Ayurveda, the Magical Herbal Therapy Offering Medication for Thyroid Related Infirmities

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Blessed with a unique treatment method Kerala is one of the only states to the south which is known to practice the ancient form of treatment, Ayurveda. Being a state which known to practice Ayurveda for the last 5000 years, Ayurveda has become a part of the tradition of the state. The state now being blessed with rich Ayurvedic history houses a number of treatment centres which offers the patients with the best effect of herbal treatment. With the change in lifestyle and the way of living, the new generation is getting greatly affected by a number of ailments. Depression, hormonal imbalance, sleeplessness are all part of the change in lifestyle of the younger generation. Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are one such ailment which is mostly caused due to the unhealthy lifestyle which is followed now by the younger generation. Ayurveda being one of the most effective herbal treatments with a number of therapies offers different treatment methods for thyroid related ailments. The Ayurvedic treatments offered in Kerala for thyroid related ailments does not just aim at treating the main cause of the ailments but also aims at strengthening the overall health condition of the patient. The thyroid is an ailment which directly affects the metabolism rate of the patient and slows down or fastens the functioning of heart-brain muscles and other body parts. But in some cases, the thyroid gland produces a large number of thyroid hormones which is referred to as hyperthyroidism and when the gland produces a lesser amount of thyroid hormones it is referred to as hypothyroidism. According to Ayurveda, there are a number of reasons for the cause of the thyroid related ailment. Some of the main reasons and treatments are listed below.
Hypothyroidism – Main Symptoms and Treatments

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As per Ayurveda, the main reason for the cause of Hypothyroidism is the dis-functioning of Kapha and Pitta Doshas. Some of the symptoms of this ailment include a decrease in pulse rates, sluggishness of bodily functions, constipation, and hoarseness of voice, dry skin, and depress muscular activity, sensitivity to cold and recurrent infections. Treatment for Hypothyroidism mainly includes the intake of a number of medicines in which Kaanchanaara Guggulu and Punarnawaadi Guggulu are the most effective Ayurvedic medicines. In mild cases, patients will be treated with the bark of Kaanchanaara Punarvana plant twice a day. Food material which contains higher iodine content is more preferred like white onion, potatoes, fish, asparagus, shellfish etc. are more preferred. Patients affected with Hypothyroidism should avoid the use of food like sweet potatoes, cauliflower, spinach, mustard greens and cabbage as it slows down the functioning of thyroids.
Ayurvedic Therapies and Treatments offered

Kerala being a land that houses a number of Ayurvedic treatment centres offer a number of different therapies to treat thyroid related ailments. Some of the most included therapies in Ayurvedic packages offered to treat Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are listed below.

  •  Head Massage

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It is mostly seen that the people who are affected with Hypothyroidism develop gout. This ailment results in the production of uric acid which in turn would hurt the joints and results in arthritis. Most of the Ayurvedic treatment centres like Aura Spa make use of Ricinus Communis Linn or the root of Eranda to treat this ailment. A herbal medicine named Amrutadi Taila is made with the root of Eranda which is used for external application on head and is used orally.

  • Nasya Therapy

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The therapy better known as Nasya Karma is one of the most used methods to treat thyroid related ailments. The treatment involves the use of medicated powder and oil which is allowed to pass into the nasal passage. Nasyam is a part of Panchakarma treatment and is one of the best Ayurvedic therapies which are used to detoxify the body and increase the immunity to restore the balance of the body. A special vessel called Neti pot is used in this treatment method to pour the medicated oil into the nostrils. By tilting the head at a particular angle the oil is allowed to move through one nostril and comes out from the other nostril. According to the Ayurvedic inscriptions children, elderly and pregnant women who are affected by ailments like fever, diarrhoea and inflammation are not allowed to undergo this treatment.

  • Dough Basti treatment

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A container which is made from the black bean is called Dough Basti in which warm herbal oil is allowed to stay over the thyroid glands. This treatment is not just effective in treating the thyroid related ailments but is also effective in treating the blocked throat chakra. Different oils are used to treat the ailment depending on the body constitution and the types of a thyroid problem.

· Foot Massage

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According to Ayurvedic practitioners, there are points in your feet that are directly connected with the throat and Vishuddhi chakra. By massaging those particular points with medicated oils for about min you could manage the thyroid related ailments to an extent. These points are located on the inner edge of your feet ball which is massaged in a circular motion with medicated oils.

  •  Dhara and Shirodhara

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The treatment method where medicated oils are allowed to pour down through the affected area using the Dhara pots is referred to as the Dhara treatment. While treating thyroid with Shirodhara warm medicated oils is poured through the forehead of the patient as a continuous stream. This treatment is very helpful in promoting the proper functioning of the immune system, the nervous system and the psychological processes of the body. The treatment would we useful by changing the number of hormones released by the thyroid and also improves the symptoms that come with the ailment.

· Foods to avoid

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The imbalance of water and fat is considered as the main reason for the enlarged thyroid according to Ayurveda. food products like sweet potatoes, cabbage, maize, broccoli, soy, pearl millet, lima beans and cauliflower should be avoided by people who are affected with hypothyroidism while people affected with hyperthyroidism should avoid vegetable oil, red meat, added sugars, enriched milk, caffeine and iodine rich foods.

  • Ayurvedic medicine for Thyroid

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In Ayurveda one of the most effective herbs to treat for thyroid is purple mountain ebony which is mostly known as Bauhinia variegate in Ayurveda. Punarvana, Gokshura, Googol, Jatamansi, Kanchanar, Brahmi, Shilajit and Guggulu are some of the other effective Ayurvedic herbs used.

With the Ayurvedic centres in Kerala offering herbal treatments for almost every ailment, the Kerala tourism department is now promoting Ayurvedic tourism by introducing new Ayurvedic packages which include treatment packages on the basis of ailments. Ayurvedic treatment packages for thyroid are one of the most seen in treatment centres. As being a state which offers the best effective Ayurvedic treatment for a number of major and minor ailments, Kerala would be one of the preferred destinations for people who wish to cure thyroid and such ailments with best effects and no side effects.

 

A Honeymoon Trip to Kerala Exploring the Best Treasures of the Land

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A beautiful climate, scenic view, picturesque scenery, and a romantic ambiance is all that a newlywed couple needs when it comes to a honeymoon trip. Apart from organizing a trip, it is mostly the selection of the travel destination that leaves the honeymoon couples in uncertainty. But the things were a bit different in my case; we had a very clear idea of the selection of the travel destinations for our honeymoon trip but were uncertain of the selection of travel operators. When it comes to the selection of a honeymoon destination with a beautiful climate, scenic view, picturesque scenery, and a romantic ambiance, Kerala to the south have always topped the list and thus our travel destination was already fixed. It was after searching for a while that we finally decided out travel operators which were  Dream Holidays who offered us a honeymoon tour package to Kerala in a budget price including all the destinations we like to enjoy and a number of activities that we like to get indulged in while enjoying our honeymoon in Kerala. Our honeymoon trip was organized to be on the 25th of November, as the travel package that we chose did not include the flight tickets from our hometown to the Trivandrum international airport we were all on our own until we reached the capital city. After checking out of the airport, we met the travel operators who then introduced us to the guide who was to accompany us throughout the honeymoon trip. After reaching Trivandrum we first decided to check-in to the hotel then take some rest and then start the honeymoon trip at the place.

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Our honeymoon trip included some of the best travel destinations in the state which starts from the capital city of the state which is Trivandrum. The honeymoon itinerary that was prepared for us started from Trivandrum from where we travel to Alleppey by road the next day, after being at Alleppey for a day we move to our next travel destination which is Kochi where we visit the Athirapilly Waterfalls, after spending a day in Kochi we move to our last travel destination which is Kozhikode from where we take the flight back to our hometown. Explaining our whole honeymoon trip is something very hectic and so given below are the travel destinations that we explored in our honeymoon and some of the best things about the place.

