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.
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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.

 

THE BEST LUXURY AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN THE PORT CITY OF KOCHI

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A holiday is where you relax and forget all about your otherwise stressful life. So, it is very much necessary to have a holiday without any hassles and proper comfortable accommodation also plays a major role in setting up a hassle-free vacation. Kerala, ‘God’s own country’ has been emerging as one of the best tourist destinations of the country. The list of tourist spots in Kerala never seems to end. The lush green hill ranges of Munnar, the pristine backwaters of Alleppey, the sprawling spice plantations and forests of Wayanad, the towering malls and historic buildings of Kochi have all conquered the minds of travellers. With the number of tourists increasing every year, the hotels and resorts in Kerala especially Kochi has also been showing a stupendous increase. Kochi is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the state. The port city is all about glitz, glamour, nature and history. An entire package that would interest any sort of traveler. Kochi is, therefore, a mandatory tourist spot that ought to be added in every travel itinerary.  Selecting the best from a significant number of hotels is not an easy task. While looking for a resort or hotel, you need to keep certain points in mind and make sure that all those conditions are fulfilled. You’ve got to see if the hotel is situated in a safe and convenient location, whether the staffs are friendly and willing to help, the availability of staffs at the hour of need, if it has all the desired facilities that will make your holiday tension-free and fun. We’ve handpicked a list of the best hotels in Cochin for you to choose from.

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Brunton Boatyard

Brunton Boatyard is one of those hotels in Kochi that defines class and magnificence. This 5-star luxury hotel is one of the most popular that are very much sought-after by the tourists. The hotel by itself displays architectural excellence. Brunton Boatyard houses around 22 well-furnished and spacious rooms that offer an amazing view of the sea. This is one of the most striking features of the hotel. The rooms give us a whiff of the colonial heritage that the hotel portrays. The terracotta flooring, the antique bed of four postures and the high arched ceiling make it much more evident. The ambiance of the hotel needs a special mention. Those who wish for a quiet peaceful time with their loved ones will definitely love it here. The rooms also provide you with all the desired facilities like internet connection, TV sets with cable connection, telephone, mini snack bars, comfortable sofa sets and cosy beds, spacious private bathrooms with Jacuzzi and continuous running water (both hot and cold). The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk that will attend to all your requirements and necessities. The restaurant of Brunton Boatyard serves a range of delicious dishes from both Indian and International cuisine. The restaurant is famous for the scrumptious range of authentic food that it serves.

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The Casino

The Casino stands out as one of the most beautiful 4-star hotels of Kochi due to its wonderful architecture. The Casino comes under the very famous CGH Group. The architecture of the hotel is a perfect combination of the modern and traditional style. If you are looking for elegance blended with comfort, then this is the right place for you! Though the hotel has a modern tinge to it, it also gives us the feel and experience of knowing Kerala’s culture and traditions. The Casino has different sorts of accommodations for the guests. The rooms offered are the executive suite, superior room, executive room and superior pool view room. The rooms offer all the desired facilities like mini bar, internet, television with cable connection, telephone, spacious bathrooms with free toiletries etc. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk that is always available. The hotel also runs an Ayurvedic Centre name Thulasi where the guests are entitled to authentic Ayurvedic treatments and massages by practitioners. If you are a gym enthusiast, then you can even work out at the hotel’s Gym. You can also buy souvenirs for your loved ones from the shop at the hotel which has all sorts of traditional things to be gifted as a souvenir.

