Explore the Breathtaking Wilderness and the Backwater Stretches of Kerala

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Filled with hill stations, spice and tea plantations, historical monuments, pilgrim centers and much more Kerala is one of the best and most visited tourist destination in south India. The land is not just a well-known tourist destination or a traveller’s hub but also a place which is known for its scenic beauty and nature and is now a well-known honeymoon destination. One of the major factors that attract travellers and honeymooner’s to the land is the presence of a number of hill stations and adventure spots that provide the travellers with the best experience of nature. Kottayam is one such destination in Kerala which is known for its beautiful backwaters and hill stations. The land is known among couples for the presence of a number of tourist destinations mainly backwaters and hill stations, couples who wish to spend their initial days in the lap of hill stations and backwaters avail different honeymoon tourism packages in Kerala offered by tour operators like Holiday Mango. The land with its hill stations, climate and the beauty of the waters is one of the best tourist destinations where couples could spend some quality time with each other.

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Illikkal Kallu is one such hill station in Kottayam which is one of the highest peaks in the area from where you could enjoy the majestic view of the place. Illikkal Kallu is pace which is well-known among the trekkers and mountaineers as the place allows the best trekking facilities which adventure seekers would love to experience. Trekkers and mountaineers should walk a minimum of 1 km to reach the peak point from where they could see the entire city. One of the major factors that attract travellers and mountaineers to the peak is the fascinating sunset where you could see the setting orange sun and the silver moon rising to the sky. Climbing the rock Illikkal Kallu is one of a task for the travellers as the rocks are slippery and the travellers are supposed to climb the hill without much safety measures. The rock climbing is one of the most adventurous sports offered by the land. One can clearly enjoy the nature and the wilderness of the land by getting themselves involved in the sport of rock climbing. It is not necessary that to enjoy the nature and the natural beauty one should reach the summit; one can easily get the view of the city and the nature of its wilderness from the base of the mountain.

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Apart from the hill station, Kottayam is a land which is known for the presence of the most beautiful backwaters. The waters with complexity are one of the main sources of tourism in the land. Backwater tourism is one thing that is most enjoyed by couples due to the scenic beauty of the waters and the romantic moonlit night ambiance. One of the main features of the backwaters that attract the couples to the land is the houseboat facilities that are available in almost all backwater stretches of Kerala. Couples could sail through the backwater stretches enjoying the scenic beauty of the complex waters, the paddy field and the backwater villages. For travellers, nature lovers and honeymooners who wish to enjoy the day in the company of natural wilderness and backwaters, Kerala is the ideal destination to explore. Kerala is a land with innumerable resources to be explored and developed and a place that could be considered as the traveller’s paradise.

My Rejuvenating Ayurvedic Experience in the Misty Hills of Kerala

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It was mainly through the yoga class, friendly chats and online search that I came to know of the Ayurvedic treatments and herbal packages offered in Keralaand their magical results. As I was already planning to travel to India, in thought this could be the right time for me to visit Kerala to enjoy the magical rejuvenating touch of Ayurveda in the land. According to internet surveys, thousands of foreign travellers visit Kerala just to enjoy the Ayurvedic tradition of the land. To the south, Kerala is the land with an Ayurvedic tradition which dates back to the 5000 years and is mostly referred to as the herbal hub in the country. After collecting enough information regarding Ayurveda and Ayurvedic treatments offered in Kerala, I booked myself in for a herbal treatment therapy of Panchakarma treatments at Aura Spa, an Ayurvedic treatment centres to the western ghats of Kerala which was to last for 2 weeks. My main aim in booking myself into the herbal treatment was to detox myself, to relax and to sort out my digestive issues. In literal words, I was in very bad shape as I reached the treatment centre. After taking a 5 am a flight from Delhi to the Cochin international airport and after getting the news of a 3 hr travel to reach to the Ayurvedic destination, I was so in the mood to abort the whole mission, but then a step taken for the good is to be kept forward.