Thiruvananthapuram

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Being the capital city of the state, this place can’t be avoided during a honeymoon trip to Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi called this place as the Evergreen City of India. Kovalam beach and Varkala beach, two of the most wonderful beaches in Kerala are located in Thiruvananthapuram which is a must-visit spot for the honeymoon couples traveling to Trivandrum. The tourist and the travelers tripping to Kovalam will be surprised to see the beautiful alignment of coconut trees here. There are many other beaches in Thiruvananthapuram which makes this place a heaven for travelers. In addition, the city offers the travelers with the cheapest accommodation as well as tour packages. One of the richest temples in the world Shree Padmanabha Swami temple is an additional asset to Trivandrum. Agasthyamala, Ponmudi hills, Poovar are other major sports in Trivandrum.

Alleppey

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Alleppey was our 2nd travel destination on our honeymoon trip in Kerala. The drive from Trivandrum to Alleppey is about 4 hrs which were actually long and a bit hectic. When it comes to the unique travel attractions in Kerala, the backwaters of Alleppey would top the list. The place is one of the must-visit travel destinations in Kerala for all the honeymooners touring to the state. It is mostly nature, the greenery, the complex inland waters, and the backwater industries in the land that attracts and entertains the travelers to a greater extent. The backwater cuisines and the houseboat servicing in the land add to the experiences that any travelers could enjoy in the land. The backwater village life, the backwater tours are all an added charm to the travel attractions in Alleppey.

Kochi

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Located to the heart of Kerala, Kochi is one the busiest port city in Kerala, that holds within a number of hidden destinations with natural beauty and charm which attracts the attention of the honeymoon travelers to a greater extent. Traveling from Alleppey to Kochi will just take time duration of 1.30 hrs. The place holds in a number of best travel attractions which holds in nature, beauty and historic attractions like the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, the hill palace museum, the mine drive, the Fort Kochi beach and much more. Kochi holds within a number of attractions which could fascinate and attract all the honeymoon couples and the travelers touring. Kochi, being the heart of the state the place even after being one of the best metropolitan cities is one of the best demanding when it comes to the travel destinations in Kerala. The pace is one of the best options for travelers who are in search of a blend of nature and historic beauty.

Athirapilly Waterfalls

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Kerala is gifted with one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the entire country, Athirapilly Waterfalls. Located in the Athirapilly Taluk of Thrissur district, this waterfall is one of the largest in the state. The place holds in such visual beauty that it has to be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime. While tripping through the wildlife destinations in Athirapilly you can spot a great variety of animal species. A visit to the falls would be one of the best parts of the honeymoon trip to Kerala; in addition, you get to explore the Vazhachal waterfalls, during your trip to Athirapilly. Tourism promotion council of Thrissur District have arranged jungle safari trips too. This majestic waterfall has also been the location for various Malayalam movies and is still a favorite spot for the filmmakers.

Beypore

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 Located in the district of Kozhikode, mostly referred to as the ship Building paradise of Kerala by the locals in the area, Beypore has been the honeymooner’s favorite spot. The Arabian transportation vessel or better known as Uru is one of the topmost attractions of this place. For all the nature lovers and birdwatchers, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary would be one of another attraction that travelers and honeymooners visiting Kozhikode could explore. Apart from the beauty of nature and the wild, the other attraction that Kozhikode holds within is the cuisine that the place offers. Most of the honeymooners and travelers visiting Beypore mostly fascinated by the Malabar cuisine that the place offers than the beauty and the charm of the travel destinations in the land. Offering the travelers and the tourist with the best of cuisine and travel attractions the place is yet another must-visit spot in most of the tour packages organized to Kerala.

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 Exploring Kerala is one of the best adventures that any traveler touring to the southern part of India can enjoy. Our honeymoon trip in Kerala came to an after exploring some of the best travel destinations in Kozhikode, after which we took our flight from the Kozhikode airport to our hometown. Our honeymoon in Kerala was worthy in all ways as the trip offered us with the best experience letting us explore all the attractions and wonders in the land and also allowed us to indulge in a few adventure activities. Holding the beauty, the charm and the vibrancy of tradition and history Kerala is a true paradise for travelers.

Best Tips to Enjoy a Budget-Friendly and Cheap Trip to Kerala

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To the south undoubtedly Kerala is one of the most fascinating travel destinations that entertains and attracts the attention of travelers with the immense beauty of the best travel destinations. But even after being one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the country most of the travelers find it inconvenient to travel to explore the tourist destinations in Kerala one of the main reason for this sudden change in interest is the increasing travel package rates. With the increasing demand for travel and tourism in Kerala, the rate of the travel packages is also increasing to a greater extent. Even though the state holds within a number of best travel operator like Dream Holidays who offers a  number special and cheap tour packages to Kerala, the foreign travelers find it difficult to trip to some of the best and most known travel destinations in Kerala like Munnar, Wayanad and more. Considering the decrease of travels to the state the state government with a number of travel operators has now organized a number of low price packages that would allow the travelers to explore and enjoy the beauty of the travel destination in Kerala at cheap and affordable rates. Apart from the selection of a travel package at an affordable rate, there are a number of things that one can look into before traveling to Kerala so as to keep the travel rates at a budget level. Listed below are some of the best ways in which one can travel exploring Kerala at cheap rates.

Set Your Priorities

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Before planning a trip it is important that you figure out the priorities. It is necessary that the travelers get to have a clear idea of the different travel destinations, the place they wish to explore and the different adventure that they wish to enjoy while in the land. Kerala to the south is one of the best travel destinations with a number of travel destinations and adventure options. One of the best ways in which you can actually reduce the travel cost is by knowing and having a clear idea of your needs and priorities and then setting the travel budget level.

Work With a Travel Agent

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In most cases working or organizing the trip with a travel agent would be one of the best ways in which you could save some amount on the tour. Travel agents mostly help you save in a number of ways. As they know more of the travel destinations and they are more updated of the sales and the changing rates in the travel packages and accommodation, the travel operators would help you to save a great deal of amount on a trip to Kerala. Moreover, this is one of the best ways in which you can enjoy a tension free and relaxing holiday at Kerala at cheap rates.

Go During a Destination’s Off-Season

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Kerala is a land with one of the best geographical condition and thus the state support tourism throughout the year. Being a place with moderate climate throughout the year travelers are allowed to explore the different travel destinations in Kerala at any time of the year. To enjoy the best of nature at a low cost and cheap rate it is best to travel to explore the destinations in Kerala during the off seasons. That is because, during the off-season, the travel rates, the travel package rates, the accommodation rates in the place and more would be lower than those offered during the peak seasons. Thus to enjoy the best of Kerala at cheap travel rates it is the best that you travel during the off-season.

Stay Within Driving Distance

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Saying in general, shorter is the travel distance cheaper is the travel packages and the travel price to Kerala. Domestic travelers from nearby destinations like Chennai, Bangalore and such could either take airways or even roadways so that they could save in flight and transportation charges. Moreover, you can even choose the accommodation to the center of your travel destination offering you an easy reach to almost all the travel destinations in the place. This would not just reduce your travel time but will also help you save in travel rates. Travelers can also choose the private mode of transportation which are even cheaper and budget friendly.

Don’t Procrastinate

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After planning a trip it would be best if you don’t keep things for the last moment, i.e. it would be best to make the bookings and all the arrangements as soon as possible so that you would get the best offers and other discounts in packets and packages. Not just the packages you can even save in ticket booking, flight charges, and hotel bookings. And when planning a trip to Kerala it is very important that you make the booking in advance so that you get the best offers applied during the time.

Think Beyond Flying

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It is very obvious that most of the travelers choose to travel via flight even when there are a number of other options. This is mostly one of the most expensive ways of traveling. If it is to reduce the travel rates it is the best that you choose the most inexpensive modes of travel as in the railways or the roadways. Even if it is the flight, travelers are free to make the bookings in advance so that they could get the flight tickets at a lower cost.