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Broad Bean Hotel, Cochin

If you are looking for a classy hotel to stay at a budgeted cost, then the Broad Bean Hotel is the ideal place for you. The hotel is one of the most popular budget hotels in Cochin. Situated in a very convenient location as Vytilla, the hotel is quite easy to travel to and from the tourist destinations in Kochi as Vytilla is close to almost all the spots in Kochi. As for the accommodations, the hotel offers 5 sorts of rooms which are Executive Club Room, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite Room and Presidential Suite. The rooms are categorized based on the demands of the amenities required by the guests. The guests can choose their rooms accordingly. The rooms are also priced based on its category. The rooms offer all sorts of desired amenities and facilities like LED television with national, international and regional channels, free wifi, mini snack bars, comfortable sofa sets, cosy bed, dining space, bottled water, direct dial phone to the hotel reception and much more. The guests can also avail for rooms that have an exceptional view of the Cochin city life. The hotel also has an in-house laundry, health club, multi-cuisine restaurants, coffee shops, banquet hall and conference hall. The hotel is ideal for all sorts of travelers, from those who are looking for a luxurious stay to the ones looking for rooms at affordable prices.

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Hotel Aiswarya

Hotel Aiswarya is one of the best hotels in Kochi. The 3-star hotel in Kochi offers the best value for your money. The hotel has 54 spacious rooms with all the desired facilities. The rooms are available in 3 different categories like Executive Deluxe AC, Executive Deluxe Non AC and Suite. It is suitable for both budgeted and luxury stay as it has both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned rooms. The rooms are well furnished with all the desired facilities like telephone, refrigerator, luggage rack, television with cable/satellite channels. It also has very spacious private bathrooms with a shower, bathtubs, jacuzzis and free toiletries. The hotel has a wonderful multi-cuisine restaurant called Benaras, which serves the scrumptious meals from various cuisines like North Indian, Chinese and Keralite food. The restaurant is famous for serving authentic Keralite meals representing every part of Kerala not just Kochi alone. The hotel is also very much preferred for conducting seminars, conferences, meetings and presentations as it has a large conference hall with unique seating styles with a capacity to hold around 55 people and more. It also offers a reliable car parking facility, the provisions to rent cars and servicing rooms.

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The International Hotel

The International Hotel is situated in the midst of many reputed shopping centres and business places in Kochi. The location of this hotel makes it convenient for both the travelers who have come for business purposes and for those who’ve come to enjoy their time in Kochi. The International Hotel has an array of 40 rooms categorized into different sorts like the executive room, deluxe room, suites and standard room. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms. Most of the rooms have the desired facilities like a TV with cable connections, internet connection, telephone, mini snack bar, a spacious bathroom with free toiletries and continuous supply of both hot and cold water. Cod’Or is the multi-cuisine restaurant of this prestigious hotel which offers delicious dishes from Chinese, Continental and Indian Cuisines. The restaurant is run by some amazing chefs who have got years of experience in the field. If you are a person who is into the spa and massages, the hotel gives you such a facility too. The International Hotel also has a spa and massage center too, which makes it even more preferable. The themed resto-lounge of the hotel named Lave is the ideal place to relax and have a wonderful time with your friends. If you would like to hold functions, meetings or presentations, then you can conduct it in The Roof Top Enclave which has a seating capacity to hold around 400 people. There are two extra conference halls where you can conduct business meetings.

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Components of ayurveda

Ayurvedic Treatment and its Effective Massaging Therapy of Abhyanga

The Ayurvedic style of treatment has become immensely popular throughout the entire world. Though it wasn’t very popular during the colonial era, Ayurveda took a surge in the 20th century and started to take the place of alternative medicines. Now, Ayurveda is one of the most trusted paths for treatment. Ayurveda is the science of medicine that was developed almost 5000 years ago in the Vedic times. The word ‘Ayurveda’ means Knowledge of Life where ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. This science of medicine has been included in the Atharva Veda which is the last one of the four Vedas. Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to treating the body. According to Ayurveda, a condition can be cured only if there is a proper balance of the spirit, body, and mind. Diets, massages, herbal medicines, and exercises are the main factors of the Ayurvedic treatments. The massage and medicines will prove to be effective only if a strict diet and regular exercise regime are followed. Kerala is considered to be the birthplace of Ayurveda. There are various Ayurvedic treatment Centers in Kerala like Aura Ayurveda & Spa that provide traditional Ayurvedic treatments given by experienced practitioners. Travellers from far and wide come in search of these authentic Ayurvedic treatments. In this article, we will be explaining about the Abhyanga massage in Ayurveda.