 

On my arrival at the Ayurvedic centre, I met a number of other guests. Some of them were at the place for short-term herbal treatment whereas some of them were there for long-term herbal treatment which would last to a month or more and aim to heal serious ailments. the very first girl with whom I talked at the Ayurvedic centre who was staying at the Ayurvedic treatment centre for a month had already gone through a set of herbal treatment which includes 3 weeks of Panchakarma treatment and 1 week of rejuvenation treatment. The first thing that runs to my mind at the moment is that look on the face of that girl when I asked her of the experience she had at the place. As an answer to my question, ‘do you feel better now? ‘Her reply was something like ‘not really’. I was really in shock after hearing her. I was all in a confused state with a number of questions flooding my mind. How can that be right? Wasn’t Ayurveda herbal treatments suppose to be effective and useful? Over the time my herbal therapy at Aura Ayurveda and Spa began and I had enough and more time to think on what that girl said to me. at the Ayurvedic treatment centre, I was actually not that sure of my treatment duration as the normal Panchakarma treatment would take a month to finish but I didn’t have so much time in hand, so after consulting with the doctor, he confirmed my 2-week Panchakarma treatment and I no longer had to do the complete therapy but only need to undergo a number of main therapies that are a must for me. after revealing my work schedule to the doctor which included one 6 week travel right after the treatment, he expressed concern as in his words it would take a minimum of one month to for myself to get back to the “normal’ stage and that statement explained it all.

 

After the meeting with the doctor, I went through 3 sets of main treatments as listed in the Panchakarma treatments. As I can’t go deep into the list and details of the treatments listed below are the main herbal treatments that are being included in the Panchakarma treatments.

ABHYAGANM

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This is one of the most important herbal therapies from those listed in the sets of Panchakarma treatments. As per the Ayurvedic practitioners, the treatment offers the patients with an effect that is similar to the one that is received when a person is being saturated with love. The treatment is supposed to soak the body with vital force as the treatment mainly includes whole body massaging by including warm oil that is mixed up with a number of essential oils and healing herbs. In Ayurveda, one of the main aims of Abhyangam is to increase the flow of vital force within the body which would, in turn, result in the vitalizing and nourishment of the body. It helps in removing the toxic elements of the body and stimulated the blood circulation.

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Podikizhi

This is a herbal technique for fomentation where the body of the patient or the certain body parts of the patient is made to sweat with the help of applying different herbal powders. Podikizhi is prepared by mixing up warm herbal powders that are tied in pouches and is introduced to the body in a soft manner.  The therapy is brought to conclusion by a simple message with herbal oils. According to the Ayurvedic practitioners, this treatment is said to be very effective in treating the conditions where the ‘Kapha-Vata’ are predominant as in ailments like paralysis, arthritis, muscular pains and back pain. Podikizhi is also said to be useful in a number of other ways as in increasing the blood circulation, loosening the toxic elements, building up the muscles and more.

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Elakizi

This rejuvenation therapy that is being practised most commonly in the Ayurvedic treatment centres of Kerala makes use of the medicinal plants and the fresh herbal leaves available in the land. A number of best effective Anti Vata plants and herbs are being used in this therapy. Some of the most commonly used plants include Eranda, coconut leaves, Arak, Rasna, lemon, Nirgundi and curcumin. Most of these herbs are fried along with a number of other medicinal ingredients and are tied into a pouch which is now ready to use. The pouch before use is dipped in warm medicated oil and then is massaged over the body of the patient in a slow rhythmic manner. According to the Ayurvedic practitioners, this treatment induced liberal sudation which in turn accelerates the process of fomentation. Elakizi is an Ayurvedic treatment in the list of Panchakarma treatment that is very effective in treating ailments like back pain, inflammation and joint pains. In addition, the therapy promotes blood circulation which in turn helps the body with the elimination of the waste materials.

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This is yet another important Ayurvedic treatment offered in Kerala that helps in cleaning the Pitta and thereby purifies the toxic elements in the blood. The treatment mainly concentrates on eliminating the toxins from the body are seen accumulated in the gallbladder, the liver and the gastrointestinal tract. The treatment is mostly prescribed in the morning sessions after treating the person with Snehapanam” and “Swedanam after which they are given a particular dose of herbal medicine on an empty stomach. Within a maximum of 2 hrs, the toxic elements from the body are eliminated. This treatment is mostly used in treating ailments that are related to indigestion, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders, gynaecological disorders, skin ailments, headaches, and a number of stress-related ailments.