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Filled with a number of fascinating travel destinations and natural beauty, Kerala is one of the most fascinating spots to the south. To make the trip to Kerala the best effective and cheap it is the best the travelers choose the offbeat travel spots in Kerala with immense beauty and nature. As Kerala is one of the best nature spots almost all the travel destination in the land is filled with the charm and the beauty of the wild. With a number of best attractions and unique elements, Kerala is one of the must-visit travel destinations in the country.

 

 

 

The Ravishing Paths of Kerala that are Less Trodden

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Kerala is not just about Munnar and Alappuzha alone. There are loads of tourist spots in Kerala other than what you usually see in websites and pictures. If you really research into the tourist destinations of Kerala you will be amazed to find out that the state is way more than you actually see. There is an endless list of destinations that have a great potential to be popular all over the world as a tourist destination. It is more fun exploring the unexplored and untrodden paths. Travelling becomes more meaningful when you take a different turn and find undiscovered paths to true bliss. But there are very few travel planners that offer packages to offbeat destinations in Kerala. Well, you don’t have to worry. You can always avail for customized travel packages to Kerala. Travel planners like SeasonzIndia Holidays offer customized tour packages to Kerala at prices that are quite affordable. Anyway, do make it a priority next time to visit ravishing offbeat destinations of this state which has been blessed abundantly by nature. Here is a list of the most loved offbeat destinations in Kerala where you will be able to spend cherishable moments with your loved ones.
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Illikal Kalu: Illikal Kalu is one of the most amazing tourist destinations, not just in Kottayam but the entire state of Kerala. If adventure is what you love, then you should definitely give this place a try. It is literally a gem of Kottayam and the dream of explorers. The peak is set at a height of 3400 ft above sea level and is considered the highest peak in the Western Ghats. A long winding road leads to Illikal Kalu and in order to reach the destination you will have to trek another 3 km. This place is the abode of tranquility. The distant skies suddenly seem closer adorned by a slight cover of mist displaying a tinge of blue and grey as though God himself rubbed the colors vaguely on his canvas, which is the sky. You simply can’t miss a beautiful place such as this. You can reach Illikal by the Pala-Erattupeta- Thekkoya- Adukkom route. Once you reach the stop you will have to hire a private vehicle to reach Illikal Kalu. Illikal Kalu basically consists of three peculiar shaped hills. The hill named Kuda Kalu ( it is named so due to its shape which resembles a huge mushroom) is very famous for the medicinal herb called Neela koduveli which grows on this hill. The Neela Koduveli which is a blue color flower is said to have high medicinal values. Many people have come in search of Neela Koduveli in the past to attain supernatural powers. There have been films made based on the supernatural powers of Neela Koduveli. But whether this saying is true or not is yet to be found out. The second hill also called Koonu Kallu due to the presence of little hunches on its sides also houses a bridge called ‘Narakapalam’ (meaning ‘bridge to hell’ in the native language), near it. In order to reach this particular hill, you will have to cross the Narakapalam. It is always advisable to be extra cautious when trodding through the bridge as it is very slippery and could lead to accidents. Though challenging the experience will be one of a kind that will gift your memories to be cherished dearly for an entire lifetime. Illikal Kalu not only gives you a travelling experience but also a rejuvenated state of mind!
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Chempara Peak: Chempara Peak is situated amidst the Western Ghats and is the highest peak in the district of Wayanad. The Chempara Peak is situated 8 km south of the town of Kalpetta in Wayanad. One can reach the hills only by foot and by no other means. You will have to walk almost 5 km from a tiny town called Meppady till you reach the peak. But in order to trek, you will have to get the permission of the forest authority. On the way to the peak, you will be greeted by some very stunning views. The most attractive feature is a naturally formed heart-shaped lake that is such a splendid sight that will blow your mind. You can also avail for necessary provisions for trekking from the forest office in Meppady. Do not miss visiting Chempara Peak, the experience is going to be a very beautiful one.
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Kumarakom: Did you know that India’s longest lake was in Kerala? Vembanadu Lake is situated in Kerala and spreads towards 3 districts in the state namely; Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam. Kumarakom is a village located in the Kottayam district and borders the Vembanadu Lake. The village of Kumarakom is blessed abundantly by Nature. This village is full of life and luscious greenery. It houses a variety of flora and fauna. The famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which spreads up to 14 hectares of land, is home to various migratory birds like the Siberian stork and wild duck. One can also get a chance to see birds like the waterfowls, darters, herons and cuckoos. The Vembanadu Lake also houses a rich thriving marine life that consists of fishes like pearl spots, tiger prawns and other varieties of prawns. Kumarakom should not be missed at all, if you do then you are sure to regret it. The happening village is adorned by luscious greenery from the swaying paddy fields, the golden sun reflected on the rippling waves of Vembanadu Lake and the sprawling coconut groves. Kumarakom is one of the favorite honeymoon spots in Kerala. There are many travel planners in Kerala who offer honeymoon packages to Kumarakom alone. So, one can imagine the popularity of Kumarakom among st honeymooners. If you have recently entered wedlock, then Kumarakom would definitely be one of the best places to visit. You will be completely mesmerized by the natural beauty of this little village. You should make sure that you add this wonderful village into your travel itinerary.

A Family Trip Exploring the Raging Metropolitan City and the Queen of Hill Stations

 

kerlatourpackagesNature heals, yes its true nature holds within all the potential to heal a broken person. Here I am not talking about the Ayurvedic elements or the medical phase of nature or the world. The idea is very simple you travel around different places with natural beauty and freshness mostly so that you can escape from the reality or heal yourself from the pressure and the mental traumas that you have been through for the last many years. In my case the travel was not alone; I was travelling with my daughter to her favorite travel destination Kerala. Located to the southernmost end of India, Kerala is one of the most fab travel destinations that are filled with the goodness of nature and wild. The place holds within a number of best attractions and unique elements that makes the place one of the favorites for nature lovers and admirers. It was a year after the death of my husband that I and my daughter planned a Kerala trip. It was not our first visit to the land, we have been to the place a number of times before with my husband, and this trip was to recollect all the good memories we had of the place. Kerala is one of the best family travel destinations have always offered us the best family experience every time we visited the place. We mostly used to avail the tour package to Kerala that was organised by a travel operator names Gogeo holidays functioning in the land. But this time it was just the both of us and thus we decided to travel on our own more over we knew some of the best places to stay and the modes to reach to the place that we were to explore.

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As per our plan, this family trip was organised with an itinerary which included Munnar as one of the main travel destination and Kochi as one of the stop-over destinations. We flagged off the trip on the 13th of November by around 8 am. After a long flight, we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 12 am which was literally noon. As out a first place to explore was Kochi and as it was a stop-over destination I was completely fine with a landing at the place by noon. After getting the luggage from the airport the first thing that both of us look for was a cab and for our luck, we had a cab waiting in the stand. It was on our way to Kochi that the thought of getting an accommodation crossed my mind. As our last family trip was organised by travel operator we need not bather of the accommodation and such as the complete accommodation part was handled by the travel operators but this time as we were not accompanied by a travel operator it was my responsibility to looking for a decent budget accommodation. The last time I visited Kochi with my family, we stayed in a hotel named broad bean which offered us decent accommodation at a pocket-friendly rate so this time I asked the driver to take us to the same hotel. By around 12.45 pm we reached the hotel, after completing the check-in formality at the hotel we decided to take a small power nap as the both of us were really tired from the travel.

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Later we woke up by around 3.30 pm with the alarm sound that my daughter set in my phone. By around 4 pm after having the tea from the hotel we moved on to explore some of the nearby travel destinations. As the hotel was located in the center of the city most of the travel destinations where close by. The first destination that we explored at Kochi was the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary. Located to the center of the city within the high court premises, the place was one of the best destinations where one could spot nature at its best. The place was mostly filled with mangrove plantations and thus gave an ambiance of a forest. The place was mostly filled with birds which are migratory. And thus it becomes one of the literal paradises for bird watchers. One of the other attractions in the place was the tree house from where you get to enjoy the best view of the forest and the plantations and the lake nearby. The place was one of the best spots where families could spend a refreshing and happening moment. After being at the place for a while we moved on to our next travel spot which was the marine drive. Like Mumbai Kochi too had its own marine drive that offered the travelers with the best view of the sea. One could see the beauty of the sea and the Chinese fishing nets in the area which is a sight worth enjoying. You could notice that it is mostly families that arrive at the place as you get to enjoy one of the best evenings seeing the sunset and tasting the roadside food in the area. Like all the others we too enjoyed a refreshing sunset in the place and then got back to the hotel after having the dinner from a restaurant on the way.