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ABHYANGA – The Unique Massaging Therapy in Ayurveda

Ayurveda’s massaging techniques have a great impact on our mind and the body’s immune system. The massage therapies of Ayurveda includes the application of some herbal oils along with a few sequences and ways of the therapists that is very much good for the individual. Ayurvedic massages help in relaxing the tissues by softening it. Ayurvedic Massage can be called Abhyanga where the word is constructed using two Sanskrit words; ‘Abhi’ which means towards and ‘anga’ meaning movement. Abhyanga is a sequential organised way of massaging that is done in the direction of the flow of the arterial blood. The practitioners practise it in the direction of the body hair so that blood flow towards those parts of the body away from the heart is also increased. If the massage is done opposite to the direction of the body hair, this might not be possible. Herbal Pastes, ghee, oil or herbal powder can be used to facilitate the massage. As per Ayurveda, ‘Abhyanga’ is part of the daily routine which is otherwise called as ‘dinacharya’. Such a treatment relieves you from stiffness, fatigue and extreme pain. Abhyanga is also a part of the famous Panchakarma treatment. The massage makes the body get set for the Panchakarma treatment. Abhyanga also helps in balancing the doshas, especially the ‘Vata’ dosha. But that is not all, Abhyanga can be used to pacify Kapha and Pitta as well by including means like herbal powders and ghee.

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The exact procedures of Abhyanga are not mentioned in the books of Ayurveda. Most of the procedures in Ayurveda are well-kept secrets that have been handed down from generations to generations. The texts merely mention words like ‘Samvahan’, ‘Peedan’ and ‘Mardan’ which means light rubbing, pressing and pressure massage. That is why the difference between the modern-day massages and the Ayurvedic massages cannot be pointed out exactly. No conclusions can be made when the difference between the normal massages and Ayurvedic massages are asked.

Ayurveda is one amongst those treatments that have no side effects. And when followed in a proper fashion as mentioned by the practitioners, there is no better medicine that can cure your body of ailments and diseases.

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Kochi, The Land Of Luxurious Accommodation For Tourists

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Filled with hill stations, plantations, fascinatingly soothing climate and attractions, Kerala is one of the best and most sought after travel destination in India. The place mostly welcomes a number of travelers with its natural beauty and unique variations of attractions and traditions that are being preserved for the last 500 years. Apart from the travel attractions, one thing that promotes tourism in the land is the modes of accommodation that is made available. Kerala is stated with a number of travel destination ranging from the majestic hill station to the village destination or the fascinatingly wonderful waterfall destinations to the unique and complex backwater destinations and thus houses a number of hotels and resorts with the best facilities and luxury that are located to different best attractions of the state like Broad Bean at Kochi and Munnar. Hotel accommodations at Kerala are the one thing that most tourists find attractive. Travel destinations like Kochi house a number of different modes of accommodation starting from luxury hotels to best-facilitated resorts, homestays, villas and more. Mostly referred to as the queen of Arabian sea and the heart of Kerala Kochi is one of the most explored and demanding travel destination in Kerala which entertains and fascinates the travelers visiting the state with a number of unique attractions. Even after being a populated city Kochi houses within a number of hideouts and nature destinations which is yet to be explored. Most of the travelers touring to explore Kochi lovers to enjoy the luxury of the city and thus chooses accommodation with luxury as in the luxury hotels of Cochin. Listed below are some of the best luxury hotels in the city that would offer the travelers with the best-facilitated accommodation.