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This is an Ayurvedic treatment offered in almost all the herbals treatment centres of Kerala for any ailment that is related to the head. According to Ayurveda, the nostrils are considered to be the doorway to the brain.  In this herbal therapy a number of medicated oil, along with medicated powder and herbal liquids are being administered through the nose for a particular time. The main aim of the Nasya treatment is to remove the excess amount of mucus from the head region of the body. The treatment is very helpful in treating different ailment like sinus, migraine, paralysis, hormonal imbalances, mental disorders, loss of smell and taste, premature greying of hair and much more. The treatment helps in cleaning the cavities in the body which instead helps in increasing the process of oxidation thereby improving the functioning of the brain. Ayurveda offers the patients with a number of different Nasya treatments depending on the number and the types of medicinal oils that are being used. This herbal treatment not just remove the mucus and the toxic elements from the head, neck, brain, eyes, ear, nose and throat region of the body but would also improve immunity and strengthen the functioning of the senses

Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in the treatment centres of Kerala would have the above-listed treatments as the main set of herbal therapies. One of the main reasons for this is as these treatments are best prepared for almost all the basic ailments in a human body. Being one of the most sought-after Ayurvedic travel destinations to the south, Kerala is now home to a number of tests Ayurvedic treatment centres in the country. My Ayurvedic experience at aura spa was one of the best and most rejuvenating. For all the travellers who wish to enjoy the magical touch of Ayurveda by indulging the nature and the beauty of the cool climate, Kerala would be the best preferable destination to the south.