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The next day morning we were woken up by the reminder call that we asked for at the reception. After refreshing, we got down to the hotel to have the breakfast which was complimentary. By around 10 am we checked-out of the hotel and then availed a cab from the hotel which was to take us to our next travel destination which was Munnar the queen of hill stations. Located to the western ghats of Kerala, Munnar is one of the most fascinating travel destinations that have always been one of the favorite travel spots for most of the travelers from around the world. It is a 3 to 4 hrs drive from Kochi to Munnar and we reached the place by around 12.30 pm. Instead of checking-in directly into the hotel, we decided to fit travel around exploring some of the travel destinations in the area and the check-in into the hotel by the end of the day. On our way to Munnar, our first stop was at the Cheeyappara Waterfalls which was en-route to the hills. The beauty of nature and the wild surrounding the hills is something that is admirable. Most of the traveler who was there at the place was families who were enjoying their day with their kids; the sight was worth enjoying altogether. After being in the falls for a while enjoying a bath we moved on with the trip. Our next travel destination was the eco-point in Munnar which was a place that was sandwiched between two hills producing the phenomena of echoing. It is mainly this natural phenomenon that is happening in the area that gave the place its name. With a small lake and valleys surrounding the eco-point was a perfect destination where families could enjoy some quality time together. Apart from the beauty of nature and the climate, the place also offers travelers with a number of adventures like boating, horse riding and more. As my daughter insisted on enjoying boating and horse rides both of us enjoyed the same. After being in the place enjoying some family time we moved on to our next spot which is the Munnar tea plantations. Filled with the gleaming beauty of nature and the tea plantations, most of the peaks in Munnar are filled with tea plantations. The place offers the travelers with the best view and a perfect spot for photographers. The climate and the mist in the area add to the mood. By the time we finished wandering through the plantations taking some pictures, it was already getting dark so we decided to check-in to the hotel. After a drive of another 45 minutes, we reached the hotel where we checked in and had the dinner after refreshing. As it was a trying day we slept real soon.

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The next day morning we woke up by around 9 am. After refreshing and having the dinner we checked-out of the hotel BT 11 am.  As it was our last day at the place we only had very few travel destinations to explore. The first place we went was to the Munnar tea museum which according to me would be a must-visit spot for all family holiday and travel packages organised to the misty hills in Kerala. The Munnar tea museum exhibited different verities of tea which starts from the white medicinal tea to the kid’s favorite chocolate tea. The both of us tasted almost all the verities and my daughter loved the chocolate so on our way back we bought a few chocolate tea bags and green tea bags. From the tea museum, the next destination that we moved on to was the top stations. Travelling for an hour we finally reached the top station from where we started our trek so that we could reach the viewpoint. Even though my daughter found the task very easy, it was really hard for me. Comparatively climbing down to the viewpoint was easier whereas climbing up was a real task. The view of the cloudy mist and the wild below was one of the best scenery that one can enjoy while at Munnar. It took us about an hour to climb back to the top station. The sandalwood forest was our last travel destination on the trip even though we didn’t have much time to explore the place we just had a small visit. By the time we started back to Kochi, it was 6 pm. After a very long ride back we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 9.30 pm. From where we took the flight back home.

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To be honest, Kerala is one fascinating travel destination for the family. The place not just holds within the beauty of nature but also have a very peaceful and calm climate that helps us relax and enjoy the time with one another. It is mainly the climate and the refreshing air in the best travel destinations in Kerala that helps in making a bond within families. The travel destinations in Kerala are not just about nature and hill stations but the place has much more to add-in to the list of attractions. The traditional centres, the cultural centres, the eco-friendly destinations, the backwaters, the beach destinations are all some of the other elements in the land that attract the attention of the travelers. Most of the tour packages that are being organised to Kerala would include almost all the attractions and travel elements. Offering the travelers with the best of attractions and being a state with the best potential in tourism Kerala is a must visit the spot to the south.  

 

Ayurvedic Tourism a Trending Sector in Kerala Tourism

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Kerala is a land known for its natural beauty worldwide. Nature has blessed the land with a rich decoration of a number of beautiful golden beaches, blue and green mountain ranges, historical monuments, lagoons, wildlife sanctuaries, backwaters, temples, churches and mosques. Kerala is a land known as the land of boat races, Kathakali, Elephant shows, martial arts and more. These are the major elements that promote tourism in the land making Kerala, a well-known tourist destination. The Kerala tourism department has played an important role in the development of the tourism sector of the state by establishing tourism as a major development factor in the state. With the rapid development of tourism in Kerala, the state tourism department has a number of different trends in tourism Ayurvedic tourism is one among them. Ayurvedic or medical tourism in Kerala is going through a significant stage of development where the Kerala government with the help of Ayurvedic treatment centres which includes Aura Spa, Arya Vaidya Sala and much more are taking different steps to develop Ayurvedic tourism in the land. Thousands of travelers mainly foreigners trip to Kerala with the local idea of rejuvenation that is incarnated in the Ayurveda system of treatment. One of the major factors that are resulting in the decreasing rates of Ayurvedic tourism in the state is the expensive Kerala Ayurvedic packages which are not affordable for travelers. Taking this difficulty in consideration the Kerala tourism department is now proposing new treatment rates which the travelers would find affordable and within the budget.

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For most travelers holidays are the stress-busters. Although the Ayurvedic treatment would last for a minimum of a month there are a number of short-term courses which are particularly meant for tourist who are in a hurry. There are a number of foreign travelers who support Ayurveda and take up short Ayurvedic courses during the holiday that will later help them run Ayurvedic parlous abroad. The minimum time of the stay in the land during the source would vary from one week to fourteen days. Structuring the treatment demands according to the trend in the market the government of Kerala with tourism department and the Ayurvedic treatment centres in Kerala have put in some budget packages which includes treatments like body purification course, rejuvenation, slimming programme, stress management, beauty care, Dhara, yoga and massage combination. With the increase in the demand for Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala, there a number of hotels and resorts offering Ayurvedic treatment with a primary intention to attract tourist. Some of the top five Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala where tourist mostly foreigner could enjoy rejuvenation and reformations with the best packages which are offered under the Ayurvedic tourism are:

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Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort: This Ayurvedic resort located on a hillock which is a few km south of the Kovalam beach is said to be the world’s first Ayurvedic resort. Established in 1985, this resort has now emerged as one of the best destinations which help in putting up a tradition of Ayurvedic holidays and medical tours among the travelers. The tranquility of the resort located by the sea, freshness of traditional Ayurvedic treatments and a healthy routine would help people unwind in the place. The scenic beauty of this Ayurvedic resort in Kerala with its treatment facilities made the place one of the best and most visited destinations in most Ayurvedic tour packages. Acute health condition like paralysis, varying blood pressure, arthritis, cholesterol and breathing problems like asthma are first analysed by a team of experts and doctors who then aid the patient with a number of healing exercises and diets.

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The massages and treatment offered at the resort serve for more than a short-term purpose some sessions would extend till days while some don’t. Some of the major treatment offered in the land is Pizhichil which is a special message which uses a variety of lukewarm herbal oils which is very effective in treating diseases like paralysis and nervous disorders. Every Pizhichil sessions would last for a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes which would continue for a span of 7 to 21 days. Patients with diabetes and obesity can also choose for the best Abhyangam combination which is a type of massage that would last for another 45 min a day. ‘Nasyam’, ‘Kizhi’ and ‘Snehapanam’ are some of the many treatments offered at the resort which has been proven to be capable of curing a number of skin diseases like leukaemia and sports injuries. Yoga class boat trips are also offered in the place which is added in the Ayurveda packages offered at Somatheeram.

