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.

Kochi-Carnival

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.