. (We need to pay the taxi fare)

As it is not a charity organization, from 2003 there was considerable increase in the price not only in case of the clinic but in everywhere in India. This centre has more than 100 staffs. This year 60E per person for Treatment+food+ medicines, room rent will be extra. It is clearly mentioned in the website. I get 10% special discount in the room rent as repeaters’ discount. No hidden charges (but it is fare to pay laundry bills, taxi charges, etc).

Airport pick & drop , WiFi services are complimentary. Dr.Sony and Dr.Soumya Franklin ( Daughter of Dr.Franklin) are managing the clinic in excellent way for last 10years and it has to be. I am referring my college travel s Dr.Franklin’s Panchakarma for ONLY FOR HEALTH and CURE.

Their price is comparatively the best in the industry with respect to the quality. If someone is looking for massages in cheap rate go to Kovalam or where you want and get want you want. Return home with rich & health is at your risk.

I strongly recommend this centre for health seekers. I plan to return t centre next month.

47  Thank Shanthi O
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Since Dr Franklin the old man is no longer handling the center, it has all changed. Now it is run by his sun in law and it has become a business. the care is not the same, the vision and experience Dr Franklin himself had, has not been passed on. they fit you in a package of cures, and do not really attach much importance to what you really have,. if you are going for relaxation, go to own of the hotels around where they have treatments and other things.
if you are going because you really have a physical issue...don't go there! there are other options.

17  Thank bouza
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

I was here in 2012 for a couple of weeks.I had ayurvedic treatments from various places of kerala, but in my experience here is the best.They have a professional team of doctors and other staffs, Vegetarian restaurant provides very healthy food. I had chronic backache , but after couple weeks I felt much better (kateevasthi was very helpful) . Those who are in search of a serious ayurveda centre, this centre is a best choice.

33  Thank fred2012-12
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

The best centre for Ayurveda, Run by Ayurveda doctors family.
Interesting fact : They won't sell Treatment as package. They prepare treatments after the consultation.
Good rooms for Accommodation . Energy level of the premises is HIGH.

28  Thank consult78
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

I was in the Institute in Feb-Mar..
Dr.Franklins Panchakarma Institute can be recommendable for the travelers who need real Ayurveda treatments. It is like an Ayurveda centre in a resort style and in homely atmosphere. I found it is best for treatments and accommodation.

Only expect best of Ayurveda treatment, don’t expect beer, non-veg food, pleasure massage, etc. If you expect other than treatments you will be in upset so you all are wrong.

30  Thank Myindia_12
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