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Aura Ayurvedic treatment center and spa: Aura Ayurvedic spa and resort is one of the best and well established Ayurveda center located to the hill stations of Munnar. The place provides the visitors with a refreshing and holistic atmosphere which helps them maintain a positive aura. Located in the misty hills of Munnar the place is one of the Ayurvedic resort in Kerala and a prominent destination in Ayurvedic tourism. some of the major treatments offered to the travelers visiting the Ayurvedic center includes Ayurvedic therapies like Abhyangam with Shirodhara, Abhyangam with Kizhi, Sarvanga choorna mridangam with Abhyangam, Sarvanga Abhyangam with swedham, Siroabhygyam with Mukha Abhyangam, Pada Abhyangam with Siro Abhyangam, Pitta Abhyangam or Back massage, Ardha Abhyangam, Relaxation massage, Pizhichil, Kalari thirumu or Kalari massage, Shirodhara, Mukha Lepam or Herbal Facial, Nasyam, Deep Tissue massage, Pichu, Foot Reflexology and Kizhi. A vacation here in the hills of Munnar will provide you with the best experience of rejuvenation of body mind and soul and regeneration. The place is the best for the travelers to relax. The resort also offers the travelers visiting the place with a number of other facilities which includes multi-cuisine restaurants, swimming pool with kid’s pool, yoga and meditation classes, cooking classes, trekking, nature walk, moon terrace for barbeque, banquet & conference facility, large natural pond with pedal boating, campfire, fishing, bird watching, plantation tour, indoor and outdoor games.

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Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village: The enchanting the immense beauty of the Western Ghats and the lush green flora explains the mesmerizing town of Palakkad located in Kerala which houses one of the best Ayurvedic treatment centres, The Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort. This Ayurvedic healing village offers the visitors with the best treatment and herbal massages at the Ayurvedic resorts and Ayurveda hospitals which are located in Kerala. A highly trained and committed team of therapists and doctors promises the visitors with the best and high-quality treatments. A number of beauty care packages are prepared to treat a number of very common diseases like respiratory problems, skin diseases stress and eye ailments. Some of the main attractions of the place include yoga, yoga training sessions and a number of different and attractive Training & Workshop. This Ayurvedic health village offers a number of treatment packages which attracts the tourist mostly over-sea tourist the most. Some of the best treatments offered by the health village includes Treatment for Sinusitis & Migraine, Holistic Treatment for Rejuvenation & Detoxification, Treatment for Hypertension, Weight Loss Programme, Preventive & Regenerative Treatment, Treatment to Remove Stress & Strain, Treatment for Nervous Disability, Treatment for Arthritis & Spondylitis, Treatment for Bronchial Diseases, Treatment for Rheumatism, Beauty Care & Eye Care, Treatment for Slip Disc and more.

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One of the main factors that influenced the development of Ayurvedic tourism in Kerala is the rich history of the land which points towards this ancient treatment method which is used in healing a number of major diseases in the past. Ayurveda is a stream of medication which aims at treating the cause of the disease and thereby re-establishes the balance of the body and the system with a number of remedies, herbal massages, Yoga, Meditation and approaches to a holistic lifestyle. According to Ayurveda, a human body is composed of 3 main elements namely the physical, astral, causal which means the body, mind and soul. keeping in reference of Ayurveda it is believed that during 500-600 B.C, a number sages like Agastya, Kashaya, Charaka, Sushrutha and others had reference to diseases, health practices and medicines from Vedas to Samhitas. It is believed that from the Samhitas the knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down from generations to generations for a preventative and curative approaches to health. It is to get a flavor and magic of this hereditary treatment that a number of tourists visit the land. The Kerala tourism department combined with the health department of the state put on a number of projects and efforts to develop this trend of Ayurvedic tourism in the land. Ayurveda is not just a method of healing with a number of herbal medicines but is an entire philosophy of life and the health department of Kerala is allowing the travelers from around the world to experience this philosophy of life.

STRENGTHEN YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PLANS THROUGH SIMPLE AYURVEDIC HOME REMEDIES

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The world is slowly turning to Ayurveda for a healthy lifestyle. In fact, we are depending on Nature and its natural remedies once again. People from far and wide fly down to Kerala, the birthplace of Ayurveda for effective cures and remedies. Almost every Ayurvedic treatment packages are being booked in advance, especially in those authentic Ayurvedic centres like Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala, Aura Spa etc. Authenticity is the keyword and people don’t lose a chance to get authentic Ayurvedic treatments because now the world knows the power of Ayurveda. Though gradual, the effect is guaranteed with no side effects at all. Ayurveda is the science of life that was developed in India in the Vedic period. The name Ayurveda has been derived from Sanskrit where ‘Ayur’ means longevity and Veda mean science. It uses natural medicines, herbs and diets to control any disease. From then to this day, Ayurveda dwells in India without losing any of its splendor. Ayurveda has reasons and principles for every ailment and it depends on the individual and his body type. Every method of Ayurveda has a science to it.  It does not deal with temporary cures, instead, finds out the root cause of the problem and makes a regime for the patient to follow.  Would Ayurveda help in losing weight? Yes, it does. There are some natural Ayurvedic remedies that aid weight loss. Well, one should not expect a sudden change in the weight. As mentioned before Ayurveda follows a regular comprehensive style of treatment where the effect is seen gradually but lasts for an entire lifetime if the prescribed medicines and diet is followed strictly. You have different Ayurvedic options to curb gaining weight and facilitate weight loss. If followed regularly, these methods are going to work like magic and will help you reach your ideal weight. As per Ayurveda, certain foods and concoctions help in losing weight.Here are some of the Ayurvedic super foods that you can add to your diet at home and is suitable for all body types.

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Honey and lemon: Honey and lemon is the most popular remedy and it works like magic. What you should do is consume a concoction warm water mixed with honey and lemon juice. It not only helps you burn extra calories but is also one delicious drink. It actually tastes like lemonade or even better. This drink also reduces appetite. It facilitates your weight loss process by detoxifying the body. Some of you might be afraid to use this fearing if such a drink would affect the health. You can breathe a sigh of relief. It will never have a bad effect on your health. It will help you get that perfect dream body you have always wanted.

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Cabbage: Haven’t you always wondered why dietitians insist upon adding cabbages to your meals? This is the reason. For facilitating your weight loss. Cabbage when consumed raw or cooked, will help burn calories faster. But raw cabbage has a better effect on the fat burning process. One can have it before food or as a snack to curb your hunger pangs. It is like killing two birds with a stone. Isn’t it? In such a way you are able to control your hunger and burn the extra calories at the same time. So, do add cabbage into your diet.

ayurvedatreatmentPepper: Pepper is another magical remedy that can supplement our weight loss plants. Lemon and honey are extremely useful but adding crushed peppercorns to it makes it much more effective. Those who are not fond of lemons can also add peppercorns to warm water along with honey. It is not necessary that one should have pepper during the day, but having it at least once every day will show you the changes that you have always desired. Try adding more pepper into your life!