The Finest Tourist Destination of Thrissur and Idukki

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I have often heard people say that heaven exists on Earth, it is no distant place far away from the world. Well, I wouldn’t have agreed to it a few weeks back, until I went to Kerala. That place is a heaven on Earth, no wonder the state is called ‘God’s own Country’. This tiny little state is truly a wonder. You see Nature’s creations flourishing in this state. The region is literally a display of various shades of green, blue and brown. I can still feel the light breeze that tours the luscious green coconut groves and the chill that surrounds the hills of Munnar. I had the best time of my life in Kerala. I went as a tourist and came back as a traveller from Kerala. Moreover, our travel planner, SeasonzIndia Holidays provided us with a tour package to Kerala at the best possible price. This was indeed icing on the cake. The package was worth every penny, for we could tour almost all the popular tourist destinations of Kerala within a few days time. We covered almost 6  districts during our trip and each district was unique from the other and provided us with an experience to be preserved for an entire lifetime. Of all these places I found Thrissur and Idukki very much interesting. Idukki is the abode of greenery and majestic hills while Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala is home to beautiful palaces and ancient temples. I have listed out some of the very best tourist spots in both Idukki and Thrissur. Don’t forget to visit these amazing tourist spots while in Kerala.
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Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple: Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is undoubtedly one of the best 3 popular temples of Kerala. There is not one day in the temple, that is not crowded with devotees, which is the absolute proof to the fact mentioned before. In fact, one could say that it is the most popular destination in Thrissur. The temple has an enchanting architecture. The engravings on the wall and the sculptures of the Hindu Gods are simply spectacular. The temple is worth a visit. Your visit to Thrissur becomes incomplete without visiting Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.
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Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Shakthan Thampuran Palace is undoubtedly one of the best tourist spots in Delhi. The palace was built by Raja Rama Varma in the year 1791. Both history and art lovers are going to fall in love with the place, its Dutch architecture is definitely a sight to behold. The palace is open on all days except Mondays from 9:30 am to 4:30 PM. The palace is home to some amazing relics and antique pieces that once belonged to the King. No visit to Thrissur is complete without visiting the Shakthan Thampuran Palace.
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Thrissur Zoo and State Museum: Thrissur Zoo and State Museum located in Chembukkavu which is the heart of Thrissur city. The Zoo houses a large variety of flora and fauna and is one of the best places to take your children. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then you should definitely visit the zoo when in Thrissur.  The museum displays a collection of wonderful artefacts and relics that are said to have a lot of historical significance. There is a story behind almost all the artefacts stored in the museum and the details about each artefact will be given next to it. Such a visit helps in updating your knowledge too. The Thrissur Zoo and State Museum will open on all days of the week except on Mondays. The timings for visiting are from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Include this spot into your tour itinerary while you are in Kerala.
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Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club: If you ever pay a visit to Thrissur, do not miss this extraordinary museum of cars. It is going to gift you with a whole new experience. Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club exhibits cars from the late 50s and 60s. This is the perfect place for car enthusiasts as you can happily do the thing that you do best over here, which is to study cars. Vintage car lovers should not miss this place at any cost. When you get there you can see an array of cars displayed in a very attractive manner. As said always, the vintage never goes out of style and people are loving this museum. If you ever feel like visiting the museum head to Pallikulam in Thrissur. Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club is open all weekdays except Sundays. The visiting hours are from  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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Painavu: If sightseeing is what you love, then you must head to Painavu. The vast expanse of captivating scenery where the lush green hills overlook the crystal clear lake that flows beside them is a sight that travellers look forward to when they include Painavu in their tour package to Kerala. Painavu is a wonderful hill resort situated in Idukki. Painavu is often called the headquarters of  Idukki district and is also a popular tourist destination. Painavu is located in the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 3900 ft. Adventure lovers are going to love Painavu as it is a great destination for trekking.
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Ilaveezha Poonchira: Ilaveezha Poonchira is a unique destination located in the Idukki district. Ilaveezha Poonchira is a valley that is situated at the foot of three hillocks namely, Mannakunnu, Kudayathoor Hill, and Thonippara near a place called Kanjar. Any idea how Ilaveezha Poonchira got its name? Ilaveezha Poonchira, in the native language, means’ the valley where leaves never fall’. There are no trees in the valley which is why it was named so. Ilaveezha Poonchira offers great views of both the sunrise and sunset. One can also try trekking in Ilaveezha Poonchira which is a wonderful experience as well. Ilaveezha Poonchira is gradually turning into one of the best tourist destinations in the state and is included in almost all the tourism packages to Kerala.
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Thommankuthu Waterfalls: The Thommankuthu Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in the entire state. Situated about 25km away from the main town of Idukki.the splendid waterfalls attracts loads of visitors every year. The magnificent waterfalls fall from a height of 300 feet and is a seven-step cascading waterfall which creates a pool at every step. The greenery surrounding the fall is a mesmerizing sight. You can indulge in some fun time near the waterfalls and swim in the pool. The spray of water as it juts out is an experience that is worth everything. The area is also an amazing trekking spot as well.  Thommankuthu Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in Idukki and it ought to be added to your travel itinerary for a fantastic experience.
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Hill View Park: Hill View Park is located at a very convenient spot where travellers can reach it easily. It is situated 500 meters away from the Idukki Dam. So, on your way back from Idukki Dam you can also visit the park. In fact, you must visit the place, it is simply beautiful. The park offers great views of the scenery that surrounds it. While here, you can even get an opportunity to spot a wild elephant as well. Do add the Hill View Park in your travel itinerary and rest assured you are not going to regret it.
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Vandanmedu: Vandanmedu is a very popular tourist spot of the Idukki district. Often called the spice centre of Idukki, Vandanmedu is one of the largest auction centres for cardamom in the world. Vandanmedu is located 34km away from Idukki city. Vandanmedu is situated at a height of 4000m on the Thekkady-Munnar route. Vandanmedu can make a proper getaway from the busy city life and tensions of daily lives. Honeymoon couples love the destination a lot. Every year a number of honeymooners come flocking into the destination every year. Vandanmedu is a place that should not be missed especially by those who loves serenity and quietness. A trip to Vandanmedu will help you forget all worries.

Ayurvedic Therapies, The Magical Touch of Medicinal Herbs

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Practiced in Kerala for the last 5000 years Ayurveda is one of the oldest forms of treatment method that is being practiced in Kerala. It is mainly this ancient and rich Ayurvedic history of the land that gave the place the name’ Ayurvedic hub to the south’, true to this name, Kerala is one of the best Ayurvedic treatment centres to the south. The state is not just known for the fascinating beauty of nature and the wild but is also known among travelers for its rich Ayurvedic culture and heritage. Being a state with very unique climate and geographical structure, Kerala offers the travelers with a moderate climate throughout the year; in addition, the soil structure of the state is so unique that it promotes the growth of a number of herbs and shrubs with medicinal qualities. It is mainly the uniqueness in the climate, the specialty in the soil constitution like those in the inland water detonations and the availability of raw materials which is the medicinal plants are all things that promote the growth of Ayurveda to the south. Being one of the best known Ayurvedic destinations in the country, Kerala holds in a number of best Ayurvedic treatment centres located to the best travel destinations in the land like the Aura Spa in Munnar that offers the Ayurvedic tourists visiting with a number of best herbal packages.