Ramada Resort, Kumbalam

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Covering a massive sprawling area of 8 acres the Ramadan Luxury resort is one fascinating place of accommodation that is located amidst a completely fascinating ambiance with a picturesque surrounding. Travelers who wish to take accommodation at the place will have to a take a very short ride from Kochi to reach this hassle-free resort. Located within the city limits yet away from the busy pollution and noise of the place this resort is a real Aden for nature lovers. The place is listed as one of the best luxury hotels in Kochi that offers the travelers with best luxury accommodation and a magical rejuvenation. The Ramada hotel is one of the most popular choices for luxury travelers touring to explore the charm of the city.

What’s special: The Ramada hotel houses within a number of unique attractions that entices the travelers the most like the floating pool villas, river swimming pool, spa, pool bar and more. These are some of the best specialty of the resort.

Tariff:  INR 12,000 per night

 

Aquatic Resort, Puthankary

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Located near Kochi covering an area of 30 acres, these floated or floating hotels and resorts are one main luxury attraction in the city. Bounded with soothing lush green plantations of mangroves and coconuts the Aquatic resort is one best hideout in a city like Kochi. The place offers the travelers with a very unique experience of accommodation in the land which would be both exciting and entertaining. The place with its marvel of expression, technical superiority, artistry, and creativity would ensure that the travelers enjoy the best time in the resort.

What’s special: Floating Infinity Pool and submerged rooms are one of the main specialties and the best attraction of the resort.

Tariff: INR 8,500 onwards, per night

The Poovath Heritage, Fort Kochi

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Located very close to the Fort Kochi beach, the private heritage is a Dutch palace that is being restored from the golden era. This fascinating resort, being located to the cultural destinations in the state has a lot to narrate to the history lovers visiting the place. The place offers the travelers with one of the best informal settings at the veranda of the resort which would be a new and refreshing experience for the travelers visiting the place. As the location of the Poovath hotel is close to a number of the best historic destination of Kochi, a stay at the hotel would take you a bit closer to the history of the place.

What’s special: Fishing tour, Broadway walk, sunset cruise at the backwaters of Kochi, riding on rental bikes, cycling and the Elephant Kraal visit would offer the travelers with the best experience in Kochi.

Tariff: INR 8,200 onwards, per night

SAJ Earth Resort, Nedumbassery

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Located very close to the Kochi international airport’s the SAJ Earth hotel is one other luxury hotel that would offer the travelers the best accommodation while at Kochi. Located in the beautiful countryside the SAJ Earth offers the travelers with an opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. The location of the place makes it one of the perfect getaway destinations for travelers with magnificent hills and sun-kissed shorelines. The rooms of this fascinating hotel are perfectly set around pools offering the travelers with wavefront view a bit away from the grittiness of the sand.

What’s special: The place offers the travelers with Horse riding in the paddy fields which would be one of the best experience travelers could have in the place. Table tennis and pool are other options of entertainment that are offered at SAJ Earth.

Tariff: INR 6,000 onwards, per night

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To start your tour at Kerala, Kochi would be one of the most perfect destinations with a number of best attractions and hideouts. Being a land of luxury the Kochi holds in a number of best hotels that offers the tourist with great luxury and the best comfortable accommodation. Most of the best modes of accommodation in the city like the hotels of the place house the most modern interiors with modern and unique amenities that offer the travelers with an ax experience. Kochi is not a place that is all about luxury and porch hotels the place also houses a number of budget modes of accommodation that offers the travelers with a pocket-friendly stay with best facilities. Kochi but one of the best travel destinations in Kerala that covers the accommodation need of the travelers in all possible ways.

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Components of ayurveda

Ayurvedic History in Kerala and the Traditional Branches Used

One of the very important parts of the Atharva Veda, the practice of Ayurveda originated in India about 5000 years ago. This treatment method is a holistic system of healing which is being divided into 8 different categories called the Ashtavaidyan. These 8 categories of Ayurveda could be defined as the limbs of the system which is loosely connected to the 8 branches of the western medical system that is the allopathic treatment method. The practice of Ashtavaidyan or better called the Ayurveda started between the 13th and 17th century when the treatment method gained importance within the royal families. Kerala to the southernmost part of India was the only state that followed the practice of Ayurveda in the olden times. There were 18 families in the state who practices the 8 branches of Ayurvedic treatment methods. Each family which practised this treatment method have developed its own Ayurvedic treatment centres and developed unique steps and procedures in the treatment pattern which passed down to generations. The state holds a rich history of Ayurvedic treatment in the land.