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 Aloe Punch: Here is another tip that will aid your weight loss plans. A drink that will facilitate your fat burning process. Here is how you make it.  You will need Aloe juice, turmeric powder, Tinospora cordifolia Powder and Terminalia Chebula Powder and cumin powder in a glass of water. Warm water is highly recommended. Mix them together along with a dash of honey and drink it. You need to consume this drink an hour before having your meals. Continue taking this drink until you reach your target weight. You must try this at home as it is very much effective.
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Drinking sufficient water: You might have heard this several times. If weight loss is your goal then including a sufficient amount of water in your diet should be one of your main priorities. It is not just Ayurveda that recommends water but alternative medicine says so. Having water throughout the day at regular intervals is a great step towards weight loss. But everything has its ‘dos and don’ts’.You must take care that you don’t drink water right after or before your meal. Such a practice should be avoided. There is a reason behind it. When water is consumed along with food, the acids that facilitate your digestion process gets diluted.  Food will not be broken down properly and the digestion process will be slowed down. So, do drink water in the right amounts at the right time to reach your target!
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Adding more spices to your food: Well, you wouldn’t have expected this! But it is true! Spicy, pungent and bitter food helps in retaining the digestion fire in your body. Lack of such types of food will just reduce the digestion fire in the body. Add spices like chilli, pepper, cumin, mustard etc. in your daily meals. Some people might have difficulty adjusting to the fiery taste of chilli. Moreover, over-consumption of chilli might cause acidity whereas a pepper does not aggravate acidity. It actually cools down the effect of acidity. Well, it is almost time to ‘spice up your life!’
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Ginger: Ginger has high medicinal values. It helps in curbing gastric troubles, prevent bloating and even facilitates your weight loss process. Ayurveda considers ginger as a great remedy to burn fats in the body. Consuming ginger tea in the morning helps you in your weight loss plans. Take the required amount of water in a pan and keep it to boil. Once it starts boiling add half a teaspoon of turmeric followed by little chunks of ginger. Let the mixture boil for a minute or two. Drink the concoction to aid fat burning. Have it regularly in the morning to attain great results.
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Horse Gram: Most of the Ayurvedic practitioners recommend horse grams when it comes to losing weight. Here is what you have got to do. Soak a cup of horse grams overnight, Boil it the very next day around afternoon. Add roughly chopped onions and salt (preferably rock salt) to the boiled horse grams. Consume the mixture continuously for 45 days without missing it even for a day. After consuming the mixture drink a glass of buttermilk to see the magic! Your fat burning process will be in full swing! Do try this remedy at home if you want to shed some weight.
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Digestive Tea: Digestive teas are really good at facilitating your weight loss process by improving the rate of metabolism. Here is a digestive tea that you can prepare using the common ingredients found at home. Get equal quantities of cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds (about half a teaspoon). Add it to water (a glass) and bring it to boil. Once it starts boiling, close the lid and boil it again for another 5 minutes. You drink this during the day. The drink helps in weight loss by improving your digestion. Do try this at home and see the difference yourself.
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Getting rid of Ama: As per Ayurveda, Ama is caused by improper digestion. Ama when accumulated blocks the lymph channels and causes weight gain in people along with causing fatigue. In order to lose weight, one should see to it that they consume foods that help in restricting ama formation. Triphala, turmeric, trikatu, Guggulu (which are available in both capsule and powder form) facilitates the elimination process of ama. Triphala particularly is used in many Ayurvedic treatments, especially in Kerala, the birthplace of Ayurveda. Losing weight is not as easy as it seems to be. But including some foods can speed up the fat burning process. Such tricks can help you reach your goal.
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Foods that aid digestion: Ayurveda says that weight gain is mainly due to improper digestion and reduced fire of digestion. So, one should increase the intake of those foods that will facilitate proper digestion which in turn promotes weight loss. The foods that help in proper digestion are pepper, chilli, garlic, papaya, bitter gourd, ginger etc. You must try to include these foods in your daily meals to improve the digestive fire. It not only facilitates your weight loss goals but also adds more flavor to your food.

The Exceptional Resorts and Hotels of Kerala that Embraces the Rawness and Beauty of the coastal state

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Kerala, The God’s Own Country’, is blessed with ravishingly fascinating destinations that are blessed with Nature’s affection. Munnar, Alleppey, Wagamon, Kochi, Wayanad etc are examples of the very fact that I mentioned before. Each one of the destinations deserves a special mention though for the natural beauty and bliss that it offers to the tourists. It is not easy to describe the beauty of Kerala in one or two words. You have got to visit this beautiful land to experience and take in its beauty. This little south Indian state is a land where explorations never seem to end and that is why it is one of the most sought-after destinations of hundreds of explorers. A good trip is best accompanied by a great stay.  Here are some of the very best resorts and hotels in Kerala which are going to blow your mind and you must make sure that you stay in one of them when in Kerala for the best experiences.

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Silver Wood Resort

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Silver Wood Resort lies in the list of the best luxurious resorts of Wayanad. The resort has various spacious villas with all the amenities and desired facilities that any traveler would wish for. As it is situated in a very peaceful environment covered with greenery, you get to enjoy a private time filled with tranquility. One has so many different sorts of villas with different facilities to choose from. They are Natural, Emperador villas, Primero villas, Espacio Libre, Prestigio villas, Sky Romantico villas, Romantico villas, and Royale villas. All these villas provide you with an amazing view of the scenic beauty of Wayanad. Each one of the villas has facilities like a mini snacks bar, hot and cold water, jacuzzi and bathtub in bathrooms. All the rooms are air-conditioned with an Led TV and cable connection. The Emperador Villas are the most spacious of all the villas with 2500 sq. feet area. The villas contain two bedrooms along with a living room that is very spacious. You also get a beautiful view of the water running from the Banasura Hills. Whereas the Royal Villa, provides a nice living room, a dining hall along with a dressing area. The best part of such a villa is the presence of Jacuzzi in the balcony. The Romantic villa is all for honeymooners and couples who wish for a quiet romantic time together in the presence of the flowing streams and the beautiful range of mountains. The Sky Romantico Villa has rooms which are really spacious. The rooms have an area of 1100 sq feet and the bathroom is around 180 sq feet. Prestigio Villas have rooms with attached bathrooms and a very spacious outdoor area. Apart from all these delightful settings the resort also organizes indoor and outdoor tourist activities like trekking, rock climbing, nature walk, bird watching, visiting spice plantations, fishing, boating etc. Silver Wood Resorts are among st the best resorts in Wayanad and is the perfect nest for you to relax after your tour.

Asokam Beach Resort

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Kannur also has some amazing beaches for tourists to enjoy and wonderful resorts near the beach to spend a great stay cation. One such resort is the Asokam Beach Resort. The resort is situated in the Payyamabalam Beach road of Kannur. Asoka Beach resort offers wonderful views of the beach along with great services and amenities. The friendly and amiable staff of the resort take care of every needs and requirement of their customers. The resort also provides delicious varieties of food from different cuisines dished out by proficient local chefs. The resort is particularly famous for the Panchakarma treatments and Ayurvedic massages, which is why it has levelled up to be one of the most popular Ayurvedic resorts. The resort also conducts ritual art forms like Theyyam and traditional martial art forms like Kalaripayattu on evenings.

Banasura Hill Resort

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Banasura Hill Resort is a luxury resort situated in the lush green forest land of Wayanad. The resort can be considered as one of the most beautiful resorts in Wayanad. The specialty of the resort is actually hidden in the name itself. The Banasura Hill Resort is situated in the Banasura Sagar Island of the Banasura Dam. The resort that is spread across 15 acres of land has a beautiful stream flowing beside it and it looks straight out of a beautiful picture.

When it comes to rooms you have three options to choose from which are the Nalukettu, Single Cottage and Double cottage. Nalukettu is the model of a traditional Keralite home, which is part of the resort. The stay at Nalukettu gives you a unique sense of tranquility mixed with beautiful nuances of the past. The Nalukettu has spacious traditional bedrooms, verandas, a central courtyard etc. Double Cottage is perfect for a group of travelers to stay. It is basically a wooden cottage with two spacious bedrooms and a balcony with a great view. Whereas a single cottage is somewhat similar to a double cottage, with a single room and is ideal for newlywed couples enjoying their honeymoon. The management here also conducts various adventurous and fun-filled tourist activities like trekking, rock climbing, nature walks, soft trekking, bird watching etc.