Most of the Ayurvedic travelers and tourist visit the herbal travel destinations and Ayurvedic centres in Kerala with an aim to enjoy and witness the magical effect of the Ayurveda treatments offered in Kerala. Given below are some of the most common Ayurvedic treatments that are being offered in the herbal destinations of Kerala.

 

Abhyangam with Shirodhara

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Abhyangam is one of the most commonly seen herbal therapies that are being offered in almost all the treatment centres in Kerala. This Ayurvedic medication mostly includes a whole body massage with medicated oils in large amounts. Whereas, Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment where the medicated liquids are poured over the forehead in a continuous flow. The medicated oil used in Shirodhara would vary depending upon the type of ailment. Milk, buttermilk, oil, plain water or even coconut water could be used in this herbal therapy. In the therapy Abhyangam with Shirodhara, both of these individual therapies are being inducted together to get the best result. Some of the ailment for which this therapy would be useful includes sinusitis, nourishes the skin, allergic rhinitis, memory loss, aids in removing impurities, neurological disorders, allergic rhinitis, memory loss, eye diseases and more.

 

Herbal Facial

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This is a very simple herbal therapy common in almost all the Ayurvedic treatment packages offered in Kerala. It is a simple skin care therapy that mostly includes medical powders and fresh creams. The herbal facial offered mostly includes herbal massage over the face with medicated oil and cream. A special herbal pack is being applied on the face which aims at treating pimples. This therapy is known to be effective and suitable for all skin type and thus could be applied by anyone without being concerned on the after effect of the treatments. This is one of the oldest and most known facial herbal therapies that are being used in most of the treatment centres.

 

Nasal Medication:

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Nasal medication, better known as Nasyam is one of the other best Ayurvedic therapy offered in the treatment centres of Kerala. In simple words, this treatment therapy includes the installation of herbal oils or medicated liquids through the nostrils. One of the main aims of this treatment includes the cleaning or removal of the mucus and clogs. The therapy helps in clearing the head channels and stimulates the nervous system and the brain cells. The Nasal Medication is said to be very effective in treating a number of ailments related to head, nose and neck area. The therapy is one of the best effective modes of cleaning treatment where the toxic elements of the body are being released out through administering medicated oil through the nasal cavity.

 

Sarvanga Dhara

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This is an Ayurvedic therapy that is mostly performed by pouring streamed medicated liquids all over the body of the patient in need. Here the lightly heated medicated oil is being poured over the body of the patient until they sweat and feel refreshed. The only aim of this treatment is to rejuvenate the whole body by strengthening the muscles and tissue in the body. There are a number of other benefits of the treatment which includes improved joint flexibility, increased blood circulation, maintaining a well-balanced body and more. The treatment mainly includes the flow of medicated oil through the body; a number of ingredients like the buttermilk are all used in this therapy. The treatment mostly lasts for an hour and is one of the best effective herbal therapies.

 

Kizhi

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This is one of the most commonly seen Ayurvedic treatments in most of the herbal centres in Kerala. Kizhi in simple words is a massage therapy that mainly aims at the complete wellness of the body. It is one of the best rejuvenation treatments which is very effective and offers the patents with a newborn like a feel. The Kizhi therapy includes 2 different types where one is the Podi Kizhi and the other is the Ella Kizhi. In Podi Kizhi a number of medicated powders are heated up and then massaged upon the body of the patient. In Ella Kizhi the patient is being treated with a number of herbs with medicinal properties. One of the best results of the Kizhi is that it offers a glowing and radiant skin.

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Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in the herbal treatment centres of Kerala aim at offering complete wellness to the body mind and soul of the patient. Listed above are some of the best herbal therapies that are mostly seen in the best treatment centres. Being a land that facilitates the growth of herbal plants with medical properties, Kerala tops the list as a herbal travel destination. To the south most ends the state is one of the best travel destinations where medical tourists could enjoy the best time.