There are a number of stories and believes rumouring within the practitioners in Kerala. One of the story or believe states that, when the Brahmins were brought to Kerala by Lord Parasurama, he assigned them with the 8 branches of Ayurveda. Each family were assigned with one of the branches and were known as the Ashtavaidyan with the word meaning Eight Physicians. Apart from this, there are a number of other stories rumouring in the state. Being a state that holds behind a rich history of Ayurveda, Kerala is now one of the well known Ayurvedic hubs to the south. The state houses, a number of Ayurveda Resort that follows the ancient practice of Ayurveda which mainly includes the 8 branches.  The eight main branches of Ayurveda known as the Ashtavaidyan are listed below.

Vajeekarana Chikilsa: Aphrodisiacs

Vajeekarana is a treatment method offered in some of the best-facilitated treatment centres of the state like Aura Ayurveda & Spa. The branch in allopathic refers to the gynaecology department and mainly deals with virility and offspring. A number of different herbal medicines and oils are used in this treatment method which is said to be very effective. The packages offering the Vajeekarana Chikilsa mostly includes aphrodisiac food materials, yoga and exercises apart from medication treatments. The treatment includes various methods of shodan through vaman, virechan and Sweden. After shodan therapy, the patient is administered with different herbals and herbo-minerals. The need or the capability to produce healthy offspring is a very important aspect of life. Infertility is a serious problem and Vajeekarana Chikilsa is a branch in Ayurveda which deals with such cases and ailment.

Salya chikitsa: Surgeries and operations

This is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with the injuries that occur due to foreign objects like bullets or other such materials. In modern science, the treatment refers to surgeries where modern equipment is used. In Ayurveda, it is mostly the accident cases that are treated with this stream. The treatment centres in Kerala offering the Salya chikilsa includes treatments for accidents, surgeries or operations for stone urine, haemorrhoids, fistulas, cataracts and even for the holes in the abdomen. Salya chikilsa is better referred as the father of “plastic surgery”.

Graharoga chikilsa: Healing of psychological problems

This is a branch of Ayurvedic treatment which is available in almost every treatment centres in Kerala. Being a branch which deals with the mind and the mental health of the individual the medication used in the treatment mostly includes yoga, meditation and such where the mind of an individual is made calm. Different medications like Shirodhara and more are done to treat such ailments. Most of the packages offered in Graharoga chikilsa focus on treating ailments like depression, physics disorders, sleeplessness, tension, stress and more. Most of the treatment methods used under the Graharoga chikilsa are said to be very effective.

Kayachikitsa: Internal and external treatments for the body

The word kaya mainly refers to fire which is basically the digestive fire. The treatment based on this is called the Kayachikitsa. The treatment includes in the Kayachikitsa mainly focus on treatment related to the malfunctioning of the Agni in a human body. Kayachikitsa is mainly very effective for basic ailments like the Jwara (fever), Pandu (anaemia), and ATIS (diarrhoea) and so on. Every basic ailment and its treatment come under this branch of Ayurveda.

Balaroga Chikilsa: Diseases related to infants

Balaroga Chikilsa is a very simple yet complicated branch of treatment in Ayurveda. The branch focus on ailments related to the infants. As the medication method and medicine dosage differ greatly in the case if infant treatments, this branch is being studied and developed separately. There are a number of treatment centres in Kerala focusing on Balaroga Chikilsa and offers the best treatment. The main medication used in these treatment centres includes breast milk to which the medicinal herbs are added. Being a very delicate stream of treatment Balaroga Chikilsa is done with utmost care and seriousness.