Tea Valley Resort

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If you are looking for premium facilities, then Tea Valley Resort of Munnar is the ultimate choice. The resort is located in Pothamedu which is an hour’s drive from the town of Munnar. Since it is located in Pothenmedu, which is just an hour’s drive from Munnar town, it is much easier to reach the resort from the main town of the area. The distance of the resort from the Cochin International Airport is 108km and will take you almost 4 hours to reach the place. The resorts spread up to an area of 6.5 acres of lush greenery, the beautiful resort offers a great ambiance for you to unwind and relax. Tea Valley Resort houses 29 cottages set in the backdrop of Munnar’s magical beauty. There is one great feature that really makes the resort unique when compared to the other resorts in Munnar. You are allowed to bring pets to this resort. Pet lovers are going to love this place for sure! The resort also offers provisions for an outdoor fireplace or barbeque. The resort provides the customers with three different types of cottages to choose from. The customers have options like an executive, luxury and honeymoon cottage. The multi-cuisine restaurant of Tea Valley Resort is run by very talented chefs who will prepare scrumptious food from various cuisines like Chinese, Indian and continental food for the guests.

Broad Bean Resort and Spa

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Broad Bean Resort and Spa comes under the list of the best budget hotels and resorts in Munnar. The resort is located in the village of Chithirapuram which is situated at a distance of 13 km from the town of Munnar. You can easily reach the resort in 30 minutes. The resort is well known for the reliable services and standard amenities provided at reasonable rates. The resort is situated amidst ravishing vistas of the luscious green hills and tea plantations. The best part is that you get great views of the scenery from every suite of the resort. The guests are also entitled to free WiFi, parking facilities. suites with all the desired amenities like bottled water, snack bars, comfortable furnishings etc. The bathrooms are also quite spacious with a continuous supply of water (both cold and hot). Broad Bean Resort runs a wonderful multi cuisine restaurant that dishes out different varieties of scrumptious food prepared by proficient and experienced local chefs. And the best part is that the suite comes with all the facilities along with a peaceful time and a very pocket-friendly price.

Kadavu Resort

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Kadavu Resort and Ayurveda Centre is a five-star resort which gives premium facilities to its guests. The architecture of the resort deserves a special mention. The resort is built in a very unique way which arouses one’s curiosity. The architecture of the building is inspired by the perfect blend of Hindu and Mappila culture. Kadavu in the native language Malayalam means river bed. True to its name, the resort is set amidst the backdrop of beautifully flowing backwaters, coconut groves and an extremely tranquil surrounding. Kadavu Resort is spread across 9 acres of lush green land. The resort also has a great restaurant called ‘Ootupura’ which serves delectable dishes from the Malabar Cuisine. There are great facilities like doctor-on-call, luggage room, laundry, spa, yoga center, etc. The resort consists of two types of rooms which are Cottages and houseboats. Both kinds of rooms promise you an exceptionally beautiful view from them. The resort also conducts a lot of tourist activities, both indoor and outdoor thus ensuring a great stay for you and your loved ones. The activities include trekking, nature walk, boating, rock climbing, fishing and many indoor and outdoor games. They also have a gymnasium, swimming pools, basketball courts, jogging tracks etc. This is where relaxation meets entertainment.

Festive Tourism, Exhibiting the True Culture and Heritage of Kerala

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Festivals are the true attraction of Kerala, the land known as gods own country. These are occasions when splendor prevails over the simplicity of the lifestyle of Kerala. The celebrations other than being an occasion for merry-making have a great role in preserving the tradition, art, and culture of the land. The festivals whether social or religious, modern or traditional are never complete without a traditional art which includes the art forms that dates back to 2000 years from the traditional Koodiyattam to the contemporary art forms and shows of the modern age. Kerala being a land with a number of festivals and seasonal celebrations is a prominent destination for seasonal tourism. Most travelers visiting the land during these festive seasons are domestic travelers mostly from the northern parts of the country which includes states Delhi, Jaipur, and more. One of the main reasons for travelers from these places to tour to Kerala during the festival season is the fact that the celebrations in Kerala have some similarity to that in the north. It’s mostly during these festive seasons the travel rates to the land doubles overnight. This rapid rise in travel rates and tour packages directly affect the ratio at which the tourist visits the land. Most foreign travelers visit Kerala to enjoy an explore the seasonal and festive wonders of Kerala promoting the trend of festive tourism, the tourism department of Kerala with a number of travel partners like Dream Kerala organizes a number of Kerala tour packages with price affordable by the travelers. The main aim in revising the package rates during festive seasons is to attract foreign travelers to the land and thereby help in the development of the country. Kerala being a land with festivals and celebrations in almost every month of the year would always have a number of travelers visiting the state throughout the year. Some of the seasonal wonders that attract foreign tourist to a greater extent include:

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Thrissur Pooram

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The Pooram is one of the most famous temple festivals celebrated in Kerala in Thrissur during the months of April and May. A number of more than 3 lack people take part in the festival every year. The main element of the festival that fascinates the overseas travelers are the set up of a paradise with a number of 50 decorated elephants and 200 musicians playing the playing the traditional instrument of Kerala chenda. Heavenly decorated temples and fireworks that last for a minimum of 5 hours add up to the beauty of the festival. A number of travelers from around the world visit the place to witness this heavenly feast availing different budget packages. It is during this season that the city sees a flow of tourist. The Pooram is not just the festival of the city of Thrissur but the festival of the state which is celebrated with great unity among the people within the state. The Pooram is a religious treasure of Kerala which no other state possesses. To have a taste of this unique temple festival a number of tourist visit Kerala mostly who belong to Delhi and other northern parts of the country. The Thrissur Pooram is one of the main festivals of the land which bring back the unity of the people in the city.

Vishu

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The festival is celebrated as a New Year festival according to the Malayalam calendar. As it is believed that the festival marks the beginning of a new year seeing an auspicious sight first in the morning will make the year ahead prosperous and positive. This belief is the reason why special arrangements are done in most Hindu houses the night before the festival. The arrangements done are called the preparations for vishukani which is mostly kept in the pooja room. The arrangement of vishukani consists of things like beetle leaves, raw rice, gold coins, yellow flowers and a photo of Lord Vishnu. Believers wake up early morning to see the Kani which would be kept ready at the pooja room. Another most important and followed custom of the festival is giving money to kids and the poor. One of the main attractions of the festival which draws the attention of the overseas tourist is the food prepared during the day. The festival along with its preparations fascinates the over-sea tourist as all these traditions are very new and unique for them. Taking great advantage of this seasonal splash a number of travel operators offer and organizes several Kerala holiday packages under budget rates aiming the oversee tourist with a keen interest in the seasonal colors and flavors of Kerala. Making use of this reduction in rates of the season a number of travelers visit the land from different nook and corners of the world.

Navarathiri

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Another important festival of the land Navarathiri attracts a number of travelers to the land during the month of Sept-Oct. the festival is mostly celebrated in the capital city Trivandrum at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The festival related to the adoration of Goddess Saraswathi mostly known as the goddess of knowledge among the natives is one of the major festivals in Kerala. In the capital city, the festival marks its start with a police parade to the well-known Sree Padmanabhapuram Palace following the ritual of bringing the royal idol of the goddess. The festival is lighted with the police parade, police battalions, guards of the royal palace and the members of the royal family who brings the idols to the capital city and places it in the Ramanar Palace located close to Sree Padmanabha temple for nine nights. These nine nights when the idols stay in the palace are celebrated with a number of different programs mainly the classical music fest which attracts a number of travelers to the land. Exclusive travel packages with affordable rates are organized during this season to let the travelers from different parts of the world enjoy this tradition of the land. Goddess Durga is believed to be the family goddess of the Travancore royal family due to which the festival is celebrated by the royal family of the Travancore kingdom.

Onam

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A harvesting festival which is celebrated in the state for almost 10 days during the month of August and September is one of the most popular and biggest festivals of the state.  The celebrations of this harvesting festival can be the best compared to that with the once celebrated in the northern parts of India. Flower carpeting, dances, and songs all part of the celebration which resembles those celebrated in the northern parts of Delhi. The snake boat race through the backwaters of Kerala is one thing that attracts the tourist from Delhi which draws them to Kerala during the harvest festival. To facilitate an easy visit for travelers from the capital state of the country an attractive and cheap Delhi to Kerala tour packages are organized. The snake boat race and the traditional dance forms held during the festival fascinated the travelers from the capital state and other domestic travelers as these are the traditional treasures that one could find only in Kerala.  The festival is mostly known as the harvesting festival among the Keralites as it is celebrated during the harvesting season of the land. Due to the increasing demand for tourist visiting the land the travel rates to Kerala would increase rapidly during this period. Even with the rise in tour packages during the season, a number of foreign travelers visit the land to enjoy and explore the cultural fest which includes boat race, dance, music, flower carpets and more which are an integral part of this traditional festival of the state. Onam is not just a harvesting festival of the land but also a shopping festival where a huge number of shops and companies offer great seasonal discounts on a number of different products.