HOME REMEDIES FOR TREATING YOUR AILMENT

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The kidney is one of the most important organs of the body. The main function of the kidney is to remove waste from the blood, form urine and to balance the fluids of the body. For a healthy body, a proper functioning kidney is very much important. But sadly, kidney stones has become one of the most common mmdiseases in the world. A major population of India is affected by this condition called kidney stones. It is a very painful condition wherein the patient ought to be given proper care. It can even lead to weight loss, fever and nausea. Kidney stones are formed when the body does not get enough water to flush out the toxins. The by-products formed may get accumulated which results in the formation of kidney stones. The stones can vary in size; at times it may be the size of a pea and can range up to that of a golf ball. The stones are composed of calcium oxalate and are crystalline in nature. There are many Ayurvedic treatments to cure kidney stones. Ayurveda is that style of alternative medicine that helps you to get rid of disease or condition completely. Ayurveda is a gradual process where a holistic approach is followed. According to this age-old science, a disease can’t be cured completely by concentrating on the affected area alone but on the entire body as a whole, including the mind. Ayurvedic treatments include a proper diet, massages done by proficient practitioners and herbal oils and medicines. So, following Ayurvedic principles can help you get rid of kidney stones in the most effective manner. Make sure you receive treatments from authentic Ayurvedic Treatment Centers like Aura Spa which is situated in the birthplace of Ayurveda, Kerala. You can definitely curb kidney stones through some effective home remedies which can be done at home. Here are some of the remedies that you can try at home.

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Basil: Basil helps in maintaining the balance of uric acid, mineral and fluid in the kidneys. Basil is a great cure for kidney stones. One could prepare tea using basil or its juice by adding a bit of honey and consume it. Such a method if followed regularly can bring great changes by removing stones from the urinary tract thereby improving the health of your kidney. Add about 5 to 6 leaves of basil in hot water and leave it for 10 minutes, after which you can strain the water and drink it. You could even add a drop or two of honey for a better taste. For making the juice of basil, crush some leaves and press it through a sieve. You can also chew them every morning to get rid of the kidney stones. Basil is an effective remedy. Authentic treatment centers specially those based in Kerala, have it included in almost all its Ayurveda packages dedicated to curing kidney stones. Basil works like magic and you should definitely try using basil as a remedy.

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Water: The first and foremost thing to be kept in mind is to have loads of water in order to restrict kidney stones. The primary aim is to keep yourselves hydrated in order to flush out the toxins that cause stones in the kidney. As the amount of fluids increase, the stones can be removed conveniently. The health of your kidneys can be detected by the intake of water. Water is very much important to cure kidney stones. The patient needs to make sure that he/she consumes an ample amount of water to see some changes and get effective results.

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Lemon Juice with olive oil: Lemon juice is one magical remedy for many ailments including kidney stones. The concoction of lemon juice and olive oil may not be much popular but the remedy is found to be very effective. There is a reason why such an odd mixture is considered very effective as a remedy to remove kidney stones. The lemon juice in the mixture helps in breaking down the stones while olive oil functions as a perfect lubricant for the stones to pass through. Anyone suffering from such an ailment should consider drinking this concoction every day without fail.

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Coconut Water: Drinking coconut water on a hot day can be very much refreshing. This drink is very much healthy and serves many purposes. Coconut water is something that is easily available in India especially Kerala. This drink is one of the best remedies for the dissolution of kidney stones. Drinking it regularly has proven to be effective in managing kidney stones. The kidney stones are flushed out from the body through urine. Moreover, it is effective in bringing a relief to the burning sensation while passing urine. Do try to drink this magical beverage to get rid of kidney stones.

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Lady Finger: Lady Finger or okra is a vegetable that is filled with nutrients. Lady’s finger is commonly found everywhere. The specialty of this vegetable is its high magnesium content. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties keep the kidneys much healthy. Ladyfinger is very effective in treating kidney stones. It is an important part of Ayurvedic remedies for curing kidney stones. As a home remedy, you can include ladyfinger in your diet. Try including lady’s finger regularly in your diet and see the difference for yourself. Lady’s finger is one of the best effective remedies to cure kidney stones.

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Horse gram: Horse gram is another effective remedy for curing kidney stones. This pulse contains a lot of nutrients that are much effective as a remedy for kidney stones. As per Ayurveda, it is a food of great value. It is often called the miracle pulse due to its several health benefits. Horse gram is a pulse that is recommended for various conditions like gallbladder stones and kidney stones as well. Horse gram breaks the stones and helps you eliminate it through urine. Horse gram ought to be included in your diet to get rid of kidney stones. You could add some spices and make it into a delicious dish. But do make it a point to add it in your diet in order to get rid of kidney stones.

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.

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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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