Urdhvanga Roga Chikilsa: Treatments related to the Ear, Nose and Throat region

This is a branch which deals with ailments related to head and neck. This treatment is also known as the “Shalakaya Tantric” as the ailment is mostly treated with an instrument known as Shalako”. The state houses a number of treatment centres which offer packages for the treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat diseases and illnesses related to eye and head where Urdhvanga Roga Chikilsa is the main form of medication used.

Roga Chikilsa Danshtra: Toxicology

The branch mainly deals with the treatment of poison. Kerala being a land rich in Ayurvedic history houses a number of Vaidyars offering Visha chikitsa. The poison being injected into the human body is treated with herbal medicines which absorbs the impurities, mostly the toxic element in the body. The treatment mostly offered in the branch mainly includes snake bites, scorpion stings, etc. The practitioners in the treatment centres first analyse the symptoms and then offer medication depending on the behaviour of the poison.

Jara Chikilsa: Methods to rejuvenate the spate dhatus

Beauty and youth is something that every individual tries to maintain. It is mainly this habitual behaviour in the individuals that promoted the growth of Ayurvedic treatment centres which facilitates Jara Chikilsa in the land. The branch mainly deals with diseases related to ageing and a number of other skin diseases. It is mostly for the rejuvenation of body tissues that the branch is preferred. The branch is also known to provide longevity and youth.

Most of the Ayurvedic practitioners in Kerala now are following the most ancient methods of treatment that was followed by the Vaidyars in the 13th and 17th century. Now the state houses a number of Ayurvedic treatment centres in almost every destination. The Kerala government and the health department of the state are also supporting the rise of Ayurvedic centres in the land by offering different packages and promoting the growth of treatment centres as it is one of the oldest treatment methods in the land which attracts a whole lot of travellers to the state.

The eight branches of Ayurvedic treatment are one thing that is gaining popularity and importance in the state with the development of the treatment method.

It is the eight branches of Ayurvedic treatment that hold it together. Like any other modern treatment methods, Ayurveda also believes and focus on treating different body parts. Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in Kerala mainly focus on any of the 8 branches of Ayurveda so as to provide the patient with complete cure of the ailment. Ayurvedic treatments being dominating in Kerala most of the treatment packages and treatment centres in the state would have practitioners focusing on different branches. The health department even offers specialised packages focusing on different branches and Ayurvedic centres with the same feature. In most treatment centres when a patient approaches they are first diagnosed, by a detailed examination by checking the symptoms of the diseases. After the diagnosis is made the patient will be treated under any of the above given 8 branches of Ayurveda.

 

Digital Revolution In Travel Is Here, Technology Embracing Travelers

The world is upgrading daily with the introduction of technologies and standing under its shade, we are utilizing it to the maximum. The real benefit of technology is reflected in traveling. We can’t start our day without having a look at the notification in our smartphones. Possessing the blessing of technology is the only relief of every vagabond to conduct a travel safely. We seek the assistance of internet starting from gaining the information about a place, looking for accommodation, booking flight or train tickets and so on. South India’s most sought travel destination is Kerala and even from foreign countries, the travelers are encountered. For making the traveling easy and promising a thrilling Kerala tour, availability of internet and other technologies is essential in Kerala. Being a developing state, Wi-Fi or wireless fidelity is something every tourist destination has for sure. But, in Kerala, some of the attractions located in hill station lack the network coverage but the technology is so sophisticated that we can figure out the answers for the traveling quest amidst the travel itself. As per the CEO world magazine survey as a part of Digital Indian cities 2016, Bangalore was topped in the first position of having advanced technology and how not? Bangalore is the information technology hub of India. Thus the natives are so sophisticated in planning travels and have a high tech approach. From Bangalore, a lot of tour packages have been sold especially to Kerala. Their style of research is mind-blowing and let us check how we can utilize technology to the fullest to conduct an amazing travel.