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Apart from the above four festivals, Kerala has a number of the celebrations and festivals like the Biennale, new year celebrations at Fort Kochi and more. Being a land with an abundance of festivals and celebrations the land becomes an ideal destination for festive or seasonal tourism. Taking advantage of this seasonal color splash and flavor of the land the Kerala tourism department offers and arranges a number of cheap seasonal tour packages to Kerala. Most travelers visiting the land during the seasonal celebrations are domestic travelers and foreigners with a keen interest in the festivals and traditions of Kerala. The land is one of the best destinations for travelers who wish to explore the richness of cultural tradition and festive color splashes.

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Ayurvedic Home Remedies for a Healthy Glowing Skin

A beautiful glowing skin is everyone’s dream. But attaining it is not that easy, it is one difficult and frustrating task. We all try different methods to get that pinkish blush on our skin but most of our efforts bear no fruits. The majority of us keep shifting from one cream to another, hoping that at least one of them will produce the desired results, but all in vain. Some of them produce more dark spots and rashes on the skin as side effects. Not all methods are futile. Ayurveda is one such method that actually brings that healthy glow to the skin. The gradual procedures which include diets, massages, spas, and herbal medicines rejuvenate the skin and make it healthy and radiant. The process is slow and you might not get that instant result. But you will get the desired result without any side effects, that much is guaranteed. You can get your skin treated via Ayurvedic Spas and massages. There are many Ayurvedic Centres like Aura Ayurveda & Spa in Kochi, which offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments. They have a team of practitioners who are well experienced in the field. Most of the authentic Ayurvedic Centres are situated in Kerala which is considered as the birthplace of Ayurveda. But every one of us can’t travel that far to get our skin treatments done. Well, you don’t have to worry. There are some Ayurvedic techniques that you can do on your own. Here are some Ayurvedic remedies that you can try at home to get the beautiful radiant skin.you have always wanted

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Raw Potato: Raw potato has starch content which helps in curbing pigmentation. It also has mild bleaching properties which help the process further. It also restricts the formation of dark spots, scars etc. and also prevents premature ageing. So, here is what you must do. You will need a potato and a cotton ball. Grate a potato and extract its juice. After which you can dip the cotton ball and dab it on the surfaces affected by scars and dark spots. Leave it for the night and wash it off the very next day. In a few weeks, you will notice the change if you follow these steps regularly.

Fenugreek: One can use both the seeds and leaves for curing many health issues. Fenugreek contains the essential vitamins and minerals to cure many skin problems such as wrinkles. Take a fistful of fenugreek leaves and grind it to obtain a paste. Now, apply a layer of the paste on your skin. If you are using fenugreek seeds, boil them in water. After which you can apply it on your face using a cotton ball. Leave it for an hour or so. Then, you can wash it off the slightly warm water. Such a method is very effective as the skin adapts to it faster.

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Drink Tea: Hydrating oneself is very much important to keep the skin healthy. You got to drink at least 2 litres of water per day to keep your skin rejuvenated and refreshed. Drinking herbal tea is also a good way for maintaining a healthy skin. The herbal tea keeps your digestive tract in a proper condition. A good digestive system is essential for a supple glowing skin. You can use chamomile for brewing your tea which not only improves the functioning of your digestive system but also helps in providing a proper night’s sleep.

Orange: Orange peel supplements the health of your skin. The peel of an orange contains nutrients like Vitamin C and vital anti-oxidants that help in keeping the skin bright, supple and radiant. How does it help in keeping the skin so bright and healthy? Orange has properties that control oil secretion and acne formation on the skin. Here is what you should do. The very first step is to dry the orange peels and then powder it. Take a tablespoon of orange peel powder and 2 tablespoons of yoghurts. Mix them well and you can apply on your face as a mask. Leave it for twenty minutes and then wash it off. Follow this procedure regularly and wait till you see the glow on your face.

Sandalwood And Turmeric: According to Ayurveda, the role of sandalwood and turmeric is very much important. Turmeric has a lot of health benefits, not just for the skin but also for the entire body. When it comes to skin, both sandalwood and turmeric has anti-bacterial qualities that curb the growth of acne-causing bacteria, prevents the formation of scars and inflammation and helps in making the skin clear. Take a tablespoon of sandalwood powder, half a tablespoon of turmeric powder and mix it with 2-3 tablespoons of honey until you get a thick creamy paste. Apply it on your face and leave it until it dries. Later, you can wash it off.

Cow Ghee: Cow’s ghee has loads of benefits. It improves digestion and removes toxins from the system. On applying it to the face, the collagen production increases and as a result the skin gets moisturized and the ageing process slows down. Get half a teaspoon of cow’s ghee and mix it with a few drops of water. Then, you can apply it on the face and massage it in circular motions, at least for 10 minutes. You could either leave it for 30 minutes or for an entire night and wash it off the next day. But leaving the mixture for at least half an hour is very essential. You might need to use a mild cleanser to wash it off. Cow’s ghee is considered to be one of the most relevant components of Ayurvedic medicine. Most of the Authentic Ayurvedic Resorts of Kerala has massages using cow’s ghee for both the skin and body.

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Tulsi Leaves: Tulsi has zillions of benefits from fighting diseases to brightening the skin. Tulsi leaves are exceptionally good for brightening the skin and obtaining an even skin tone. Here is what you should do. Take a few tulsi leaves and grind it to get a thick paste-like mixture. Later, you can add a tablespoon of raw milk into the mixture until you get a paste of even consistency. Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes or so. After which, you can wash it off with cold water. Try this regularly for the best results and a glowing skin.

Chickpea flour: Chickpea flour which is otherwise called as besan in Indian households is one effective remedy for removing tan, dark spots and pigmentation. The flour has skin cleansing and anti-microbial properties. You can make a face pack with the flour and apply it on your face for the best results. You will need around 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour, half a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of milk or yoghurt. Mix all the components together to get a paste. Apply it on the face and wait for it to dry, after which you can wash it off with lukewarm water.

Chamomile: Chamomile is also helpful for the body in many ways. Chamomile tea is a very effective drink, which helps us get better sleep. Chamomile is beneficial for the skin as well. It has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Chamomile when combined with Multani mitti or fuller’s earth provides a bright and clear skin by tightening the pores and toning the skin. Here’s what you should do. Brew a strong cup of chamomile tea and mix it along with a tablespoon of fuller’s earth and two teaspoons of honey. Apply it on the face and neck. Later, when it dries you can wash it off with lukewarm water.

 Yoghurt and sandalwood: Ayurvedic medicines have sandalwood as a common ingredient especially for the skin. It performs thorough cleansing of the skin, killing all the bacteria, making clear and full of glow. Yoghurt brightens the skin and reduces oiliness and spots. Moreover, it also moisturises the skin. You will need a teaspoon of sandalwood powder, half a teaspoon of milk and yoghurt and also a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a paste. Apply it on your face and wash it off after twenty minutes. Follow this remedy regularly to see the difference.

Saffron And Aloe Vera: Saffron is considered to be one of the most expensive spices in the worlds which acts like magic on the skin. It brightens the skin, reduces all sorts of spots and brings that healthy glow on the skin. The function of aloe vera is to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. You will need a pinch of saffron, a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of milk. Here is what you should do. Soak your saffron in the milk and leave it overnight. Next morning you can take it and combine the mixture with aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it for thirty minutes. You can wash it off later with cold water.