How many of you have done a detailed research prior to the tour? Almost everyone who knows the value of money as well as who is keen on making an invigorating tour of his lifetime. The research must begin by choosing the destination till checking out from the hotel. Safety is an important trait one must care about. How it will feel if you have ended up with a wrong decision of choosing a destination or a tour plan that has resulted in the complete ruining of your trip and wastage of money. Nowadays, sitting within the four walls of a room with a smartphone, from start to end one can craft a journey.

The role of social media in travel is having a soaring popularity as people believe the reviews as it seems genuine. Twitter and Facebook are the prominent figures amidst youth. Cant, you see many invitations for a journey as well as trekking posted? This is a new way of attracting people to the culture of travel. Many travel companies are utilizing the platform of social media to advertise their contents, packages as well as strengthening their web presence. These companies can lure a lot of avid backpackers. Once the Meesapulimala trekking in Munnar, Kerala was an emotion for many. The trekking partners were collected through these posts. Those who have returned after a riveting trip post the images of the location, which is enough for one to enact the same.

 

The travel organizers have their well-designed websites with the availability of various tour packages that are free to be chosen by the customers. Depending upon the number of days, the price of packages, a flashlight on itinerary can be availed. These sites will also specify tours from major cities of the country and being near, Bangalore is given priority. To reach up to the customers, having a strong web presence is necessary and for boosting the same, the companies adopt the technique of Search Engine Optimisation.

 

Booking flights, hotels, a bus has been becoming very easy and with just a click away, you have selected your room of desire. The travel mobile applications like MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Goibibo, Trivago offer luxurious rooms at any hotels or resorts with discounted price. With these applications, one can see the images of rooms, read the inclusions and availability of common amenities. If you are satisfied then booking can be made. Even the flight tickets are easy to be booked through these applications.

To know about a place, one can go through the blogs, travelogues or even a community,  forum and get the reviews. Most of the people rely on TripAdvisor to get the best reviews about a place, hotels or resorts. People believe that these reviews are genuine. In fact, they are quoting the real experience of being there that may not be accessed through any blogs. Google, the knowledge guru can lend a helping hand to the same.

 

If you are afraid of traveling in a location devoid of network coverage, then use of guidebooks in Pdf format or as a hard copy can make you locate places, nearby cafeterias, restrooms, petrol bunks, toilets, accommodation, or even for accessing route maps. You can download a portion of the guidebooks divided into chapters. Certain little mobile application can be accessed without internet and will be having all necessary information about a place.

 

Thus we can see magic being done in the field of travel by technology and Bangalore is the state utilizing it to the maximum. In Kerala, the presence of Wi-fi hotspot is increasing and it can provide you constant access to information. The telecom operators are now in a competition to increase speed, connectivity, and reachability. In a summary, we can say that digital revolution had already hugged travel and in future, it will spread like a wildfire.

Periyar: Where We Fell For The Most Comfortable Natural Habitat Of Animals.

Kerala remains favorite to all the travelers who have been to the place at least once in their lifetime. It is, in short, a destination where nature speaks for itself. It makes a hub where the travelers get to explore the wilderness in sheer excitement. This excitement was something that packed up my family every year at that point in time where I and my sibling have holidays and my parents have off from work. Most of the holidays we traveled to Kerala as my moms ancestral house was located at Alleppey right by the backwaters. So we never had to be on a backwater journey as such but every alternate year we visited Kerala, we always made sure that we visited one place of significance. Palakkad, Thrissur, Kozhikode had all been covered through the Kerala tour package from Bangalore. This time we had planned something new where we would get to enjoy more of the richness of nature by being at one single place which was Thekkady.

It had got colder at Bangalore and was one of the best weather I loved to be there but there was no other time all of us were free to escape to Kerala due to which we got into the train to Alleppey from where we got to set off to our locality as we always took my moms parents along with us whenever we travelled around in Kerala. And then we hired a vehicle in which we drove 140 kilometers where we reached Thekkady. We had booked 2 rooms in the resort where we were looking forward to having another best holiday at Kerala. It was astonishing that there were a number of places worth paying a visit located in this Gods own country. The resort was worth the money we had to spend on it as we had taken luxury rooms. As of my dads and moms opinion, they always insisted that we spend holidays in luxury as the rest of the days all of us are working hard. So if it is for two days, make the most out of it. We had reached at 6 pm in the evening that there was nothing much for us to do in the evening. The resort was more of a hangout place where we spend time by the pool that had hammocks and pool lounge chairs. The night went by where we had the best family time. We ordered food in the night that 6 of us could consume as no money goes wasted on food that is unconsumed. We all got early to bed as the next day, early in the morning we would set off to Periyar National Park. More than the fact that it was a wildlife sanctuary, it is also a tiger reserve which made the place more interesting to me.

I had taken everything required which included binoculars, shoes, repellent creams as I had a notion in my mind that it would literally be a walk through the wild. The entry time to the place was from 6 am to 5 pm which was probably why we had been standing at the doorsteps by 5:50 am with our entry passes in our hands. The passes were just 25 rupees and did not seem to be costly at all except for the foreigners. After having some quick bites and coffee, we got inside.  My maternal grandparents had been all healthy and they seemed as enthusiastic as me to be on the nature walk. We hired a guide who we thought would be more helpful in taking us through the several activities that take place inside. Jungle scout, Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Border trekking and a lot more of exploration was possible inside the sanctuary. The most exciting to me was bamboo rafting where we would be set on a three-hour journey through the wildest place ever.  A large number birds that would count up to 230 reside inside the sanctuary. I had already begun sighting some while the sounds of the other animals had been reaching to all us. And all of us a sudden, I was reminded of Bannerghatta in Bangalore where we had once gone. In fact, this was the second national park I had been visiting.

The nature walk took us through the trees and plants that had been there. Both my mom and grandmom were quite into planting that they got immersed in the walk completely. I had already been on nature walks with school squad when I had been at Bangalore but none of it seemed close to what I had been experiencing here. By 11 am, we set off on the bamboo for rafting. We took two rafts and decided to move in the same direction. The literal hope I had in my mind was to see elephants in the banks. We went through trees that surrounded us on one side and on the other side we could to see grasslands. We went long where the rafters spoke to us about the sanctuary. The freshness of both the Periyar Lake and the surroundings were quite reviving to all of us. Also, we had safety guards where all of were in life jackets. When we reached a point we decided to return back. I saw jackals and jungle cats that had been on the shores. The fun fact was how all the animals lived their lives in the natural habitat of forests. We have to pay a lot of money to see them in cages at the zoo which I always found to be the most disgraceful way of making money. Here we could see them stride happily and that was what made all of us happy. On the way back, we also got to see a herd of elephants that had been sipping water from the lake. I had seen elephants before a lot of time where those that had been crossing roads at Bandipur when we had been on our way from Banglore, had been the most exciting but this sight took its place.

We got back and walked through along with the guide where he showed us the paws of the tiger. It had been an imprint on the mud and a way through which they got back setting on their prey. The guide said that this was the main reason that the sanctuary closed by 5 pm as the tigers and other animals would get out on hunting as the darkness falls and so safety measures are always to be taken.  The natural habitat was indeed so much more fun than I had thought it would turn out to be. It was 5 pm and we were out on time.The single-day exploration had come to an end but our Kerala trip was still on. There was some more scope for us where we could be sitting alongside the Vembanad lake and tossing in some spicy Seafood alongside the fresh toddy where we did not have to spend a single penny on it. And we would be taking catamaran rides to go across as well where we would still feel touristy on a 3 rupee service until we get back to Bangalore. This other part of life is hence something that is worth treasuring for a life where we can live with a stipulated amount of money but we choose to be different. The village life is worth an experience when on a Kerala tour package with the price. It is, in short, a journey of realization of what we have on the other side of the coin.